At 15 weeks into this pregnancy, I had a cerclage placed. Due to early effacement with my daughter, and the loss of my twins at 20 weeks, both my doctors felt like it was a good choice to have it placed as a precaution. It wasn’t a fun experience at all, though the fact that I couldn’t feel the lower half of my body for hours was pretty unique.
The basics of what happened were this: I was given multiple injections (spinal tap) to numb the lower half of my body. In an OR, I had my legs placed in the world’s highest stirrups (seriously, like knees in my face and it was NOT sexy), the doctor put a speculum in (I could not feel any of this) and…
They put a stitch in my cervix. A stitch. Like – sewed it up to keep that hole closed.
::shivers:: I don’t even like to think about it.
After that, I was in serious pain for weeks as mY body got used to it and it healed. There was slight bleeding but nothing major, and that was the end. I had weekly ultrasounds for about 6 weeks after to check and make sure my cervix wasn’t thinning or dilating at all, then got the all clear to see the high risk Dr once a month.
But it’s still in there, waiting for me. I’ve had several people ask the past few weeks what happens now, so I’ll tell you to the best of my knowledge. There are two outcomes that I know of:
1. At 36 weeks, barring any complications prior, I’ll have the stitch removed. Basically snipped and pulled out. Fun times. Then I’ll simply wait to go into labor at that point. It isn’t super common for this procedure to trigger labor but it can. Which is why they wait until such a high time of viability to remove it.
2. If I start to labor/dilate before 36 weeks, they may have to do an emergency removal. Same process. If they don’t, or it goes too fast, it could tear my cervix.
If you have a cerclage you’re still more than able to have a vaginal birth. I have no idea if it’s painful but I’m really, really hoping someone gives me something for it. I do not have a cervix of steel.
So that’s what is coming my way in the next few months. Hopefully that helps a little with understanding how this all works, if you have to have one or know someone who does. It’s scary but quite honestly the anticipation of it was the worst. I’m the world’s biggest wuss and I made it, you can too. Promise.
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Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and a baby boy on the way on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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