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shortened cervix

Had an appointment today and my cervix is measuring 1.8cm. It was 3.9 cm 7 weeks ago. I am on work restriction (4 hours per day, no exercise, stay off my feet as much as possible).  Everything else looks good.  Twins are 2 lbs 6 ounces and 2 lbs 5 ounces.  I am 27 weeks, 1 day.  Anyone else experience this and what was your outcome?  Thanks!!!

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    I was put on bedrest at 28 weeks because of a shortened cervix. It was 2.5cm when they put me on bedrest. I gave birth when the boys were exactly 30 weeks gestation, but that was due to chorioamnioitis (Taylen's placenta  and umbilical cord were infected).
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    My cervix was measuring 1.5cm at 20 weeks. I was also funneling and dilated/having some contractions. Had an emergency cerclage and was put on bedrest for the remainder of the pregnancy.  I gave birth at 35W, 5D. I could have gone longer but I had an infection so they went on and removed the cerclage and induced. 

    Bedrest was really hard, but it worked. GL!!!! 

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    If you're between 22 and 35 weeks, ask your doctor to do a fetal fibronectin (fFN) test. If it's negative, you have a 99.2% chance that you won't deliver in the next two weeks. Definitely provides peace of mind even with a shortened cervix. Of course, it is FDA approved and tons of data to support it's use in multiple and singleton gestations. Check out the website for more info- www.ffntest.com.
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    My cervix was at under 2 at my 26w4d u/s - due to this and contractions, I was admitted to the hospital for a week, then sent home after things were more under control.  I spent the next 8 weeks on strict bedrest (one of those was in the hospital), and made it to 36w6d. 

    I probably could have made it longer, but I delivered due to pre-e and poor blood flow through my daughter's cord.  I never actually went into labor.

    Bedrest worked wonders for me, and I was also on medicine (Nifedipine) for the contractions, which also helped.

    Good luck!


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    Mine dropped to less than 2 cm at 23 weeks.  I went onto "modified" bed rest.  I was fairly militant in that I didn't do much around the house.  I didn't go anywhere.  I did sit most of the day with my legs elevated and did not have to lie down.

    I made it to 36 weeks where I had a c-section for severe pre-eclampsia.  I probably could have made it longer.

    Listen to your body and rest.  With a cervix shortened at that gestational age and twins, you are at much increased risk of preterm delivery.

    Keep us updated!!

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    Mine shortened (and funneling) to 1.9cm at 23wks.  I'd already been on bedrest for 10wks.  Did a 4 day hosp stay, but the ffn came back negative and they sent me home to continue bedrest.  At 28wks, cervix was .5cm, did a week in hosp, and then after negative ffn they sent me home again.  Made it to 33w4d when I went into labor on my own.  Bedrest sucks, but everyday baking those babies is worth it.  GL!
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    My cervix was at a 0.8 and had funneling at 22 weeks. I was admitted to the hospital on strict bedrest and stayed for 10 weeks until I delivered the girls. Because my cervix sucked so bad, I was not allowed to sit up (even to eat!).

    I feel extremely guilty because a few days before I had the girls, we had our weekly meeting with other long term Antepartum ladies and they did pedicures. I was feeling brave since I had already been in for almost 10 weeks, so I sat in a chair for it. (I usually was rolled in on my bed and laid on my side.) A few days later, I went into full blown labor. Not sure if that is the straw that broke the camel's back or that my body just finally gave out, but I still kick myself for doing that.

    Bedrest can have amazing outcomes. My doctor and the doctors practicing at the hospital were completely shocked that I made it as far as I did with as little as I had. So yes, you can definitely do it. Although, my situation was a bit on the extreme side and does not have as many happy endings as I did. BUT, you are much furthur along and your cervix is longer than mine was.

    Okay, enough with the rambling! Good luck and I hope your babies keep cooking for much longer!

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