For all of the short cervixed gals I thought I'd share that I had my baby girl a little early, 37 weeks 6 days, last Saturday.
I had a LEEP in '05 so I went into this pregnancy knowing that I had a short cervix. My cervix was dynamic and actually lengthened, but when I went down to 2.6 again my doctor put me on couch potato rest and vaginal progesterone twice a day. (I asked for a cerclage, but she didn't want to give me one.)
It was long, boring and sometimes depressing, but at 35 weeks they took me off of progesterone (although I stayed on couch potato rest).
I week before my cervix had moved and was soft, but not dialated. I had also been losing a small amount of mucus at a time two weeks prior.
I woke up Saturday at 4:30 in the morning leaking a relatively small amount of pink tinged fluid. I called my doctor's office, of course my doctor was not on call! About 20 minutes later the on-call doctor hadn't called back but I lost a bigger gush of water on the bathroom floor so we headed for the hospital. I live in a suburb at least 30 minutes away and by the time they checked me I was 3 cm. (and that check broke the rest of my water).
I know how terrified and helpless I felt, so I wanted to let y'all know that couch potato rest and progesterone did work for me. I had one unrelated (to my cervix) miscarriage before this pregnancy so I was extra paranoid, but it is possible! Wishing all of you healthy pregnancies and to see you on the newborn boards!