Looking for Advice- pregnancy after preemie

Hi All- My son was born at 25 w 3 d with zero warning. I was having back pain and then went to the hospital in the middle of the night. I was already fully dilated with no idea that I was in labor. My son was born 20 minutes later weighing 2 lbs, 2 ozs. He spent 116 days in the NICU and is now a healthy 2.5 year old. I am 22 weeks pregnant with our second boy. I have been seeing a specialist who is monitoring my cervix in case that is the issue. I was on progesterone shots but I had a decline in cervix length so now I am on progesterone suppositories. At my 22 week check-up my cervix length was 2.85 cm. I know they can only do cerclage until week 24 and only if the cervix length goes below 2.5 cm. 

I have appointments at 23 weeks and 24 weeks to check cervix length again. I hope it won't drop any lower but if it does I understand what the next steps are. What I'm not sure about is what happens if the cervix stays about the same length. Has anyone been through a similar situation? 

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  • I hope the you get good news at your follow up appointment.   Like I said I have never been in the situation but I can only imagine how scary it can be.   Praying that your numbers don't drop any lower.  Please update us when you can.   Many many hugs to your worried heart.

    Much love,


  • In reply to TrinitysMommy:

    I guess I should clarify that the high risk doctor will not do the cerclage unless I am below 2.5 cm. Because there was no diagnosis of CI for my son they don't want to place a cerclage unless absolutely necessary. I will hopefully get some more answers in the next few weeks. The high risk doctor also said that no restrictions or bed rest were needed. It's just a little confusing as I don't want another 25 weeker but I do trust my doctors.  I wish I could go on strict bed rest but right now it's not possible with work and everything else going on.

  • In reply to TrinitysMommy:

    Hello and Welcome to Share. I am so sorry that you are having a difficult time during your pregnancy. I too have experience with a short cervix. I am not sure why your doctor is tell you that they can't place a cerlage unless your cervix measures less than 2.5. There is no hard rule anywhere that says that. I suggest that you get a referral to a high risk Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist and consult with them. I had a cerlage placed vaginally at 13 weeks because my cervix was measuring less than 5 cm. With my next pregnancy I had a cerlage placed teams abdominally and it is permanent.

    In the meantime I would stick to strict bed rest to help keep pressure off of your cervix if at all possible. I hope you get some more answers soon and a better game plan. Sending you lots of positive thoughts and hugs.


  • Welcome to Share.  I'm glad to hear your 25 weeker is now a healthy 2.5 year old.  Im sorry that this pregnancy isn't going as planned.  Although I have never experienced this I know some have here.  I even shared you post with another mom in hopes that she can give you advice.  I hope that your length doesn't get any lower and that a cerclage isn't needed.   Please update after your next appointment and let us know how things are going.

    Much Love,