Bedside manner and information make all the difference. Essentially Dr. Hunter gave me the same message as Dr. Greiner, I’m not a candidate for a cerclage, but I’m feeling so much better, very much reassured.
My cervix measured between 2.5 cm and 3 cm yesterday, which Dr. Hunter tells me he considers normal. I did express my concerns to him, mainly my fear of it shortening later, when it’s too late for a cerclage, which is 23 weeks. I’m currently 17w4d. He acknowledged my fears and shared his beliefs with me. He said that women who have true cervical insufficiency almost always go into labor by 23 weeks. Which is why they stop monitoring cervical length, and stop placing cerclages at 23 weeks. Looking back at my pregnancy with Nora, when we know my cervix was shortening, it’s his belief that the progesterone ‘worked’ so to speak. But yes, I still had Nora at 29 weeks… Dr. Hunter believes it’s because I had an infection causing my pre-term labor. This is supported by Nora’s meningitis from e coli, and the e coli that was later found in my placenta. How it got there, we may never know.
So… My cervix looks fine so far with this pregnancy, but for reassurance, I’ll still be getting the Makena injections weekly.
As for Nora’s appointment yesterday… It will have to be repeated. Nora did not pee or poop while we were there, and I wasn’t about to wait around hours and hours waiting. I’m hoping this can be collected in town and tested. Problem is, the specimens need to get to the lab within one hour. It’s always something, isn’t it?
Below are a few pictures from my scan yesterday 🙂
And, because I’m a freak and already trying to decide if Nora and baby girl look-alike… Nora on top at 20 weeks, and baby girl on bottom at 17 weeks.