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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Incompetent Cervix

All the info you want to know about incompetent cervix, including how to keep baby safe throughout your pregnancy.

What can I do to prevent incompetent cervix?

It’s usually impossible to prevent if the condition hasn’t been diagnosed. If you have any of the risk factors mentioned, tell your doctor, and she’ll monitor you closely throughout your pregnancy.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have incompetent cervix?

“I’m going to have to have a cerclage, which I was told is usually performed between weeks 14 and 16 of pregnancy. These sutures that keep the cervix closed will be removed between weeks 36 and 38 to prevent any problems when I go into labor.”

“I had a cerclage placed at 10.5 weeks because of incompetent cervix (I had a cone biopsy done in 2001 that removed about half of my cervix). It was earlier than usual, since my doctor was going out of the country and wanted to do it before she left. It was performed under spinal anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. I took the following two days off work just to be sure. I had very minimal bleeding afterward for a couple days.”

“I have incompetent cervix as well, but mine doesn't show up until about 19 weeks. I've had two losses at 21 weeks because of this condition. I am now 21 weeks pregnant with my third, and this time, I have a transabdominal cerclage, which has a higher success rate than the other cerclage.”

Are there any other resources for incompetent cervix?

American Pregnancy Association

The University of Chicago Medical Center

Plus, more from The Bump:

What is a cerclage?

What does bed rest really mean?

Things Every High-Risk Pregnancy Patient Should Know

-- Rebecca Kolp, MD, ob-gyn and medical director at Massachusetts General Hospital West

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