In a normal pregnancy, the cervix remains tightly shut throughout the pregnancy sealed with a mucus plug. This means your growing baby is held safe and secure in your uterus. However, a cervix that is “incompetent” cannot handle the weight of the growing baby and opens prematurely before the onset of labour at term. An Incompetent cervix is not something you have done. It is a weakness in the cervix and can be caused by a number of reasons. The cervix might have a natural weakness; it may have been damaged during a previous delivery or a previous late termination.
Sadly this condition usually shows at the beginning of the second trimester when the growing baby has no chance of survival outside the womb. For most women, the first sign of any problems is a PROM (premature rupture of the membrane surrounding your baby) although there are reports of baby’s surviving after a PROM if it happens before 24 weeks the chances are very low.
If you have lost one pregnancy with the diagnosis of an Incompetent Cervix your doctor can insert a cervical cerclage or suture (sometimes called a cervix stitch) as you enter the second trimester, which remains in place. In the majority of cases, this holds the cervix closed until it is removed at about 38 weeks.
Incompetent cervix and pregnancy support is an American Website intended to support women who are struggling with Incompetent Cervix (IC) or a cerclage. On this website, you will find links and information which will give you a general overview of the diagnosis of an Incompetent cervix. You will also find many personal stories, of loss and success that hopefully will leave you with a feeling of peace, comfort and inspiration.
The primary aim of PIPA is to provide practical and emotional support to the parents and families of premature infants. However we do not offer professional advice. We are parents of preterm baby’s and not medical staff. We do offer understanding, support, encouragement and friendship.