Cervical incompetence

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NJ 2010-02-16 16:35:55


Hi All,

Has anyone had this complication during their pregnancy?.


juvita 2010-03-11 07:04:50


hi nj,

wat u mean by cervical incompetence? is it ur uterus is in lower position or weak?


NJ 2010-03-11 09:52:34


Hi juvita,

It means that your cervix has opened prematurely mostly during the second trimester itself. This is usually detected during your regular physical examination by your gyn or by the routine ultrasound during your pregnancy. If during the physical examination, the doctor suspects you have a weak cervix, he or she will confirm it with an ultrasound.

The cervix should remain closed until a few weeks before your due date to prevent preterm birth. But In some women, due to various reasons the cervix is weak. So the cervix gradually gives way due to the weight of the foetus, with higher chances of early delivery of the baby. The causes can be that your cervix could have been damaged through a previous D&C, congenital(ie by birth itself you had a weaker cervix) or if your mom had taken a medicine called DES to prevent preterm birth while she was pregnant with you. 

The only way to treat the weak cervix that I know of is to stitch the cervix as early as possible after 3rd month when the weak cervix is detected. A surgical procedure called Mcdonalds cerclage is used to stitch the cervix. The stitch is removed just before the delivery or after the 37th week. Many pregnancies are saved by this procedure and it has a high success rate. This problem is most likely to recur in all the successive pregnancies also.

The intent behind my post was to ask if anyone had cervical incompetence during their first pregnancy and if at all they went for their second did they have it during their second also.  




Mags18 2010-04-19 18:13:28


yep im also having the same problem...At my 18th week doc said that my cervix size is 2.5 cm only n i have to go for stitches to prevent miscarriage....Right now im at my 33rd week n equally scared that how these stitches will be removed at the time of delivery


NJ 2010-04-20 09:44:54


Hi Mags,

The stitches will be removed usually by 37th week or just before labour. It will be a bit uncomfortable when removing but overall it was fine. I had a normal and easy delivery which lasted less than an hour and a 1/2 even though it was my first baby! The doctors who were attending to my labour were joking that this is the advantage of incompetent cervix. Atleast we have that advantage over the others;-). 

If your babys position is normal and there is no other problems during delivery, you will have a much easier delivery than the others.  Good luck. Do let me know if you have any questions.


Mags18 2010-04-20 10:32:05


Hi NJ,

Thank u so much for the reply...im going for my another sonography on 24th april to know the position of the baby....i hope everything goes on fine....as getting curious as days r passing by...

Have a lovely day ahead!!!! :)


mickey 2010-04-20 11:10:36


Hi Mags ,

I Wish You all the Very Best. Never heard of such complications. Please be positive and things are gonna be fine.

Hi NJ,

Thanks for enligtening about Cervical Incompetence.




SoniSingh 2010-05-24 12:10:59


Hi NJ & Mags,

I am facing same problem and have been given cervical stitch.

I am equally scared as to how will my pregnancy progress.


Hope you both are doing good.

Take care




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