I found out that I have an unusually long cervix. A normal cervix is 2.5cm. Mine is 5.5! The doctor said that my odds of delivering a baby on my own (without meds) is next to impossible – which is why I’ve had to be induced with all 4 previous pregnancies. She said that I have an irritable uterus, which means that it doesn’t want the baby in there, so it contracts, constantly. BUT, because my cervix is so long, there is absolutely no way for it to get itself open enough to actually get the baby out. She said that if I tried to do it on my own, I’d end up being pregnant longer than an elephant. (LOL!)
SO, tell me, why on earth did it take 5 pregnancies, many, many ultrasounds, and umpteen doctors to figure this out? No one else even thought to look at the length of my cervix?
Good news is, she said no bedrest. She said my body will contract, and I will have to deal with it (what else is new?!), but she’s not going to restrain me in any way because my cervix can’t open on its own.
I feel better having some answers, but geez! I wish I had known this 4 pregnancies ago!
Aside from all of that, the baby is doing just fine. His heartrate was in the 140’s, my uterus is measuring right on target, and everything else looks great! I gained 1 pound, which means now I’m 1 pound less than I was prepregnancy. Again, good news, since I’m already overweight. The less I gain, the better. Apparently, Parker is taking everything and growing fine, so I have nothing to worry about.
She told me not to start kick counts until week 24. The baby doesn’t become viable until then, so she told me not to worry until I get to that point. Then, every time I go in to see her, I have to give her a copy of my kick count charts. She’s planning on watching them as closely as I do. What a relief that is!
Good news all around. I couldn’t be happier! I go back in 4 weeks and get to have the sugar test. Fun, fun, fun!