Got some interesting news at my doctor appointment today!

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!

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


  1. 1
    snaphappee says:

    It is interesting that it took so many pregnancies to determine that. Is it possible that technology has made it easier to discover such things now? I’m glad all is well! Take good care of yourself!

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    Catherine says:

    Glad to hear you had a good appointment overall. I couldn’t imagine being induced through 4 pregnancies but I’m sure it’s relief to know why.

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    Danielle says:

    Wow! I think you just have an exceptional doctor (like I did). She sounds really cool. Didn’t they take Ashley a month early? I wonder if that was even necessary.

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    Stereotypical Housewife says:

    WOW that is crazy..four pregnancies later they finally figure it out! Well I had to be induced with my first, and then a C-Section, so I might just ask if this might be MY issue too!

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    It’s amazing (and scary) how many things doctors miss, isn’t it?

    Great news on the no-bedrest and on little Parker doing so well!

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    Teresa KK says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of a ‘kick count’. Does it just measure the activity? My son kicked so much, I would have lost count!

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    drama queens mum says:

    That’s good that you know why now. I’m hoping for a c-section myself next time. Glad everything is okay.

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    Stéphanie et la petite famille aux Etats Unis says:

    What docs have you been seeing????!! I always had my cervix checked at my ultrasound and by my midwife too at least once for each pregnancies(three viable). So weird( and scary if you think about it…) .
    Good luck with P. and your familly

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