Last night around dinnertime, I started to feel really awful. A aching, heavy pressure was surrounding my pelvis and I started to get worried (surprised?). After guzzling a ton of water and laying on my side for two hours, I called the MFM clinic and spoke to a wonderful Dr. G on the phone. He said he thought it was just uterine growing pains, but to head in to the clinic to have my cervix measured today.
I slept horribly, still sore, and dreaming of lost babies. I continued feeling crampy and must've Googled "incompotent cervix" and "preterm labor" ten times. It bothered me the feeling was not going away. I have had two friends who had cerclages placed at about 16-18 weeks and carried to full term. I think I am especially paranoid about it... and I don't know why. I am just glad it can be measured by ultrasound.
I saw my regular Dr. P this morning, and they measured my cervix at a "nice, long" 3-4 cm. She told me the following about cervical measurement and what to expect:
-A measurement of over 3 cm is always good
-It will probably get a little longer before 16 weeks as the lower uterus develops. To this I thought, "I didn't know there was a "lower" uterus!
-If it shortens in a week or ever gets below 2.5, she'd be concerned.
-Below 2 cm and it would most likely get a cerclage
She said she thinks it is because I am growing so quickly that the pain was mostly round ligament and uterine stretching. Both she and Dr. G told me some variation of the comment, "this pregnancy will be much more painful than your pregnancy with your daughter." They told me to just "take it easy" which is easier said than done. We will be checking in on the babies again in 10 days, and my cervix too.
Coming soon, a new feature: "People Say the Darndest Things!" (when one is pregnant with multiples...)