A condition in pregnancy where dilation and effacement of the cervix or opening of the cervix occurs without feeling contractions or pain. This incompetence usually occurs in the second trimester and is the cause of all 20-25% of all second trimester losses. Factors that increase the likelihood of incompetent cervix are DES exposure, cervical trauma, cervical surgery, and uterine anomalies. If diagnosed, then a cerclage or a stitch sewn around the cervix keeping it closed, can be placed. The cerclage is usually removed between 36 and 37 weeks of gestation to allow for a normal vaginal delivery.
The doctors at Advanced Ob/Gyn will determine if you have cervical incompetency and are experienced at placing a cerclage. Call 713-465-5966 to schedule your first obstetrical visit for the doctors to discuss your pregnancy history.