ObGyn/Pregnancy issues/short cervix

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Hi.. I am 23 weeks pregnant with my 5th child. I went to my dr at 18 weeks and they told me I had a short cervix at 2.4 cm and that there was some funneling. I have been taking progesterone suppositories. When i went back to dr at 22 weeks they told me it had gotten shorter to about 1.7 cm. She sent to me to the hospital and they told me that my cervix measured 3.8cm. My question is, is it possible for my cervix to change that much in 4-5 hrs??? It doesn't make any sense! Also i forget to say that they said im 1 cm dilated since 18 weeks. Please help!!!

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Liz

It is impossible for your cervix to change this major change in hours or even weeks. A 1 cm dilatation is quite normal with previous 4 deliveries and it is called multiparous os.

The best thing to do is to follow your doctor advice, have bed rest as much as u can, avoid household activities and sex together with keeping your progesterone and ur antenatal visits.

Good Luck

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Mohamed Kandeel

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I can answer questions about antenatal care, medical problems associated with pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum care.

Experience

Currently I am working as a Professor of Obstetrics gynecology, Menofyia University, Egypt. Since 1987, I worked in many university and private hospitals with a high load of pregnant population averaging 7-9,000 deliveries/year. This exposed me to all problems associated with pregnancy, labor and delivery. I had my doctorate degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1996 in the use of Doppler ultrasound in high risk pregnancies.

Organizations
Menofyia University, Egypt

Publications
-British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Kandil M) -Egyptian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Kandil M) -Ain Shams Journal of Medicine (Kandil M)

Education/Credentials
-Master's degree in obstetrics and Gynecology 1989 -Doctorate degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology 1996

Awards and Honors
Editorial advisor: Fetal monitoring section of the international website www.obgyn.net

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