During pregnancy, a weak cervix may lead to miscarriage or premature delivery as the baby grows and gets heavier, pressing on the weak cervix. This pressure may cause the cervix to start to open before the baby is ready to be born.
A remarkable yet simple solution suggested by one consultant helped a woman with this condition to give birth.
A pregnant mother who had suffered repeated miscarriages, gave birth after lying upside down for three months.
The 29 year old, suffered from a weak cervix and was warned at five months into the pregnancy that she was at high risk of losing another baby.
She agreed to spend 24 hours a day on a hospital bed which was tilted skywards to lift her feet above her head and reduce pressure on her weak cervix.
Under the supervision she ate, read and watched television in the position, only leaving her bed to visit the toilet.
She gave birth six weeks prematurely by emergency caesarean after her waters broke. The baby spent two weeks in an incubator in intensive care before being allowed home.
The birth of her first child, four years previously is believed to have permanently caused her weak cervix. Since then she miscarried twice, at 23 weeks and 19 weeks. Attempts to stitch the neck of her weak cervix and strengthen it with hormone were unsuccessful.
“I was surprised when she told me to lie in bed at a tilt but I was ready to give anything a try,”
“It made me feel sick and I had a massive head rush at first but after a couple of days my body adjusted and I soon got used to it”.
“I’d even have to stay in the bed to eat by rolling onto my side, but I’d always have a dead arm by the end.
“It could be boring at times but I knew it wouldn’t be as painful as losing my baby.”
“After the first miscarriage you think it’s just bad luck, but when it happens again you begin to suspect there is something seriously wrong.”
“I had a calendar and we’d cross off each day – the way I saw it, one day more in bed hopefully meant one day less in special care for the baby if she arrived too prematurely.
“The hardest thing was spending so much time away from my four-year-old son – but three months away from him for the sake of giving him a sibling is worth it.
The consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, said: “This condition is rare – second trimester miscarriages only occur in about 0.5 per cent of women – and while the treatment may sound strange, it is very effective.
“We are currently undertaking research at University Hospital to replace this with something more pleasant for the patient which doesn’t rely on them staying in hospital.”
Read the full article from the Daily Telegraph
Further reading on Avoiding Miscarriage Due to a Weak Cervix
Woman lies upside down for three months to avoid miscarriage - Daily Telegraph (UK)
Incompetent Cervix : Weakened Cervix- American Pregnancy Association