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If you’re pregnant and your doctor thinks your baby might arrive too early or that you could miscarry because of a weak cervix, she may do something called a cervical cerclage. This surgery is also called a cervical stitch. It’s done to keep your cervix closed. The cervix is a funnel-shaped tissue that opens during childbirth so the baby can move out of the uterus and through the vagina. You can have the procedure done at a hospital or a surgical center. Patients usually go home the same day.

Why Is It Done?
When your body gets ready to give birth, the cervix starts to dilate, or widen. But if your cervix is weak or has other problems, it might open too soon. This can lead to premature delivery or a miscarriage.

Your doctor may suggest the procedure if:

  • You have a history of second-trimester pregnancy loss with painless dilation of the cervix
  • You’ve had a cervical cerclage during a previous pregnancy
  • Your cervix starts to open in your second trimester with painless dilation of the cervix
  • You’ve given birth before 34 weeks of pregnancy and you’ve had a short cervical length before 24 weeks of pregnancy

  • When Is It Done?
    If your doctor recommends cervical stitch because you’ve had problems with a previous pregnancy, it should ideally be done 12 to 14 weeks into your pregnancy. Otherwise, you can have the surgery up to 24 weeks. Past that date, cervical stitch could cause the amniotic sac to rupture and make your baby come too soon.

    When Is It Not Recommended?
    Even if your cervix starts to widen too early, cervical stitch may not be right for you if you also have any of the following:

  • Preterm labor
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • An infection in your uterus
  • Your amniotic sac, sometimes called the bag of waters, leaks or breaks before 37 weeks of pregnancy
  • Your amniotic sac bulges through the cervix

  • Cervical stitch is recommended only if you’re pregnant with one baby.
     
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