What is a shortened or insufficient cervix?

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One of the things we are measuring when you have an ultrasound during pregnancy is the length of your cervix. We want it to be long and strong right up until late pregnancy and ideally past 37 weeks.

For some women, their cervix is found to be shortened or insufficient and they need surveillance and sometimes treatment to make sure their cervix doesn't open and trigger early labour.

In this ep we talk about:

  • How the ultrasound test is done
  • What happens if your cervix is shortening
  • What can be done to stop early labour
  • What can be done to help prevent an insufficient cervix for your next pregnancy
  • How common is insufficient cervix

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