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pending miscarriage. *17 weeks* thats me. :) 18 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 3052 posts
3rd Jul '13

My SIL is 17 weeks pregnant, she went to the doctors due to lots of pain and tightening. The doctor said that it may be a pending miscarriage.

what does or could this mean? will it end in miscarriage? or is there hope?

Vindictive 50 kids; Switzerland 30558 posts
3rd Jul '13

Is she contracting? If she is, and her cervix is dilating.. then chances are, there is no hope.



Best of luck to her.

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 12139 posts
3rd Jul '13

Did they do an ultrasound? Or listen to the baby on the Doppler?

thats me. :) 18 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 3052 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting HungryHippo:" Did they do an ultrasound? Or listen to the baby on the Doppler?"



yes, and the baby seems to be fine. The doctor told her she needs to wait till 24 weeks and then the baby will be viable, but if anything happens before then, they wont help the baby.

I am just concerned, because she is 31 years old, (has 2 kids all ready). But she has pains in her tummy all day long.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6751 posts
3rd Jul '13

If the baby is fine, there is a ton they can do to stop labor. I would strongly suggest that she gets a second opinion from a high risk dr. If she is dilating/contracting, there are meds she can be on right now or they might be able to do a cerclage. It all depends how progressed the PTL is. The issue is that it's not something she can wait to do. Normally the longer this sort of stuff goes on, the worse and more complicated it gets.



First off, she shouldn't be moving around. She should be lying down until she gets seen. She should also be chugging enough water so that her pee is clear. She can put pillows under her toosh when she'd laying down and that will help keep pressure off of her cervix.

Vindictive 50 kids; Switzerland 30558 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting thats me. :):" yes, and the baby seems to be fine. The doctor told her she needs to wait till 24 weeks and then ... [snip!] ... I am just concerned, because she is 31 years old, (has 2 kids all ready). But she has pains in her tummy all day long."


It's highly unlikely that a baby would survive prior to 24 weeks. At 17 weeks, it's impossible.



Did they hook her up to see if she is contracting?

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6751 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting Vindictive:" Is she contracting? If she is, and her cervix is dilating.. then chances are, there is no hope. Best of luck to her."


Dilation isn't good, but that doesn't mean there isn't hope. I was dilating last pregnancy at 11 weeks. I still made it full term (more or less). The difference between my situation and her sister's is that they were prepped for it. I had the right dr's. As long as her water isn't broken and she isn't in full blown labor, there's hope.

thats me. :) 18 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 3052 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting Vindictive:" It's highly unlikely that a baby would survive prior to 24 weeks. At 17 weeks, it's impossible. Did they hook her up to see if she is contracting?"


Not from what I understand.
I guess this has been going on for 2 weeks now.

Vindictive 50 kids; Switzerland 30558 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting Summerfrost:" Dilation isn't good, but that doesn't mean there isn't hope. I was dilating last pregnancy at 11 weeks. ... [snip!] ... were prepped for it. I had the right dr's. As long as her water isn't broken and she isn't in full blown labor, there's hope. "


If she finds someone willing to give her an emergency cerclage. There is a window where they can (will?) and where they won't. 11 weeks, sure, they'll do one because that's about the time they would be, anyway. But 17 weeks? I'm not sure anyone would do one.



Not trying to be a debbie downer. And I don't know too much about cerclages.. but I do know that not every doctor will perform one once you're already dilating, or once you've passed so many weeks (but haven't MADE it so many weeks, either).

lovemylittleladies 2 kids; Michigan 1271 posts
3rd Jul '13

Bed rest and pelvic rest. I had a threatened miscarriage with my second. I was bleeding though. Everything turned out ok. Best of luck to your sil.

Vindictive 50 kids; Switzerland 30558 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting thats me. :):" Not from what I understand. I guess this has been going on for 2 weeks now."


So why do they think it's going to end in a miscarriage? Baby is fine, mom's not contracting..

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6751 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting Vindictive:" If she finds someone willing to give her an emergency cerclage. There is a window where they can (will?) ... [snip!] ... will perform one once you're already dilating, or once you've passed so many weeks (but haven't MADE it so many weeks, either)."


They will perform an emergency cerclage up until 24 weeks. It's obviously riskier the later she is. They would have done a cerclage on me at 22 weeks, but it didn't work out that way. I was 2 to 3 cm's dilated. The plan was to place one, but my water broke and that nixed that plan. It just really depends how much cervix she has left, but it for sure is a time sensitive issue.



I have had 4 incompetent cervix pregnancies. 3 cerclages. I have a ton of experience with those types of situations.

thats me. :) 18 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 3052 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting Vindictive:" So why do they think it's going to end in a miscarriage? Baby is fine, mom's not contracting.."



so pending miscarriage always ends in miscarriage?

I guess that's what the doctor told her.



Vindictive 50 kids; Switzerland 30558 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting Summerfrost:" They will perform an emergency cerclage up until 24 weeks. It's obviously riskier the later she is. ... [snip!] ... issue. I have had 4 incompetent cervix pregnancies. 3 cerclages. I have a ton of experience with those types of situations. "


I know for a fact that isn't the case for everyone, or every doctor.

Vindictive 50 kids; Switzerland 30558 posts
3rd Jul '13
Quoting thats me. :):" so pending miscarriage always ends in miscarriage? I guess that's what the doctor told her. "


They're guessing it could end in a miscarriage.. I didn't say it definitely would.



I don't understand why they're saying it could, when baby is fine and mom is fine - other than her stomach hurting?