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?"
most efm/toco monitors won't be able to find a baby at 17 weeks.
Quoting Vindictive:" I know for a fact that isn't the case for everyone, or every doctor."
In her position, I wouldn't let a regular OB touch me. I would go to a specialist. Most specialists (depending on the situation) will place a cerclage up until viability depending on how much cervix is left and whether or not they have an infection.
Even if they don't do a cerclage, they can put her on bedrest, start progesterone, and start contraction meds. Maybe even start antibiotics.
If a person was say 18 weeks pregnant and 6 cm's dilated with bulging membranes, I doubt any dr would place a cerclage for example and most regular ob's only do a few cerclages per year. You wouldn't want a regular ob messing with your stuff. Even if it wasn't an emergency cerclage, there are very few regular ob's I would trust to do one.
There was actually a person who was pregnant with twins and delivered one twin at 18 weeks. They placed a cerclage and they made it to 37 weeks. All sorts of stuff is possible if they go looking for help now instead of waiting around thinking they're doomed.
Quoting Vindictive:" 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?"
I don't know if this matters or not, but she has diabetes and it can be unstable most of the time. And her tummy gets rock hard at times--not all the time--sometimes with pain and sometimes without. (contractions, I never asked her how often)
also, she had 2 C-sections prior. I don't think that would matter though, unless tissue was growing in the scar tissue, but I think she could have told me since she has had a few ultrasounds.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Vindictive:</b>" 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)."</blockquote>
The latest I have heard is up to 21wks but there is a lot of risk involved.
Quoting thats me. :):" I don't know if this matters or not, but she has diabetes and it can be unstable most of the time. ... [snip!] ... though, unless tissue was growing in the scar tissue, but I think she could have told me since she has had a few ultrasounds."
I am type 1 diabetic. I've had 2 c-sections. I'm not a candidate for a TAC (permanent cerclage), but they would place a cerclage if i got pregnant again at some point in the future. I am limited to only have 1 more baby because my last c-section was complicated, but I would still get a cerclage. I'm not a candidate for a VBAC though anymore.
Quoting Summerfrost:" In her position, I wouldn't let a regular OB touch me. I would go to a specialist. Most specialists ... [snip!] ... to 37 weeks. All sorts of stuff is possible if they go looking for help now instead of waiting around thinking they're doomed. "
I will let her know. thanks.
I have +MTHFR which causes miscarrages. I was told told that for all of my 8 pregnancys only 3 made it but there is still hope her stressing out about something that possibly won't even happen will only make it worse, I suggest just being on bed rest and not doing much, which isn't much possible with other kids. Good luck