Although the last few weeks and months of a pregnancy can be kind of miserable, moms-to-be know that a premature birth is something that should be avoided at all costs. So, despite their efforts to induce labor, they make every effort to keep their babies inside the womb as long as needed. Some women, however, need a little help staying pregnant. A procedure called a cerclage can help prevent preterm labor for women with cervical issues. If your doctor requests this procedure, there are a few important things to know about getting a cerclage, which could save your baby's life.
If your doctor tells you that you have a short or incompetent cervix, you might need a cerclage. It sounds scary, but it's actually a relatively simple procedure. According to the Baby Med, an incompetent cervix isn't strong enough to withstand the pressure and weight of a growing baby. It puts you at risk of going into labor early or having the amniotic sac rupture. To stop that from happening, your doctor can perform a cerclage and stitch your cervix closed until you can safely deliver your baby.
Here are nine things to know about the procedure, including the benefits and the risks.