Jane from L.A.: I was just diagnosed with an incompetent cervix and admitted to Cedars-Sinai.
I'm 19 weeks pregnant. (I'm one day shy of 20 weeks and my 20-week level II ultrasound.)
It will be touch and go for the next few days and then weeks. I don't know how long I'll be here. If everything goes OK tonight, they'll put a stitch in (called a "cerclage") tomorrow and will then watch for infection or preterm labor for 48 hours. If everything seems OK after that, they'll wait another week to see that everything is still OK. Then they'll let me go home and I'll be on bedrest.
It's truly a nightmare, and my husband, Joe, and I can't really comprehend what's going on. There's a chance I'll lose the pregnancy or get an infection or go into labor during those bad weeks (weeks 22 to 28, when a premature infant has a much lower chance of survival). And we can't go through that. So, we wait and see. I don't know when I'll see our 18-month-old daughter, Willa, again -- and that is killing me the most.
The positive news is that I'm not in labor and my cervix is still long.
My mom is coming tomorrow, so that's good.
More coming soon.
* "Notes from Bedrest" is a new column that features e-mails from a mom who recently experienced bedrest. We are posting her e-mails chronologically in the order she wrote them.