What is a cervical stitch?

What is a cervical stitch?

Find out here what it involves to have a cervical stitch procedure.

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My sister had a miscarriage last year and has been told she needs a cervical stitch now she’s pregnant again. She’s so anxious – what is this, and is it safe?

How sad for your sister, her miscarriage must have been more than 16 weeks for this to be recommended. A cervical stitch, or cerclage, is a tape stitched around the neck of the womb, it’s usually advised if the cervix is weak and possibly not able to stay closed to the end of the pregnancy. It may also be recommended if you’ve had surgery on your cervix or it’s shown a weakness during early scans.

This is usually done under anaesthetic at around 13-14 weeks of pregnancy; the stitch is then removed at 36-37 weeks, ready for the birth. It is quite a simple procedure but does carry the risk of infection which could lead to further complications, so antibiotics may be prescribed to help prevent this.

For more information, including questions to ask and the experiences of women who have had the procedure, go to miscarriageassociation.org.uk/wp/wp-content/leaflets/Cervical-stitch.pdf

 Alison Brown

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