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Modern Medicine: Preventing Pregnancy Complications

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It’s time to turn off the TV and pick up books, pens, puzzles and learn.After the first trimester of pregnancy, many women feel less anxious. However, a cervical insufficiency, or weak cervix, can cause problems even in the second trimester.  A simple, outpatient procedure can help babies stay in the womb longer.

Samantha Phillips had a heartbreaking loss.  An insufficient cervix caused her to deliver early, and her baby did not survive.

Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Gregory K. Morrow from Coastal OBGYN explains, "It's kind of like a trap door cervix that the baby just comes out...often alive and moving...but usually pre-viable...It's a horrible thing."

Phillips' second child was born with no complications because of a procedure called a cerclage.

Dr. Morrow describes it as "a stitch used in pregnancy."  He says the cerclage looks like a shoelace, and it is inserted and knotted to reinforce the cervix.

When Phillips found out she was pregnant with her third child, Dr. Morrow went ahead and inserted another cerclage.  At 36 or 37 weeks, Dr. Morrow will take the cerclage out in preparation for the baby's delivery.

"I don't have to worry.  I know this baby is going to be ok. I know where my other baby is...she's with the good Lord, but I know this one I'm going to get to hold," Phillips said with tears in her eyes.

Dr. Morrow says it's important to let your doctor know about all of your past pregnancy complications so the proper precautions can be taken.

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