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Short Cervix: Can the Cervix Improve With Bedrest?

Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife |29, January 2002


Will the cervix can grow or improve with complete bed rest?

I do not believe that the cervix will grow or improve with bed rest. Bed rest is usually only indicated if there is cramping and/or bleeding in pregnancy. This is a traditional way of offsetting labor. However, many practitioners do not believe bed rest helps. This means that if the pregnancy is going to terminate it will anyway, whether the mother rests or not.

Anne Sommers, LM

Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives.

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TW Dec 6, 2013 12:05:55 PM ET

I went for my appointment and my cervix measured 1.9cm. they had me admitted to the hospital on bed rest 2 days later. they did another ultrasound on my cervix measured 2.9cm so i agree anything is possible. i'm 22 weeks now still on bed rest until i go to the obgyn on monday to see what they say. god is good though.

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PC Dec 1, 2012 10:01:42 PM ET

Not true. my cervix measured 1.6 and i went on strict bed rest and a few days of progesterone and on the 5th day my cervix measured 3.4!!! anything is possible :) oh and i'm almost 20wks!

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sarah May 16, 2012 10:55:39 PM ET

At 21 weeks my cervix measured 1.98 cm and i was put on 24/7 bed rest to prevent premature labor. i can only get up t use the rest room and to come to my weekly appts which i have to lay down in the car. each week i have improvement. there is hope and just take it week by week.

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