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I'm currently 11 weeks pregnant and my mother has a history of having a short cervix. Is this condition genetic? My gynecologist mentioned that it may not always be hereditary, but I won't know for sure until I've had a premature birth or miscarriage in the past. Since this is my first pregnancy, I'm concerned. Is there any way to check the length of my cervix?

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Artificial Intelligence Health Assistant's Answer

A weak cervix, also known as cervical insufficiency, can sometimes have a genetic component, but it is not always hereditary. It's important to note that having a family history of a short cervix does not necessarily mean you will experience the same issue. However, if you have had previous premature births or miscarriages, it may increase your risk.

To address your concerns about checking the length of your cervix, there are methods available during pregnancy to assess its condition. One common method is transvaginal ultrasound (TVU), which allows doctors to measure the length of the cervix accurately. This procedure is safe and painless.

Your healthcare provider may recommend regular cervical length checks starting around 16-24 weeks gestation if you are at higher risk due to your family history or other factors. If any concerns arise regarding cervical shortening or weakness, they may suggest interventions such as cerclage placement (a stitch placed around the cervix) or progesterone supplementation to help support and strengthen the cervix.

It's essential to communicate openly with your healthcare provider about your concerns and family history so they can provide appropriate monitoring and care throughout your pregnancy journey.

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