Your specialist will recommend that you rest for around a week to 10 days after your procedure to enable your cervical stitches to heal properly. During this period, it is important to follow their instructions and avoid sexual intercourse, including inserting anything inside of your vagina such as douches or other feminine products. You will also be advised to avoid intense exercise and lifting heavy objects.
Your specialist will advise you to refrain from sexual activity for a week to 10 days after your cervical cerclage procedure. This will allow enough time for your stitches to heal.
You will typically be able to return to normal activities such as work the next day, unless your work involves heavy lifting or activity.
Your cerclage should stay in place until around the 37th week of pregnancy (when your pregnancy reaches full term). The procedure to remove your cerclage is similar to the original procedure. You will:
Ruchira is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with her NHS practice based at Birmingham Women's Hospital in Edgbaston. She is the Clinical Director of Gynaecology at her NHS Trust.
Ruchira is a reviewer for European Journal of Obstetrics and gynaecology. She is also a Senior clinical examiner and Honorary lecturer for University of Birmingham.