March 13, 2023

Cerclage Placement in Pregnancy: What to Expect. Episode #121

Cerclage Placement in Pregnancy: What to Expect. Episode #121

A review of what happens when a cerclage is placed in pregnancy.

For some women, the risk of premature birth or second trimester miscarriages are real and imposing concerns in pregnancy.  In some cases, a cerclage may be recommended to help prevent these complications. Here's what you can expect when you get a cerclage during pregnancy:

What is a cerclage? A cerclage is a procedure in which a stitch or band is placed around the cervix to help keep it closed and prevent premature birth or miscarriage. It is typically recommended for women who have a history of premature birth, cervical insufficiency, or a shortened or known weakened cervix. The procedure is usually done around 12-14 weeks of pregnancy and is removed around 36-37 weeks of pregnancy.

Before the cerclage procedure, your OB/GYN will perform a cervical exam and may order an ultrasound to check the length of your cervix.  The cerclage procedure is typically done under with local anesthesia and sedation. The OB/GYN will place a stitch or band around the cervix to keep it closed.  

After the cerclage procedure, there is some monitoring and rest that ensures, but only for a short period of time.  will likely need to There can be cramping and spotting for a few days after the procedure. Often sexual activity and heavy lifting for several days to weeks after the procedure is recommended. 

A cerclage can be an effective way to prevent premature birth or miscarriage in certain high-risk pregnancies. If your doctor recommends a cerclage, it is important to understand the procedure, the recovery process, and the potential risks and complications. With proper care and monitoring, you and your baby can have a healthy pregnancy and delivery.


Our practice can be found  at
Reach out to us at (201) 487-8600


As always, we'd love to hear from you! Connect with us on our website at or send us an email at


Remember to subscribe wherever you listen and considering leaving us some feedback at or writieng a review. 

Our Social Channels are as follows