I experienced a high risk pregnancy which required me to have a cerclage from an incompetent cervix. At 3 and a half months pregnant, I found out the great news that I was having twins. It almost came to a shattering end at 5 months when I had started to go into preterm labor. I was 3-5 centimeters dilated when the doctor had to put me on medications to stop the contractions and a cerclage was then placed. I was given an epidural for the procedure and it took about 20 minutes for the doctor to carefully put it in.
I was in and out of the hospital throughout the rest of the pregnancy and restricted to bedrest. I also received steriod shots to mature the twins' lungs in case of an early delivery.
It didn't feel like there was any cerclage at all. It didn't hurt with it in place.
I was 36 weeks when it was decided to remove it. It did hurt when they had to remove it. I was given an epidural but they had to insert a cream to numb the cervix because it hurt every time an attempt was made to remove it. When the cerclage was removed, I was already 5 centimeters dilated. Within 5 hours, my first twin was born vaginally. The other twin was born cesarean.
It was a hard and long pregnancy with the incompetent cervix, but it was worth it in the end. I had two nice sized, healthy baby boys thanks to medication and the cerclage.