An incompetent cervix poses risks for your pregnancy — particularly during the second trimester — including:

  • Premature birth
  • Pregnancy loss

If your baby is born prematurely, he or she might have health concerns — including low birth weight, breathing difficulties and underdeveloped organs. Children who are born prematurely also have a higher risk of learning disabilities and behavioral problems. The risks are greatest for babies born before 32 weeks of pregnancy.

Mar. 23, 2012