Meaning of "the following pregnancy"

“If the normally tightly closed cervix begins to open before term, it allows the amniotic sac and its contents to protrude into the vagina, resulting in miscarriage. To prevent this, a cervical suture is inserted at 16 weeks of the following pregnancy.”

Does “the following pregnancy” mean “the next time when the woman gets pregnant”?

Hi apo

Yes, I think they mean the next time a woman gets pregnant after she’s had a miscarriage.


Medically, this procedure is not only indicated for next pregnancy. It is usually indicated in females with weak cervix or “incompetent” cervix and short cervix found on examination between 22 to 24 weeks of pregnancy and then this suture is insterted and removed during the nine month of pregnancy.