Yes, in fact, it's recommended. At UChicago Medicine, the majority of our incompetent cervix patients have an abdominal cerclage placed before they try to conceive again. Typically, the cerclage is placed approximately 90 days after a prior pregnancy loss. The advantages of transabdominal cerclage before pregnancy are that it eliminates any risk to the fetus and enables cerclage placement as high as possible around the cervix.
Due to certain risks, abdominal cerclage placement is not an option for many women during pregnancy. However, in cases when a pregnant woman is eligible, we recommend placement during the eighth week of gestation. At this point, risks to the mother and the fetus are minimal.