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Feb 19, 2010 - 7 comments

Hi Guys, hope you are all doing well.  I am starting to worry myself a little before i have even spoken to the doctor!!  We THINK we really want a c section this time just to make sure we have a baby that is alive!  Just wondering if anyone has any comments on their own cesareans.  I think I am just worried because we want 3 maybe 4 children (5 including little Miley) and wonder how many they will allow, if my uterus will really rupture if I try a vaginal birth for any future deliveries, fertility after the c section,  the state of my belly after 3 or 4 c sections???!!!  HELP!!  :)

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by melimeli, Feb 19, 2010
I had a vaginal an emergency c and a VBAC.. they like to only do 3-4 c sections..  depending on how much scar tissue you have but they have done more...  just make sure they know when you go in for your c that you may like to go VBAC next time so they make sure to make the "best" cuts to ensure a possible vbac for the next one.. good luck and don't get worried

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by RockRose, Feb 19, 2010
I had 3 c-sections due to small hips,  and they all went fine.  

I'm going to send you a pm,  and I hope you can get it.  There are things that I don't know I want to say publicly about the horror of your birth story,  and how unbelievable the care you received is.  Unbelievable.  Your profile picture is heart breaking.  

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by adgal, Feb 19, 2010
I had an emergency c section 4 weeks ago.  I cannot comment on how many they allow, but they did tell me if I waited the appropriate amount of time (at least 1 year) it was very possible I could have a vaginal birth the next time around.  My personal experience has been a fairly positive one.  I healed nicely with no infection or anything.  I was up and walking about 12 hours afterward and after 2 or 3 days didn't need much in the way of pain meds. After that initial time, I was pretty much just on extra strength tylenol.  I am still a bit tender, but have followed all their instructions (no heavy lifting, showers only for 3 weeks, etc.) and haven't had any issues.  

I wish you well.  I know you have been through an experience no one should ever have.  I wish you a safe and easy delivery.  Take care.

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by tiredbuthappy, Feb 19, 2010
I had 2 sections. The first was emergency at 36 weeks due to preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. I hated it, although it could be due to the fact that i was so sick. I distinctly recall thinking that I would never again do that to myself. Of course, i got over it. My second section was smoother. I had no choice- my Dr and most hospitals around here don't risk vbac. However, I did have some traumatic experiences during recovery. The second recovery was faster but much more painful .

i personally would never encourage someone to have an elective section if they have a choice. I have a high pain tolerance but still found it to be a very hard recovery. We had to move downstairs for several weeks because I couldn't climb stairs. You can't drive for a while. You can't get up while holding the baby. Nursing is more difficult. It is major surgery. You need someone around to help take care of YOU and the baby.

As for how many... my dr said my uterus was thinning when he went in for the second section, but he also took the time to cut away all the old scar tissue. So I am assuming it's like a first incision, since nothing remains from the first? (Not sure, just an assumption). Anyways, despite the fact that the uterus was thinned at the incision, he said I can go ahead with another pregnancy. When I had my first I asked how many c-sections were safe. He said 3 were safe, maybe 4.

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by tiredbuthappy, Feb 19, 2010
oh yea- forgot to mention my friend had a c-section 1 1/2 yrs ago, and still experiences pain sometimes that is so intense, it feels like a fresh wound. She's even ended up in the ER because of it. She has had ultrasounds, CT scans, etc... and they can't figure out what's wrong. She's afraid to get pregnant again because she doesn't know what's going to happen with the stretching and weight on the incision. This is not typical, but does happen.

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by vsentz, Apr 09, 2010
Hmm....  I know I'm gonna get attacked, but this is my story and why I chose to do it.

I did have an elective C-section. Oh yes I did. And hunny, I don't regret that one bit! I was lucky enough and did not have any complications, my pregnancy was for the most part smooth and I had lost a little one before, and heard many horrible things about natural birth, that I was NOT gonna take any risk. So I talked to my doctor and I decided (no one else... since every one else was pushing me into delivering naturally... but in the end it's THE MOTHER who does it! right?) that a c was the best choice for my baby and me.
Maddie was out in 5 minutes, I had a little scare with the anesthesia since I'm  very sensitive and it went all the way up to my lungs and throat (felt like I couldn't breathe), but she came out PERFECTLY fine, she had perfect score, she did not need any extra care and her and me were in our room within half hour! =) she latched right away, got to cuddle with mommy and daddy and I was up and walking within 2 or 3 days with no problem. Yes, it was painful, but not the kind of pain that would stop me from having more.
But, then again, we are just happy to have one or two. We wanna really devote ourselves to our little one right now... so we're still debating whether we want a second one or just have her =). In fact, I told my husband that I did not care if one c-section scarred me for life, as long as my Maddie was  here with us safe and alive. I only cared for her at that moment... and I think I would have lived (or would live in case it happens) with the fact that I wouldn't be able to have more just to have her here with me today.
It scared me to death knowing that my best friends sister almost lost her little one also due to a wrapped cord and delayed birth (took about 3 days to push him out!), it scared me to death to know Maddie could have gotten stuck in the birth cannal, it scared me to death to think I would rupture or bleed to death due to my intestinal (serious) issues I have. Argh! forget it! I recovered nicely and I'm sure you (if you decide to do this) will too hunny. =) just ask many questions, like you are now, just talk to many specialists and doctors and you will decide in the end what's best for you little blessing and yourself =).

Best of lucks Rina and lots of love your way! =))) xoxoxoxoxoxo

I'm so happy to hear things are good for you hunny. Can't wait to see Mitchy's pictures!!!!

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by lhughes, Apr 09, 2010
I had an emergency c-section after a planned induction because Kathryn was breach.  It was the BEST thing I ever did.  I was afraid of the surgery and etc that I really didn't want a c-section.  But after it was all said and done (in about 5 minutes like v said)...  wow.  All I can say and did say on baby #2 was "let's do that again that way".  Of course baby #2 ended up not having a choice either, she was going to have to be a c-section regardless.  But I can tell you that my doc was amazed that I came in 8 weeks pregnant already planning a c-section.  The patient who didn't want one the first time was volunteering for it the second time.

Now my c-sections went off without much trouble.  The recovery seemed harder the first time but that could be because I didn't know what to expect or how to handle the recovery (like standing up and getting out of bed that first time ... with SHORT legs ... that floor is very far away if you don't have long enough legs).  And my scar wasn't even noticeable after a year.  However, it really wasn't all that bad, either.

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