Was the repeat easier than the first?

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Registered: 10-20-2008
Was the repeat easier than the first?
Thu, 10-04-2012 - 10:47am

I had my DS in July of 2009.  After 22 hours of labor (with the combination of failure to progress, small pelvis, and baby's heartbeat decelerating) it was determined I needed a c-section.  I am now 32 weeks pregnant with #2 and have a repeat c/s scheduled for 38w5d.  For those that have had repeats, was it easier?  I know it's hard to compare because after my long labor my body was already so beat down before I even had the c/s that I'm sure it was more difficult, so I'm really hoping that the repeat is easier.  Input?  I'm starting to get nervous to have another one.

Mom to DS, July 2009
Expecting our little girl after three m/c - EDD 11/29/12

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Fri, 10-05-2012 - 4:53pm
Yes, I would say the repeat was easier, if only because I didn't go through labor first. I did have more pain, overall, but ironically had an easier time getting up and around. Maybe because I knew what to expect? I would be warned that not everyone has an easier time, although most people I've talked to have said a scheduled, repeat c-section was easier than an unscheduled, urgent c-section after labor.

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Registered: 10-06-2012
Sun, 10-21-2012 - 11:55am

Yeah i would also say that repeat was easier.

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Registered: 02-08-2013
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 11:40pm

I will have my 4th C section this month. The second time was better, the third was a breeze. Hopefully this time goes well too!