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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 11:14pm

I will be having my third baby this summer and am thinking of having a C-sec. this time- but still not sure.

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In reply to: mntkat
Wed, 04-08-2009 - 11:59am

Would you be planning to have more? I don't know in regards to the surgery if you are likely to have problems, but I do know that repeat Cs carry a lot more risks. But if you are planning this to be your last, then I can see scheduling the C (if it were me.) Wither or not you have another big baby depends on the baby and not on the previous baby's birth weight (especially if you don't have GD.) My first four babies were all small to average for their gestational age except the last one- almost 10 lbs!

Wishing you a happy delivery!
Sarah, mom to 5

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In reply to: mntkat
Wed, 04-08-2009 - 1:08pm

I have had two c-sections after failed labor attempts...and I recovered really well both times, though the second was definitely easier.

 

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In reply to: mntkat
Wed, 04-08-2009 - 2:25pm

Katie -


Hi and welcome to the board! :) Over my tenure here there have been quite a few women with similar stories to yours who struggle with that question -- to C section or not to C section! My BFF is going through this right now as her last (large baby) got stuck in her pelvis (scary) and she had some pretty significant tears.


I guess if I were you, I'd think about the following things:


1) Do you want more children and if so how many more. There are increasing risks with each C section that you have -- some doctors discourage women from having more than 3, but really a lot of it depends on your own biology and how you heal from the procedure. Needless to say, if you're thinking of more than 1 or 2 -- you might think twice about the C section.


2) How much help do you have for the after birth timeframe. Recovering from a C section can be difficult. I agree with PP that my first C section was the most difficult to recover from -- primarily because I didn't know what to expect. It probably takes a good week before you will be able to walk comfortably, let alone carry a toddler, do chores, cook, etc. I'm not sure how that compares to your difficult recovery, so you'll have to weigh that out.


3) Medical risks - A C section is a major surgery and comes with a number of risks - (infection, blood loss, scar tissue impacting your bladder, etc.) and although the risks are small, it's probably worth researching them to make sure you know what they are... and compairing them to the risks of having a vaginal birth. Weighing out your options and making your own decision about the relative risks is an important thought process in figuring out what you want to do!


I hope this is helpful! Please post any other questions that you might have that will help you decide! Congratulations on your upcoming birth!!


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In reply to: mntkat
Wed, 04-08-2009 - 9:36pm

Thanks for all the advice-- this is for sure the last baby.