C-section 6 months ago; Pregnant again

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C-section 6 months ago; Pregnant again
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Mon, 10-13-2008 - 2:04pm
I am pregnant again after having my 2nd baby by c-section 6 months ago. I am beyond scared thinking about the physical ramifications of all of this. I was on birth control and I am breastfeeding my daughter. How did this happen??!! Can anyone offer up some advice?

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Registered: 08-23-2005
Mon, 10-13-2008 - 11:15pm

There were 14 months between my first 2 C sections - and both of them were emergency sections after long labors. (The second was a VBAC attempt). I'm now planning my 3rd section 19 months after my 2nd. My doctor is not freaked out in the least and in fact she told me that I should wait a minimum of 6 months between pregnancies to let my body heal from my section. The statistics are fairly clear that while a longer period of time is "better" for your body overall the statistics associated with the risks of close pregnancies are not SIGNIFICANTLY greater based upon shorter periods of time between pregnancies!


Congratulations on your new little one to be!!!

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Registered: 10-13-2008
Tue, 10-14-2008 - 11:53am
Thank you so much for responding!! Your Little Liam is so adorable. I am just so scared. We were thinking about a 3rd child as soon as possible. Only it happened sooner than we we kinda hoping for. I have an appointment with my OB next week Hopefully everything is fine and works out. I am also breastfeeding my 6 month old still and may need to wean her soon. Did you nurse your kids?
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Registered: 08-23-2005
Wed, 10-15-2008 - 12:22am

Ahh... you will be fine!! :)


I did nurse my DS - and I pumped for my DD. She was born very sick and didn't have suck reflex -- eventually she was put on a special diet (via tube) and I had to stop pumping for her which is actually WHY I got PG again so quickly!

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Registered: 05-16-2003
Fri, 10-17-2008 - 1:00am

lurking on the board & looking at my 1st c-section next week for a breech baby after 4 vaginal births. But I wanted to let you know that unless you have a history of pre-term labor, weaning is not necessary because you are pregnant. My first DD nursed through my entire pg with #2...the other 3 self weaned at the mid point of my pg. I know lots of moms who have had the same experience. So if it something you want to do not let other discourage you.

Unfortunately many health care providers don't know this & tell moms they have to wean. You might want to check out the following links for more info on the subject
http://parenting.ivillage.com/tp/tpweaning/0,,3x30,00.html
http://kellymom.com/nursingtwo/faq/index.html
http://www.llli.org/FAQ/bfpregnant.html
http://www.askdrsears.com/faq/pr2.asp
http://www.childfun.com/breastfeeding/pregnant.shtml

HTH

Andi



Andi


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Registered: 10-13-2008
Fri, 10-17-2008 - 11:16am
Thank you for responding. Yes I do worry about what the doctor will say. I already had a bad experience with the doctor that delivered my daughter via c-section. They apparently are not pleased that I am pg again so soon. I am currently look for another doctor. Were your others born smaller because you nursed? I have heard that could sometimes happen. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR C-SECTION!! IT WILL GO SMOOTHLY.
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Registered: 05-16-2003
Fri, 10-17-2008 - 12:11pm

No small is not what you'd call my kids-LOL :p My 1st was 7-12, then they just keep getting bigger: 8-0, 9-4 & 9-8! This time the sono(which usually over estimates by about 10%) had this baby @ 8-13 when I was 35 weeks. I'm guessing it'll be between 9 & 9-8 at birth. I have never had gestational diabetes, as my OB says I just grow them big!

I've never heard before about nursing while pg causing smaller babies. Your body is quite amazing & prioritizes the nutritional needs to go to supporting the pregnancy 1st, then your nursling & then you. So if anyone suffers it is you. Eating 5-7 small meals high in protein really helped me & your pre natal vitamin is a huge priority. If you have any more questions please feel free to e-mail me.

Andi



Andi


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Registered: 07-12-2006
Fri, 10-17-2008 - 11:58pm

Hi,


I had an c-section and my doctor said that I can get pregnant after 6 months no problem.When I was at his office after 5 months he said he dos not see any problem for me to get pregnant. Well, my husband was in another country, than at 6 months we miss the "time" and than I got pregnant the 7th month after c/s.


I am 27 weeks today and I feel fine, I am having no problems at all.


So don't worry about your doctor, if he/she gives you hard time than I would look for another doctor that you feel comfortable with.


Good luck


Bronia

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Registered: 10-12-2006
Thu, 10-23-2008 - 12:21am

I'm an exception to the rule and can offer great support on this topic. I had my c-sections 10 months apart. My first one was an emergency vertical incision which is MORE likely to rupture than the regular horizontal incision. My doctors were never really scared but did keep a very close eye on me. I was extremely scared! Turns out everything went perfectly fine. They did find two quarter size holes in my uterus at my second DD's birth but other than that things went smoothly. I'm sure things will work out for you too. :) ((HUGS))





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Registered: 10-13-2008
Thu, 10-23-2008 - 12:11pm
Oh wow!!!! I would like to ask what the holes were a result of? I hope you don't mind me asking. I am glad things worked out for you. I am scared, but the idea is settling in better. I found a very honest doctor, since my last one wasn't too keen on me being pregnant again so soon. I think she will help put my fears to rest as well as to all you great ladies and your wonderful advice...
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Registered: 10-12-2006
Thu, 10-23-2008 - 12:47pm
I'm not sure what the holes were a result of. Maybe just because my uterus was weakened from the previous c-section. They don't expect me to have any problems for future pregnancies. :) Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you.




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