multiple c/s

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Wed, 03-10-2004 - 6:59pm
I was wondering if there is anyone out there with a situation like mine- When I had my c/s, my doctor discovered that my uterus was shaped abnormal. Which would cause all future babies to be breech, therefore forcing me to have c/s forever. Well, that came as a total shock to me, becuase I had my whole pregnancy and future ones all planned out. (Obviously, God had a different plan for me.)So I was wondering about multiple c/s. Is the 2,or 3 or 17th c/s all the same as the first? As far as everything goes? LIke recovery? Is there any risks in multiple c/s? Any downfalls? Does your scar get bigger does it change? Or will it look the same as the first c/s? Sorry for all the questions. I know anything and everything about normal births, but I don't know much about c/s even though I had one already. Thanks!! Natalie
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In reply to: ndbigler
Wed, 03-10-2004 - 9:23pm

Hi Natalie, and welcome to the Cesarean Birthing board!! :O)
They did not say I have an abnormally shaped uterus, but they did say I have "one of those uterus' that makes breech babies" ;o) So I would say it's safe to say, I have an abnormally shaped uterus as you do (((hugs))) we're just special, that's all!!!


My first c/s was an emergency one, but the recovery was great. My second one was scheduled, but I had a glitch in that recovery, which, I believe, had it not been for that, would had been good as well. As for my third, I haven't had it yet. Prayerfully, Lord willing, we may see a third, but it's not in the picture right now ;o) and if we do get blessed with another child, I plan on having a trial of labor before going in for the c/s. So I already know all 3 will be different.


I believe that each birth is unique, which will make each recovery unique with its own special challenges and quirks. Does that make sense? I hope you are able to find peace about your future births according to the doctors. As for me, I am leaving it all in the Lord's hands. Who knows, the next one may go head down and we have a VBAC after all, we just do not know, do we? ;o)




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In reply to: ndbigler
Wed, 03-10-2004 - 9:39pm
I've read repeat c/s stories from people who have had noticeably better or worse experiences the second time- I think they are all individual and you won't know if the next one will be similar to your first or different in some way. As far as risks of multiple c/s, there are increased risks of some things (such as adhesions, rupture in future pregnancies, placental problems during future pregnancies, conception problems for future attempts at pregnancies, and some other things), but the risks in general are small overall. Some people are recommended not ot have more than 3 or 4 c/s, some are told it's fine to have many more than that. I've heard that doctors generally assess the condition of your uterus at the time of section and may make recommendations as to future pregnancies. A search on the ICAN website (resources and c/s fact cards) will be more specific as to what risks are increased with each subsequent pregnancy. As I said, overall the risks are very small, but they do increase with each section. The chances are extremely good that it won't be an issue for you, but if you're interested in reading more, that's one place to do it. Henci Goer also addresses that in her book "Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth." Here's wishing you easy pregnancies, c/s, and recoveries :)

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In reply to: ndbigler
Wed, 03-10-2004 - 11:28pm
Dear Natalie,

Every woman is different and every c-section is a little different. Each doctor has a little different slant on what he/she believes is best.

For me . . . my last 3 c-sections have been my best. They were scheduled. I wasn't tired. Recovery was easy. I was told that my uterus looks great, not too much scarring, etc. I think it is important to ask these questions while they are in there doing the c-section. You get an honest opinion.

There are risks to multiple c-sections. You have an increased risk of having a hysterectomy later in life. There are probably more that I'm not aware of.

My scar is the same. It isn't any bigger.

Hope that helps.

Ann EDD 9-28 #7 (all c-section babies)

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Thu, 03-11-2004 - 9:53pm
i just had my third c section, and will share my experiences because, if you are like me, you'll want to read everything you can get your hands on. but the lady who said everyone is different really was right.

my first c/s was for failure to progress after an induction, i was upset about it but it went ok. the first spinal didn't work, so they did it again, and that did work, although i was real loopey during the surgery. my dh was there, i heard my daughters first cries, and got to have her by my head for several minutes. i got stuck in recovery for awhile and was dopey from morphine for awhile after that, but we got started nursing about 4 hours after she was born (sidelying) without a hitch. my recovery was very normal.

my 2nd c section they realized right before surgery, while looking at my pre-op labs, that i had low platelets (which thicken and clot the blood). so i had to be knocked out with general anesthesia and my husband on a different floor, i lost so much blood that my doctor "elected" not to do a transfusion, and because of complications with the anesthesia reaching him, my son had trouble breathing for awhile and i didn't get to see him at all until he was 9 or 10 hours old. at which time, and for 2 or 3 weeks after, i was woozy and shaking from blood loss (my vaginal bleeding was also EXTREMELY heavy and didn't let up for several weeks). i didn't get my iv or catheter out for 2-3 days, and stayed almost 5 in the hospital.

so this last pregnancy i was terrified of surgery. my platelets were dropping so low i was hospitalized to be monitored. but then they miraculously (i credit a lot of prayer) shot up, i was taken in immediately (at 37 weeks) and it was the smoothest experience yet. the first spinal took easily, i was very coherent during and after the c/s, they let dh hold my son near my head the whole time they sewed me up, it was really great. i had catheter out that night, was walking around and eating the next morning, and only had a 48 hour hospital stay. however, my little boy was born with fluid in his lungs which turned into pneumonia, and was wisked off to a children's hospital within hours of birth. he stayed 12 days, i was pumping milk and driving 45 minutes by highway daily to see him, and crying at night without him. i was told by several NICU nurses and a neonatologist that this sort of respiratory distress is common in c section babies, particularly boys, and moreso when born early - because natural childbirth squeezes fluid and muccous out of the nose and lungs, but c/s babies don't have that benefit.

he is home now, beautiful and fine, but it was very scary when he was on a ventilator in another city and i was stuck in my hospital bed here.

so i've had 3 very different experiences, but i am also here and fine and have 3 beautiful kids. my scar is just the same after this one as it was after #1, although i think the pooch above it is getting harder and harder to ever get rid of - i think that it would be there even at my goal weight, at this point. but it's very low, so if i wear shorts style bathing suit bottoms or even shorts style lacy underwear, you can't see it. i want another baby, but don't know if i want to go through pregnancy and c section again. for me it's seemed to be such a gamble about what's going to happen - i've also had a miscarriage, and developed gestational diabetes and been on bedrest for preterm labor - that i've actually talked to my husband about adoption and sterilization. who knows - most likely once i've lost weight and my son's been weaned for awhile, i'll consider pregnancy again - my OB says there is no set magic number of c sections that's ok. there's a lady on the ton of kids board, a real lady with a website full of pics of her family and all - who has 13 kids. the first 5 were natural, and the last EIGHT were c sections. she's pregnant again and going to a doc in another state for the section because that was the closest supportive doc she could find.

anyway, i've rambled now, but that's my experience.

tina

ananda, 3 1/2

aaron, 2 1/2

isaac, 20 days





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In reply to: ndbigler
Fri, 03-12-2004 - 12:59am
Hi Everyone...

My name is Colleen and this will be my 6th C-section birth in November (Allah willing). I have to say that each birth was definetly different for me (each in different hospitals around the US, call me a gypsy). My last was definetly the toughest although with the exception of my first birth (which was an emergency c-sect that left me emotionally scared enough to repeat the process 5 more times)the healing was pretty easy and non eventful. The first, I feel due to my general anesthesia, had me feverish and hemmorraghing, my subsequent ones were much easier, no problems. I'm pretty much a pro at this but each subsequent surgery makes me more nervous. I will be posting my more in depth birth stories soon. But at my last birth the doctor said I had no windows, my uterous was healthy and pink but they were pretty amazed that I had tried it again, I guess I am just reluctant to put the Uterus out to pasture just yet (this is the last though) I have beautiful healthy babies and I love them all. Who would'nt want to try one last time.

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In reply to: ndbigler
Fri, 03-12-2004 - 3:46pm
Hi tayyib2u, welcome to Cesarean Birthing!!!
I completely agree with your last sentence!! :O)



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