so glad I found you! 3+ sections anyone?

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so glad I found you! 3+ sections anyone?
Mon, 10-19-2009 - 1:17pm
Im Monika... I had C/S #3 in June 2009. I thought that this would be our last child but now that hes here my husband and I are so in love and cant imagine not doing this just one more time!!! Ive spoken to my OB (same one did all 3 sections) about having another baby and he didnt rule it out however he did tell me NOT to get pregnant for at least a year to allow my body to rest and properly heal, and that he feels that #4 will be IT! he also told me there is a chance of hysterectomy.
I was just wondering if anyone here has had more than 3 cesareans and how that went for you? My older children are 9 & 6 and Nathen is 4 months old.
Did any of you have a harder time getting pregnant after the c/s? We struggled a bit to get pregnant this time (1st try with the others) How is the recovery with #4? I found this recovery to be by far the most painful and the longest.
thank you so much for any advice and input!
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Mon, 10-19-2009 - 2:05pm

Hi Monika!

I've only had 1 c/s, so I can't answer all your questions. My dr said some physicians advise 3 as the limit, but if there are no health concerns then that's not "the law". Hopefully others will have actual experiences to share with you.

I wish you all the best and hope you get that 4th little one that you want! :-)



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Mon, 10-19-2009 - 2:07pm

I've had 5. The second was 13 months after the first and the third was 15 months after the second and the fourth was 23 months after the third and fifth was 23 months after the fourth. So no, no trouble getting pregnant. My new OB said that when they cut you open that blood and amniotic fluid spills into the abdomen and can make everything stick together which can cause fertility problems. Scar tissue increases and so does chance of placental issues and uterine issues but many women have multiple Cs without problems.

With my fifth I had some issues, but not with my fourth. Then I know someone who had a uterine rupture at 9 weeks with her third (first two were c-sections.) so I think it just depends.

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Wed, 10-21-2009 - 1:08am

Hi Monika!

Welcome and congrats on your new little man! I can relate to your desire to have more... I've had 3 c sections and hope to have a few more.

My kids are 14 months and 19 months apart... so I never had issues getting pregnant after my C sections. I was always concerned about the "limiting factor" of having Cs and my doctor told me that it's really not a hard and fast rule that you can only have 3.. it's very much about you and your uterus.

There is an increased risk of placental issues when you have more C sections as there can be implantation on the scar... which if it's too bad can result in a hysterectomy... but the percentages don't get really significant until you're at 4+ Cs.

I found my last C section to be the easiest recovery, but that may have been because my first two were after long unmedicated labors... where as #3 was scheduled.

G/L with having another when you're ready! Keep us posted!

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Fri, 10-23-2009 - 9:30pm

Hi Monika~I have had 3 c-sections and will be having my 4th (and final! lol) c-section in late Feb/Early March 2010....I have to admit i am very nervous about it. My recoveries were varied, but for the most part they got easier each time around.

I am delivering with a different dr and also at a different hospital and that has me scared the most, i think..also the fact that my current dr is adamant about me getting my tubes tied because 'going for a 5th c-section is way too risky'.

My oldest was 6 months old when i became pregnant again. That was actually my easiest pregnancy and delivery, despite the shorter time between pregnancies; this time around there will be just over 2 years between my children.

Good luck with everything, and glad to see you here-it's a great board!

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Sun, 10-25-2009 - 9:24am

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Registered: 04-22-2003
Tue, 11-03-2009 - 3:09pm

Hi Monika-

I have the same question.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 12-01-2009 - 1:17pm

Hi, Monika. I am having our