Tuesday Talk: Pregnancy after c-section

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Tuesday Talk: Pregnancy after c-section
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Tue, 04-10-2012 - 10:18am
Have you been pregnant after previously having a c-section? How soon after? Did the prior c-section cause any extra complications? Did your prior c-section sway your delivery preference for the following birth?
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Tue, 04-10-2012 - 10:20am
I have not, and had a tubal after my last delivery so I hope I don't experience this. LOL

I've heard from others that sometimes the incision site will hurt as your belly grows and that scar tissue inside can also cause discomfort too.
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Tue, 04-10-2012 - 12:05pm

I had a c-section, a miscarriage, and a VBAC in that order. The miscarriage probably had nothing to do with the c-section -- of the 3 women in my family whose childbirth history I know (including me), all of us had difficulty/at least borderline prematurity with the first, an early miscarriage for the 2nd and an easy birth on the 3rd. I was the only c-section. Anyhow I got pregnant after about 15 months (baby would have been almost exactly 2 years younger than the first) and got pregnant again 6 months later so the children were 19 months apart.

No real complications from having had a c-section, other than the on-call doctor having an obvious preference NOT to do a VBAC. My c-section was a very unpleasant experience, and I had never gone into labor (HELLP; no induction attempted), so I was very positive that I did not want to do that sort of thing again. The family history helped my confidence. After the fact I'd heard a little more from my mother. It was amazing how much my 2nd live birth was like hers, despite my being at least 10 years older and having had such a different first birth.

Cthulu Crochet

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Tue, 04-10-2012 - 5:30pm
Well, we aren't there yet but hopefully will be in the next couple of months! I do expect some stretching and soreness. Heck, I get that if I increase my exercise suddenly. When we start trying I'll be 18 months PP. We have our hearts set on a vbac as the c section was emotionally and physically traumatic. I know a planned one would probably be less traumatic, but I just can't face that recovery willingly.

Manda :)

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Tue, 04-10-2012 - 11:57pm
Yes, I got pregnant 26 months after my first c-section. I don't recall an exceptional amount of pain in my incision scar during the pregnancy. Ultimately, the prior c-section limited some of my options for a VBAC. If all had gone well and I had had the ability to wait to go into labor on my own, I'm sure it would have gone well. But since I required delivery at 35 weeks to save our lives, it was either induction or c-section. They had very limited means to safely induce a VBAC, and I was a bad candidate for a successful induction considering my gestation, the condition of my cervix and my health. I eventually opted for a repeat c-section because there really was no point in seeking an induction that had basically 0% likelihood of success.




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Registered: 01-11-2012
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 2:30pm

I've had two previous including a Classical and a low transverse.

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Registered: 03-05-2012
Thu, 04-19-2012 - 2:47pm

Having had 6 c-sections and currently pregnant with baby #7 I can say "yes",

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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 11:14am
This was very helpful information, daughter411!! Thanks for sharing!!
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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 7:40pm

I really should correct this. My kids are 2 1/2 years apart, not 1 1/2.

Cthulu Crochet

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Sun, 06-10-2012 - 1:41am
my 1st c-section was an emergency due to breech baby. It was horrible after. 5 yrs later i had a 2nd c-section due to a sideway breech, perfect experience :smileyhappy: easy! 3yrs later i had my 3rd c-section due to complication with my daughter(she was born 4wks early) and the dr had some trouble due to all the scar tissue. my uterus is attached to some other parts that it shoulsn't be. as a result every once in a while i get some pains. the surgery was easy on me though. i was told if i have another it will be my last, and they will have to remove my uterus due to the scaring. So i will be having my 4th and final c-section in feb 4 yrs after my last. :smileyhappy:
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