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Registered: 01-13-2009
Sat, 03-31-2012 - 9:13am
Hey everyone! I probably should've posted here quite some time ago as I'm 36 weeks already. I had a c section with my DS after a long induction because my cervix started to swell right when I was reaching 10cm. He was 6lbs. From my online research, a swelling cervix is typically caused by the head being in the incorrect position or a baby that's too large. My doctors aren't the most VBAC friendly, but they are allowing me to try, though they won't let me go more than a few days overdue before doing a c. They seem to think my pelvis is too small, though they haven't done any tests or anything like that. I would really like to have the experience of a vaginal birth and my DH and I are ready to stand up for ourselves come delivery day if the drs start pushing for a c unnecessarily. But at the same time, I'm scared. Ultimately, I want a healthy baby and mom no matter how this baby enters the world. Has anyone else had experience with cervical swelling?


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Registered: 07-23-2004
In reply to: mrs_kevin
Sat, 03-31-2012 - 10:06am
During one of my vaginal births before my c/s birth, they thought my cervix was swelling up. It turned out to be one side of my cervix thinning faster than the other side because the baby's head was putting more pressure on one side of the cervix than the other. They had me lay on a different side and it evened out. Given your drs disregard for vbacs, I highly recommend you hire a doula who will help fight for yiur rights while you're in labor. Also, don't let your drs break your water. If your labor should stop or you're having problems with your drs, you can always leave the hospital. You can't once your water has broken. Also, maybe your dr will agree to bpp after your due date instead of trying to force you into a c/s. Remember that your drs cannot force a c/s on you and they cannot dismiss you from their care this late in your pregnancy. Good luck. Let us know how your appointments are going.


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Registered: 03-31-2003
In reply to: mrs_kevin
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 11:41am
Look I to spinningbabies.com. There are lots of exercises to do to make sure baby is settling into the pelvis correctly. Avoid pitocin induction if at all possible and request biophysical profile to check on baby's condition. If baby is ok, I would refuse the c section. If it were me, I would put dr off until at least 41.5 weeks as long as baby is doing well then look into induction with a Foley bulb and membrane stripping first. No dr can force you to have a c section.

Manda :)