Just found out due with #3 in Nov...

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Just found out due with #3 in Nov...
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 3:17pm
I have had 2 c-sections. The first was in 1995- my water broke, went to hospital, nothing happened, hooked up to pitocin for over 12 hours, only got to 3 cm, developed fever, had c-section due to "failure to progress". Baby was 9 lbs. 6 oz. With baby #2 the ob kept telling me that if it seemd like baby would be under 8 lbs I could try for vbac. I measured big the entire time and baby was estimated to be 10 lbs at term so I had a scheduled c/s at 37 weeks- baby was 8 lbs 8 oz. Now I am pregnant with #3. I am heavier starting out with this baby so I want to be VERY careful about weight gain (although my other 2 children were not "fat" babies- they were long). Do I have hope of a VBAC this time??? My first appt is scheduled when I am 8 weeks (I am currently 5)- what questions should I ask? Thanks for any info!!

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 04-10-2003 - 8:42am
In addition to the how big is too big question, I would also ask for his vbac success rates, his primary c/s rates, and what type of procedures/interventions are 'required'. For some more ideas see: http://www.socalbirth.org/resource/question.htm


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Registered: 07-21-1998
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 4:31pm
Honestly, it's going to be tough. A lot of practitioners who support a VBAC draw the line at more than 1 c-section, although there's no evidence that this is really an additional risk. A good litmus test for you would be to ask whether a large baby can be VBACed. In the absense of other problems, the answer is "yes" but a lot of people get scare stories about it anyway.(If you really want to test, try phrasing it as "How big is too big?", and see if you get corrected).

As for weight gain, I was told "just eat as healthy as you can, and let the weight be what it is."

Cthulu Crochet