VBAC after large 1st baby?

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VBAC after large 1st baby?
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Mon, 06-06-2011 - 2:15pm

Hi all!

Winifred (Winnie) Marie, 7/1/09

Susannah Margaret, 5/18/12

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Registered: 07-23-2004
Mon, 06-06-2011 - 8:45pm
Congratulations on your baby and I'm glad you're researching your options before you ttc. I'm sorry your sister had so many difficulties. I've never heard of someone having those problems. Was there an emerency to get her baby out quickly?

I've had two larger babies (10.1 and 9.2 pounds) and they were much easier to recover from than my c/s baby. My vbac baby was either 8.2 or 8.4 lbs. (I guess since she wasn't large, it's slipped my memory. haha.)

Since you pushed for so long, I wonder if maybe your baby wasn't positioned correctly and that's why you had issues pushing her out?

Have you talked to your dr about why you needed the c/s and whether your dr will let you vbac?

In my experience with larger babies, if your dr is willing to work with your body and give your body time to push out your baby, recovery from a vaginal birth (even tearing, imo) was much easier than a c/s. Having said that, your dr letting you push for 4 hours was a lot longer than most drs would have allowed.

Talk to your dr and interview drs and m/ws (and hospitals) in your area to see how they feel about you vbacing. Be careful of limitations they set or letting you try. (I was told that I could try to vbac, even though I'd already had several vaginal births.) Many times, drs say they will let you try a vaginal birth, but then put so many limitations on you that you're doomed to have a c/s. I also recommend that women call their local hospitals and ask the l&d nurses which drs really vbac. Those are the people who would know whether a dr really allows vbac or not.

Rose

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Registered: 03-23-2008
Tue, 06-07-2011 - 12:51pm

Thanks for your response, Rose.

Winifred (Winnie) Marie, 7/1/09

Susannah Margaret, 5/18/12

Community Leader
Registered: 07-23-2004
Thu, 06-09-2011 - 10:09am
If your daughter was not aligned correctly, that would explain why you had difficulty trying to push her out. The good news is that she stretched out your birth canal enough to probably allow shorter pushing stages for future children. Even though you gave birth by c/s, your body benefited from all of the pushing.

I pushed my oldest (10.1 pounds) out for longer than my others. He was posterior and (tmi) I tore pretty badly (still NOTHING compared to a c/s, imo). But my next baby (9.4 pounds) was pushed out in two pushes (and her head wasn't crowning with the first push lol). Every dr, nurse, and mw I've had since my oldest was born has told me that my 10 pound baby paved the way for shorter pushing stages for the rest of my children.

I'm glad you're researching and meeting with the hospital. It's great to be so proactive!

Let us know what you find out when you meet with them. Good Luck!

Rose