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Pregnancy after C-section

Aug 25, 2008 - 6 comments

I opted to have a C-section on 8/1 because I could not bear the thought of laboring and pushing out my stillborn daughter at 6 months (24 wks and 3 days) pregnant vaginally.  I am a Labor & Delivery nurse, but I am looking for people's personal experiences.  My question is: how long did you wait to become pregnant after having a C-section?  I know my MD says wait at least 6 months and I will, but I am curious to hear anyone's story.  I would also love to hear about those of you who weren't necessarily trying to conceive but did.  Keep in mind that my uterine incision is not as large as it would be with a full term baby.  My daughter weighed 1 lb and 7 oz.  And I had the pfannenstiel abdominal incision (bikini line incision) and the lower uterine transverse incision since this was not an "emergency" C-section.  Did any of you VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean section)?  Like I said I am just curious to hear your stories because my husband and I are so ready to get pregnant again.  

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by pertykitty, Aug 25, 2008
im so sorry, i would have made the same choice.  now i have two babies from c sections.  my first (10 yr old) was an emergency after 3 and  a half hours of pushing his big face up head with no luck!  i wanted to try vbac with my now 9 month old but i did not because i really freaked reading the stories of all the "what ifs".  i know it can be a very successful delivery after a c, but according to my dr you should wait a year.  i would really suggest waiting a bit more than 6 months (just my personal opinion here) if wanting to vbac.

the second c is so much easier and recovery is quite fast, well with me it was.  i wish i had a better answer for you, i wish you both the best of luck in making your decision!    

dana

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by Maddiesmom0801, Aug 25, 2008
Thank you for responding pertykitty.  I genuinely appreciate the advice.  I know the "what-ifs" are really what has me indecisive about this, which is totally out of character for me.  On one hand I want to experience having a vaginal birth and the speedy recovery.  But, simultaneously on the other hand, I know the risks of uterine rupture...though VERY rare I have seen it happen on my unit and the lady had to have a hysterectomy because she would not stop bleeding and also the baby didn't make it.  I also don't want my husband and I to make the decision to not have another C-section and something happens while I am attempting to deliver vaginally.  There are genuinely so many things to consider because if something happens to our future child because I attempted to deliver vaginally as opposed to the "controlled" delivery of  a C-section I would never forgive myself...you know.  My family is so amazed at how well I appear to be doing physically, another concern that I have is that I will be in more pain with subsequent C-sections and I do not want anything to slow me down once we have our child/children here.  So many questions...I have an appointment with my OB/GYN at 3:15pm today.  I will ask her these questions also.  Again, I thank you for your input.  Have a blessed day!

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by lhughes, Aug 25, 2008
I had c-sections with both babies.  The first was an unplanned c...we were in the process of pitocin and attempting to get labor going when doc realized that was not her head at my cervix (oops).  The second baby was unplanned.  I got pregnant between 10 and 11 months after delivery.  Both times the recovery was pretty fast.  I knew what to expect the second time, so getting up and moving was much easier than the first time.

The only annoying thing to a c is not being able to lift the first child until you are 6 weeks out and not being able to drive yourself in the beginning....no matter HOW good you feel.

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by pertykitty, Aug 25, 2008
they told you not to lift your child for 6 weeks?  after 2 weeks my dh was sent out to sea (love that navy!) and i had no choice but to drive my son to school and take of the two of them myself.  that includes grocery shopping and cleaning ect.  im thankful im a great healer!

the pain after the second was next to nothing.  the pain from the trapped air in my shoulder was the worst!  i know a few moms that vbac'd and had a great experience.   i felt bad for not delivering vaginally but i am over that now haha.  now i want a 3rd and i know it will be more fun with even more scar tissue.  the one thing about a c i hate the most was not being able to hold her right away.  let us know what you decide :)

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by lhughes, Aug 25, 2008
Yep, nothing heavier than the baby I just had for 6 weeks (for either c-section).  No driving for 2 weeks.  My mom stayed with us during this time.  A very LONG 6 weeks.  I think I cheated, though and made it about 5 weeks.  Same thing for my mastectomy...no lifting for 6 weeks.  Made it 4 weeks for that surgery.

But, ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

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by shaz86, Nov 26, 2008
hi,sorry for your loss,i also had a still birth at 7 months  i had a little boy,i had to deliver him naturaly due to pre eclampsia  and placenta abruption,i got pregnant again within a few months and had a miscarriage at 4 months,a few months later i was pregnant again and everything was fine i had a beatiful baby boy 4 weeks early,10 months later i was pregnant again and this time had a c section at  30 weeks had a beatifull baby girl i just wanted to share this to tell people out there to keep tryin,i will always love the babys i lost,but very thankfull for the 2 miracles i have  its not always a tragic outcome theres  a light at the end of the tunnel

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