My first child was a C-Section, my second can I have natural?

Jessica - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My first child, I had a C-section due to I am 4'11, and the doctor told me that my son was to big to fit through my birth canal. My son was 7 lbs, 12 oz at birth. I was wondering, can I have natural birth on my second child if I wanted too?

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Crystal - posted on 01/02/2010

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Usually that decision is made based on the circumfrence of the babies skull as measured by the ultrasound tech, not your height. But things are done differently in different areas. In Canada, a vbac (vaginal birth after c-section), is almost always reccomended, as long as there are no complications such as placenta previa, other underlying medical conditions that can cause problems, or a complication caused by the initial c-section. It is best to have 2 years between your c-sections, and it also depends on the type of incision used for your previous c-section. There are books written solely on this topic, as well as lots of material on the internet. Not having a c-section will result in a faster recovery, and surgery always carries certain risks. I reccomend doing some reading and talking to your doctor. If he bases the need for a second c-section on your height, or the fact that you've had one c-section, you should probably find a doctor who's better informed. Most doctors will allow you to atleast attempt a vbac in an uncomplicated pregnancy.

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Yvonne - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had my first one by c section because he was wrong way round! I tryed with my second one to have it normal but i had complications so that i had an emergancy c section! Maybe they let you try first ! Good luck!

Amber - posted on 01/17/2010

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I wanted to have a VBAC with my second child but my doctor told me that I would have to have another c section due to the fact that when you go into labor they have to have a surgical team ready if you rupture. And the hospitals dont want to spend the money on having a surgical team waiting just in case. She said that obs around the country are moving away from it due to this. If I wanted to try a VBAC i would of had to travel 50 miles to a hospital where they do VBACS.

Amy - posted on 01/11/2010

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Definitely let your doctor know that that is what you want. I just had my third c- section in Nov. and the recovery was terrible (first two weren't bad). I wanted to try a VBAC with number two, but my doctor was against it. I wish I had been a little more persistent.

Chelsey - posted on 01/10/2010

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I am currently 14 weeks prego with #2 and I had my first via c-section in September of 2008 so I will have 22 months between the births. I am going to try for a vbac and so that I have a better chance of succeding I am going with a midwife. I also am hoping that I will be able to have a homebirth where I will be away from all those interventions that can inhibit labor. You should check out this website for vbacs
ican-online.org it will should give you lots of info

Kelly - posted on 01/08/2010

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I had my first child in 1995 vaginal, my second child in 1997 emergency c-section, my third child May 2008 and I was told I had to have c-section or go to a bigger city with a bigger hospital if I wanted to go vaginal because of the risks of rupturing my previous c-section scar etc. So, I ended up having a c-section and my fourth child I had October of 2009 c-section again. My 4th child-3rd c-section was a little rough healing afterwards and I am sure my body wasn't completely healed from my 3rd pregnancy-2nd c-section since my 3rd child was only 8 months when I got pregnant with my 4th child. So, I would suggest doing some research on it and get a 2nd opinion before you decided because I truly wish I could of went back to having vaginal births!!!!

Liz - posted on 01/02/2010

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it all depends on what the doctor and hospital says. Some say yes, others say no. I had a c-section with my twins, and now I have to have one with my current pregnancy, but thats just how my doctor does it.

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