any one have a vertical c-section?

Dixie - posted on 12/12/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I had a vertical c-section with my twins. I am curious to know this kind of c-section affected other moms.

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I had a vertical cut due to having severe HELLP Syndrome. My platelets were extremely low(8,000 at the lowest) and so in order to prevent me from bleeding out, they did a vertical c-section. They cut thru more muscle that way rather than blood vessels.

Amy - posted on 03/21/2014

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I also had a vertical c section with my son, first baby, he wasn't breathing when he was born and was in the nicu for 16 days after he was born but it's healthy and happy now! I hate how my tummy looks but then I look at him and I don't care what my tummy looks like because I have him. Plus my husband tells me it's beautiful because that is how our son came into the world. Ladies be proud of the little life you worked so hard on creating and love your bodies no matter what!

Vicki - posted on 09/02/2012

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I had to have a vertical c section due to fetal distress, that was 29 years ago, I have had only the one child. I am glad my son and i both came out of this to enjoy our life together. But he was a big baby through his head and shoulders and my skin has never gone back to it's previous size, let alone my lower abdomen, Seven years ago i almost died in a car crash, which left me with extensive surgeries on my right leg, my surgeon has done excellent work, and except for a larger than average ankle(actually no ankle), it doesn't look all that bad.

Why in the world isn't reconstructive surgery not viewed as a cosmetic procedure when it comes to this type of c section, men who lose a testicle have a procedure to restore their appearance, why don't we?

Loss of strength in my lower abdomen is an issue now, and more surgery after going already through all this just is downright a needed procedure.

Rebecca - posted on 11/28/2011

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I've had three c-sections. The first two were horizontal and this last one was vertical due to scar tissue. It was an emergency c-section and all three were preemies for various reasons. This is my last, but if I were to have more they would all have to be c-sections and since I have preemies I would have to be on hospital bedrest for the whole of the pregnancy. I've done that already for 7 weeks and it sucks. However the vertical c-section took much longer for me to heal and was much more painful then the horizontal c-section. I thought I was never gonna heal it took 2 1/2 weeks to finally get off 7.5 percocets every 4 hours taking 2 each dose. I was miserable and needed full time help for the full 2 1/2 weeks. So if you are gonna get this procedure make sure you have lots of help.

Lindsay - posted on 12/14/2009

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Tara, that's a strange answer...it's from your doctor? Vertical incisions are still used widely in the US for any type of emergency c-section. It allows for a much quicker delivery of the baby. I know lots of moms that have had vertical incisions (a lot of moms in my preemie group had them).

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Kizzybear1600 - posted on 03/15/2017

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My 1 st baby was emergency c section
Vertical from belly button to pubic bone
My baby had unexpected multi heart problems sept 16 1988 i had to have c sec under general
For some reason my dr cut me across on horizontal on uterus n up n dow vertical on my tummy skin dr never explained

It was upsetting n it was hell recovering from it
I had my second baby 14 months later not on purpose birth control failure n was a vbac natural no drugs baby almost died was in nicu many weeks dr should of done a c sec
I was over due

Last baby i was induced n he came quickly. Another vbac no drugs natural but i had a uterine rupture n bled alot

B4 my induction i told my dr if i have to have a c section i want a bikini cut period
Drs prefer to cut on same incison i said no way

My c section was horrible

A vertical cut is really hard to recover fron unlike a bikini cut

I hated having a c section n esp a vertical one n a general n not being awake wen baby was born. I wanted a natural no drug labor like w my boys

Im very thankful i did get to experience natural vaginal births
N all my babies lived
If id had any at home they n i wld have died

I wld of loved a water birth but after my vertical c section i was considered high Risk

N vbacs added to it

Whether you can have a vbac after c sec depends on type of cut on uterus out side cut doesn't matter

You have to ck hospital records for type of cut on uterus

Vicki - posted on 09/02/2012

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I too know where you are coming from on this, but i guess it does have one bonus, your pantyhose always go on straight. God it is so disfiguring, i just don't get why reconstructive surgery is considered cosmetic in these cases.

Candace - posted on 12/29/2011

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I had an emergency c-section so I had to have a vertical cut! I hate it!! My doctor has never told me that future babies will have to be born via c-section. My mom actually had a vertical cut when she had me and went on to have her next child vaginally

Donna - posted on 12/13/2011

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It makes your stomach look like a butt. I will someday have it cut away.

Joan - posted on 12/12/2011

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My daughter was in a slanted breech position, so I had to get a vertical cut on my uterus and the bikini cut on the outside, and I agree with you ladies it did take longer to heal

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yeah i did and found out later that i can never have a child vaginally cause it would tear me apart and cause serious problems. i have to have c-section from now on. I think it does cause more problems. I had scar tissue attach to my ovaries and now if i cough to hard or something it causes tearing and it is very painful for days. I dont know if anyone else has had these problems but i have. I changed my doctor and asked him why they would cut that way and he said it is very uncommon and only used in emergency matters like a large head. well my child was a preemie at 2 1/2 pounds no big head here!!!

Alexis - posted on 01/01/2010

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I had an emergency classic c-sec with my twins as well. The dr said that if I had any more children they would have to be c-sec, but we are done having babies! lol So I dont think it will cause any problems :)

J_supple - posted on 01/01/2010

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That is correct that many emergency c-sections are vertical it allows better access to thebaby faster. My 27 weeker had a prolapsed cord and I have a vertical incision.,and yes the doc said its a harder recovery then the new more traditional midline.

Zoe - posted on 12/21/2009

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i had a vertical c section as sammy wasnt engaged so had to do it to reach him, i have been told all future pregnancies will have to be delivered via c section x

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I didn't have a vertical c-section but both my cousin and friend did. They had a much longer recovery time than I did with a horizontal c-section.

Tara - posted on 12/13/2009

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i asked my doctor and nurses about that bc my mother in law had that, and they told me they only do that for people from mexico..lol im not sure why

Lindsay - posted on 12/13/2009

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My daughter was born via emergency c-section (due to cord prolapse). My exterior incision was horizontal, but the one on my uterus was vertical (had no idea they could do that, but when my daughter delivered her cord and cut off her oxygen that's what they did). I am currently 22 weeks pregnant with baby #2 and b/c of the vertical incision I am NOT allowed to go into labor. A vertical incision greatly increases your risk of uterine rupture during labor (contractions) and, dependng on how early you delivered, during the pregnancy in general. Since my daughter was delivered at 27 weeks and my uterus never got to fully expand, my OB is concerned what will happen this pregnancy as it expands (hopefully past 27 weeks).

Katherine - posted on 12/13/2009

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i had a T c-section they started out with normal c-section but they couldnt get to her so ended getting both ways lol pretty much looks like a T .. its all the same dont matter witch way the cut u.. the only difference is more scar showing.. but hey its the doorway of life for my baby and i dont mind it..

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