3rd c section
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Patricia - posted on 03/07/2014
Yes, I have had three c-sections... and also two vaginal births... in this order... #1 C-section, #2 V-bac, #3 V-bac, #4 C-section, #5 C-section. Obviously, most ask me to compare recoveries... I look at it this way... evens out across the board... the vaginal births endure the discomfort "upfront" and the c-sections endure it afterwards. Obviously, a c-section is a major surgery, not to make light of. My honest opinion, is that the c-sections were most uncomfortable. However, they are good medications that can give you comfort. Also, you can help yourself, by following good after care for yourself. I once was told if you only lift your baby, and nothing heavier, you will benefit from this rule. You need to heal... that takes caution on your part. Try to rest (which sounds odd with all the excitement and changes)... I know I never got much sleep, especially when my fifth child was born... it is helpful if you try not to stretch or reach, unnecessarily, or be supermom immediately. If you are fortunate to have family support... take it. I used to try to do everything for everyone... even run around and serve those who came to visit. Sometimes you may just have to point visitors and family to the kitchen themselves... a rested, pain-free mom can better care for her little one who is maybe non sleeping so great... or a bit fussy adjusting to their new world "on the outside". It may not happen often... but if you can... take a nap whenever baby sleeps... sometimes that little 15 minutes can mean the difference for the long night ahead for you. We might have considered a sixth child, but my doctor advised to "not". My uterus was paper thin and could have ruptered if I pushed the issue of "trying for another vaginal birth after ceasarean (v-bac)". I know the scars aren't very pretty... but, for me, that's okay... they are reminders of what a woman does to become a mom... no easy task. I am sure you will be fine... try not to listen to war stories of those eager to tell all... everyone is different... and everyone tolerates situations differently as well. Try to rest &relax prior to the c-section so your body is in it's best condition to handle the surgery... talk about any concerns with your doctor... and keep the confidence level up... as a mom of five... I can honestly say... "it is all worth the efforts we go through". Worrying never helps! (I am the biggest worrier ever... it never changed anything for me!) Personally, had I been able to try for number "6"... I would have consulted with my doctors and requested to have a "zipper" sewn in... lol!! I wish you all the joy and blessings for a safe and wonderful delivery... once they put that "little one" in your arms... I know all pain will diminish. Good luck to you and your family! :) Patti "Proud Mom of Five Beautiful Children"
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