How to move up the date of my planned C section

Kat - posted on 01/14/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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*** please dont reply with your reasons I shouldnt try ***

I am pregnant with baby #3. My first was born perfectly healthy at 35 weeks and my second at 37.
I am now at 36 and this time my baby is breach so they have scheduled a c-section for me at 40 weeks. But I am totaly afraid of going into labour before that date due to my history. I want to avoid this happening also considering my labours for both babies were less than 3 hours long Im worried about not getting to the hospital in time for my breach baby.
Im looking for any advice on how to have my doctor move up the date. He is already aware of all this but has that arragant "Im the doctor , youll be fine and you know not what you speak of women" attitude. But my intuition tells me I need a sooner date.
That and also having a babies head right at your ribs makes for the most uncomfortable everything ever !
Again I stress that I dont need to hear anyone telling me its bad for the baby to rush it blah blah blah.... Just please any helpful advice on how to move up the date. Thank you

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Kat - posted on 01/14/2013

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I have a uterous that is heart shaped so the baby cannot be moved. Also as of 38 weeks your baby is considered to term. I feel if men were the ones having the babies there would be more options available but since its women we are told to suck it up. But thats besides the point. i was looking for maybe any tricks anyone has ever tried that might of worked. For anyone out there looking for answers I had an appoointment this morning and I basically cried and pleaded my case and he agreed to move it up to 38 weeks so I will now have only four days left to wait. So if anyone else out there is looking for a way to get your way I guess crying and pleading works best ;)
There is a test they do to verify the lungs I had it done for my two first because I showed signs of preterm labour and they checked for this baby at 35 weeks and his lungs are perfect and ready.
Anyways, Why answer someone with a response they specificaly asked not to recieve. Thats not very helpful. Its like asking for the "where can I find the lowest fat french fry" and getting everyone telling you that its best to stay away from french fries. Whats the point. Its a waste fo your time to try to preach to someone that has obviously made up their mind. I didnt join this to get into arguments with strangers I joined to get advice about my actual questions and not be taught a lesson.

Mary - posted on 01/14/2013

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I also want to add - I know this is not what you wanted to hear. However, the plain truth is that there really isn't anything you can do to force your doctor (or any other provider) to deliver you early without significant medical complications. Your intuition and past delivery history really are not enough justification for a delivery before 39 weeks. I understand that this still leaves you worried and uncomfortable, and for that I am truly sorry.

Mary - posted on 01/14/2013

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I don't think your doctor is trying to be arrogant; the truth is, the current standards of care in OB prevent him from scheduling your section prior to 39 weeks. The only way he can deliver you prior to that is if you go into labor on your own, or develop acute complications that warrant an earlier delivery. You past history of preterm and quick deliveries, while certainly something to be mindful of, are not enough to warrant and ELECTIVE preterm delivery of this baby.

I understand your anxiety and frustration - and am even sympathetic to your discomfort. Unfortunately, the best you can do is hightail it into the hospital immediately if you start contracting. I should also add - there is always the chance that this baby could turn on it's own, especially since this is your third. As a L&D nurse, I've seen many a multiparous woman such as yourself come in laboring, expecting a section for breech, only to discover that the baby had flipped on it's own. Your uterus is a little more stretchy and forgiving with a 3rd baby, and sometimes all it takes is a few contractions to turn that baby around. I'm guessing that possibility, no matter how remote, is why your doc is giving you until 40 weeks instead of the usual 39 weeks for a scheduled section - he's giving this baby every opportunity to turn on it's own and avoid a surgical delivery.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/14/2013

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You can do things to try and get him to change position. I don't think your doctor is the one being arrogant by the way. Whether or not you want to hear it, the longer the baby stays cooking, the better for the baby, ESPECIALLY for a c section. The sooner you have the baby, the more likely he/she will end up in the NICU. When a baby is born by c section they are not pushed through the vaginal canal forcing all the fluid out of its lungs. The sooner this happens by c section, the more likely they will need help breathing or have lung issues. Also, estimated due date, is just that. An estimate, so you could be less far along than you think.

Once again you can do things to try and get the baby to move positions, and he/she still has 4 weeks to go head down. For one, you can do gentle moves like standing lunges (not to deep) or walking up stairs can get them to switch.

You cannot FORCE your doctor to cut you sooner than he deems appropriate.

If you DO go into labor, they can still give you a c section btw.

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