Need help with csection questions MUMS WHOS HAD MORE THAN ONE CSECTION PLEASE.

Carla - posted on 11/17/2011 ( 183 moms have responded )

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I had my first child by c-section in 09 and had my second boy 3weeks ago, the staples weren't done properly and now have an infection which is being treated, i really want to start trying for baby no3 in the next couple of months, is this wise tho? i don't want any complications or something happening to the baby because i wasn't healed, has anyone had 3 or more c-sections within in 3yrs? i dont get to speak to my doctor for a few months so i cant ask him



thanks for the advice - in advance

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Kate CP - posted on 11/17/2011

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Look, you have obviously made up your mind to get pregnant as soon as you're healed. It's not a good idea. It's bad for you and bad for the baby. But it's up to you. Why do you even bother asking this question if you don't want to hear the answer?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/17/2011

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No it is not wise AT ALL! You first need to heal from your infection, then from the surgery itself. Ask your doctor, but I think it is recommenced to wait a full year between children for your uterus to heal after a c section. If you do it to soon, you are higher risk for a uteran rupture.

Bethann - posted on 11/27/2011

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I have had 4 c-sections. Babies spaced 2 years apart. By the time my 4th pregnancy came, my OB stated that due to the length of time I waited between pregnancies, I faced no greater risks than a person looking at their 1st c-section. Oh, and I had stitches all 4 times...no staples. Minimal scar tissue on abdominal wall, uterus and outer belly. No adhesions.

No complications with c-section #4. Smooth delivery, easy recovery. UNTIL a couple months after I was "healed" I still had a terrible "pooch". OB stated it was normal. Doctor told me it was "baby weight". Finally consulted with a plastic surgeon to get an opinion on a tummy tuck. The Plastic Surgeon was the first to tell me I had a large ventral hernia...simply stated, my 4th c-section incision on my abdominal wall...broke loose. The whole incision gave way leaving an opening in my abdominal wall. No explanation given the fact all my tissue was supposedly perfectly healed. Thankfully, my plastic surgeon was a board certified surgeon prior to changing field and he took care of my hernia for me and guaranteed I wouldn't have any further issues. 5 years later and I'm better than good.

I tell my story because I was perfectly healthy, 100% healed and a prime candidate for a successful repeat c-section. Under these "best" cirmcumstances, I still ended up with an entire incision tearing open. If this could happen under "ideal" circumstances, why would you even consider rushing things and placing yourself, your body and your baby under less than ideal circumstances? Let your body heal. Let your incisions heal. Give yourself every chance for success rather than taking an unnecessary risk. Although c-sections are commonplace these days, they are still a major surgery. Please keep that in mind.

Dana - posted on 11/17/2011

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Let's just keep it on topic please. Carla is looking for help, not an argument.

Thanks, Dana ~ WtCoM moderator

Dana - posted on 11/17/2011

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Carla, I've had 2 C-sections. You are supposed to wait for a year before getting pregnant again. Although you do heal in ways in a few months, you're not completely healed and ready until a full year. Good luck with the next one!

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Saniya - posted on 12/22/2013

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i had 3 csections the last csection was about 11months back i have done B.T.L as well.should i start exerise now?my weight is 62kg and my hight is 5.4,how much weight i have to put off?i really want to slim as i was before is it possible for me?

Gemma - posted on 12/30/2011

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Hi, i had my first little boy by emergancy c-section in 07 and my second little boy also by c-section in 08... They advise 12-18months in between c-sections although they do say to leave it longer the more children you have! Whether it be vaginaly or c-section.. I would say to leave it until your little one is at least 18months! There can be alot of complications due to the previous c-section scars! I had trouble when i was having my second little boy and i found that it took longer to heal, needless to say my stitches burst and it took 7 long months for it to heal properly, i got told this was because i had to two c-sections quite close together! Anyways hope this helps some! Gem x

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Oh its too late, against doctors advice and asking here, she went ahead and got pregnant anyways.

Helen - posted on 12/29/2011

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You really should wait, remember you should not lift anything heavier than the baby for 6 weeks with a one year old and 2 year old to deal with unless you have a husband or family to care for the first 6 weeks your putting yourself at risk. I have had 2 c/s and worked with mother & babies for 35years

Linda - posted on 12/29/2011

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•Timing pregnancies less than 18 months or more than five years apart could raise the odds of the second baby being born prematurely, at low birth weight, or small for gestational age, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. With too short an interval, researchers theorize, the problem may be that a mother's body needs more time to recover from the stress and depleted nutrients of the first pregnancy; with longer spacing, the problem could be that fertility gradually declines after a woman delivers. •Waiting 18 to 23 months after the birth of your last child before conceiving another seems best for the new baby's health, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Doctors found that babies conceived less than six months after the birth of a previous child are 40 percent more apt to be born prematurely or underweight. And those conceived more than ten years after the prior sibling face about double the risk of preterm birth.•A similar study at the University of California in San Francisco found that the ideal interval between babies is 24 to 35 months. Babies conceived sooner had a higher incidence of low birth weight

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Why do you want to rush into having another kid so soon.
Enjoy your two that you have. For me, two is perfect. Three is expensive. Especially in this day and age. School fee's, saving for educational plans and decent schools. Phew!

Jolijn - posted on 12/28/2011

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I've had 2 c-sections 23 months apart and am pregnant with my third after 18 months. I was really worried about the scar etc thinking it may have been to soon, I went to the doctor who told me I could have gotten pregnant 40 days after the c-sections since that is how long it take your body to heal...... As soon as you feel up to it go see a doctor and get the green light to get pregnant again. It has been done before and I wish you lot's of luck and happiness with your kids.Enjoy and take care whatever you decide.

Anne - posted on 12/27/2011

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I have had three c-sections with no adverse effects whatsoever. I was advised by my obstetrician that it entirely depends on the individual and the way they have healed after each section. For example, when I was in hospital for my third child, there was another lady in who had also had three c-sections, she was told that around her wound site, the womb was very thin and that it would be a bad idea to have a fourth child. I, on the other hand, was told that my womb was very healthy and would be able to take a fourth pregnancy and c-section. Speak to your ob-gyn and find out what your individual situation is, ere is no hard and fast rule. As a matter of interest, the lady who was in hospital with me, her babies had all been tiny, the biggest was 5lb ish. My three had started at 10lb 8oz and my third was 11lb10oz. . . and they were happy for me to try for a third whopper!

Lily - posted on 12/20/2011

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tno it´s not wise since when they do cut for the Csection they cut 7 capes and they all not heal till a year so it´s very dangerous especially because you have to heal and feed a little baby wish mean you can´t breadfeed while you are pregnant either on top that your tummy will be strech and can breake the uterous while you make space for another, so don´t do crazy things it´s not safe for you or the baby you want to bring along with the one that you just have wish he needs of he´s mom and all the attention you can give her or him.

Jamme - posted on 12/20/2011

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My three sons are 30 months apar, oldest to youngest all born by C-section. I had zero complications with all three pregnancies. There is no guarantee how long you wait that you have a uncomplicated pregnancy. If your doctor isn't telling you to wait then I would not be too concerned.

Helen - posted on 12/18/2011

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i have had 2 c/s and work with Mothers and babies. I would say wait and heal at least 1 year your going to be busy lady. wait and enjoy your boys. the third child really changes the family dynamics.

Mel - posted on 12/15/2011

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kate i was recomended hat after we have our rd child i have to have it done i had pre-enclampisia with my first child my second i was going to have naturally but he went in to a deepsleep so i had to have a nother emrergency c-section the result of that was he had to spend days in nicu where we could not hold him change him feed him by breast the staff had to put tube up his nose so that we could do it all im saying is that as far as i no in the uk it is recomended that we only have 3 but like victioria b she got the money so she can go private as they say money & fame talk

Denise - posted on 12/14/2011

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The reality is that while your uterus might be "healed" after three months it certainly isn't as strong as it was. I read somewhere that it takes about three years for your body to totally get back to normal after having a baby. I've had three kids, three c-sections. Aged 7, 4 and 9 months. That was close enough for me; give the kids some mommy time before your attention is completely diverted by a new baby and give your body a rest!!!

Tamieka - posted on 12/13/2011

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Also, remember a rupture can happen even without going into labor. The scar needs to heal and your body needs to recuperate from each pregnancy.

Kate CP - posted on 12/11/2011

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I have *never* heard that a woman must be forcibly sterilized after having 3 c-sections. That's ludicrous.

K8mossy - posted on 12/11/2011

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mel, your information is not correct. i've had 3 sections adn although my mid wife discussed sterilisation with me i as not once tole that i couldn't have another baby by c section. that may have been the case many years ago but things have changed alot in this day adn age. Victoria Beckham has had 4 sections and she's fine!!!

Faye Lynn - posted on 12/11/2011

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I had a total of 3 c-sections; first was in 1983, second was in 1985, and our youngest was born in 1991. The last two were planned c-sections. It takes a body about a year to recover from a major surgery, which a C-section is. So, I would wait at least 6 months before starting to try to have a baby. I had two children almost exactly 2 years apart; I had no pregnancy problems, no birthing problems, amd the children were close enough that having two to care and buy for wasn't that different than having just one. And, they have grown up to be close to each other socially. Our last child was born 8 years from our first child and 6 years from our second. I think that was too long between ages, because the other two were so close that Matt didn't have that close connection, his siblings had jealousy issues, and he got picked on by the other two whenever possible. So, have them close, but not too close. Two to three years apart is a pretty good rule. Hope this helps, good luck.

Mel - posted on 12/10/2011

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i had my first boy by c-setion in 2004 our next 1 was by c-section this feb we are noe trying for a nother one as tihis will be my last baby i dont no which par of the world you are from but hear in the uk women are only alloed 3 c-section then you have to have your tubes tied if you go on line & tipe in c-section 3 or more hopefully you will find the answers that you are looing for in my knollage it only safe tohave 3 cause it can put too much pressure on the scar i had staples with my second it healed fine a bit uncomfortable so i no what you feel like hope that i have been of some help

Evelyn - posted on 12/09/2011

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When you ladies are finished having a go at each other...lol. I have had two sections and time is running out for us to have baby no.3... Doc has recommended that we don't try for 1year at the minimum. My first section was 2007 and my second was this year. For my sake and the baby's sake... And I am a really good healer.

User - posted on 12/09/2011

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you are supposed to wait 18 months to deliver by c-section again u wait 9 months to get pregnant then the 9 months of carrying

Nancy - posted on 12/07/2011

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I have 8 kids, 7 c sections, spread out over 22 years, had my last at 44 years old, and just love my big family, being prudent is very important, and all will work out well.

User - posted on 12/04/2011

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Are you breastfeeding your son? If so this is time to take care of your son and get plenty of sleep. Your body has had an infection and needs time to heal along with the surgical site. Your Dr. will probably tell you to wait for awhile, especially since your incision opened up. Remember your uterus has had an incision and must really heal if it is to hold all that pressure off another baby. It is OK to call your Dr. and ask questions right now. You do not need to wait for months. Take Care, Rest, and heal. Sue Labor and Del RN.

Venus - posted on 12/03/2011

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Hi, Carla. I've had 4 sections. It's wise to heal properly and heal as well. Infection are to be taken seriously as not to exacerbated. My last three children were 1 1/2 years apart, although the last 2 weren't planned; I delivered safely but I couldn't take it anymore to be cut up, again. My husband, too, was always praying for me each time. My kids are much older now, I love them so much. I wish to have more, but I must be sensible. I can look forward to loving my other niece and nephew in my family. My children are 21, 19, 17 1/2 & 15 1/2. Do take care ~ Venus

Maryann - posted on 12/02/2011

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I HAD ALL 3 OF MY KIDS WHICH ARE NOT KIDS ANYMORE BY C SECTION THE FIRST WAS EMERGENCY AND THEY CUT ME UP AND DOWN THE OTHER 2 WHERE ACROSS BUT IT WAS WELL WORTH IT AND YEARS AGO I THINK IT WAS WORST THAN HOW THEY GO ABOUT THE PROCEDURE NOW I HAD MY FIRST SON IN 77 SECOND SON IN 79 AND THIRD SON IN 82 AND IT WAS WORTH THE PAIN

Beth - posted on 12/01/2011

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I had my first baby via c-section and while I didn't get infected, I developed a fluid pocket under my incision. It took nearly 4 months to completely heal. My second pregnancy was 3 years later and my incision/scar hurt throughout the whole third trimester. The second baby was also delivered via c-section and due to all the scar tissue from the first time, they had a difficult time finding a good place to make the incision. I would strongly advise waiting at least a year before getting pregnant again.

Theresa - posted on 11/29/2011

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I have had three c-section and two natural briths. My first c-section was done in 99' and that one I had little complication. My daughter move while they was cutting me, after that i had to births natural in 03 and 04. I didn't have another c-section until 07 and that one was find . I had my last one three yrs later i had my last c-section and that was find i didn't have any problem. It also depends on your body. If u feel that your body can handle it then go for it cause i was told that after i had my daughter in 2007 that if i get pregnant again and have a c-section i may not make it cause i was such a petit person but i am here to tell u that nobody know your body better then u do. If u feel like your body is ready then go ahead and try for that baby. U have my blessing.

Chris - posted on 11/29/2011

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My doctor told me to wait two years between c sections for it to heal the right way.

Katrina - posted on 11/29/2011

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I had 3 csections in 3.5 years and I was fine. But you need to make sure you are completely healed from your 2nd csection before getting pregnant again...

Danielle - posted on 11/29/2011

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My advise in this situation would always be to wait 12 months. Your body needs time to heal and recover from

c-section. The more babies you have had the longer your body takes to recover each time. I would not recommend having 3 c-sections in 3 years, you have not given your body enough time to recover. In saying all this it is still completely your choice and if you get the go ahead from your doctor then that's great. They would know more because he can actually access your body to see how you are healing. Good luck with everything and don't listen to people's negative nasty posts on here. They are women who have no life's and nothing better to do with there time than pick on people.

CHERYL - posted on 11/29/2011

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sorry I only had 1 c' section my other 3 was all natural. Now from my first c'section in 7-1-88 I got pregnant in Sept. with my daughter, I was a bad mistake not to heal from my premature birth. I went into labor with her and almost lost her. I had to stay on bed rest from 3 months until she was born. I would wait at least a year or even 2 years to give yourself enough time to heal right. Hope you dont need another C'section.
My oldest daughter just had a c' section and she got an infection with her first son, he is a month old today. It does happen, she had glue not staples.

Kelley - posted on 11/29/2011

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I have had two c-sections. My doctor told me to be on the safe side to wait a year before I got pregnant again.

K8mossy - posted on 11/29/2011

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i had 3 sections in 4 years and didnt have any problems and my last 2 were 9 days shy of 12 months appart but i didnt have any infections or anything to over come. in my OPINION i would wait till your infection is sorted adn tehn see what happens. but your doctor is teh person to ask or your kidwife, even after being signed off she wont mind if you give her a call. xxx

Lynn - posted on 11/28/2011

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No don't do it yet. Your body needs time to heal fully maybe about a year from now. But don't do it especially since you had an infection something can go wrong..

Rowena - posted on 11/28/2011

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well...Ihave a cousin that has 15 children.....All c-section she is also a nurse.....having said that ..I think you should talk to you Dr...I to am a nurse..thought my cousin decison was not wise...

Cyndi - posted on 11/28/2011

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I got pregnant with my second baby 9 months after my first c-section. I felt perfectly fine and thought I was well healed and ready. My second pregnancy ended up being much more difficult than the first and the baby came 3 weeks early. I don't know if getting pregnant again so soon had anything to do with that but there it is. The recovery from the 2nd c-section was also alot harder (granted I was chasing around an 18 month old at the time). My point is that if I had it to do all over again I would have waited longer. Also my doctor advised me that the risks associated with multiple c-sections go up exponentially with each one, not just a little bit. There are doctors that won't even take you on as a patient if you are planning a third c-section. Good luck to you! :-)

Michele - posted on 11/28/2011

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I have had 3 C-sections I encourage you to discuss your situation with your doctor. There are more considerations than just timing. I am an older mom which carries its own risks, I have a sister who had a lot of scar tissue from a c-section. My physician suggested waiting a year between children. I had my second child 18 months later and went into distress while delivering- I had wanted a VBAC but it wasn't int he cards. My understanding now is after 2 c-sections you will not be allowed to try for a VBAC. So my 3rd delivery was scheduled- they don't want you to go into labor and I did, which can put you and the baby at risk. Best advice is to talk your situation over with your physician.

Jen - posted on 11/28/2011

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I am 6 months post C-Section and there is no way I would try that soon....your body needs to fully heal...I had an internal uterine infection with my last c-section...I am not yet 100% healed....take time enjoy your new baby

Teresa - posted on 11/28/2011

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Hi Carla,
I had a c-section almost 2 years ago and now am pregnant with our second child. I don't know if we will go for another csection or vbac this time. In your case, I would simply say to wait until your body gets healed. Le4t the csection wound heal first then think about another pregnancy. I had a friend who had 2 previous csections, then got pregnant with her 3rd child two months after her second csection. She was put on best rest the entire pregnancy and her baby was born a little early. All her boys are healthy now but it is not easy to be on bed rest for an entire pregnancy when she had 2 toddlers to take care of. So just take care of yourself first and let your body heal first. May I know why you are in a rush for a 3rd child?

Rebecca - posted on 11/28/2011

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First off..if the staples weren't put into you properly, call a lawyer. Secondly do not go back to that doctor.

Angelina - posted on 11/28/2011

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I was told that after my c-section it was highly recommended to wait at least 2 years for your uterus to fully heal as it would be alot safer.

Connie - posted on 11/28/2011

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you should wait a bit longer. there is risk of not healing and having complication while Carrying. the last thing you want is something to burst when you are only 7 months along. Mine were 21 months apart and that was almost too soon. The risk is to great....not to mention keepign up with a toddler and a new born while recovering from the next surgery will be an issue. wait just a big longer.

Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2011

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From my understanding, it takes your body 1 year (give or take) to completely heal from having a c-section. So I would suggest to wait as that may be too much stress on your body to start now, especially with the infection. And..enjoy the new baby without rushing to have another. Not only are you tired from just having a baby, being prego will just add to it.

I just read some the posts...seems we are all under the same agreement. It's not worth risking your health to have another baby. I am sure you would like to be here for all of them.

Good luck!

Brandi - posted on 11/27/2011

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My daughter was a c-section and it took years for my body to start feeling normal. I think you should wait so you don't risk problems not just with the baby but with your body as well. I didn't have staples but mine was infected as well. I had more stuff pouring from my incision than my bottom. When the doctor realized I had a problem I almost had to be readmitted to the hospital to heal from the inside out. They had to rip it back open to help the infection let out. It was very painful and still after all these years, she's 12, I still get pains on occasion while getting up. You really should let your body heal. I hope this helps.

Kristi - posted on 11/27/2011

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I have only had 2, however I had them in the same year. No complications with the deliveries, although I did get an infection in my incision with the second one but it wasn't related to the # of operations. I had one baby in January and the other in December of the same year. I also used to work in OB and it does take about a year for your incision to completely heal. It will be much easier on your body if you wait and enjoy the time you have with each baby. My 2nd child was a great surprise but I don't feel like I got any one on one time with her for 3 years till my son went to preschool. That said however, they are best friends now at 7 and 8,

Elizabeth - posted on 11/27/2011

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I am a registered nurse, and this is not meant to override any advice your md may give you, but it is highly advisable to wait a while before getting pregnant again after a c-section. Each time your uterus is cut, the incision gets weaker and builds up scar tissue, and yes, each pregnancy is riskier for a uterine rupture. Have you ever observed a c- section? I have, and it is a major surgical procedure.... Just think very long and hard about it..... be very careful.

Fiona - posted on 11/27/2011

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Its definately not safe to venture so soon into a 3rd pregnAncy. Its not safe for u and for the baby. Ur body needs time to heal frm a surgery

Lindsey - posted on 11/27/2011

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I've had 3 c's in 4 years. The first two babies are 16 mo apart and the oldest was 6 mo before getting preggo on purpose with second. I was in constant pain and knew that I wasn't healed from the incision. My doctor did not tell me about possible rupture but did treat me as high risk. I could not bend over or walk well in the entire 2nd pregnancy. I would never do that again. My doctor stated that my uterus is already too thin after my 3rd 2 mo ago and that I cannot have more children without the risk of rupture or death. I don't think that it is wise to try again so soon-even a year is too soon.

Wendy - posted on 11/27/2011

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You can call the doc and have the nurse ask.....
I have always heard that your body needs to have a year to heal, especially if it is infected. I had two C Sections and she put the next scar a hair above the first scar so maybe you can have your next scar a hair above or below, not directly on the last scar. It will always be painful and a bit numb feeling. Also, I had the tape instead of staples, I would request that. It is like a big butterfly stitch that holds you together for a week then you can take it off easily. I had dissolving stitches underneath. MUCH better.

Merry - posted on 11/27/2011

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Every baby deserves some time as moms number one :)
I think you know it's best to wait a bit longer.
Trust me, I know the itch to conceive again!mydaughter is 6 months and both hubby and I are talking how we'd like to be pregnant again but we arewaiting until she is a year before trying.
She deserves my full attention.

Lesley - posted on 11/27/2011

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I had 3 c sections in 3 1/2 years. If I were you, I'd give your body a little time to rest before a third. Pregnancy is hard on your body, and c sections are major surgery. Take some time to enjoy your 2 kids, and then proceed. Personally I'd wait until the baby is at least a year old before trying again.

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