pregnancy after C-section

Hanah - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I had a C-section over 7 months ago, and am considering getting pregnant again on my daughter's one year birthday. I asked my Dr. and she advised me to wait 2 years because people who have C-sections risk premature delivery. Frankly, I think 2 years is a lot to wait, so I thought I'd ask all you moms to share your experiences with me. Any advise?

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Tiffany - posted on 01/13/2010

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I had 3 c-sections in a span of 3 years and did fine. Afte the first one, I waited 3 months per orders of my doctor. Then after my 2nd one, I waited 6 months (only because I wasn't sure if I was ready) and now...I think I'm done..:). I love and trust my doctor with all my heart. He told me that the body needs a minimum of 2 months to heal on the inside. After that, your good to go!

User - posted on 01/13/2010

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I've had 3 c-sections in four years. No issues with pregs. However tummy and back strength quite diminished now...

Nina - posted on 01/14/2010

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usually the doctors will tell u 2 wait 5yrs bc of the healing process but there are lots of women that have a c-section n then end up getting pregnant n have 2 have another c-section.....so its really up 2 u on what u wanna do.....i had my c-section about 3 and a half yrs ago n im still scared 2 get pregnant n have 2 have another c-section

Kelli - posted on 01/13/2010

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I do agree with what everyone is saying but what your doc is telling you is true. It does take your body quite a bit of recovery time to prepare for new baby. It's all evidence based and although there are many success stories there are reasons your doc tells you to wait. I had an emergency c section with my first pregnancy due to HELLP syndrome. My second was a successful vbac two years later. Part of the reason they tell you to wait is due to tissue damage and it takes time for it to rebuild and strengthen. The tissue on your uterus after an incision isn't as elastic so it doesn't stretch as easily and there is a risk for that previous incision site to rupture before the baby is ready. That is why your doc is telling you to wait. I'm sure your doc will be supportive whatever your decision is but just know they aren't just telling you to wait because they don't want to deal with another pregnancy....they want an uncomplicated pregnancy with a healthy baby and by waiting until your body is fully healed just decreases the risk of any complications. I say if you feel you are ready go for it but I just wanted to let you know why your doc is telling you to wait. Good luck!

Kristi - posted on 01/12/2010

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I would ask why 2 years. Some times it depends on how the cut was ( vertical or horizontal). It wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion from a professional either.

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User - posted on 02/01/2012

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I have a question did you guys get pregnant right away with the first try after a c-section and are any of you irregular periods??

Anna - posted on 01/16/2010

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Every preganancy and delivery is different, and everyone heals in their own time. I have had 2 c-sections, 2 1/2 years apart, and had complications with BOTH. Time is no guarentee of a perfect delivery. After a c-section your body is healing from 2 major events 1) a pregnancy/delivery, 2)major abdominal surgery. People tend to miss that part and think of the c-section as a different kind of 'normal' delivery, but the fact is that major muscle groups were severed and repaired in order to facilitate the birth via c-section. Your doctor is trying to err on the side of caution, and likely avoid a lawsuite should something go wrong because you WEREN'T ready. There may be a reason specific to YOUR case where the additional time is necessary. If I were you, I would consider seeking a second opinion, just to be on the safe side. I understand all these women (and many MANY more I have known both as friends and patients) have had successful 2nd pregnancies in close proximity to an initial c-section, but is it really worth risking your health and the well being of a new baby based on anticdotal information? Really, the hour of your time it would take to seek a second informed opinion is nothing in comparison.If the second doctor agrees with the first it may be something unique to your case, if not, than I say go for it. My children are nearly 3 years apart,while my second son wasn't a planned pregnancy,the age span is fine. Good luck to you.

Launie - posted on 01/13/2010

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Your doctor's advice is medically sound which is not to say many people do not have second children sooner after having a c-section. A C-section is a major surgery and takes longer to heal completely. They recommend longer, especially if considering a vbac, to decrease the likely hood of complications. I had my first c-section almost a year ago and have started considering trying for a second so have been researching the subject.

Shameem - posted on 01/13/2010

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hey there...well I fell pregnant with my second child when my son was nine months old...and had premature delivery, but by only 8 weeks early...so maybe your gynae has a point...however my gynae said it had nothing to do with the early conception

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010

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well me personally I think you should do what you want to do as you are the one to know if your body is ready lovey and its what you and your partner want then go for it.
I wish you all the best
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No, it's not two years, the doctor is being way excessive. The time they recommend is 6 months thats all. I got pregnant with my 2nd after a c-section 11 months after & she was fine. I am now 3 months out from my 2nd & we are trying for a 3rd. They basically recommend all women wait 6 months to try & get pregnant again. Just make sure you are taking your folic acid & iron with prenatals while trying because we are all let a little anemic for at least 5 months after having the baby.

Yeah, at 7 months out with no other health complications you are just fine to start trying again.

Katharine - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have read to wait 18 months minimum. I would also strengthen the scar area too, by massaging the area with a good oil. Kind of like perineal massage, but on your belly scar.

You can hear stories about complications no matter what, even in the best case scenarios. I think these are guidelines, and you will probably hear lots of different information. Good luck!!

Laura - posted on 01/12/2010

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my son was around 9 months when i got pregnant with my daughter and everything turned out fine. the doctor was never concerned. she came about a week early and had a repeat c-section which also turned out fine. do what you feel like your body can handle.

Kate - posted on 01/11/2010

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A lady I know had a c-section and was having pains and complications shortly after, the dr's thought they had perhaps left something inside her?! So they did an x-ray and she was pregnant!! 3 month old baby and 2 months pregnant! They're not even a year apart!! She had another c-section with no complications! I think you are best to wait until you heal, but certainly 1 year is long enough to heal. I am 24 weeks pregnant with my third baby after 2 c-sections, 7 and just short of 5 years ago, and my stomach still does not feel as strong as it did pre-c-section! You just lose a certain amount of strength and muscle due to the cutting, so I say just go for it! Be pregnant, enjoy! The only thing I wish you luck with is two kids under 2!!!

Reeka - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had an emergency C-Section with my first son Jan1999, (lots of complications), On Dec 2000 I gve birth to my second son, another C-section, but absolutlely no complications during my pregancy. I believe that each person's body is different, and we handle birth and give birth differently.

Angie - posted on 01/10/2010

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i was told if u get pregnant to soon after you have a c-section you can tear from the inside out of your old scar

Hailey - posted on 01/10/2010

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i fell preg on my daughters 1st bday i had a perfect pregnancy i was even able to have a vaginal delivery not that i wanted one lol, just do what you want to do whats to say your next bub isnt gunna come too early even if u waited 5yrs

Jenna - posted on 01/10/2010

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i have had two c-sections. my two, girl and boy are 20 months apart. perfect age really. sometimes i do wish i would of waited so i could of enjoyed more one on one time with my little girl and i sometimes feel she got cheated out on spending time with me but everything always works out for the best. im due with my third child a boy next month via c-section again. So i will have a 4 year old girl (11/5/05) a 2 in half year old boy (6/20/07) and a baby boy due(2/20/10) pretty good span between the ages lol...

Hanah - posted on 01/10/2010

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yes I heard the 3 C-section theory too! The reason I had one in the first place was because my baby had the cord wrapped around her neck and her pulse was dropping to 94 with every contraction and I was only 1 cm dilated. Thank you ladies for your informative comments... I wonder why doctors always go to extreme measures. 2 years? C'mon

LEAH - posted on 01/10/2010

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Honey I had 3 C-sections and my doctor told me to wait a few months but as soon as I healed from the c-section itself I could get pregnant again. But I was told before I had kids that you could only have 3 c-sections total in your life and my nurse informed me after my 3rd c-section she had 5 of them....I didnt choose to have the first c-section it was an emergency c-section I had been in labor 42 hours and pushed for 20 minutes and nothing...my hips wouldnt expand for him to come. So he went into distress...My second I again was going to try to go natural but once I got to the hospital the nurse handed me papers saying I didnt want a c-section and I said heck yeah I do...Ide rather have a c-section than wait god knows how many hours of useless labor to have what happend the first time....The 3 c-section I scheduled myself with my doctor.....I never regretted any of them so whether you have it natural or c-section when you ready you start trying. Good luck and God bless....

Coral - posted on 01/10/2010

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After having 4 c sections and the first 2 of these within 16mths of each other (I was 6 mths pregnant on my first childs 1st birthday) I would have to say it is upto you but I would also check the reason why a c-section was needed in the first place as all of my tests and xrays come back normal but after my last child I went to see a chiropractor and discovered that my pelvis was frozen on one side if all is well then I would say go for it and enjoy :)

Keikilani - posted on 01/10/2010

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come to think of it, i had a c-sec with my first daughter and got pregnant again when she was about 1year and 3months. delivered my second via c-sec and mothing went wrong. i say go for it. your children will be able to grow up together closely. i like the idea.

Keikilani - posted on 01/10/2010

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i agree to all what these women are saying. no matter if you wait or not there can always be complications, and sometimes there isnt. but it is up to you, doctors can offer advice but ultimately YOU make the decision not your doctors.

Leticha - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son is 1 month 4 days old today and i had a emergency c-section (they missed my low laying placenta on my ultrasounds) and me and my partner started trying for another one last week (i know sounds crazy) the way i see it if you feel ready you should go for it if anything goes wrong the doctors are there to help

Allie - posted on 01/09/2010

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my kids are 15 months apart, and 2 years is a lot to wait for me... my doctor said it takes 2 years for your body to fully recover from a pregnancy, but i got pregnant when my daughter was about 5 months old, i had a perfectly normal 2nd pregnancy. i say go for it as long as you haven't had complications with you previous pregnancy...Good Luck...

Hayley - posted on 01/09/2010

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my friend had a baby via c section and fell preg after baby was 3 months and they are letting her go natural first then another c sec so i think a year is plenty cause child will be nearly 2 before this new one be born

Hayley - posted on 01/09/2010

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my friend had a baby via c section and fell preg after baby was 3 months and they are letting her go natural first then another c sec so i think a year is plenty cause child will be nearly 2 before this new one be born

Candeda - posted on 01/09/2010

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my son was a little over a year (c-section) when I got pregnant again. no complications but I started to show at like 2 months because there were no muscles left from the cut..lol. you do what you want the docs can work around you, you do not have to work around them!

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