Trying VBAC after 10 years

Misty - posted on 03/21/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I need your thoughts. Its been 10 years since I've given birth via emergency c-section. Now, I'm due in my and starting to have anxiety and worry about trying VBAC. On one hand I feel that its been 10 years, surely my body can handle it. On the other hand I wonder if it will be like the first time all over again? Does anyone have thoughts or have you experienced this? Please share? Thanks.

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Joanna - posted on 03/21/2011

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It is easier to listen to your body and go with your instincts when you have not pain meds. Especially during pushing. The pain meds lessen or remove the sensation to push, so you have to use more directed pushing rather than letting your body direct you. The directed pushing can be very traumatic on your uterus and the baby.

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Misty - posted on 03/21/2011

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Wow, thank you. My Doctor is cautiously supportive and has told me that there won't be an induction, I think I may be grateful for that as I hear it amplifies the pain of contractions. I am surprised by the no pain meds though. Why is that? My husband is very supportive of no pain meds also I think mainly because he knows how important this really is to me.

Joanna - posted on 03/21/2011

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It is normal to be nervous, but you can do it. Is your doctor/ midwife supportive? Consider hiring a doula. She can offer amazing support and reassurance for you. Educate yourself and listen to your body. Avoid any type of induction and try to avoid pain medication. Let your body and your baby control the birth. VBAC is possible, and likely, especially if you have a supportive birth team around you.

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