Question for c-section moms!

Nicole - posted on 09/11/2009 ( 337 moms have responded )

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I had a emergency c-section for my first. My husband and I are talking about having a second child but I am worried about birth. Have any other mothers had two c-sections? Any Advice? I recovered fine from the first one but it's not something I'd like to go threw again..

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Brooke - posted on 09/11/2009

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I had an emergency c-section for my daughter. Because of that they decided it would be a good idea for my son to be born scheduled c-section. I actually thought it was better having an actual date of when my son would be born. It made me feel better knowing i'd have a scheduled c-section, so it wouldn't end up being another emergency...

Melissa - posted on 09/17/2009

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Yes, I have had 2 c-sections, and after the first one, I was sore and couldn't walk, I coughed and thought that I would bust my stitches. I was popping medication every 3-4 hours (I didn't breast feed). After my second one the next day I was walking around, putting on make up. It was 100 times better than my first and I recovered alot faster, as matter of fact, I didn't take any pain medication. It was a whole lot easier.

Krystal - posted on 09/11/2009

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Hi there, I had a emergency c-section with my first at 30 weeks and did not want one the second time round so I opt for natural i would def consider naturally if you can much easier and you are up and about almost straight away depending on drug choice Good luck with what ever you decide

Jennifer - posted on 09/11/2009

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I have had two c-sections, where I live you don't have a choice, if you have had one c-section you have to have one for all the rest of you children. It was great in the fact that I got to pick my delivery day, I knew what to expect the second time around, which was good. And the recovery was fine. It was better than the first one. So, don't worry about it too much if that's what you do. I recovered faster the second time. And my doctor said the second time around, I barely lost any blood, so that was good. So, I hope this has helped. Good luck! Jen

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Charlie - posted on 09/17/2009

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Sarah - posted on 09/17/2009

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Childbirth has risks no matter which way the baby arrives. What you wish to happen is paramount and all the medical staff should be listening to you and providing you with the correct information but it is also important to be ready to go with the flow as life has a funny habit of being totally unpredictable.



I had an emergency c-section because the curvature of my spine (car accident 16 yrs earlier) meant that the baby couldn't turn the way he should. He was born ok but I hemorrhaged and the only way they could stop the bleeding was to do a hysterectomy. I was told that this was very unusual for a first c-section, far more common when it's a subsequent c-section (I guess this is what people are referring to earlier when then were talking about the uterus wall thinning being a risk).



Everyone is different and no one but you knows how you feel about your first experience, know that whatever happens you will make the right choices for the time at which you make them. Good luck!

Karen - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had 2 C-sections. The second I knew more of what to expect so it was not so bad. To me the end results were the same. I never went into labor with my first. The c-section was decided because he was to big. My friend had a section after being in labor for several hours and says the second c-section was much better because she did nto go through the hours of labor.

Melissa - posted on 09/17/2009

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Yes, I have had 2 c-sections, and after the first one, I was sore and couldn't walk, I coughed and thought that I would bust my stitches. I was popping medication every 3-4 hours (I didn't breast feed). After my second one the next day I was walking around, putting on make up. It was 100 times better than my first and I recovered alot faster, as matter of fact, I didn't take any pain medication. It was a whole lot easier.

Babs - posted on 09/17/2009

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i only found out when i had my 2nd son that i was havin another c-section my pelvic bone was facin the wrong way but they only told me 1 week b4 labour, so always ask questions xx

Amy - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had an emergency c-section for my first child in December and when I went in for my checkup appointment with my OBGYN after my 6 weeks was up I asked him if i had to have a c-section with my next kids. He said that I can try 1 more time vaginaly but there is a 1% chance of tearing your uterus. The longer between kids, the greater the chances of being able to deliver vaginally with no problems. Well I hope i helped!

Babs - posted on 09/17/2009

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hi i had 2 c-sections, 1st one was bad and second one was better i knew what was goin 2 happen, advice bio oil on ur belly 2 help with marks. my stomach muscles never went back 2 how they were, but am ok about it. i personaly cud not have another one, am happy with i have got, my 2 boys. good luck luv babs xx

Courtney - posted on 09/17/2009

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You will most likely have to have another c-section!!! Most women do! There are some exceptions though!!! Sorry I know the feeling

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I think some doctors advise to have a 2nd c-section after a first one because they don't want to be sued for malpractice if something goes wrong. They also get more money for doing a c-section. Even though they consider it a risk to have a vaginal birth after a c-section I've never heard of anyone actually having the complications they warn about, including myself. I had a vaginal birth after a c-section with no complications at all. If your doctor says, however, that you CAN'T have a vaginal delivery for some reason (narrow pelvis, etc.) then the c-section would be your only option. Talk to your doctor, discuss your options..... ask questions (bring a list if you have to)

Skyler - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had a C-Section also with my daughter it was also an emergency C-Section, and so did my sister. She had a regular delivery after her C-Section my husband and i plan on having a natural delivery next time....

Skyler - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had a C-Section also with my daughter it was also an emergency C-Section, and so did my sister. She had a regular delivery after her C-Section my husband and i plan on having a natural delivery next time....

ANGELA - posted on 09/17/2009

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hello my name is angela and I had a c-section with my second one and because I had one with my second child they thought it would be a good idea for my third but its how your body reacts to the pain

Amy - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have had 3 c-sections total. I was going to try for a VBAC with the second (my doctor felt it was safe) because 4 years has passed (had plenty of time to heal) but we ultimately decided to do a c section. My third was an automatic c because so little time had passed (got preggers when second was 9 months). My doctor watched me carefully near my due date because of my increased risk of rupture. Each time does get easier because you know what to expect. I think it is up to you and your husband and your doctor. Only do what you are comfortable doing and what is most safe. Hope it helps.

Nadine - posted on 09/17/2009

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why would you think that you would need a second c-section???? yours was an emergency..... My first was a c-section and then had 3 vaginal births after that......just because you had one doesn't necessarily mean that you'll have another......hope that helps......

Johnnita - posted on 09/17/2009

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YOU CAN BE VBAC WHICH MEANS VAGINAL BIRTH AFTER C SECTION SO IT WILL BE OK YOUR DOC WILL TELL YOU WHAT IS BEST BUT YOU TELL HIM YOUR CONCERNS AND WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE

Antoinette - posted on 09/17/2009

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I went through 2 and it really was not that bad. Infact I heald better the second time. If you can have the option to try natural, some dr will let you, but its your choice in the end. I would say go for it.

Kendra - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had a c-section with my 1st becausehe was breech. I was scheduled to have a repeat with my daughter, but she decided to come early & fast, so I ended up with a VBAC. I did fine with the vaginal delivery. Have you discussed having a VBAC with your DR? If it is something you really want to consider and he/she does not want to do it (barring any complications you might have) I would suggest getting a second opinion. There is nothing that says you must have a 2nd c-section, and most women do fine with VBAC.

Gena - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had 2 c-sections. With my first child I suffered from pre-eclampsia and my son began to have problems when I tried to deliver vaginally so I had an emergency c-section. When I became pregnant with my daughter I looked at the problems I had the first time and discussed delivery with my family doctor. She consulted an ob-gyn and we decided to take the cautious route and schedule a c-section right at the beginning. I also had problems with my daughter, but am thankful that they weren't as serious as with my son. If I hadn't stopped at 2 I would have probably chose a c-section again over vaginal delivery.

Pam - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had two c sections less than a year apart. I did have an infection with my second one, but I don't it had anything to do with being a second c. Other than the infection (which really was the pits) I had no problems.

Mary - posted on 09/17/2009

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hi i had two c section and then had two normal birth after that it all dependse on how you are cut on the inside

Aubrie - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have had two c-sections first a emergency one and the second one was planned. I went in on a wed and was home on a friday. I bounced back with the 2nd much faster and didn't have to take as many painkillers.

Rina - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi Nicole,

I also had an emergency c-section for my first child. What a nightmare come true! I never wanted a c-section but after the epidural, my child's heartrate plunged 100 heartbeats down from 168 to 67! After the angry about that situation I thought about it & thought to myself who knows how long labour would actually have been for me. 2-3 hours if I was fit & in excellent health but most likely more than that. If you've recovered fine from it then would you like to experience a more dramatic labour? That's entirely up to you. I chose for another c-section with my second child. Yes, the body probably is slower getting back into shape but I just didn't want to go through something I had no idea about. Taking chia seeds by mixing it into juices helps dramatically with recovery & contains everything that our bodies need. (even baby) Helps with weight loss as well. Hope that helps with your decision!

Kristina - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi Nicole! I had an emergency C-Section with my first also. Our insurance made it SUCH a hassle to do a VBAC, with having to go to a hospital an hour away and other stupid things, that we decided it was better for us to just do a scheduled C-Section. The 2nd was SO MUCH better! I was actually up and showered that same day, and had my husband smuggle in real food. The recovery was much better because your body doesn't go through the labor as well as the trauma of the surgery.

We don't get a choice for our third, our doctor won't even entertain the idea of a VBAC this time around. I'm not freaked out, or worried, or scared of anything but having to come home at the end of my time in the hospital and take care of all 3! :D



Hope you find the answers you're looking for!

Rina - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi Nicole,

I also had an emergency c-section for my first child. What a nightmare come true! I never wanted a c-section but after the epidural, my child's heartrate plunged 100 heartbeats down from 168 to 67! After the angry about that situation I thought about it & thought to myself who knows how long labour would actually have been for me. 2-3 hours if I was fit & in excellent health but most likely more than that. If you've recovered fine from it then would you like to experience a more dramatic labour? That's entirely up to you. I chose for another c-section with my second child. Yes, the body probably is slower getting back into shape but I just didn't want to go through something I had no idea about. Taking chia seeds by mixing it into juices helps dramatically with recovery & contains everything that our bodies need. (even baby) Helps with weight loss as well. Hope that helps with your decision!

Carrie - posted on 09/17/2009

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I also had an emergency c-section with my first. That was after 17 hours of labor. Afterwards, I was wiped out! When I got pregnant with my second, we scheduled a c-section. That was the best thing ever! And it wasn't even comparable to the first one because there was no labor involved. My recovery was twice as fast and my energy level was great. I actually wanted to visit with my family afterward, whereas after the emergency c-section all I wanted to do was sleep.



Best wishes and good luck!



Carrie

Shyma - posted on 09/17/2009

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hi nicole as a RN who works in labor and delivery there a number of factors to take into consideration. Bear in mind that c/section is considered major surgery and there has been alot of moms who have successful vbacs with no issues. It also comes down to drs preference but you should be your own advocate and wait at least a year before getting pregnant again because the internal scar takes a lot longer to heal. The more sections you have also puts a limit on the amount of kids it is recommended that you have because the risks increase with each pregnancy. Hope this helped.



Shyma

Bex - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi, I had a emergency c-section with my son 3 years ago, i got fully dilated and pushed for an a hour but he was a big baby 8lb 14oz and also postier so he wasnt coming out no matter how hard i tryed. I am now 8 months preggie with my second boy and was planning a to try for a natural birth with this one, doc said i have a 80% chance if baby is facing the right way and his head decends. But im now undecided on going for a natural because im heaps bigger and think im having a 9-10pounder and it seems to been more scarier going natural than a c-section. So unsure how it will go but i have now trained to mind to accept both kinds of deliverieys and go with flow as long as my baby is healthy, im now not fussed as long as he comes out cause he got to. So it is more of a mental thing more than anything for me. It all depends on the reason for your first c-section and you need to come to peace with which ever way it happens next time other wise your stress yourself out worrying. good luck and remember its over before you know it. :)

Karla - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have had four c-sections. My first was also an emergency c-section, then the next three were planned. The second was alot easier! I think, because I knew what to expect and it wasn't so overrwelming! The next two were just as easy... My kids are now 23, 20, 19, and 12. My 20 year old daughter as also had two c-sections!

Michelle - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi Nicole I've had 2 c-sections the first was an emergency after the heartbeat faded but thankfully all turned out fine. The second was a planned c-section an it really was a walk in the park all over in 20 mins up an about withen 6hrs would really recommened a planned c-section.

Vickie - posted on 09/17/2009

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i had 3 c sections. the first an emergency. my 2nd i tried natural but just wouldnt go into labor so we did a c section. the 3rd we just scheduled it. you will recover from it again if u do have to have one. i suggest try natural if possible.

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i have had 3 c sections my second it was very painful bc the re enter the same scar but my third the cut me side to side and i was healed and staples were out before i even got out of the hostipal although i always regretted never trying to have one natural

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i have had 3 c sections my second it was very painful bc the re enter the same scar but my third the cut me side to side and i was healed and staples were out before i even got out of the hostipal although i always regretted never trying to have one natural

Tina - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had a c-section with my first, then a vaginal birth with my second 21 months later. Ten years later another vaginal birth with my last. You do not have to always have a c-section, because you had one previously. Every situation is different, so I would discuss this with my doctor.

Alicia - posted on 09/17/2009

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i have had two c-sections, my first was horrible i had a large baby (11lbs 4ozs) and it took me months to recover, and it got infected and everything, the second was like a breeze, i knew what to expect and what day i was having it, i was up and walking around hours after and got to go home in less then 48 hours!! i was nervous to have my second section but it was awsome compared to the first. also once i got home i found i was so more mobile then i was with my first, also when you already have a child at home it makes you get around more, cause with your first you only have to worry about yourself and your baby, then when you have more you have to worry about your other kids as well as yourself and the new baby. Don't fret it, i'm sure you will handle it all ok.

Asha - posted on 09/17/2009

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I has 2 c- section and from both i recovered perfectly fine.. My fisrt one emergency one too but the second one i had scheduled.. So dont worry i know lots of people whohad 3 c sections to and are doing fine.. Cheers..

Asha - posted on 09/17/2009

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I has 2 c- section and from both i recovered perfectly fine.. My fisrt one emergency one too but the second one i had scheduled.. So dont worry i know lots of people whohad 3 c sections to and are doing fine.. Cheers..

Khela - posted on 09/17/2009

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My first c-section was emergency also. My 2nd c-section was planned. Completely different experiences. I was rested for the 2nd one & able to enjoy my baby while after the trama of the 1st one caused me to fall asleep before I reached recovery (22 hrs. natural labor). My 3rd c-section was not a choice given that I had 2 prior. My daughter was much smaller than my boys & she ended up an emergency c-section cuz she was coming out one way or another. We almost didn't make it - she was crowning before I got in the operating room.

No matter how they come, children are a wonderful blessing. What is important is their health. I always wanted a natural, vaginal delivery & felt disappointment that I never had that. But, those feeling passed with time as I look at my children's beautiful faces.

Good luck!

Anna - posted on 09/17/2009

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My second one was not that much different. They were going to let me have a natural birth, but since I had twins and one had already passed away, they decided against it (also the fact that I was 35). My first one had staples which were pretty painful when you start moving around, and a little painful to have removed...My second one had tape...weird, but lots better!

Virginia - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had three within three years (and that was in the 1950s) and I look back with pleasure. Like you my first c-section was an emergence but because the second and third were scheduled I could leave my husband, first baby and household in pretty stable conditions. In fact, I made provisions to have the births on Saturdays so my husband would be home (in those bygone days no provisions were made for nonessential(?) people like fathers. Both events worked smoothly and I hope to can feel reassured by a 77-year old with three magnificent grown sons.

Hillary - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have had 2 c-sections. The first my daughter was breach and I had low amniotic fluid so she wasn't able to turn. My second c-section was much easier and I recovered way faster! (You think it would be the opposite but it's usually not.) My first I was in the hospital for 5 days (ugh) and the second only 2 days. I would have another c-section should I get pregnant again. It wasn't that bad. I wish you and your family the best!

Lucinda - posted on 09/17/2009

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It all depends on reason you end up having c-section, if was beacuse of the complications than I would go for c-section again to avoid any problems. talk with your doctor before you make your final decision.



I had emergency for the first one because of complications and it took awhile to heal, for my second kid I had c-section to avoid any complications and I was glad I did I was up and walking couple hours later. I also had my tubs tied durning the c-section.

Karen - posted on 09/17/2009

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My first child was a c-section and I was going to do a VBAC with my second, but she ended up a rather large baby, so my doctor didn't recommend it. I found the second c-section a little more painful and I didn't heal quite as quickly as I did with the first. Good luck to you.

Amy - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi! My first child was breach, and a C-section...my second child was a natural childbirth-head first...my third and final was also breach and a C-section...If you want to have a a natural birth, I SOOOOOO recommend it! From a woman who has done both, I prefer natural childbirth! It IS difficult to find a doc who will go natural the second time around because of the liability...HOWEVER: if you read up and do your homework, there is actually less risk to mom and baby to go natural than to have another C-section! I had to pester my doc with facts, facts, facts and statistics to get him to let me deliver natural...Thing is, DOCTORS love C-sections because they know what time and how long it's going to take, makes their lives easier...If you do have a second c-section, make sure your doc is going to cut right on top of the first scar....it's better for healing, scar tissue, and the visual as well. Best of luck to you!!!

Lori - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have experienced both types (vaginal and c-section) and found that the recovery was much quicker and painless with the vaginal. Also, you may want to speak to your doctor whether a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is possible as well as the potential risks to your newborn and you for each procedure. Here are a few articles to help educate you when speaking with your doctor about this important decision.



http://health.usnews.com/articles/health...



http://www.childbirthconnection.org/arti...



http://www.childbirthconnection.org/arti...



I hope this helps, good luck.

Jamie - posted on 09/17/2009

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As a Mom who had  a c-section (not by choice) and a doctor, the decision to VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) will depend on why you needed the c-section in the first place.  Your doctor can help you decide what is the safest for you and the baby. I would love to try to VBAC with our next baby, but a healthy baby and Mom, is what is most important.

Christine - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have had three c-sections. When you say 'emergency', does that mean your incision was vertical or horizontal? All mine were horizontal and the doctor just reopened the same incision each time. I will tell you that, for me at least, get up and around the second time was a lot less painful than the first. I couldn't even blow my nose let alone walk after my first child was born. Definitely talk to your doctor, h/she will know best.

Joanna - posted on 09/17/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

Question for c-section moms!

I had a emergency c-section for my first. My husband and I are talking about having a second child but I am worried about birth. Have any other mothers had two c-sections? Any Advice? I recovered fine from the first one but it's not something I'd like to go threw again..


I've had three c-sections the first was the hardest. I think they get a little easier because with the first child your tired and just want to sleep. After the first you don't have that luxery so your up moving muscles a little quicker then the first time. At least that was my experience.  I also think that you know what to expect the next time that also makes a difference. I will say  that for me after each c-section I had lass feeling where they cut.

Ashley - posted on 09/17/2009

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I had an emergency c-section after 48 hours of labor with my first. I HIGHLY recommend that if you have a second to plan on having another section. I recovered quicker with the second one and it will planned and less stress on you and your baby.

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