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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Eina - posted on 09/15/2009

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Hi Dear! I had my 2nd c-sec 20mths after the 1st c-sec. The 2nd one took a bit longer to heal. If you are pregnant within the first 2 years after the 1st delivery, the chances are you might need to go thru another c-sec depending on the size of the baby & the thickness of the internal scar. If ur baby is less than 3.5kg & the scar is thick, they might encourage you to go for normal delivery.

Ulrike - posted on 09/15/2009

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hi, i had an emergency c-section with my first baby 4 months ago. After 51 hours of labour they decided to try the suction or forceps but he was still not far enough down. He was a big baby (10lb 6). My "hubby" (we're not married yet) I think suffered much more through labour than me, watching me go through it and decided he's prefer a section next time round. I think I agree, especially as I recovered really well after, I was home after 3 days, and up and about the day after. It's your decision though! Good luck

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2009

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Hi Nicole, my last 2 babies have been c-sections. My now 11 month old was 10p 2oz and breach so was a planned c-section. Recovery was around the same. If you can get the surgeon to remove your existing scar and not just re open it. It heals much better when your body is not trying to fuse scar tissue from your previous c-section together with new wounds. Hope this makes sense & good luck ;)

Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had an emvergency c-section the first time and a scheduled one this time. It was like night and day... the scheduled c-section was fantastic. We walked in no stress joked with the nurses and doctors and what a fantastic experience. The stress of the emergency c-section was unbelieveable. The second time was the exact opposite.

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I have had 2 also. My first was also an emergency. I went ahead at the advice from my OB to have another C-section. All worked out great, recovery seemed easier, maybe because I knew what to expect. Good Luck Hon. All will work out just fine.

Yvette - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had 4 c-sections. My  first was emergency and did not want to go through being scared again so I opted just to have a c-section. The second and after times were even easier.


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..


 

Leah - posted on 09/14/2009

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i had a planned c-section at first i wasnt too happy but i just wanted a healthy baby so i agreed(i was 42 wks and she still hadn't entered the birth canal i never went into labor). after the fact i was actually happy with the fact i had a c-section i decided it was the best thing ever. i plan to have at least one other child in the future and will opt for a c-section delivery out of personal preference. but many women choose to have a VBAC. i think u should discuss the risks and benefits with ur dr and make ur decision based on what feels right to u after all mothers know best. whatever happens just remember in the end u will have a beautiful healthy baby

Cara - posted on 09/14/2009

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I actually healed faster and easier from my 2nd c-section. The doctor was able to rid me of all the scar tissue from the first one. Much less pain second time around.

Trisha - posted on 09/14/2009

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I have had three, my first was emergency also, the second was voluntary becuase I was havin lots of hip probs and with the answers they gave me to my questions, i just chose another since I recovered pretty good. The second I recovered from faster. and since I had two already they told me third child would also. I recovered even faster from the second. As soon as the doctor or nurses said that I could get up and start walking I did, as much as my body would allow me without over-doing it. if you're up for a VBAC and ur doctor says its okay, they just go with what u want. The only problem i have now bout my c-section is that my muscles were cut three times and I gained alot of weight so it's just a little harder for me to tighten my abs up. Hope this helps

Tammy - posted on 09/14/2009

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Okay Nicole. I had an emergency c-section the first time around also. I was actually just a couple weeks from delivery of my second before I found out that I could have a vaginal delivery. I had assumed because my first was c-section then the second would have to be also. My aunt had been told after her first c-section that all would have to be c-sections, which is why I thought this. But things change. Of course I was nervous and scared. My first I was in the hospital for 4 days after delivery. My second I was much more active and walked about 6 miles a day therefore things were easier. I tried to have my second vaginally but after dialating to 5 I quit dialating and they couldn't give me anymore meds for pain nor could they continue the induction drip. I was still contracting but going NO where. I demanded that they take her. After the c-sections they did a tubal ligation, per my request, and I went home the next day. The second was much easier in the end. Talk to your dr. get all the info. and prepare for a delivery of either kind. I can tell you from experience. Lamaze classes will help in vaginal delivery and constant exercise helps in delivery and healing after in either type of delivery.

Kelly - posted on 09/14/2009

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a planned section is much nicer than an emergency one. You can always have a vbac if you have no health concerns but your risk for needing another emergency section is higher just because you have allready had one. If you do not mind the risk try for a vbac because it hurts way less and there is pretty much nothing major to recover from but if you like the idea of a planned section and do not mind having a few weeks of slight pain than go for that. I have been there done that 4 times around. 1 planed section with the triplets 1 natural birth and 2 emergency sections I can tell you the vaginal was by far the easiest but the planned section was easier than the emergency ones.

Katilyn - posted on 09/14/2009

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I have had two C-sections. The second was a lot easier to heal after. For some reason the scaring got better too.

Ginger - posted on 09/14/2009

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you can look into going vaginal for next birth my sisters first was breached and she didnt want a c-section again and had 2nd birth natural. she was so happy

Ancys - posted on 09/14/2009

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for me the second time around was easier because I already knew what to expect. Ihad no complications

SONYA - posted on 09/14/2009

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HEY NICOLE. I.VE HAD THREE C SECTIONS MYSELF AND THE FIRST WAS DEFINITLY THE WORST! YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE SECOND AND YOU'RE MORE PREPARED. DON'T WORRY.

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I have read most of the post to your question. Don't let people convince you that a csection is your only option. Yes, it is true that a lot of doctors will tell you you have to have a csection since you have already had one. However, remeber that it is your body, your baby, your experience, and your choice. If you feel that you really want to have a vaginal birth do some research and find a doctor that is willing to let you try this. Personally when I was in the hospital waiting for my emergency csection a woman in the next room was going through vaginal delivery (I know this bc I saw her walking) and it didn't look or sound very fun. I know it's about the experience for some woman but, I wouldn't volunter myself for that kind of pain.

Eadie - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had my first child emergency c-section as well. I tried my second child naturally but she was over due and still with inducing after 2 days I didn't dilate I requested a c-section. With my 3rd I had to have a c-section because I had already had 2 others. Do not worry about having another child as each child and pregnancy is different and you can still try to have it naturally. Children are a blessing no matter how they get here. Good luck

SUSAN - posted on 09/14/2009

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I HAD AN EMERGENCY C- SECTION, AND HAVE HAD 2 NATURAL BIRTHS, AND ANOTHER SCHEDULED THIS TIME C-SECTION. IT IS NOT NEARLY AS BAD WITH A SCHEDULE C- SECTION, BUT VBAC WAS NOT A PROBLEM FOR ME, BUT THE SCHEDULED C- SECTION WAS A LOT EASIER TO RECOVER FORM.

Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2009

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The second C-Section is actually easier. There is less stress on your body and therefore the recovery is even easier. My scar healed even better the second time around too.

Jamie - posted on 09/14/2009

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i don't know if you are going to read this with so many replys, I am sure they are all helpful in some way. I am 25 and i had to have c-sections on all my children and i have three. I kinda want another and my doctor said he wouldn't panic. C-sections aren't as bad as some make it out. you might have to have another c-section but that is ok. i hope this helped

Lisa - posted on 09/14/2009

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Hello, I am a mother of 5 boys via 4 c-sections. Personally it was the easiest thing knowing when you were going to deliver, better for planning. But if you are trying to experience natural childbirth, your DR may have a problem with it. With a c-section you need more time to heal, you may have more soreness, but honestly I think that forces you to actually take the time you need to better yourself. Giving life is awesome no matter which way they decide to come. Ask GOd what he has in store for you, You never what He has in store. Take care and don't worry, things will work themselves out. MAIN GOAL: HEALTHY BABY, HEALTHY MOM!!

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My second child was delivered thru an emergency C-section. I recuperated well. Two years later my third child was born was thru a normal vaginal delivery, and so was my fourth child. Here they encourage you to have a normal delivery after your first C-section, which everything was just fine.

Frenika - posted on 09/14/2009

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I also had to have an emergency c-section but it was my first and so far only. However, my mom had a c-section with all 3 of her children. The second time around was better, she said, because she knew what to expect.

Karen - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had 2 C-sections due; the first one due to emergency health reasons beyond my control. The 2nd one I opted in for and had no problems. I loved it because I was able to pick my own date of delivery.

Megan - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had an emergency c-sec with my first and have my second c-sec scheduled in 10 days. I have been told that if you plan the second, you recover MUCH faster and because you planned it you get a spinal instead of an epidural, so you don't even feel as much. Good luck!

Megan - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had an emergency c-sec with my first and have my second c-sec scheduled in 10 days. I have been told that if you plan the second, you recover MUCH faster and because you planned it you get a spinal instead of an epidural, so you don't even feel as much. Good luck!

Linda - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had two c-sections. I didn't have any trouble with the second one but you don't HAVE to have another. You can go natural if your doctor approves. My daughter had an emergency section and she is pregnant again and planning on natural birth. They can do a lot now so you may want to ask your doctor about that if you would like to try that option. Good Luck!

Tina - posted on 09/14/2009

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hi yes i had 2 c-sections and i was absolutley fine your be okay i know its not nice for anybody but your be fine i promise and you also have to consider your little baby as well i had my 2 girls by c-section and it was over within 20 minutes and i had 2 healthy girls.

Sandy - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had two, and my youngest is 32. What reason did you have the csection? Was it something with you, or the baby? Your doctor can tell you if there is a chance the next birth would be a csection. Have you heard the expression, "It is the hardest pain to bear, but the easiest to forget'? That was said by a person who had a csection. God bless you.

Amber - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had two c-sections my 1st i was in labor for 48hrs and 58 mins and then we did a emergency c-section and it took a long time to recover but my drugs didnt work because i was at 9 1/2 when they gave it to me i didnt want it but my 2nd one was a so easy i went and they gave me the spinal block at 12:02 and at 12:10 she was born and at 12:20 i was in my room and by 9 that night i was up in the shower and then back home 2 days after and i was up cleaning and cookin and taking care of both my babies by myself my husband was back to work and we had no one to help me so my opion is the 2nd is easier but maybe some one else will comment but if you really want a baby it will be a scheuled c-section and you will know a little of what is going on and you should be ok

Alysson - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had two c-sections. Both were planned because of the size of my babies. I actually recovered faster from the second. I think it is a personal choice that you get to make with the advice of your doctor.

Becki - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had a c-section with my first son (15yrs ago). After that I had normal deliveries with my next two babies (now 9 and 11). When I had my last baby (this yr), my doctor informed me that the risk factors for something going wrong with a vbac (vaginal birth after ceserean) has increased and they prefer to do c-section if you've already had one. I was a little hesitant because even after 15 yrs I remembered the healing process from the c-section was much longer than a normal birth. Regardless of that, I went with his recomendation and everything went perfect and our little girl is perfect and I think only because I knew what to expect this time around, it went a little better than the first one. Just make sure your husband or someone can help you ALOT through the first few weeks. I was very lucky my husband took two weeks vacation and my other kids are older. They could get up faster than me and took on alot of the household duties. Finally, if your first child is a little older you will definitely need someone there to pick him/her up for you for the first couple of weeks.... Good Luck!

Charlotte - posted on 09/14/2009

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I had 2 c-sections over 40 yrs ago and both went well, the first was an emergency like yours, reason the second one was a c-section was the way the doctor cut my belly. It was a vertical cut instead of a bikini cut. Both times I healed quickly. Back in the 60's and 70's the hospital stay was suppose to be at least a week, but I went home in 3 days for each one. God bless Charlotte

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2009

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i have had 3 of them it's the same it may take a day long to heal but ather then that it's the same!! good luck.

Kristy - posted on 09/13/2009

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Both of my kids were c section and i think the 2nd one was easier to recover from then the first one. i was sore for quite some time after the first one and the second one i was up and ready to go home and get on with my life within 2 or 3 days.

Tamika - posted on 09/13/2009

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I had a c for the first and a succesful VBAC the second time around. It depends on why you had the c in the first place, and also the doc. Some docs like suggesting c sections when they find out you had one already cuz they are about 10 grand more than a vaginal birth so they get paid more. I switched my doc twice because of that with my second pregnacy. I wanted to have a natural birth, so I found a doc that was open to the idea,the first two could not wait to cut me open.



I healed fast with my section but, 8 years later I still dont have 100% feeling on the right side of my belly. Not to mention the right side of my body is resistant to anestiesa, so they had to give my 3 doses. By the time my right side was numb so was I from my neack to my toes. My son was born at 2:06 pm, but i could not hold him until 6:30pm cuz my body was completly dead, I could not wiggled my toes or tell if I was trying to wiggle them.

Kelly - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have had two c-sectons one 18 years after the first one. I have to say the second procedure was far better because it was planned and things have changed a lot.

The first time I delivered my son 10 weeks early and the saddleblock did not work so they had to put me totally out which is harder to come out of than a epidural.

Pam - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have had all 4 of mine c-section My first was an emergency c-section and we just choice to have the rest that way Not so hard when they say emergency c-section I recovered well with all

Denise - posted on 09/13/2009

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My cousin has had 3 so far, she is pregnant again, and another c-section is required so that will be four for her.

Hollie - posted on 09/13/2009

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I had an emergency c-section with my first too, and my second child came along two years later and I had a c-section with her too, but it was because they were so close in years that the Dr. was worried about me goin through vaginal birth and everything from the first c-section reopening. I took the option out of fear too, cause I knew what to expect w/ the c-section and not with the other birth. But I and my kids both came out just fine and healed fine.

Caitelyn - posted on 09/13/2009

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I myself haven't had a c-section, but my mum went thorugh two emergency c-sections, and an elective (due to the fact that her other two had been emergencys) and i know that while her first didnt go too badly, during the second she haemorraged and nearly died, while the third was really straightforward (except they got the date wrong and my sister was born 5 weeks early instead of 1 week)



I was her only natural delivery, and she said it was better having the c-sections, as she found her recovery time was much better (except for the second one)

Stephanie - posted on 09/13/2009

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I had my first by emergency section, the second came by c-section also after 48 hours of an attempt at a v-back, Number 3 I just gave up and scheduled her section. I healed well after each and have had no issues with scar tissue. It all depends on the uterine incision that was made...and how open your doc is- good luck and speedy recovery!

Clare - posted on 09/13/2009

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I had an emergency c-section with my first, then 9 months later I became pregnant again. I was encouraged to try VBAC, but c-section was given to me as an option. VBAC was a success, they just had to monitor me and the scar incase of rupture as only 18 months since previous c-section. All ok, and glad this was an option for me.

Tammy - posted on 09/13/2009

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My first child was born vaginally. My second child was breech so I had a scheduled C section with her. My last child was born vaginally. I say whatever you and your doctor are comfortable with.

Vanessa - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have had two c-sections and I must say it was much easier than the first one. I had the choice to try a v-back but I decided that the thought of going through labor was much more scary to me than just having another c-section (not to mention my first son was breech and once the doctor got in there to deliver the second one so was he). I knew what to expect as to taking my time in getting up and down and it seemed like I recovered faster the second go around. I think what I liked too about having another c-section was the fact that I was able to pick the day he was born. I would not fret having another c-section if it comes down to it. God bless and good luck!

JoAnn - posted on 09/13/2009

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Both of my children where breech, my first was emergency my second was scheduled. I recovered from both with out any problems. My second one was with a different doctor than the first but they cut over the same incision so there was not a lot of scaring. my children are 19 and 16 so Im sure that the precedure has come a long way since.

Stephanie - posted on 09/13/2009

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It,s soo much easier the second time through. My first delivery was an emergancy c-section and it was the worst experience ever. Recovery seemed long and hard. But with my second and third I planned for a c-section. They were a piece of cake. Its scheduled so you know when its going to happen and you know what to expect. With my first it took me days to get up and around and I was also taking plenty of pain medication. But with the other two I was up walking later that day and didn't need all the pain medication. You could try for a vbac but you would likely end up with a c-section. No matter what the pain and discomfort is well worth it. And remember with a scheduled c-section theres no labor!

Laura - posted on 09/13/2009

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After 35 hours of labor, I had an emergency c-section with my 1st, and 19 minths later had a successful v-bac. The only issue I had was quite a bit more discomfort from the contractions, but that was because I have an unusual amount of scar tissue built up from the surgery. Having had gone through both, I would fully recommend trying for a v-bac.

Heather - posted on 09/13/2009

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Hi Nicole! Congratulations on becoming a mum!!! Both my girls were delivered by C-Section (they were both breech babies). Both times I recovered well. It was harder to recover the second time because I had an active toddler. Remember how they tell you not to lift anything, etc? I'd forget and left up my toddler to hug or she'd fall and I'd reach for her to console. There is no reason that you can't go through an active labour the second time, even if you did have a C-Section. I was scared with my second pregnancy for the same reason you have identified in your post...I don't recall who said it to me; however, they told me to not worry because the nurses and doctors in the maternity ward had done this before and will make sure all goes well. And they did.



I do hope, if it's right for you and your husband, that you have a second. It's crazy busy - but amazing at the same time.

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