Planned Cesarean Insecurities.... -vbac or second c-section stories-please!

Autumn Hope - posted on 07/14/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




I am unable to have children vaginally and my second cesarean will be planned. Due to complications, my children are born prematurely. In the case that I can carry longer than my planned cesarean is dated, I'd like to wait, and go into labor naturally before I have my c-section. My nurse practitioner told me if I wait too long my cesarean scar from my previous child could BURST open!!!

Does anyone have any stories [positive, or otherwise] of going into labor late into a pregnancy after cesarean?


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Shauna - posted on 09/03/2012




My mom had a C-section with my little sister and then vaginally birthed her third child in less than 20 minutes. She actually was going to get a planned C-section and then realized that while she was on the toilet that she was about to give birth to her utter shock! They barely got her in the door of the hospital before she had the baby in her arms!!!

It is possible, but since you have a history of problems with your pregnancies, you will want to get as closely monitored as possible to give your babies the best start and welcome them into the world as best you can. The most important part of birth is that mom and baby are healthy and happy. :)

Laura - posted on 09/01/2012




I have had csections with all 4 of my children. The labours r getting longer, baby's r getting earlier and smaller. I had my 2nd baby when my son was 2 and that section was fine but I had my 4th when my 3rd was 1 and it was awful I has so much scare tissue I was in theatre for ages and they had to cut loads away, also my son was 8weeks early and they say my body can't cope with n e more pregnancies.( I had placental abruption with my last son) I think a second section would be fine there's more chance of ur scar bursting the more sections u have. I've not had late pregnancies but I hope I've helped about the bursting open bit? Good luck if u wanna chat MSG me.

Virginia - posted on 08/27/2012




I was told the same thing after I had a c-section with my second child almost nine years ago. They said that the inside incision going up and down and the outter incision was from side to side. I have been wanting another child now for a while but a little scared to. They told me that my inside incision could bust open with one concration and I would bleed out before I could get to the hospital. Like you my two girls were born 1 and 2 months early because my body wasnt big enough to pack to full term. I am a very petite woman. So if I ever do get pregnant again what would they do.

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Hi Autumn,

It all depends on your previous c-section. If the incision made on the uterus was up & down, then doctors will not let you labor at all. Vertical incisions are usually only done in severe emergencies, but it would be in your medical history file and you have the right to know, so I would ask. And even if your scar on the outside is horizontal, doesn't necessarily mean that the one on the side was too. So ask.
If your incision on your uterus is horizontal, side-side, then your chances of rupture are less than 1%.
I had to have a c-section with my first baby b/c after I had labored and was ready to push and the dr. decided to arrive, he declared that my baby was breech and I would have to have a c-section. So that was that. If I'd had my wits about me, I would have asked to try to deliver breech.
My second baby was not breech, and I had to shop around before I found a dr. that would let me try a VBAC. So I went on to have a successful VBAC with my second baby.
And for what it's worth, back in the 70's, my mother was told that her hips were too narrow and she would never be able to have a vaginal birth, so she had a planned c-section with my older sister, and back then, it was once a c-section, always a c-section, so that's how I was born, in the 80s. Fast forward to the 90s, she went on to VBAC my brother, who ended up being her biggest baby.
Good luck to you!

Carly - posted on 07/17/2010




Hi Autumn,
The chances of the scar bursting are very low but they have to tell you the risks anyway! I had a caesarean the first time and then a natural labour the second. No worries with scar problems, I didn't feel any pain or problems in that area.

Liz - posted on 07/16/2010




I've never heard of such a thing before. I had my b/g twins ( who are two now) at 33 weeks 6 days via an emergency c-section, and I just had their little brother this past monday at 38 weeks 6 days. Although I was scheduled for a c-section on the 13th, my dr decided to give me the option of trying for a vbac if I had wanted to. I had opted for a c-section again though because I already knew what to expect from the first time around.

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