How to physically prepare for a VBAC

Amy - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I had a c-section July 2008 (my son's 10 months now), and we're considering getting pregnant again. I've done more research than anyone ever needs to do about the chance of uterine rupture during VBAC, and I'm totally comfortable with the statistics. My last labor was all natural at a birthing center until about 45 minutes before the c-section because Noah's heart stopped for about a minute and a half. He was all wrapped up in the cord, and every contraction strangled him more and more, so they did the c-section. I am ALL FOR a natural labor this time, and there's a dr. close by that said he is known as a "non-interventionist" which is exactly what I'm looking for! The dr. that delivered Noah was very sympathetic and knew about my hopes for natural labor, so she double-sutured, which helps.

The help I need is how to prepare my body for it, and once I'm pregnant, what to do then. I mean, should I do more crunches? lol Is there a food or something that can help the scar heal? I know there's a lot to nutrition and its effects on muscle development, etc., but does anyone know anything specific to VBACs? I will take all the help I can get, and if anyone can find websites about exercises and stuff, I would really appreciate it!

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Christy - posted on 05/28/2009

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I am glad that there are other people debating about it. Today was my dr. apt and we talked about what to do. You need a good ob. He is willing to do whatever I would like done, but he wanted to fill me in with all the information for me to make a decision.

First he says it depends on the one how I am dilating and if I am thinning good. The position of the baby and how big he is. He told me that I am smaller down there but not so small I couldn't have a baby. Right now he weights 7 lb 9 oz (of course) the ultrasound can be a pound or two off. I could have a c-section on Sunday but I am waiting until I go into labor. So next Thursday is my next apt and see how things are coming and maybe Friday start with Pitocin. We talked about being induced and my ob said that the risk of having another c-sec is greater. He didn't want to induce and would prefer I be dilated to a 3 or 4 if I wanted to. When your body is ready and you naturally go into labor the chances are greater to have a vbac. So I am not getting induced. I am currently a 2 maybe 2 1/2 about 75% effaced.
Also after having a c-sec you can have Pitocin to help with labor when your at the hospital. They won't let you use other things to ripen your cervix or to help you thin.
I also read that if you get an epidural, preferrably chances are better if you are dilated to a 5 before you receive an epidural your risk for c-sec is lower. This website has helped me feel better about vbac.

http://www.childbirth.org/section/VBACFA...

It says to physically prepare yourself by doing squats can expand your pelvis 10%. It is also good to eat healthy and exercise. Stretching is good to lengthen your muscles. So guess what I am doing yep squats and stretching.

Here are some websites: I think it is good to do some research and ask question about you.
Websites
www.vbac.com
www.ican-online.org
www.childbirthconnection.org
www.childbirth.org/section/VBACFAQ.html
http://nursingbirth.wordpress.com
www.pushedbirth.com
http://yourbirthright.info
www.mothering.com

App+7mnejhu - posted on 05/29/2009

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I just wanted to say to all you ladies how great it is that you are doing your research and becoming informed. I had my VBAC 7 months ago and I really encourage educating yourself. There is a lot of misguided info given by doctors. Another huge suggestion is to find a dr. who is 100% supportive of your decision and encouraging of it too. The dr. should be giving you tons of advice on what to do to make the VBAC a success instead of focusing on reasons why you won't be successful. I have a passion to help others who are interested in VBACs and have started a blog as a place of encouragement, support, info and a place to share VBAC stories and things you have learned with others. It is www.thepathtovbac.blogspot.com. I would love for you to check it out and leave a comment and share some of your research to pass along to others. Christy it sounds like you have a lot of good info. I hope you all are able to have the VBAC you desire!

Tanya - posted on 05/29/2009

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You don't need to do anything to prepare your body really. I had a c-section with my 2nd child (in Oct. 2005) and I had a VBAC with my 3rd (in Aug. 2008), Everything was fine If you just had a c-section recently you should wait and talk with your dr about how much time you should wait to get pregnant again (I got pregnant about a month after my c-section - in the test it showed my incision was already streeching - I was told my incision if i continued the pregnancy would open, before I could make any decisions I lost the baby in Feb 2009) - I was really scared about all the statistics they have to warn you about and almost even concidered another c-sction but I knew that i wanted a natural birth (my 1st was born natural and the recovery was much less time!) You don't have to do any extra crunches if your body is healthy enough to carry a baby than you can do it.. Don't stress too much it's not that bad it's great!!!!!! Good Luck

Amanda - posted on 05/28/2009

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Quoting Christy:

I am glad that there are other people debating about it. Today was my dr. apt and we talked about what to do. You need a good ob. He is willing to do whatever I would like done, but he wanted to fill me in with all the information for me to make a decision.

First he says it depends on the one how I am dilating and if I am thinning good. The position of the baby and how big he is. He told me that I am smaller down there but not so small I couldn't have a baby. Right now he weights 7 lb 9 oz (of course) the ultrasound can be a pound or two off. I could have a c-section on Sunday but I am waiting until I go into labor. So next Thursday is my next apt and see how things are coming and maybe Friday start with Pitocin. We talked about being induced and my ob said that the risk of having another c-sec is greater. He didn't want to induce and would prefer I be dilated to a 3 or 4 if I wanted to. When your body is ready and you naturally go into labor the chances are greater to have a vbac. So I am not getting induced. I am currently a 2 maybe 2 1/2 about 75% effaced.
Also after having a c-sec you can have Pitocin to help with labor when your at the hospital. They won't let you use other things to ripen your cervix or to help you thin.
I also read that if you get an epidural, preferrably chances are better if you are dilated to a 5 before you receive an epidural your risk for c-sec is lower. This website has helped me feel better about vbac.

http://yourbirthright.info
www.mothering.com


I know this was not meant for me personally but THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! LOL you just answered my question too LOL... I want to be able to give birth naturally.

Debbie - posted on 05/27/2009

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I'm going back 20 years but i had a c section with my first and 2 years later delivered my 2nd vaginally with no complications and i did not even think about "prep" work...the human body is amazing and just watch the weight you gain ...my first was 50 lbs...2nd 15 lbs...BIG difference both very healthy...good luck

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Amanda - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have had two c sections and I have decided that I am going to have a VBAC when I have my next child. I also wanted to have a VBAC with my 2nd pregnancy but since my water had broke 2 days before and I hadn't really dialated the doctors told me there was a 40% chance I would go through labor and then have a c section. I was alone and stressed and so I decided the easier. This time I will not do that unless it's a medical emergency. My youngest is 2 now and I am waiting at least another 3 years to have another baby. I was told by a Nurse Practictioner that my muscles in my stomach were still strong and they healed well together. If you find out any information could you please let me know as well. I am interested.

Christy - posted on 05/27/2009

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I am currently 38 weeks with my 2nd child. With my 1st one I had a c-section also. My ob told me that I should wait at least 1 year preferably 1 1/2 year before trying to get pregnant just so your incision can heal and the risk of it rupturing with contractions. So my kids will be 2 years and 2 months apart. My incision hasn't hurt at all and he is a lot bigger than my girl was. The first couple months my incision was a little sore with my belly growing. My ob said that when it heals it get my get attached a little. My stomach has stretched so much with this pregnancy.

I am considering a Vbac with this one and still trying to debate. It is a hard decision. I will let you know what happens. With my 1st she got stuck on my pelvis and was posterior. She weight 8 lb 12oz. The Ob said that I probably won't be able to have them vbac unless they are under 8 lbs.

Just be healthy and eat right. That way the baby will get what they need and you will feel good. I hope this was a little helpful.

Debbie - posted on 05/27/2009

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I'm going back 20 years but i had a c section with my first and 2 years later delivered my 2nd vaginally with no complications and i did not even think about "prep" work...the human body is amazing and just watch the weight you gain ...my first was 50 lbs...2nd 15 lbs...BIG difference both very healthy...good luck

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