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Old 05-31-2006, 10:19 PM   #21
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No advice re: repeat C/S as I've never had one, but I wanted to comment on the painkillers... I had a normal vaginal delivery and I was on vicodin for around two weeks because the cramping afterwards while DD nursed was so intense I was literally in tears from it, and at times it was so bad I was unable to even hold her.. so that's not necessarily something that is only related to surgery. DD is almost a year and I *still* have cramping so bad at times I have to grit my teeth... OB has said it's normal

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Im going to keep my post short but VBACs are very doable in alot of circumstances that OBs think they arent, theres alot fo factors that go into csectiuons and repeats. So, i would really do alot of reserch and alot of reading.
Birthing from within is a great book and anything that you can find written by Ina Mae Gaskin is highly recommended reguardless of your desicion.
Also, i really really encourage you to go to an ICAN meeting. They are wonderful! Dont worry, they arent going to make you feel abd for you choice or anythign like that but they have some great information for you and are a really accepting group of people.
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I just got mine booked yesterday. I had a nice long talk with my OB and she explained everything really good.
I have mine booked for 38.6 weeks (almost 39weeks)
She told me that they hate doing emergancy c-sections and would not like it if I was in labour at all. She told me it is a lot harder on your body to have a c-section while in labour, and it is harder to do a c-section on a women who is in labour, which is why they always book them 1-2 weeks before your EDD.

I have been give stricked rules that if I go into labour before my c-section date I have to get to the hospital A.S.A.P. if I have not changed my mind. She said I will be given medication to stop my labour so a c-section can be done. If my water breaks, same thing, so I understand it to be a serious thing that they really don't want you to be in labour at all.

She also reasured me that the baby would be ready at 39 weeks which is something I was worried about.
I don't want to make a pregnant Mom nervous, but that post really makes me nervous! The vast majority if C's are not capital letter emergencies. Like mine for ex. doc took the time to check dialation, waited for the room, etc. etc. it was a good 30 min. to get me in there. When I was discussing scenerios w/ my OB on the second preg, they can have you in surgery in 7 min. w/ a rupture, now THAT's an emergency C. They do Cs all the time on Moms already in labor! ALL THE TIME!

And I'm not a big fan of the due date bit. I always find it crazy that docs are OK w/ inducing a week or two prior, but heaven forbid you go a week over your due date!! You'll have a monster 11 lb baby for sure! The fact is, ovulation doesn't always occur in a predictable manner, baby can developmentally be plus or minus two weeks what you're thinking.

I dunno, I just have a lot more trust in my own body and a lot of apprehension at the things many OBs tell Moms. I'm a huge VBAC supporter, even though it will probably never happen for me. To anyone going through this, do the research! You may find options you didn't think were possible!

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Old 06-01-2006, 06:19 AM   #24
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Re: scheduled c-sections - when do they sched you?

I had a c/s with my dd. WHen I got pg again, the dr said that we could let me go into labor naturally and then do the c/s when I got to the hospital.

I ended up with a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). . I'm so thrilled I did it! It was so empowering, and IMO safer than repeat c/s. If you're interested in having a natural labor and delivery, pm me and I'll give you more info!
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Im going to keep my post short but VBACs are very doable in alot of circumstances that OBs think they arent, theres alot fo factors that go into csectiuons and repeats. So, i would really do alot of reserch and alot of reading.
Birthing from within is a great book and anything that you can find written by Ina Mae Gaskin is highly recommended reguardless of your desicion.
Also, i really really encourage you to go to an ICAN meeting. They are wonderful! Dont worry, they arent going to make you feel abd for you choice or anythign like that but they have some great information for you and are a really accepting group of people.
Heres the site:

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BTW-I LOVE the books you recommended! Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth was LIFE CHANGING For me!
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Just as a quick note to all the cs moms. Motrin is very effective for post op pain. That's all I used for the last one after the spinal. I do have a high pain tollerance, but maybe weaning off the heavy stuff except at night would work for some of you? Also, I co-sleep, so narcotics are not an option for me.
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Hmm, all interesting info. I still plan on discussing everything w/my md, just mostly curious if there is some standard practice. I haven't discussed vbac w/my md yet, but I definately will.

From the reading I've done though, I'm guessing I am not in the best group of candidates for it. For me, I only want to attempt it if I have the best possible odds in my favor. I'll definately talk to my md about it (she does do vbac & I recall when signing up for birthing classes w/dd that the hospital offered vbac classes too).

dd #1 ended in c-section b/c she was not descending, I was fully dialated, but she wouldn't budge. She was larger - 9lb 12 oz. I was induced b/c the specialists were worried about the integrity of my placenta. I spent months 3-5 on bedrest with an abruption due to a clotting disorder. Basically any small tears for me did not heal, my blood would continue to clot & cause the placenta to seperate more from the uterus, bleed more, clot more. I took asprin to control it & it eventually healed, but they were concerned about the scarring on the placenta causing dd not to get enough nutrients & the risk of another tear/clot (since I had to stop the aspirin a few weeks before delivery the risk goes up again).

From what I've read about vbac the best candidates are women who's cections were due to position & women who have had successful vaginal births prior to c-section. Women w/c-section due to size & non-descending babies are more likely to have problems. Add the placenta issues to that & I'm pretty sure it is not going to make me a really good candidate. Hmm, I think there was one other thing, but now I can't remember what it was. But I will definately check into the local ICAN & ask my ob. If I do it , I really want to be in the top success groups & from what I know right now, I don't think I am. I'm not anti-vbac, I believe women need to be allowed to make that choice for themselves. The current situations where drs & hospitals refuse to do them is a violation of women's rights. But I'm not up for even trying it if I'm in one of the lower success groups.

woo - sorry that was loooong!!

So far as painkillers go, I took percoset for a week, though just nights the last 3 days then motrin & tylenol combo for about 2 weeks.
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Size really shouldn't be the limiting factor at 9-12. That being said, size is why I opted not to go vbac, but he was 11-4
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My brother was 11lb 9oz (or was it lllb 12oz) born natural with no pain killers (just like me & my sister were). My poor mom was in so much pain she thought she was going to die, but the doc wouldn't give her anything & told her she was being "a baby about it & it wasn't that bad." Once they weighed him, the md was mortified & kept apologizing to her.
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Re: scheduled c-sections - when do they sched you?

Wow, that is a lot different than what my ob did with my last 2 - he scheduled them as close to my due date as possible - he prefers fully cooked babies, so hopefully there is less chance of complications for the baby from coming too soon.

Also, i actually went into labor with DS2 about a day and a half before my scheduled c-section. I went in around 11:30 p.m. and he was born around 1:30 a.m. They didn't give me anything to stop the contractions before the section and I had to wait while they did an emergency section on a girl who's baby was having heartrate issues. And even though they did the c/s while I was having contractions, the 3rd one was by far the easiest recovery for me.

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I just got mine booked yesterday. I had a nice long talk with my OB and she explained everything really good.
I have mine booked for 38.6 weeks (almost 39weeks)
She told me that they hate doing emergancy c-sections and would not like it if I was in labour at all. She told me it is a lot harder on your body to have a c-section while in labour, and it is harder to do a c-section on a women who is in labour, which is why they always book them 1-2 weeks before your EDD.

I have been give stricked rules that if I go into labour before my c-section date I have to get to the hospital A.S.A.P. if I have not changed my mind. She said I will be given medication to stop my labour so a c-section can be done. If my water breaks, same thing, so I understand it to be a serious thing that they really don't want you to be in labour at all.

She also reasured me that the baby would be ready at 39 weeks which is something I was worried about.

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