Would you opt for a repeat C-section for your 2nd delivery?

Philippines
February 21, 2007 2:33am CST
I gave birth to my eldest in December 2005 via emergency c-section due to a cord coil. I am due to give birth again this May 2007. My OB GYNE says there is a chance I can deliver normally if my uterus is strong. The thought scares me. When I had my C-section, I didn't feel a thing and because it was an emergency CS, I didn't have time to worry. But now that I am given the chance to choose (if my uterus is up to it), I am worried. If you were in my shoes, which one would you choose?
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@Sicantik (706)
21 Feb 07
I have exactly the same dilema as you I had my first son in November 2004 via c-section. Due to failure to progress, but they found out later on that I have a small pelvic. I was really dissapointed with that. Now I am expecting the second one in April 2007 and have been adviced to have another c-section. I was reluctant at first but now I'm thinking It will be more convenient for me to have c-section especially with young boy in my family. Not only I can choose when to give birth but I will know exactly what's going to happen.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Right on! It would be nice knowing what will happen. vag**al birth can be so unpredictable.
@essilem (286)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
My first up to the 3rd deliveries were all c-sections. The first one was meant to be a normal delivery, but after 22 hours of labor, water was drying out but i would not dilate enough for my baby to come out and then the decision for the c-section surfaced, believe i was relieved. I was practically asleep when my baby came out because i was really tired from lack of sleep, i missed seeing my baby when they showed it to me, i was very groggy. that is why when i conceived again, i said i wanted to see it all, minus the pain, then i decided for a repeat scheduled cesarean. I was soooo relaxed. I planned the baptism a few days before i was admitted in the hospital, fixed everything from the babybook to the camera and slept soundly in the hospital before my big day. I saw everything, even had picture taking! I am also a fast healer, after just 4 days i was out of the hospital and was back on my feet. Unlike others who have very incision pain, mine was very tolerable, and after just 4 days i was able to have my baby baptized as scheduled. The third pregnancy was also a scheduled cs. But that is the last for me, so if you want more than three kids i suggest you try vbac, some people have done it and it went well, it is really up to you, its your body, your choice. Goodluck!
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
I'm glad you shared your experiences. Thanks, I'll think it over.
@ctv101103 (860)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
like you, i also delivered via c-section to my daughter (may 2005). it wasn't an emergency c-section, though. i was diagnosed to have placenta previa during my pregnancy and i cannot do a normal delivery. now, if and when i get pregnant with my 2nd child (and suppose i can deliver normally), just thinking about undergoing the operation already scares me. but then again, if i deliver via c-section, i wouldn't worry about labor pains. i can even choose the birthdate of my child. hmmm... this made me think =) call me a coward, but i'm leaning towards having a c-section again =P
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Same here... I worry about the labor pains. I went through my cs without feeling anything and I healed nicely real quick. Being able to choose my baby's birthdate does sound appealing too hehehe
@apky12 (775)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I've had 2 c-sections. The first was an emergency due to my son's heart stopping and they had to put me under. Seriously I can't think about it without crying. He's fine though. The 2nd was so much easier. I had a scheduled c-section but my little one decided he was coming earlier than expected. I walked to the OR and I felt great afterwards. It's totally up to you but I have to say the experience the 2nd time was 100% easier with the c-section. I healed really quickly too. The only thing that is a negative is if you are planning on having more than 3 children, they don't like to keep on doing c-sections. It makes your uterus thin.
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Thanks for sharing. My doc also told me that one neg thing abt multiple cs is the thinning of the uterine lining.
@yanple (164)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
of course, i would love to experience the normal way of delivery. in an ideal scenario. =) but having experienced a painless CS all throughout, i'd rather do it again. besides, my OB told me that i'll be having a CS delivery again for my succeeding babies, so no choice at all to begin with. and also, i'm so paricular with dates, so i want to plan my deliveries well. so CS i go.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Thanks for sharing.. I am actually thinking of the same thing---why go through hours of pain when a cs would be painless?
@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
21 Feb 07
After having 4 C-Sections, I would have done anything to have had a normal delivery. I felt like I was climbing the walls and in such pain after the delivery. I could of had my last one delivered normal, but the Doctor had told me after 3 C-Sections she was afraid that I would have ruptured.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
4 c-sects? Oh my!
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
Yes if it would give better a better chance for my child to be born healthier. I would do anything for them.
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
thanks
@kagandahan (1327)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
i have experience both.. i had my daughter delivered as normalwhile my son in c-section. to tell you honestly, i findit harder to recover from a c-section rather than the normal delivery.i got to really feel being a mother when i went through normal delivery.also,it is cheaper the normal way,lol! don't worry too much,you're baby will be fine,start practicing la maze,lol!:)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Thanks... I'll think about it... =)
• United States
22 Feb 07
No I had a C section and I hated it I decieded to have the next 2 kids natural. I had a very bad experience and ended up habing a C section without anisthetic! It was bad. I hope all goes well with you!
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
no anesthesia? That's awful!
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
22 Feb 07
I have already had 3 c-sections, I do not understand why you are scared of having a c-section. The doctors always do this 2 weeks before normal delivery there is no reason to be frightened of this as long as you have a great physician.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
It's good to know your 3 cs experiences went well. But one can't help but get scared. It is, after all, still a surgery. My doctor is great, I trust her completely.
@rsa101 (16160)
• Quezon City, Philippines
22 Feb 07
I am a guy but a father. My wife opted to have our first born to be delivered normally. The first time we thought of it was it was really scary since many said they had a very painful labor when they have it delivered normally but out doctor insisted that we have it delivered normally since this is the fastest way to heal compared to c-section. So, we did opted the normal delivery, my wife did experience the pain but nowadays there is what they call anesthesia that partially relieves that pain. Overall the pain was still great as my wife had described it. She could not compare the pain to any pain she had experienced after about 8 hours in the labor room she was able to deliver my son and after a day or two she wuickly recovered her strength back to almost normal. There was a slight healing near her vag* area but it went well. Another advantage about it also is the cost it was far more cheaper than c-section. :) All i know about c-section is that when you have your first baby under c-section you'll have a high chance that you next one will be delivered via c-section. It is the first case that I heard c-section deliveries can be delivered normally the next time. But anyway its your choice if you opted for normal then expect the pain to come but that is only temporary and if you cann really push hard you can shorten your agony.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
Thanks for putting in your 2 cents' worth. Will think it over.
@crowfan (67)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I have had both and if i had to do it again i would have another c-section that way there is no chance of your child having lack of oxygen in the birth canal and no chance of a child being MR because of my actions
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• Philippines
22 Feb 07
true... vb is unpredictable
@yaneeps (122)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
i also gave birth thru c-section. when i went back to my OB Gynecologist and discussed the possibility of a second child, she said that if i deliver thru normal procedures, she has to use forceps for my baby because in having c-section, my uterus was sliced, and although it was sewed up again, it must not be pressured or stressed (which is usually otherwise the case when delivering normally). upon hearing the word 'forceps', i decided with finality that i would not have a normal delivery again. i would not risk it for my sake, especially my child's life. i hope that you would have a safe delivery any way you choose how.
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@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I went for a vback with my third child. I am glad that I did it. I recovered much faster and was able to still tend to the other kids without any problems. Although it was scary I do not regret it. Now with my 4 child I did not have a choice the cord was wrapped around his neck so I had a planned c-section. I was awake for the entire thing and hated it. I felt horrible during it and recovery was rough. I did not remember much from my first c-sections because I was asleep. So I did not remember anything till I awoke. Being awake was a totally different story for me.
• United States
22 Feb 07
I have only had one section, but the being awake thing is WEIRD!! Add that in with the fact that I do not like any part of my body feeling numb! When they brought my husband into the OR, I said to him "Keeep talking to me!!" I needed something to focus on so that I did NOT focus on the fact that someone behind that curtain was cutting me open!!
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
oH MY! That must have been terrible!
@JenHen (5)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I had my daughter in August via C-section. She was two weeks overdue and showed no signs of coming out on her own! I don't like pain. I love her no matter how she got here. I will most definitely have another C-section when and if #2 ever comes along!
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
I too have a low tolerance for pain... thanks for responding...
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
Yes I would.
@lpetges (3036)
• United States
22 Feb 07
why on earth would you want to go through a normal delivery (ouch), when you can get put to sleep and wake up and have a baby? I had 3 c sections, and loved them. I could sit and had no hemoroids, right away.. it took a week or two to feel totally better.,, but think about all the women that have to have bladder repair as they get older! its from PUSHING out those big babies! relax.,,have a c section!
@msmamaof2 (367)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I opted for a repeat csection with my second birth. I'm not playing around with uterine rupture...it could kill the baby! Better safe than sorry for me!
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
If its ok, i would choose a normal delivery. There is this kind of anesthesia, given by the anesthesiologist continuously, while you're on labor, so you wouldn't feel the pain. but you also have to ask your OB-GYNE as to the safety of using it.