VBAC or repeat C-section?

United States
January 26, 2007 5:35pm CST
I delivered vagnally, my first time. The next time, I had to have an emergency c-section. Now I my daughter is 5 1/2 months old & I am almost 13 1/2 weeks pregnant. I am going to consult my OB on if a VBAC is ok or if I should just opt for another C-section due to a family history of Elhers Danlos Syndrome, which causes poor healing problems & I am concerned if my uterus had time to properly heal & if my scar will begin to open during the pushing phase of labor if I have a VBAC. I have other scars from accidents that 5 years later still haven't fully healed right. Does anyone else have this health problem? I'm nervous about this pregnancy because I had an ER visit & u/s (for abdominal pain) which revealed an ovian cyst (the cause of the pain). But when I asked how my c-section was healing internally, I was told that the u/s machine couldn't detect wheather it was ok or not. :( Is that all u/s machines? Or are some better that can detect a problem like that before it becomes a very serious problem?
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@brokentia (10394)
• United States
27 Jan 07
There are different grades of ultra sound machines. I can understand you wanting to do the VBAC. But you do have to take into consideration that if you have a condition that takes you an extended period of time to heal, a rupture where the scar tissue is very possible. This is something your doctor will have to evaluate you one. I hope there is a ultra sound machine that can detect how well your uterus is healing. Because with that information, I think the doctor would be able to better advise you. But the statement to the doctor is that you want to do a VBAC if he or she thinks it is truly possible. Otherwise, he or she will sway you away from it.
• United States
27 Jan 07
Thanks. I am going to see my OB on Feb. 1st and I have several questions already for her. This being one of them. I was hoping to do a VBAC, but only if it's safe for both me & the baby. Otherwise I'll go with another c-section.
• United States
21 Feb 07
I already talked to my OB & she said that it would be best for a repeat c-section. And due to previos complications, she is going to monitor my baby VERY closly :)
@apky12 (775)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I don't have the health problem but I had a repeat section. I had to have an emergency section with my first. I don't know if you were put under or not but with my 2nd section it was so much easier. Good luck!!!
• United States
27 Jan 07
I was completely awake during both births. Although my epidural hadn't taken complete effect when my c-section began, so it was very painful. Was your second c-section a necessity or optional?
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
I had a C-section when I gave birth to my eldest.. She's now 19 months old, and I'm due to give birth to my 2nd child in less than 2 months.. During my 1st pre-natal check up with my OB-GYNE, she said that it is still possible for me to have a VBAC, although she didnt give her 100% assurance.. Of course certain conditions would have to be considered for that.. My husband is hoping for a VBAC, but I'm guessing that I'll still be having a C-section cos at 7 months, my tummy's really big.. For a petite lady like me, I seem to grow big babies inside me..
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Hi sexysilver, I read that your OB advised a repeat section, so now it seems that question is answered...in the mean time, take good care of yourself!
• United States
11 Mar 07
I don't think that any US machine could detect it cause it goes through the uterine wall. I have never heard of your syndrome so I can't help you with that. Your doctor will make the determination. From what you say though they may opt for a second c-section for your safety. Regardless of what choice is made, I wish you the best and pray you have a healthy happy baby!!