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joeslittlewoman 12-21-2012 08:40 PM

I was such a researcher with my first two, but now I don't remember and have a hard time finding the time. It is likely I'll end up with a RCS this time. It will be my first time to not labor before a c/s. can anyone point me to resources that layout risks for a RCS? (I'm meaning for the baby, not me). Concerns over lungs, correlation or not with breathing problems or asthma, etc. any other health concerns.

I just want to know exactly what I'm looking at while making peace with this decision. I will likely be at least 40 weeks, if not 41.


3 ladybugs 12-23-2012 06:08 AM

Re: RCS and lungs, etc
I don't believe there is any direct risk to the baby being born without laboring in a c-section. There is a SLIGHT chance of "wimpy white boy syndrome" which is what my hospital calls full term baby boys that have a hard time adjusting to breathing, but honestly that is a slight risk. It typically happens with white boys and not white girls though (other races are less effected by this).

My son was born via repeat c-section. I never had labor with him and honestly I have yet to dialate to more then 1 cm. DS was breach at his birth at 38 weeks 0 days. I had had triplets at 24 weeks 0 days so I knew the NICU well, and knew the doctors well. DS was born with the WWBS and spent 6 days in the NICU. They told me when I had him that he was probably born with slightly immature lungs. Which honestly makes sense for being born at 38 weeks (doctor's choice not mine). I asked SEVERAL doctors including my peri who delivered my triplets if this is just par for the coarse with me and everyone assured me that it wasn't. I am not destined to have NICU babies just because I have to have c-sections. Now I am insanely high risk this time with a history of pelvic radiation, so it wouldn't surprise me if I deliver early or get another NICU baby this time, but that would have nothing to do with my reproductive history, just with my history of cancer if anything.

I should also add that one of the reasons why DS was in the NICU so long is because of my history with my prior children. Everyone remembered DD and they didn't want anything to happen to any future child of mine. So they honestly ordered more tests then they normally would to make sure DS was perfectly healthy.

Oh and my son has no lasting effects of his birth. He is 4 years old and is just as healthy as can be. Rarely gets ill. Has had no problems with his lungs since his birth and you would never know that he was in the NICU for 6 days.

joeslittlewoman 12-24-2012 08:52 AM

Thanks! I had no idea that white boys had a harder time adjusting to breathing. That's interesting.

I hope you have a smooth full-term delivery this time!

3 ladybugs 12-28-2012 08:53 AM

Re: RCS and lungs, etc

Originally Posted by joeslittlewoman (Post 16075245)
Thanks! I had no idea that white boys had a harder time adjusting to breathing. That's interesting.

I hope you have a smooth full-term delivery this time!

I think they don't want to freak out parents so they don't tell parents. I understand. I had 3 micro-preemies and once I was sitting in the hall of the NICU and nearly slapped a woman who was complaining about something that was honestly trivial (the child was a near termer). She was going to bring her baby home. I sadly had no chance of that in the end. :cry:

However because I spend a total of 5 months 11 days in the NICU with my children (3 of them - one of the micros didn't make it out of the OR) I know the "inside baseball" stuff. I also spent on average about 12 hours a day by my children's side. You learn a lot that way.

Thank you! I joke that because this is the pregnancy where I can't do anything without asking 3 doctors permission, I will have my first well baby! :laugh:

Good luck with your delivery! :hugs:

joeslittlewoman 12-29-2012 08:20 PM

Thanks, ladybugs! I have read your journey on here, and I was so excited when I recently noticed you were pregnant again! Though I don't know you, I am so thrilled for you!!

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