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Old 03-29-2012, 12:32 PM   #21
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I go in for my 3rd and last in 2 weeks no issues with either one, tho I found the last one much easier to recover from than the first

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:38 AM   #22
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This is such a wonderful thing to hear! So often I hear so many worry or make others worry about the risks when I truly believe the risks aren't as bad as they are made to seem. My last dr told me that after a 3rd c-section the risk of uterine rupture increases but it only increases to 3%, he was not worried at all and I specifically asked him after my surgery what he thought about another, he said there was no reason why I couldn't. I will stop at 6 though if we are lucky enough to conceive again but that is only due to my dh's wishes. I would have a dozen if I could
I agree! I wish more Dr's weren't so scared about it...I think it's due to liability maybe? But all the studies I have found have shown that even with a VBAC4+C there was a 2% chance of uterine rupture....that is the same for ANYONE! I asked my OB how many c/sections I could have before they said no more...she said they would never tell me that...(now mind you it was a military hospital with a VERY open and wonderful OB, I was beyond blessed to have her!) She said as long as I remain educated and self aware of what I have going on then all should be fine. She said her biggest worry was hemorrhage...which I didn't have...she was shocked!

I pray you get your #6 soon! They are such beautiful blessings! I also would have a dozen if I could! (Right now we are praying we make it to 8! But 10 -12 is our dream! )
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:27 PM   #23
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I've had two and will have my third next month. My oldest (16) was horrible. I was in labor two days, pushed two and a half hours and had an emergency c section. I maxed out two epidurals and ended up on a morphine drip ( which I found out, I'm allergic to). I didn't even gt to see my son until the next morning because he was taken to the nicu. I had a donkey for an ex husband who didn't want to help, it was more important for him to go shopping with his mom. It took 4 months before I felt normal again. And i struggled with breast feeding until he was six months old and I gave up.

My second (5) was a planned. She was taken at 39 weeks 1 day due to low amniotic fluid. I had a clear birthing plan and it was followed completely. I nursed her in recovery and continued until she was two. She spent all
But two hours in my room in the hospital. I was exercising in 3 weeks fed felt 100% by my 6 week check up.

I hope this one goes as well as my second.

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Old 04-10-2012, 05:19 AM   #24
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I've had two c-sections. The first was hard because I wasn't expecting it but the recovery was ok and I healed great. The second, 17 months later, was so much easier. I was going for a VBAC but prepared myself, mentally, for a section just in case. The recovery was different but not harder necessarily. I had to move around much sooner than the first due to running after a toddler. I was sore longer for that fact but the incision healed up so well. I plan on TTC later this year and plan on trying VBA2C but I'm going to prepare for a section just in case as I did with the second. After I had my baby I asked the nurse, at the hospital, how many c-sections they allowed and she said 3 but I don't plan on having just 3 kids ;-)
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My mom had eight. She said the healing and recovery was different every time. Some later ones were better than earlier ones - it seemed to depend on the skill of the doctor and the position of the baby and how much wiggling they had to do to get baby out, etc.

Multiple c-sections do come with increased risks. My mother's eighth pregnancy became very complicated because of the multiple surgeries. Everything in life carries risk, so I'm not saying you should stop - just learn as much as you can and make an informed decision.

Ethel Kennedy apparently had 11 c-sections back in the 50's and 60's.

Get a second or third opinion, maybe? All the best!
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I've had 3 c-sections. My first was awful. The baby was breech and the doctor made the cut to small. Thus a lot of tugging and pulling. The recovery was bad because I was extremely swollen from pre-e and post surgery swelling. So it was just hard all the way around. Second baby was easy. Easy surgery, went home the next day. Didn't even need pain meds and was walking around Walmart 3 days pp! Third c-section was a breeze, too. I had more after pains and bleeding with that one, though. I did have lesions that attached my bladder to my uterus. I had a lot of uti's while pg. I'm hoping for a fourth "oops" baby. My ob was MAD that I wouldn't consent to a tubal. He was really POed when I refused BC!!
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I've had 3 c-sections. My first was awful. The baby was breech and the doctor made the cut to small. Thus a lot of tugging and pulling. The recovery was bad because I was extremely swollen from pre-e and post surgery swelling. So it was just hard all the way around. Second baby was easy. Easy surgery, went home the next day. Didn't even need pain meds and was walking around Walmart 3 days pp! Third c-section was a breeze, too. I had more after pains and bleeding with that one, though. I did have lesions that attached my bladder to my uterus. I had a lot of uti's while pg. I'm hoping for a fourth "oops" baby. My ob was MAD that I wouldn't consent to a tubal. He was really POed when I refused BC!!
Wow! Your Ob was mad!
Mine said there was no reason I couldn't have another and he knew I wasn't sure I was done.
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I had four c-sections. For me, they got progressively easier. By the fourth, I was recovered almost completely by the time I left the hospital (in that I wasn't taking anything for pain, walking and moving comfortably, and carrying the baby just fine). The doc mentioned that I had a LOT of scar tissue, so the actual surgery took longer. This may be TMI, but I do feel that my abdomen around my scar is "lopsided" which is unbecoming - I think it is due to scar tissue. My doc said I could have more since I recovered so well - however I think 4 is good for us .
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I had 3 c-sections, the first was for a transverse baby. (He was trouble from the start. Lol). I thought the recovery was much easier with the last two, but had labor with the first c. My last I had to be put under due to the spinal not working and I could feel them cutting me My dr recommended that I not have any more due to the large amount of scar tissue and thinning of my uterus. We had decided that we were done having babies anyway. I know every dr and person is different and my step sister has had 6 csections and was ok with everything after each one.
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I've had 4 c-sections. The first was a crash c-section at 26 weeks under general anesthesia because of severe fetal distress and DD did not make it. DD had Amniotic Band Syndrome, which is very rare. I had a low transverse incision and healed perfectly.

17 months later I was the perfect VBAC candidate with DS, and was 5cm dilated at 36 weeks but he was frank breech. I went into labor that night and my fluid level dropped too low to safely turn him, so I had a repeat c-section. Everything went perfectly with my recovery again, though DS spent 3 weeks in the NICU for immature lungs and feeding issues.

We waited almost 3 years to have DD2 after that and I almost had a VBA2C, but I chickened out. That 3rd c-section was my easiest recovery and my doc was fine with us trying for one more, but the Maternal Fetal specialists warned me at my ultrasound of the risks of something called placenta increta and the possibility of needed a hysterectomy for hemorrhaging. I filed that away in a very remote place in my mind because I really thought we were done having kids at that point.

3 years later, I found myself pregnant 16 months after having my IUD out. I tried to be really positive about this pregnancy and tell myself that everything was just fine, but in the back of my mind I knew right away that things wouldn't go as we had planned. At my 19 week ultrasound I was diagnosed with complete placenta previa, which combined with my 3 previous c-sections gave me a 70% chance of having placenta accreta. In the 1950s accreta was extremely rare, occurring in something like 1 in 50,000 pregnancies. Fast forward to the present, when c-sections are SO much more common, and it happens in between 1 in 500 and 1 in 2500 pregnancies and it is no joke. It is extremely serious and can be life threatening. Basically, the uterine lining is damaged because of the repeated scarring from multiple c-sections and it allows the placenta to implant too deeply into the uterine wall. During delivery the placenta will not detach well and will lead to major bleeding, usually resulting in a hysterectomy to save the mother's life.

I was put on pelvic rest and restricted activity (no exercise, no heavy lifting) and was told not to travel. We were leaving on a trip to Walt Disney World followed by a cruise the day after my ultrasound and it had to be cancelled because I couldn't be that far from medical care in case I started to hemorrhage. I cried for a solid week and then spent most of the next 4 months wondering if I was going to have a massive hemorrhage. We started getting ready for a planned c-section/hysterectomy that would happen at 36 weeks.

You can tell from reading most of the responses on this thread that very often a 4th or more c-section happens without any complications, but the risk is there and it's very real. I had a whole support group on Babycenter and we were all in the same boat. I know most people focus on uterine rupture as the only risk, but there are others and most people have never heard of placenta accreta/increta/percreta. I had to have a pelvic MRI at 28 weeks to assess the damage my placenta was doing and luckily it hadn't grown through the uterine wall and attached to my bladder. When that happens (called percreta) the surgery becomes even more dangerous.

My delivery happened in the main OR in the hospital and involved 2 OB surgeons, 2 anesthesiologists, a urologist, the NICU team and a startling number of nurses. It was performed under general anesthesia and dh was not allowed in the room. Because the risks of contractions causing major bleeding, I could not be allowed to go into labor. Since I had a previous spontaneous pre term delivery at 36 weeks, they weren't comfortable letting me go past 36 weeks and even though he had steroids, DS2 ended up in the NICU for 3 weeks for tachypnia, then jaundice and feeding issues. They had typed and cross matched 2 units of blood for me, but luckily I didn't need a transfusion. That's extremely uncommon, though. I had adhesions that had attached my uterus to my bladder, so I did end up needing bladder repair and had a catheter for 5 days. The pathology report came back the day I was released from the hospital and it showed placenta increta, which means the placenta was imbedded in the muscle of the uterus.

I don't mean to frighten anyone, but as a mentioned above, the risk is there and anyone contemplating a pregnancy after 3 or more c-sections should be aware. I had totally uncomplicated deliveries and recoveries the first 3 times. I'm completely recovered now and feel like we would have been done after this baby regardless of how my pregnancy went, but sometimes I get pangs when I remember the choice was taken away from me.
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