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Old 03-27-2012, 07:20 AM   #11
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Re: 4+ C-section, Christian Mamas Here?

Yes, I understand, this is why I also mentioned my friend who has had 7 c/s and then the story in above rubies that had 9 c/s. Both these couple also had a set of twins in there as well. The one above rubies magazine is all about mamas and multiple c/s. I am not sure which one. You can, I believe go to their website and read about c/s births as well.

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Old 03-27-2012, 07:41 AM   #12
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Re: 4+ C-section, Christian Mamas Here?

I asked my OB this question back with #3 because I had been told before that 3 was the maximum "safe" number of c/s but we really wanted at least 4 kids and my OB was a high risk specialist.

He told me that it really needs to be case-by-case. He had just done a 6th c/s on woman the day before, but has had other patients that he recommends be done after just one!

The biggest determining factor was how well they healed. The woman with 6 c/s healed quickly and completely and there was no thinning of the uterus noticed during delivery. However, he has delivered first babies that the uterus has gotten so thin in areas that it was see through!

So, personally, I'd talk to your OB about whether any thinning of your uterus was noticed during your last delivery and go from there.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:11 AM   #13
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Re: 4+ C-section, Christian Mamas Here?

I am not religious, but I have had 4 C/S without complications and we are TTC number 5.

I definitiely think it is an individual to individual basis as far as any woman's body will fair whether multiple C/S OR multiple vaginal births.

I wish you peace with whatever your family feels is right.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:51 AM   #14
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Re: 4+ C-section, Christian Mamas Here?

I have not read through all of these responses but here is my experience. I have had 5 children, all c-sections and we are TTC #6. Yes it is a concern but my dr was not against another. I specifically asked at my last appt with him following the birth of my 5th. I do worry about things and that is why this will be my absolute last baby.
I guess if we don't get pg then maybe that is the universes way of saying we are done. I hope not but you never know. Honestly my last c-section was my best, the recovery was painful and after about 2 wks I did have some pains I had never had before. My dr thought it was scar tissue, it did get better though and lasted about 2-3 wks I think.
I don't think youn should be limited because you have had c-sections. If you are overly concerned talk to your dr and get an honest opinion. Good luck
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:10 AM   #15
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I had 4 c-sections & with my 4th, I had a tubal. The risks of surgical complications after 4 rise rapidly along with bleeding, uterine adhesions, preterm labor, uterine rupture, placental abruption, miscarriage... Just too much of a risk for myself with having 4 children at home already. I had complicated pregnancies, preterm labor with each, a NICU stay with one & also miscarried a few times and didn't want to go into more pregnancies knowing my m/c & complication rate was higher from having the surgeries.

That said, I also believe God gave us a discerning mind to know how big of a family we wanted to have so getting a tubal was not a conflict with our personal religious beliefs. Without medical intervention & the c-section with my first pregnancy, my son & I would have died, so I don't feel having a tubal hindered God's plan for us any more than having the first c-section did.

If I could have had natural deliveries, I might have wanted a 5th, but I'm very blessed and happy with what God did give us.
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I am thinking the exact same thing (to the poster!) My dh and I love and trust the Lord but I struggle in thinking He wants me to make good decisions as well. I am due to have c-section #4 in 8 weeks and am 37 years old. The pregnancy throws a loop in our schedule and way of life so much that even though I want the baby, I don't want to be pregnant! I'm tired (hard to go to parks or even run errands or do activities that will benefit the kids), sick with uti's and aches and pains making me irritable, unable to homeschool or even clean the house how I want, financial stress, stress on marriage, etc. Sometimes I think not having anymore would be safer and better for all of us but then I struggle with where is my trust in the Lord. He has provided for each child, given us all health, taught us through all trials to be more selfless and sacrificing, etc. His ways are not our own. I could have had one child, gone back to work full time and had a completely different life but dh and I chose to trust His plan for us. His plan for us to prosper and succeed and plans to not hurt us but to do us good all the days of our lives. God knows the future and sees the big picture. All I can see is one long day and lots of work and messes . I trust His way and He says children are a blessing. But I wanted to share that I struggle too and can relate with your post quite a bit along with the pressures our society places to have small families. All I can say is that we serve and awesome God and with Him we cant go wrong!
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Re: 4+ C-section, Christian Mamas Here?

I have not read the responses, forgive me. I wanted to share our experience though. We are expecting #7. This will be my 5th c section. My DH and I have prayed over our decision and we take it one pregnancy at a time. This pregnancy is going smoothly so far, and my OB was very pleased to see that the placenta is posterior and my last OB noted no thinning as of yet and cleared us for this pregnancy. We pray that we can have 10-12 children, but we feel more than blessed by what God has allowed! I feel it is each couples decision...between them and God. I pray that you are able to pray and find peace with an answer!
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Re: 4+ C-section, Christian Mamas Here?

I am in a similar situation, my first was a c/s then I had two VBACs, but my 3rd child (2nd VBAC) also suffered a BPI. We were done but I wouldn't allow DH to get a vasectomy until he was 6 months old to be sure we weren't just having a knee jerk reaction. We ended up pregnant with #4 before we could do anything permanent, and now we are definitely not sure that we are not done, but I have so much anxiety over having c/s (partly due to doing so much research when I was having VBACs)
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I have had multiple pregnancies & 4 c-section for my 4 births. My pregnancies got more complicated as I went along & the bleeding and scar tissue was a problem. My uterus around my scar was very very thin with my last. I had a tubal with my last c-section, I had been in the hospital 3 times that pregnancy with complications & having 3 other children at home made it very difficult. Knowing the complication rate rises so much higher after 4 c-sections, we felt the risks were too great. Also, after having several miscarriages in between my children, the fact that miscarriage rate also goes up with c-sections was a factor.

It was we felt was right for us. Yes, many people have no problems after multiple c-sections, but I didn't feel it was right to keep getting pregnant and miscarry because of factors related to previous sections.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:07 AM   #20
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I am in a similar situation, my first was a c/s then I had two VBACs, but my 3rd child (2nd VBAC) also suffered a BPI. We were done but I wouldn't allow DH to get a vasectomy until he was 6 months old to be sure we weren't just having a knee jerk reaction. We ended up pregnant with #4 before we could do anything permanent, and now we are definitely not sure that we are not done, but I have so much anxiety over having c/s (partly due to doing so much research when I was having VBACs)
Do you go to Dr. Kozin at Philly Shriner's BP Center for your son's injury? We go to Cincy Children's for my son's OBPI. I know what ya mean about knowing all the risks of mult-c/s and that being a major factor in family size. I've pretty much come to terms with needing c-sections to have healthy children. It sucks, but I'd rather have surgery than my children die or need surgeries/lifelong therapies/lack of ROM like my oldest son does. I know that if we do decide to have 1 more baby that he/she would be the last biological baby we'll have. The last c-section (3rd c/s, 4th baby) was also very emotionally draining on me as I had the thought, "I've done this recovery 3 times now and I'm so over it!", "Why did I do this again?" (though I don't regret it), etc. haha. Plus all the help I had to have from multiple family members seemed to trouble me more last c/s (from dh's side and my side), for some reason. I hate being a burden, but I needed them at the same time. I know I want to wait longer to have a baby if we do decide to have 1 more, partly because of that. I have 4, 4 and under (3 were in diapers when baby girl was born) and it was a lot of work on "my help"! If we do decide to have one more, maybe waiting 2 years would help all of us (me-healing, help-less physical work, kids-more understanding, husband- well... he wants an answer either way!). Now I'm rambling.
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