How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

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How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby muddmomma2 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 01:22 pm

I was curious as to how many c-sections everyone has had. I was told 2-3 by my OBGYN and as many as "my" body would allow by my MFM! I really like the individual aspect!

I had always thought I would have a very large family....not as sure now! Either way it is fine, of course, because I am very happy with my family....but I am curious!

I know that with each c-section the risks increase, but I was really heart broken to find that many people are limited on how many children they can have because of having to have repeat C-sections.

Are there any of you out there who have happened to have 4 or 5 successful c-sections with out complications??? What about everyone else!? If so do you worry about complications later on in life?

If you are one who has managed to have mulitiple C-setions have you expierenced any compliations during any of your pregnancies or problems with your body later on down the road because of repeat c-sections?

If you are not one who has experienced mulitiple c-sections, how many do you plan on having?

Thank you all so much for your time

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Re : How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby montgjules » Fri Apr 23, 2010 04:06 pm

Planning on #3 in the next week (hopefully). My previous two healed without any complications and are looking beautiful. I'm getting my tubes tied with this one, so I haven't even thought about it!

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Re : How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby thirdtimesthecharm » Fri Apr 23, 2010 04:20 pm

I had three without any complications. I was told that 2-3 was the "max" range my OB thought was safe and that was a factor in how many kids I have.

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Re : How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby katznkt » Fri Apr 23, 2010 04:35 pm

I guess it depends on if you can try a v-bac. Look at 19 kids and counting she has had a couple of c-sections, but because of v-bacs she has had 19 kids!

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Re : How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby alisonlbewley » Fri Apr 23, 2010 04:40 pm

I've had 2 C-Sections already and will be getting my third in September. The first went wonderfully and I healed well.

The second went well and it took a little more time but I'm just fine now.

My second was born when my first was 16 months and my third will be born when my second is 14 months.

My OB has looked at my scar and said everything looks good- just have to make sure we schedule the surgery so the chance of uterine rupture from labor isn't there.

My OB hasn't limited me even though my kids are so close together. I think I will have a fourth and then stop.

I think it may depend on the woman how many surgeries she can have however I've hear of some women having 5 or 6. Just make sure you learn the risks of repeat c sections and find out how you would feel about them if they happened to you.

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Re : How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby angieb » Fri Apr 23, 2010 04:53 pm

I still want 3 more kids so I'm planning to go for 4. That kind of depends on how my next pregnancy (when/if I ever get pregnant) goes, though.

I probably won't listen much if my obgyn or MFM tells me to stop at 3 unless they can give me some pretty compelling reasons, but we really haven't discussed it that much yet.

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Re : How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby patty » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:16 pm

I have had 4 c-sections. They were pretty complication free but I had one that had to be packed (the second). I meet a lady at the peri's office who had just had her 7th section and I believe Ethel Kennedy had 10+ c-sections.

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Re : How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby catherine » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:50 pm

Not to be a huge negative nelly but I had two C-sections and it was abundantly clear at the second that my uterine scar from the first was NOT holding up well in the context of labor. Admittedly, I had to have additional abdominal surgery after the first section because of issues related to my HELLP syndrome, mostly leaking from vessels not tied up adequately in the context of someone who had lost the ability to clot, but my understanding was that they hadn't had to fool with the work performed on my uterus. I guess that my healing had been somewhat compromised in the subsequent days. It certainly worked well enough to hold the baby in to almost 36 weeks when my membranes ruptured and I started to labor spontaneously but I doubt that it would have hung on if I'd pushed for a serious attempt to VBAC (tentative plan lightly discussed with MFM a day before.... don't wait until the last minute to really get this stuff on the table so to speak... or you will be on the table having that conversation... with an unenthusiatic and less qualified [yet very competent.. no dis intended] chief resident). So, there was significant celebration by all present when they tied my tubes as it seemed abundantly clear that reproductively speaking, my upper genital tract was giving up.

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Re : How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby shellymoe » Sat Apr 24, 2010 00:50 am

I have had 4 c-sections and my 5th is planned for the last week in July. One of my OB's did tell me that the risks do go up signficantly for things like uterine rupture after the 4th. However, I've also been told that with the 2 incisions I have (they used each one twice so far), I have very little scar tissue and while my uterine wall is a little thin, it's not bad at all. I saw her for the first time during this pregnancy on Wednesday for my regular pre-natal appointment and she quickly brought up sterilization. I told her it wasn't an option and she seemed pretty cool about it, but still warned me of the increased risks.

I have 2 years & 3 months between sections #1 and #2. After losing a 4 year battle with secondary infertility, giving up, having gastric bypass, a total hip replacement & starting college at age 30, our 3rd c-section came 8 years & 6 weeks later. C-section #4 came 16 months later. The time between sections #4 & #5 should be 2 years & 5 months.

Over all, I had a bad experience with an epidural with #2, so I only do spinals now. With #4, my incision opened 6 days post-op, but I am known for being a poor healer & it's not the first incision I've had open up on me (but it is the only c-section incision to do so). Besides those 2 instances, all 4 have been great and the healing time seems to get shorter and easier.

To date, I have not had any complications during a pregnancy or with my body due to the number of sections I've had. I really don't worry about complications because my OB's have done such a great job on the previous sections.

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Re : How many C-SECTIONS have you had?

Postby dodson_clan_5 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 05:20 pm

WOW! As I was reading the above post...AMAZING!!! Congratulations amd you and your family are in my prayers!!! My OB also tried to get me to tie my tubes after #3. It's so permanant and with the right doctor and the right care, I know I can have 2 more (the 2 more that will complete our family)!!!

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