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If you have had vaginal and c-section treann79 33 kids; Wisconsin 1190 posts
14th Jun '13

Which was easier for you? If you had or are having another, what would you pick to do? I have had 2 induced vaginal babies. This baby is transverse and big...never before had I considered c-section, but now am considering. Just wanted to hear from those who have had both...my main thing is I want my baby here safely!

Mouse & Chicklet Due March 29; 2 kids; 5 angel babies; Barrie, Ontario 584 posts
14th Jun '13

I had an induced vaginal delivery with my son because of pre-eclampisa and a planned c-section with my daughter because she was frank breech. I would pick vaginal delivery ANY DAY over a c-section. I had stitches and staples and I got an infection just overall took so long to heal. I had issues lifting my legs because it felt like my insides were going to come out. I bled a lot more and a lot longer after my c-section. My next one I wanna try for a VBAC .

MaMa PaTiEnCe Due November 30; 97 kids; Port Hueneme, California 2410 posts
14th Jun '13

Watching..
I'm super interested in peoples opinion on this since I will be attempting my VBAC with this baby

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6760 posts
14th Jun '13

I had a vaginal, c-section, vbac, and c-section.



My first c-section was pretty average as far as c-sections go. It took me about a week to get off of the pain meds and another week before I was almost back to normal.



My vbac was a piece of cake. If all of my deliveries were like that, I'd probably have at least 2 more. :) A couple of hours of active labor and maybe one push with very minimal tearing. Only one stitch needed. I was up and moving around like normal within a couple of hours of delivery.



My c-section was my easiest c-section. It still took me about the 2 week period, but I was off of the pain meds almost as soon as i got home. I was more tired and weak than sore.



If I had another baby, i wouldn't be able to vbac again because I needed a funky incision. It was L shaped. It also increases my risk of rupture.

treann79 33 kids; Wisconsin 1190 posts
14th Jun '13

Thanks for your replies :) I have to weigh the pros and cons I guess. Man...it sucks having to make these decisions! I have always pictured laboring...there is just something so rewarding and awesome about the pain you go through to have your baby here. But, my experiences have not been how I wanted them to be...so it's scarier to just go forward with natural again.

Deanna Russell Due September 5 (boy); 19 kids; Rutherfordton, North Carolina 55 posts
14th Jun '13

Look on www.spinningbabies.com if you need to get your baby into a better position. There aren't many pros to having a c-section. And it isn't because I'm very against the medical community, but I've done tons of research, I believe that a natural childbirth is the best and safest for both the mother and the child. In the end everyone has to do what is right for their situation. I urge you to look at the risk factors of having a c-section.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6760 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting treann79:" Thanks for your replies :) I have to weigh the pros and cons I guess. Man...it sucks having to make these ... [snip!] ... baby here. But, my experiences have not been how I wanted them to be...so it's scarier to just go forward with natural again. "


I totally understand what you're saying. Pregnancy was never exactly how i pictured it. I had to take all sorts of medications .. go through all sorts of surgeries .. bedrest... and then c-sections. My first baby died during labor, so after that, i was terrified of labor. But I heard it was the best way to have babies, so I always tried it. I mean you can't get over a fear unless you face it right? :) It was actually a relief when I ended up with a c-section. Obviously physically it sucked, but emotionally it was easier.



There is still time for the baby to flip though. I don't know how far along you are, but my youngest didn't flip until 35 weeks and he was born over 10lbs. :)

Dr. Mrs. The Monarch 1 child; 3 angel babies; N/a, Na, United States 1020 posts
15th Jun '13

Csection was easier on me emotionally. Physically the recovery was like immediate with vaginal. However my situations weird. First was a vaginal stillbirth no meds and second was a csection. I think why my csection helped me so much is because I knew the risk of anything happening to her during birth was dramatically lower. Plus I'm scared of induction meds and the need for emergency assistance. The csection was a good recovery though. The first 3 or so days hurt the worst but I was up out of bed less than 12 hrs later. I had to take it most easy the first week but definitely babied myself the first 2-3 weeks. I didn't mess with my incision. I would wash it with some baby soap and rinse, never scrub. Then put a pad on it because I was so sweaty to keep it dry and changed that frequently. Then once the strips came off in the shower easily after 10 days I would dab a little coconut oil on it. Coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral. My dr was amazed at my scar at 4.5 wks. I'm comfortable with repeat csection for future children. It really helped me with my fears and I feel helped my baby. She had a tight nuchal cord and already came out with an Apgar of 1 so who knows how she would have handled an induced labor.

motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
15th Jun '13

I had a vaginal birth with my first son and my recovery was very quick (even the episiotomy healed quickly). With my second, he was in a non deliverable position so ended up as a non emergency csection. My recovery time with him was much much longer. Also the restrictions placed on my mobility afterwards (either dr. or due to the incision pain) were incredibly limiting. This time around I am having a vbac, vaginal birth, imo, is much easier on my body than the major abdominal surger of a csection. If it is necessary, I will not refuse a csection, but I'm not going to opt for csection without trying vaginal first. Also, I have never been so terrified as when I was during my csection. I also had a rather negative response to the heavy epidural, it caused me to have multiple episodes of apnea until it wore off. I was in recover (alone except for a nurse) and did not get to see my son for over 3 hrs. after he was born. They would not take me to him until the meds wore off enough that I could flex my knees on my own, it took far longer than I liked. I think they may have given me far more meds than was necessary, I was numbed almost to my chin.
I fully understand that the csection was needed at the time but I still wish I'd changed some of my decisions that day that could have given me a non csection outcome.

A, E & W's mommy 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Bulgaria 15811 posts
15th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" I had a vaginal, c-section, vbac, and c-section. My first c-section was pretty average as far as c-sections ... [snip!] ... i wouldn't be able to vbac again because I needed a funky incision. It was L shaped. It also increases my risk of rupture. "</blockquote>




My very best friend had the same L incision and was told the same thing. Then two months before delivery she moved to a new province and the doctor there (apparently a leader in obstetrics in the area) told her that the risk of rupture barely went up at all and that she was more than welcome to try a vbac as long as she went on her own. By that point she already had her head around another section so she didn't opt for the vbac. Just food for thought.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6760 posts
15th Jun '13
Quoting A, E & W's mommy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" I had a vaginal, c-section, vbac, and c-section. ... [snip!] ... her own. By that point she already had her head around another section so she didn't opt for the vbac. Just food for thought."


It was my high risk dr who does the tricky vbacs all of the time who told me that. The way she explained it is that now I have a weak spot in my uterus. I have to have a cerclage which puts extra stress on the incision site during pregnancy. My youngest was also 10lbs. Actually I was also told it wasn't safe for me to have more than one more baby. It must have been a huge incision.



I'm mostly sure I'm done having kids. :) 5 pregnancy and 4 of them being high risk is more than enough for anyone IMO. :D If someone would just hand me a baby though and I wouldn't have to be pregnant to get them, I would be totally ok with that. :)