Post # 1
I have 1 child, had her via csection. I REALLY want 4 children, but my doc says to just stop at 3 due to potential complications. Is there anyone that went on to have more than 3 csections with no life threatening complications?
Post # 3
@karmalkween: I’ve never heard of this. You should talk to another doctor and get another opinion
Post # 4
Eh, I’m having my third via c-section on Monday and my OB has already told me that having four isn’t an issue. I’d like four children and we’ve already discussed. She simply suggested I make sure I have 18 months between my 3rd and 4th c-sections to cut down on risks.
Post # 5
@stuckinwonderland: So the key to reducing risks is to give time for the scar to heal?
Post # 6
@Ninteenthchance: I have never had any c-sections but had a conversation about it with my doctor and he said the same thing.
@karmalkween: I do not personally know anyone who has had more than three sections but I am sure it has been done before. You may just have to research this once you have had three and possibly switch to a doctor who is more optimistic or experienced with a 4th repeat section.
Post # 7
@BearyLovely: I had a c section and my doctor said it would be fine to have multiple c sections
Post # 8
@karmalkween: Yeah. I had my first two daughters 14 months apart. I didn’t have any complications with surgery, but I had a lot of trouble with painful nerve pain for nearly six months afterwards and was told that it was likely due to them being too close together. It is not an experience I’d care to repeat. 18 months or 2 years are the golden numbers, depending upon which doctor you ask.
Post # 9
My mother in law had 4 and the youngest is now 30. I imagine they have improved technique since then…
Post # 10
My best friends had twins. One was delivered vaginally and the other had to be delivered by C-Section. She went on to have three other children by C-Section… so, technically… she had four C-Sections. No complications, at all.
If you are not comfortable with your Dr.’s opinion, get a second opinion.
Post # 11
I had a cesarean with my 1st, vbac with me 2nd, and am planning another hbac with this one!
I personally know 1 mom that had 5 cesareans, and have talked to many moms via the web that have had even more.
The most important thing is to have ALL the information of increased risk & benefits with each subsequent delivery (whether erc or vbac) so that you can make an informed choice on your family plans! 😉
Here’s a fantastic infographic on how the rates of risk go depending on which you decide
This graphic is from the ICAN “After a Cesarean” brochure…. here’s what it says in the brochure along with the cites:
“All VBAC statistics for this to hire are taken from the Mercer & Gilbert study which includes induced and augmented labors. Additional studies have shown lower uterine rupture rates (especially with spontaneous labors) and higher VBAC rates.”
Three studies are cited:
1) Mercer, B. M. & Gilbert, S. et al. “Labor outcomes with increasing number of prior vaginal births after cesarean delivery.”
2) Silver, R. M. & Landon, M. B. et al “Maternal morbidity associated with multiple repeat cesarean deliveries.”
3) Nisenblat, V., Baraj, S. & Griness, O. B. et al. “Maternal complications associated with multiple cesarean deliveries.”
Post # 12
@runsyellowlites: That is an awesome graphic, thanks for sharing!
@karmalkween: I agree with PP about it being possible to have more C-sections, but the risk does go up. Why did you have your first C-section? Is VBAC a possibility? If you know you want a lot of children, I would definitely recommend that. The first one can be iffy, because you don’t know if it’ll work, but after that your chances are really high for being successful. Talk to your doctor about it, or find a new one if yours won’t consider it.
Post # 13
@karmalkween: Absolutely not. My mother had 4 c sections within 5 years and we all are completely healthy. And she is completely healthy of course too.
ETA: The 3rd and 4th are 12 months apart and she had zero compications from that, except my brother was slightyl small at birth. That may have been from having them too close together.
Post # 14
ive had 3 children and the last 2 were csections. My doctor aslo advised to wait at least over a year before becoming pregnant again. and advised a vaginal birth. i have huge kids, so not gonna happen! (last was 10.4lbs!) I honestly dont think my body could handle another one, my third pregnancy was way harder, i could tell my stomache muscles were weaker and it was always painful to walk.
But i gotta tell ya, the 2nd csection was way more painful than the last! they cut in the same spot everytime. and after birth, they press down on you stomache every day and it hurt sooooo bad my toes were curled and i cry out in agony! also, the after birth uterus contractions were waaayy worse too. i almost am in fear of another csection.
Also, you only have 1 kid. dont worry so much about this now. I thought i always wanted 4 and i have 3 and am like…. no way! at least right now. i also have 3 boys all 5yrs apart and i even want to quit trying for a girl cause 3 is such a handful!