RCS vs VBAC – tell me your experiences

posted 1 week ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Soon2beMrsJennP :  I’ll definitely be following this thread!  Right now, I feel strongly that I want to try for a VBAC for the next one, but I do want to hear peoples’ experiences…

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

I had a repeat csection last year, around 2 years after my first. 

My first was a terribly failed induction, and so my birth plan was essentially to try for a VBAC if I went into labour naturally. I didn’t want any induction medicines or techniques, and was terrified of a second emergency section. In the end, I ended up with gestational diabetes and a dying placenta… so my choices were either induction and trial of labour or a planned RCS.

I chose the CS (with advice from my very pro-VBAC OB who was strongly suggesting we go the section route due to my last failed induction that lasted over 2 full days) and have zero regrets. Honestly, healing was 100% easier than my emergency section. Did it still suck? Yes. Was it infinitely better? Yes. Baby and I bonded better, our nursing relationship was better, I healed faster and better, and the actual experience was amazing. This time around my husband got to cut the cord, I was allowed to look through the drape (but I chickened out!), we did immediate skin to skin while I was on the table, it was more relaxed, and it was just such a happy moment. I would have loved a VBAC as well, but I can honestly say that I know I would have regretted it if I tried for a VBAC and ended up with another emergency CS. 

ETA: my first got stuck which is why I ended up in a CS. THey had to pull baby out of my apprently narrow birth canal and back out through the incision. I make huge babies, and my second was actually bigger than she was. I know size isn’t really considered a “good” reason for a csection, but our concern was a repeat of last time. If your first csection was because of a breech baby, and this baby isn’t breech, your chances of needing another section are lower. My issue was one that was repeated in my second pregnancy, which is why my OB (who’s usually very pro VBAC) advised the section… because she knew that there was a higher chance of induction failure since I was delivering early AND my babies have a hard time getting out. My body wasn’t ready which meant induction success was low, AND my kid was humongous. If I didn’t have those risks I may have been a VBAC mom. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I had an emergency section with my first, contemplated a VBAC, but needed up with a second section (my choice), and just had my third c section a week and a half ago. Honestly, having never had a vaginal birth, I can’t comment about the recovery there, but my c section recoveries have been great. I’m about 10 days post op, off all pain meds, with small scar and little to no pain. I think it’s just what you prefer at the end of the day. I was more worried about a failed attempt VBAC that ended up as a section than I was a repeat section.  Good luck no matter what you decide! 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Following! I’m 32 weeks pregnant with #2 and hoping to go for a VBAC. I never even went into labor with my first (unexplained bleeding following anscan at 40+2) so I’m a pretty good candidate seeing as I don’t have a history of failed labor. Still, they won’t let me go past 41 weeks and will only do limited induction so there’s a good chance I would end up with a repeat C section anyway. My main reason for wanting a VBAC is that, although my recovery from the c-section wasn’t awful, I think it will be a harder recovery with my toddler. There are lifting restrictions following a CS, and my super clingy toddler wants to be held constantly. I’m hoping it works out!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Not really. Agree with pp’s worry about clingy toddlers though. My 3 year old was fine this go round but our 1 year old was blown away that I couldn’t lift her for a few days. By day 4 post op I felt well enough to lift her in and out of her crib and up to her high chair but I wasn’t toting her around. I took 600 mg iibuprophen and a Percocet now and then days 1-6, them canned the Percocet and just did ibuprofen for a couple of days and now I have been without for 2 days and feel almost 100 percent. We also had a lot of help this go round. My husband is home for a couple weeks and our nanny is coming- so that has been a huge help with the older kids and recovery. Soon2beMrsJennP :  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Soon2beMrsJennP :  have you looked into how far apart your births have to be before vbac is considered safe? I just ask because my cousin was told to wait a minimum of 9 months to get pregnant again knowing she would have a repeat c section, I don’t know if the suggested time would be longer if attempting vbac. (I know plenty of people who have gotten pregnant sooner than that and had successful repeat pregnancies/csections, this is just what her doctor recommended as the minimum amount of time to be comfortable through another pregnancy). A quick google didn’t answer this for me, so it would be worth asking/might be something that would impact whether any doctor would take you on as a vbac case. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Soon2beMrsJennP :  I totally get the desire to have kids close, and since you’d never know until the end if vbac would be possible (another breech, other issues) then why wait? 

As for the size, my son measured 2ish weeks ahead (about 75-80th%) up until 32 weeks, then measured a week or so behind from 36 weeks on (~25th %), and ended up being just under 7lb at birth haha. By ultrasound, not just belly measurements. I do think they tend to overestimate size more often. So size wise it is hard to say too 🤷‍♀️

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Something to consider and discuss with your OB is why you needed a c-section and if its likely to happen again. Sounds like yours was breech. According to a literature search, it doesn’t sound like its very high odds of happening a second time. 

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