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    Default Do they recut old scar?

    Hi girls,

    I am almost 14 weeks pregnant with my 4th child and this will be my 2nd c/s. I am just curious do they cut along the same scar or do the make a new cut?


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    In my case they cut along the old one. Do you mind me asking why you are having another C/S??? and not a

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    Yes they do cut along the same scar. They actually take the scar tissue out as trying to heal old scar to old scar doesn't heal as well as healthy skin. Its the same with the uterus scar also. They take the old scar out (usually only a few mils of tissue) that is why they suggest you don't have more then 4 C/S as every one you have after the first the uterus is getting that tiny bit smaller. Obviously this is not a problem the first few times but after multiple C/S you can imagine the decreased size of the uterus and thats why your at greater risks of prem labour/placental insufficency and rupured uterus when you have more then 4 C/S. In saying this I have seen women have more then 4 C/S and have minimal complications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmy83 View Post
    Yes they do cut along the same scar. They actually take the scar tissue out as trying to heal old scar to old scar doesn't heal as well as healthy skin. Its the same with the uterus scar also. They take the old scar out (usually only a few mils of tissue) that is why they suggest you don't have more then 4 C/S as every one you have after the first the uterus is getting that tiny bit smaller. Obviously this is not a problem the first few times but after multiple C/S you can imagine the decreased size of the uterus and thats why your at greater risks of prem labour/placental insufficency and rupured uterus when you have more then 4 C/S. In saying this I have seen women have more then 4 C/S and have minimal complications.
    Fantastic info Emmy I didn't know most of that and I thought I had dome my research

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    I learnt this from working in theatre and seeing them cut the old scar out from both the skin and the uterus and asking why. I actually haven't seen any info on it in my midwifery days. Will have to look it up though and confirming the info says the same thing.

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    See these are the things no-one tells you about. This right here is why I am going back to study my RN and Midwiffery(when bubs is bigger) so I can ensure mothers get all this info that I missed out on

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    So Leonie P I just noticed your hoping for a vaginal birth after 2 C/S Have you booked into a hospital that allows you to do this? I am just curious as our hospital doesn't offer this (unfortunately) but I know some do and women around this area do travel to other places for this. A friend of mine is having no 4 and she has had 2 C/S and I vaginal delivery. She is having a VBAC this time however the hospital said her labour has to start on its own and not go past 41weeks. She has gone to 41+3 with them all and had 3 IOL. I am just curious hope you dont mind me asking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmy83 View Post
    So Leonie P I just noticed your hoping for a vaginal birth after 2 C/S Have you booked into a hospital that allows you to do this? I am just curious as our hospital doesn't offer this (unfortunately) but I know some do and women around this area do travel to other places for this. A friend of mine is having no 4 and she has had 2 C/S and I vaginal delivery. She is having a VBAC this time however the hospital said her labour has to start on its own and not go past 41weeks. She has gone to 41+3 with them all and had 3 IOL. I am just curious hope you dont mind me asking
    Hi Emmy, no I don't mind you asking,actually I love sharing.
    Yes I am having him at the Gold Coast Hospital.
    After my fisrt appt the Midwife I saw told me there was no way of attempting a and when I protested she gave me a "we'll see at your 36wk app't" which was full of "I'll let the next sucker deal with you".I left the foom in tears and cried the whole way home. I decided about 3 wks ago that I would do some research and see just what the go was and found overwhelming support for a VBA2C as opposed to a repeat C/S.I decided to make another ante-Natal appt and got a much more supportive Midwife who I had actually seen a few times during my previous pregnancies. She took my case out and the OBs had a pow-wow, eventually they both came back into the room to discuss it with me.I asked a whole heap of questions to which he had no good case to support anrepeat C/S soreluctantly allowed me to attempt one.
    I would advise your friend to try accupuncture to get the ball rolling.

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    Another question if you don't mind me asking. Why did you have the 2 C/S? Just wondering if its because of the position of the baby or placenta or fetal distress or a variety of other reasons as depending on why you had the previous ones will obviously give you a good indication of the chances of having a vaginal birth. Also did you labour previously with the first two as that also depends on how easy this labour might be. I just know women I have looked after having a VBAC seem to labour much faster (not necessarily easier) then if they have not laboured before if that makes sense. Im not making much sense. I know what I mean but I am having trouble descibing it. I will tell my friend about the accupunture. Hopefully that will halp her labour start spontaneously

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmy83 View Post
    Another question if you don't mind me asking. Why did you have the 2 C/S? Just wondering if its because of the position of the baby or placenta or fetal distress or a variety of other reasons as depending on why you had the previous ones will obviously give you a good indication of the chances of having a vaginal birth. Also did you labour previously with the first two as that also depends on how easy this labour might be. I just know women I have looked after having a VBAC seem to labour much faster (not necessarily easier) then if they have not laboured before if that makes sense. Im not making much sense. I know what I mean but I am having trouble descibing it. I will tell my friend about the accupunture. Hopefully that will halp her labour start spontaneously
    Yep you make sense.
    I was 10 days overdue(according to them, I had no idea of the date of my last period) then induced the induction didn't work properly and therefor I was taking too long (6hrs and only 4-5cm -1station)so when they recommended a C/S I didn't know better so agreed. #2 was only 13 mths after #1 so it made sense to me to repeat C/S.
    For your friend

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    Ok so basically you don't have a clear idea. It difficult with IOL to C/S and when to decide enough is enough. Basically to me it sounds like you were not given enough of a chance to deliver vaginally the first time and of course after 1 C/S you are usually offered another one unless you question it and insist you want a VBAC. I hope you have the birth you want this time around.

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    Pretty much Emmy, thanks for the chat this am and for the well wishes, keep an eye out.
    ps thanks Nina for letting us use your thread for this chat
    XO
    Last edited by Leonie P; April 3rd, 2009 at 10:44 AM.

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    No problems girls

    Thanks for the info...I am having a c/s as the first 2 natural were really traumatic for me and the babies and nearly ended in c/s for both of them and #3 ended up emergency c/s and we nearly lost her so I am not taking any chances this time and are just having the c/s that they recommend. I have experienced the wonder of natural childbirth (I got there eventually) thankfully 2 times I just feel it is safer for me and bub to c/s. I have wonderful stress free pregnancies but awful births.

    Good luck with your arrivals...safe and sound no matter how they get here.

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    Best of luck then Nina hope all goes well for you and your precious bundle
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    when will the c/section stop being looked as second best
    does it really matter how you baby got here as long as it is alive and healthy

    elective for me next time, and glad to one have one scar

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    Default 5th CS - What my specialist has said

    Hi there

    THis will be CS No 5 for me..just before the 4th one the Ob advised that there may not be enough tissue ( as they take additional tissue each CS cos they dont use scar tissue) to go LSCS and I may have to have a classical incision...ended up with a LSCS.

    Saw the Ob 2 weeks ago and he advised this one may end up classical, and pending where the placenta is I may even need a hysterectomy (placental acretia where the placenta imbeds in the scar tissue is a higher risk for those of us with multiple CS). he also said they would repreat CS at 36-37 weeks so the uterus doesnt get too big and risk rupture.

    The good news is the 12 week ultrasound showed the placenta has imbedded on the opposite side of the uterus, so no risk of placental accretia.

    My oldest is 24 years, then I have 18, 17 and 4, so I have had big gaps. But I also have diabetes, blood clotting issues and am in my 40s so I guess fertlity alone was an issue for me, let alone complications!

    Hope this gives CS mums hope that there is life after 3 C Sections!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmy83 View Post
    Yes they do cut along the same scar. They actually take the scar tissue out as trying to heal old scar to old scar doesn't heal as well as healthy skin. Its the same with the uterus scar also. They take the old scar out (usually only a few mils of tissue) that is why they suggest you don't have more then 4 C/S as every one you have after the first the uterus is getting that tiny bit smaller. Obviously this is not a problem the first few times but after multiple C/S you can imagine the decreased size of the uterus and thats why your at greater risks of prem labour/placental insufficency and rupured uterus when you have more then 4 C/S. In saying this I have seen women have more then 4 C/S and have minimal complications.

    Hi,

    Thats scary! I've had 3 c-s and am planning my fourth in about 12 months.

    i'll be getting my tubes tied after number 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljan View Post
    Hi there

    THis will be CS No 5 for me..

    Hope this gives CS mums hope that there is life after 3 C Sections!
    That really is good news.

    Im so nervous about the whole idea of having a 4th baby knowing it will be another c-s.
    You've done amazingly!!! Does your womb feel any different for this pregnancy?? Can you feel the scar??

    When are you due? I wish you all the best.
    Last edited by Peg; April 20th, 2009 at 07:52 PM. Reason: additional question

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