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    Default Elective after bad emergency experience...

    I had an emergency c-section with DS and it was not a pleasant experience.

    It was SO painful. I had a PPH, incredibly heavy bleeding, got an infection, and it took eight weeks for me to feel partially normal again.

    I'm now faced with the choice of VBAC or elective ceasar.

    Did anybody else have a bad first experience and a positive second?

    I'm so scared of the pain again especially with DS to handle as well, who will only be 21 months when this one arrives.

    Any advice is welcomed

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    DD1 was emergency and it took me the good full 6 weeks to recover, emotionally and physically.

    DD2 was elective and the next day I hadn't even looked like I had a baby! I was up and showered on my own within 24 hours. I recovered heaps faster and was driving and lifting DD1 at 2 weeks (after clearance from my ob).

    There is 18 months between them.

    The elective was 100 times better than the emergency.

    Good luck with your decision.

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    Default Re: Elective after bad emergency experience...

    I had 2 emergency csections, the second was a zillion times better than the first, even though we were planning vbac so I was terrified, I had the same ob so he knew what to look out for with me (1st time I had a bad reaction to drugs and pph). It took years for mental recovery. Second time I was right both mentally and physically within a fortnight

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    Default Elective after bad emergency experience...

    Thanks ladies

    That makes me feel a bit better. It's still a scary decision to make though!!!

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    I'm not sure my answer will help because while I had an emergency the first time round, I healed well and just did household chores when I felt able and by 6 weeks was back to normal.

    My second was an elective and I healed well this time too. Though I did have a tight stitch which hurt and pulled if I wasn't careful.

    The second time I healed easier. As in I knew what to expect and when to start trying to do things.

    DS was 2 1/2 when DD was born and I started training him to not be picked up when I was about 4 months along. So if he was hurt I could walk him to a chair and sit to hold him etc. So by the time I couldn't pick him up, he was used to it. That was the hardest part - not being able to pick him up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumpy Melon View Post
    Thanks ladies

    That makes me feel a bit better. It's still a scary decision to make though!!!
    From the moment we found out I was pregnant with DD2 we knew without a doubt an elective csection. However I still discussed with my ob 3 times during my pregnancy a VBAC, LOL. I would have an elective again in a heart beat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Californication View Post
    That was the hardest part - not being able to pick him up!
    I totally agree.

    I also pulled a stitch at 5 weeks after DD2 but only because I was slightly over doing it - it healed itself after a couple days of rest.

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    Default Elective after bad emergency experience...

    I had a traumatic first birth (emergency c-sect) and am attempting a vbac either this week or next... When she's ready i am absolutely terrified...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirrelex View Post
    I had a traumatic first birth (emergency c-sect) and am attempting a vbac either this week or next... When she's ready i am absolutely terrified...lol
    Oh good luck!
    I hope it all goes smoothly for you

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    Default Elective after bad emergency experience...

    Thank you for posting this lumpy.
    I had a really traumatic first birth. An induction that lead to an emergency c-section under GA and I've never fully gotten over it.
    I jumped at the chance to attempt VBAC this time but now at 28 weeks and with her measuring a few weeks ahead I'm scared. I've already put on the maximum weight for my BMI and although my OB is very supportive of a VBAC he has said if I can't control my weight and she keeps growing at this rate my chances will be lowered dramatically.

    I am also terrified of going ahead with a VBAC and needing an emergency c-section again anyway.
    So after my appointment yesterday OH and I had a big discussion and have decided we are more comfortable with a calm planned c-section. I am worried about the recovery but have a lot of support.

    This thread has reassured me thanks

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