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    Quote Originally Posted by IndigoJ View Post
    Sure did. 4th deg tears with my first. 2nd deg tears with my second due to compound presentation. I had to fight for a vb though.

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    Indigo do you mind me asking - did you go through an ob with your second? I just don't want people using my previous c-section as the reason for me needing a repeat c-section (rather than just the tear). Did you recover well from your 4th degree tear? How is your pelvic floor after the 2nd? Sorry if that's all too personal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uniquey View Post
    P.s, if it helps, my tears got 'better' (as far as tears go) with each subsequent vaginal birth, and so did the recovery of the tears.
    That's reassuring Uniquey. Were your subsequent babies bigger following the cesarean? Sorry to hear you had a traumatic time. I'd love to just have at least one straight forward or peaceful birth - weather that's an elective c (although I can't bring myself to imagine doing that) or another vaginal birth. My homebirth was beautiful but my transfer was traumatic. I just wish I could have the straight forward, peaceful home water birth I imagined

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cicho View Post
    I am unsure of the degree of my cut ( I didn't tear) but I got a full front to back cut, stitches both inside and out, all the way to the *ahem* back

    I had my second bub, although I waited 11.5 years to do it! And second, and subsequently third deliveries were both good, no tears, no cuts.

    When I was preg with my second, and totally freaking out about another sizeable cut or tear down there, a middie told me that some women can have bubs 12 months apart, and rip with one but not the other! so who knows.

    I wasn't taking that risk lol
    I can't believe they gave you such a large episiotomy! How awful for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futuremamma View Post
    Indigo do you mind me asking - did you go through an ob with your second? I just don't want people using my previous c-section as the reason for me needing a repeat c-section (rather than just the tear). Did you recover well from your 4th degree tear? How is your pelvic floor after the 2nd? Sorry if that's all too personal!
    No ob, I went public, so was in midwife care. I saw drs though and had to fight them as they said I needed a csec , they were trying to book me on from 15wks. I did lots of research and all said if I had no effects from my tear then there was no reason I needed a csec. I was healed within 8wks of my 4th deg tear and had no problems. My pelvic floor took a while to strengthen after ds2, but I can't say that's because if the tears, or pregnancy in general.

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    3rd degree tear with my first (7lb 14) and was stitched in hospital

    2nd degree tear with second (8lb 4) and was stitched by mw at home (homebirth)

    only a graze/small tear with third (9lb 4) no stitching, homebirth again, and he also had his fist by his head, which was a bit tricky, but still went just fine.

    I definitely think the WAY you approach crowning is the key to not tearing, I know you had a situation happening with your last birth where breathing your bub out slowly was not possible, but if you can concentrate on just breathing while your body pushes the baby out, tearing should be kept to a minimum.

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    I had a 3rd degree tear as well as an episiotomy with DS1. I went on to have DS2 exactly 18mths later with no tear, but did need a small episiotomy to reduce the risk of tearing (my OB could see it about to happen).

    The second time around, even with a small cut, I didn't even need a Panadol. Was a much better and faster healing process than the first time around.

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    I had an episiotomy with my first. I discussed with my ob previously that if it came to it I didn't want to be left to tear in which he agreed. I expect the damage if I had been left to tear would have been horrific. I had no issues with healing, the healing time was quick.

    I was half expecting he would advise me to have a cs with ds2 in which I was against so was glad when he advised that I would be fine giving birth naturally second time round. He was very right, totally different experiences much easier and quicker second time round.

    I had a much smaller episiotomy with my second. Again healed well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndigoJ View Post
    No ob, I went public, so was in midwife care. I saw drs though and had to fight them as they said I needed a csec , they were trying to book me on from 15wks. I did lots of research and all said if I had no effects from my tear then there was no reason I needed a csec. I was healed within 8wks of my 4th deg tear and had no problems. My pelvic floor took a while to strengthen after ds2, but I can't say that's because if the tears, or pregnancy in general.

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    That's great to hear. I'm now 8 weeks post partum and feel normal except that I am aware of my pelvic floor, if that makes sense - I can tell its weakened. No discomfort from the tear site at all. I guess I'll cross the bridge when it comes to it...we will wait a few years before ttc, but I've been well prepared with the vbac fight so it's not foreign for me to be fighting the system!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilkingMaid View Post
    3rd degree tear with my first (7lb 14) and was stitched in hospital

    2nd degree tear with second (8lb 4) and was stitched by mw at home (homebirth)

    only a graze/small tear with third (9lb 4) no stitching, homebirth again, and he also had his fist by his head, which was a bit tricky, but still went just fine.

    I definitely think the WAY you approach crowning is the key to not tearing, I know you had a situation happening with your last birth where breathing your bub out slowly was not possible, but if you can concentrate on just breathing while your body pushes the baby out, tearing should be kept to a minimum.
    I'm sure that's true. Hopefully I would have the opportunity to do things more gently next time. I had a bleed during pushing stage (suspected placental abruption) so I ended up on my back, legs up, pushing like nothing else. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by futuremamma View Post
    I'm sure that's true. Hopefully I would have the opportunity to do things more gently next time. I had a bleed during pushing stage (suspected placental abruption) so I ended up on my back, legs up, pushing like nothing else. :/
    Definitely not a situation ideal to prevent tearing that's for sure, glad you and bub were OK.


 

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