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    Default C-Section after third degree tear?

    Has anyone experienced a 3rd degree tear with baby #1 and been advised a c-section for baby #2?

    I loved my labour and birth with DD and I have recovered really well but a specialist who did my follow up work has advised against natural for #2, he believes if I tore the same way again I could risk issues such as early incontinence. If I didn't tear there would be no dramas.

    Should I get a second opinion?

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    A second opinion well tell you the same thing. It's up to you to research and decide for yourself.

    I had 4th deg tears with my first and had a natural birth for #2 and #3 against medical advice (I had two people against it and four people for it).

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    I had a 3rd degree tear with DS but healed really well. I didn't want to go down the c-sect path although I'm sure I could have got one had I wanted it given teh previous tear. I wanted an intervention free birth with DD partially because I wanted to minimise the risk of tearing again. I spent a lot of time gearing myself up for a natural, intervention free birth so that I could avoid the practices that increase the risk of tearing (eg epis, birthing on back, assisted delivery, induction). I got the birth I wanted but still ended up with a 2nd degree tear. Once again I've healed really well and a 2nd degree tear doesn't require any thing like the care of a 3rd degree tear.

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    I had a bad third degree tear with number two, my vbac, and was told there is no reason not to go for a vaginal birth again if I have a rectal ultrasound to check the internal scar first. I will definitely be going for this option, told only a 10% chance of tearing badly again

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    Thanks girls.. I had a really quick first birth and noone told me to 'breathe' the baby out at the crowning stage.. I think my pushing led to the tear I had.

    I feel I could do it a lot better with more guidance next time and hopefully in water. (DD was out before the bath was even half feel)

    But I am scared of going against medical advice.

    Indigo, how did your 2 following births go?

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    My second was 3hrs. I breathed bub out, he was compound(hand on mouth in an awkward position) so I tore 2nd deg. It was a harder recovery than my 4thdeg tears, but once healed it was all back to normal.

    My third was 1hr47min induced labour. I tried to breathe bub out but she was posterior and her hr dropped in any position but on my back so I had to physically push her out. She was also compound with her hand to her cheek so I tore 2nd deg again. The recovery was easy She is 3mths old and im all good

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    Thanks so much Indigo! I feel like I will be fine.. i have a better understanding of birthing now, its just that tiny little doubt.

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    I had a 3rd degree tear with #1. My whole perenium is scar tissue and wouldn't stretch even if I wanted to attempt another vag delivery which I don't ! I have had 2 elective c sections and will be having another in May. I doubt I would have had more children if the Dr hadn't have told me I needed a c section with subsequent babies.

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    I had a third degree tear with #1 which took about 6 months to heal.
    My OB gave me the risks of going vaginally with #2 ( as they have to) but he never recommended a c section in fact he was very supportive if a vaginal birth.
    He said although there are risks of further damage he said there's actually a higher risk of damage from a c section.

    I went on to have a natural, drug free vaginal birth with #2. Bubs was posterior and I got a 2nd degree tear but it healed within the week.




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