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February 11th, 2011, 08:49 PM
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Hi all,

I am dropping by with a question. I probably won't be "joining" the group here just yet because we have had a loss before and I feel like I am kind of jumping the gun since I am still so early in my pregnancy.

I had a c-section with our first at 41 weeks by their calculations (I think I may have been 40 weeks instead).

I was induced the night before with a foley bulb, ended up with pitocin, epidural, the whole 9 yards. Anyway, after 26 hours of labor, I was only at 7 cm...and he wasn't coming down enough to help my cervix dialate more. I am sure the meds and being confined to a bed didn't help.

Well, since my c-section in 2008, I have gained about 30 lbs. I am already pretty overweight as it is.

So I had the talk with my doctor a week ago at my first ultrasound. She was very concerned with my weight. She pretty much told me she would not allow a vbac unless I lost some weight. Also said that when you gain weight after a csection, fat can "grow" into the incision on your uterus. Then when it is time for your uterus to contract to get the baby out, it doesn't work as well as it should.

Has anyone ever heard of this? It sounds like it *could* be true...but also sounds like it borders on the ol' "too fat to vbac" line some people hear from their doctors.

Thanks for the help/info
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February 12th, 2011, 04:23 PM
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HOnestly, what I think is you need to find a new doctor. Of course, I am not a fan of people that have a fat bias.

If you really like your doctor, getting good information form other sources is a good idea.

This is a good starting point for research of VBAC while overweight.
C/S and VBAC Index Page
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February 12th, 2011, 09:26 PM
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Thanks for the link Meghan

I think it is funny in a way...she is overweight herself.
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February 13th, 2011, 10:58 PM
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Sometimes folks that are over weight and feel like they are 'guilty' of being fat are harder on other fat people because they figure all fat people are lazy and have no willpower. You know the whole transference thing.

I used to be obese and worked harder than most people I knew, I also ate better. Sometimes being fat is just who you are at the time, so I don't judge people based on weight. My husband is a big guy, but he is really strong. I was over 210 pounds and could still run faster than people that were 10 years younger.
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