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June 28th, 2011, 06:22 PM
KasieH's Avatar Super Mommy
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I have had 3 cesareans and really want a fourth child. My oldest is almost 9 and my youngest is 15 months. I have not fully convinced DH to try for a fourth but I am working on it.
I had complications with my first delivery but my other two were a breeze.
I would love opinions on how long I should wait for number four and if you all feel it is safe to have a fourth cesarean.


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July 4th, 2011, 07:58 PM
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i would love to know the answer to this too so im bumping it

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July 7th, 2011, 08:55 PM
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My sister will be having her 4th in late December. So it's possible. This one will be about 26 months apart from her last. But I would talk to my doctor.
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July 8th, 2011, 07:24 PM
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My OB told me it depends on each individual woman. I asked the OB that did my last c-section if I could have another and she said everything looked great and she didn't see why not. Now if I have a third and they see a lot of scarring or other problems then I could get a different answer next time.

I have always heard to wait 12 months or more to get pg after a c-section. I only waited 10 but if we go for a third I will wait 18-24 months I think.
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July 12th, 2011, 10:47 AM
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I am having my 5th c-section at the end of October. My first two were 18 months apart-the closet. My doctor says that it depends on the woman, and how quickly she recovers from surgery and is up and about. I have had 2 stillbirths before 18 weeks (after 4 c-sections) in which I was allowed to deliver vaginally and my doctor more concerned about those. He said that he would have preferred to do c-sections for them, to eliminate the possibility of rupturing my uterus, but even those turned out fine.

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July 15th, 2011, 05:15 PM
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I am going for #4. I was told no more by 2 Dr.'s. The first one told me that they do not do more than 2 csections due to risk to the mother. Hahaha To bad I knew someone who did 8! Although she now has grandkids.... The last OB said not to have another because the more you have, the harder time they have because the scar tissue is hard to cut through.

Anyway, here I am on #4 and will go for #5 if I can.

Mine C sections are/will be 14 months apart, 13 months apart and then 26 months apart(between last baby and the one I am pregnant with now).

Every OB is different. I think they like you to wait 2 years though.
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July 16th, 2011, 10:40 PM
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I will be having my 5th c-section in October, its been 7 years since I had a c-section. My four other c-sections were all within 4 years, I had no complications and even had a tubal reversal last year and the RE said everything looked great in there and I had very little scar tissue. It just depends on the woman.

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July 18th, 2011, 09:28 PM
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I have a cousin who had 7 c-sections, but she had to have a mesh thing put in her uterus after number 5 and she also had a lot of other medical issues that messed with her recovery.

Her last 4 were 1 year apart, all c-sections.

She also had a lot of scar tissue, so had incisions both ways.

So it can be done, just depends on mom's health and your doctor.

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July 23rd, 2011, 11:52 AM
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I am having my 4th in late sept/ early october, it has been 6 years since my last one.

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August 10th, 2011, 03:31 PM
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i just had my 4th. The dr said i had a lot of scar tissue & should be "family complete" due to it but im finding conflicting info on scar tissue being a reason to not have anymore. my kids were each 4yrs apart. Im going in for my post baby appt tomorrow & plan to discuss this topic more indepth
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August 14th, 2011, 11:50 PM
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I'm having my 4th and last next month (last because we feel complete, but the doctor said my uterus would be fine for more). I'd talk to your doctor because like everyone said - people are different. The risks are serious enough that I personally wouldn't go against my doc's opinion since they are the one in there and see how your body in handling the repeat c-sections.

My mom is a nurse and had 3 c/s in the old 3 and done days and she kept asking over and over if I talked to my doctor first. Some old school doctors probably share her opinion so that could affect their answer...

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August 15th, 2011, 11:35 AM
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just an update, I talked to my dr. She said that I could have another if I really wanted but due to scar tissue, the delivery will be harder. She said its not life threatening, uterus looks good. Its just that scar tissue can cause damage to the bladder and is very hard to cut through
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August 31st, 2011, 02:07 PM
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I will be having my 4th c/s in March. During my 3rd, the OB said he'd remove all of my old scar tissue so it would appear that I've only had one c/s.

My two were 12 months apart...then 3 years later...and now this one...will be 3 years from the previous. I've never had a doctor mention anything to me about my c/s....other then stating that my uterus looked "thin" in some spots during my last delivery (I have BIG 10lb+ babies).

This will be my last baby.
LillyAnna 10.26.02
William 11.06.03
Ethan 7.3.08
Liam Ryan 2.17.12
Rowan Oliver 6.19.14
Lilah Mae Grace scheduled c/s 09.28.16 (Oct 19th)
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