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CheyennesMama November 27th, 2004 04:52 AM

I am 41 and really would like to have another child,but I don't think I could deliver the child vaginally again,because it takes forever for me to heal,and I have some other health problems and was wondering if you can request to have a C section?I don't know if you can do that or is it something that the doctor has to order and you have no say in it.Can you request a C Section?I had a hard time when I delivered my daughter,it took me over a year to heal and I was so exhausted from pushing and my back was all messed up,and I just don't want to go through that again,and I dont have a lot of time to be waiting for children anymore,the menopause will be kicking in soon.

*~Lissa~* November 27th, 2004 05:36 AM

It depends on the hospital you go to, But I know a number of girls who have requested c-sections because of hard vaginal births and problems with healing. Talk to your ob about it :)

tamw402004 November 27th, 2004 09:20 AM

I am not real sure. You could ask your doctor. Sorry, I am of no help to you. But, GOOD LUCK TO YOU! :smile:

linda11567 November 27th, 2004 09:30 AM

I would say your insurance company may have more of a say in this than your doc. But if you had so much problems with your first one they may say its the safest and only way to go so your insurance company may not have a choice. I agree, talk to your OB. Going to a pre-pregnancy appt is probably a good idea. They can do a check up and make sure all is well before you start trying to get pregnant and then you can ask this question. I'm in the same boat. Nikolas was born natural and Andrew was an emergency c-sect. The nurse practioner I saw asked if I wanted to go natural. I said I don't think so but i want to think about it some more. We have time. Nikolas wasn't even 4 lbs and I had such a hard time. They had to use the forceps on him and he still tore me. I'm a little scared of what a full term 7-8lb baby will do. I think chances are they will recommend a c-sect anyway for you. But having that planned with your OB before you even get pregnant would be a very good idea.

pattyandthemoos November 27th, 2004 10:32 AM

Well I am not sure about whether you can request one or not but I thought I would share my thoughts. I have three children. My first two were vaginal deliveries and my third was a c section. My first son I was in labor for 39 hours with. I pushed for over an hour with him. I had tearing and it took me quite a while to heal. I couldn't give you a time frame but I am sure it wasn't a year. I know when I had him I was sure I didn't want to go through that again. Now that I have had both the experience of a vaginal birth and a c-section I will tell you my thoughts. If I had to choose between one or the other I would take a vaginal birth any time. The recovery time on my c-section was much longer. I felt terrible for a while. I could barely move around it hurt so bad. I really think that sometimes people think that c-sections are easier and to me they are not. I think you have risks with both. I think I would talk to your doctor and see what he/she thinks. They could give you a lot more information on the risks and benefits of both options.

linda11567 November 28th, 2004 07:46 AM

I have to agree with Patty on the pain. I had stitches in both places at the same time, and the pain from the c-sect definitely was much more intense than the anything going on down there and took months for the aching to go away. Actually for me it never has. My c-sect scar still aches occasionally and pushing on it hurts. I also had no feeling in the skin in my lower stomach for a long time, probably close to a year. And I have an excessive amount of scar tissue from it, which the nurse says is why it hurts to push on it. I'm just afraid this one will end in c-section anyway and I'd rather have it planned. But if longterm pain and recovery is the concern, c-section is probably worse in that regard.

zonapellucida November 28th, 2004 08:01 AM

You can request as more dr's are willing to do one and your age would allow them to call you high risk--however, I don't quite understand--If you heal slowly WHY would you want major surgery??????

CheyennesMama November 28th, 2004 04:44 PM

Thanks for your replies,I am just thinking that it might be easier,but probably the same amount of pain,I'm just going through my options in my head,I'm also looking into adoption too.

Amber_5/11/05 December 17th, 2004 11:57 AM

I have just a question: what exactly makes a female a high risk mother? Are there certain STD's or genetic diseases that can boost a woman to high risk status? Anyone who knows please help me out on this because I am 19 and this is my first pregnancy and I am really nervous about this topic

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