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#1 Ms_Jae

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:42 AM

I had my first doctors appointment this morning... and doctor told me I should have waited at least 2 years before becoming pregnant..
Well this wasn't planned and we both are extremely happy.. I wasn't told about all this..

Anyways.. he was saying I am automatically in Hi Risk..

I want to know have there been anyone else in my position? My baby is 3 and a half months old now and this baby is due around 23rd October..
He also said, this baby will be delivered by c-section and that it will be early.

Is this true?

Look forward to hearing from those who has been in my situation..

thanks

#2 Red nut

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:51 AM

My obs said 1 year rather than 2, but you have a significant still healing wound in your uterus, which is still weak and now is going to be stretched like crazy.

Not much you can do now though, and higher risk doesn't mean something will go wrong, so congrats and enjoy!

#3 IsolaBella

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:51 AM

I don't know anyone who waited 2yrs before getting PG.

My SIL has 14m between her first two and I have 22m between mine.



#4 giggleandhoot

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:02 AM

I was always told to wait over 12 months. It takes that long for the wound to heal. So yes you will be higher risk due to the healing not being complete. I guess there's more risk of rupture with it being so soon as well. Though i'm not a dr lol. I'd ask to know what things do i need to look out for to know if something is wrong, as i'd be slightly paranoid about lack of healing from previous one . ( it did take me a really long long time to heal with both mine though!)

#5 Soontobegran

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

Sounds like an odd thing to say, you are higher risk of course but natural spacing of children is 18 months, many women after C/S become pregnant well under 2 years.

I think he is being very conservative but if you are happy with him otherwise then it should only mean extra vigilance with scans.
I do think it has probably ruled out a VBAC if that was something you were considering.
Congratulations and good luck, I am sure all will be well.

#6 BeachedAsBro

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:09 AM

My OB told me at 6 weeks I could fall pregnant any time. I think it's determined on your actual recovery. I have a friend who had two C/S within a year.

You have the right to a second opinion and also for options other than a C/S if you so choose. Make sure you feel comfortable with your plan of care original.gif

Also, congratulations on your pregnancy.

#7 Coops07

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:32 AM

My obst told me at my 6 week check-up to wait 2 yrs, however I fell preg @ 7mths with number 2. I didn't have any issues personally, but everyone is different...

#8 noi'mnot

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:45 AM

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I haven't been in your situation, but can share what I was told.

My care providers said that it's best to wait a year after having a c-section, before getting pregnant again. From what I've read, if you are pregnant earlier than that you are at increased risk of a uterine rupture and many care providers would thus recommend you have another c-section rather than trial labour.

Every person's body and recovery is, of course, different so it's good that you'll be monitored throughout your pregnancy to make sure that you and your baby have the best outcome. All the best, and good luck. original.gif

#9 DragonsGrace

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:56 AM

My ob said 12 months between Caesars so I could get pg after 3 months if I wanted to. And he's a world reknowned specialist (in a good way lol)

#10 oliboli

Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

I was pregnant 3 months after my first Caesar, and delivered at 39 weeks via Caesar. I had a very uneventful second pregnancy and have two children 11 1/2 months apart who are best friends.  Congratulations! original.gif

#11 MrsLexiK

Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

I know a friend who was told 2 years but when they did the csection her uterus unravelled I think this may have had a lot to do with it more so then just because she had had a csection.

#12 Ms_Jae

Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:23 PM

Thanks everyone.. Im kind of at ease now original.gif Will of course take extra care and all...

Still love to hear more original.gif

#13 jewel2

Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

Wow 2year wait.
I have had 3 C Sections and never heard this.
Due to medical issues with myself and children, I was under the care of High Risk Team and senior consultant. ( Large UK hospital that deals with all the difficult or early cases)

I was always told 9-12months if their was no complications with surgery or recovery.

J


#14 GenWhy

Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

That sounds odd to me. I was preggers 4 months after my c section (and I had the wound come open and a significant infection for 8 weeks). I had a fantastic VBAC 39 weeks later - with a big baby that was brow presentation with both her arms above her face at delivery.

#15 Soontobegran

Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

QUOTE (GenWhy @ 16/02/2013, 03:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had a fantastic VBAC 39 weeks later - with a big baby that was brow presentation with both her arms above her face at delivery.


I agree with you that the timing is not an issue usually but is it possible that your brow presentation flexed to a vertex or converted to a face presentation because a persistent brow presentation is accepted to be undeliverable vaginally? One complicated by a compound presentation and being a VBAC just makes me shudder TBH. sad.gif





#16 Peridot

Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

I had two cesareans within 13 months and all went fine original.gif

#17 k-ko

Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

Hi,
I fell pregnant 6 months after I had my son. He was c-sec and I had a successful VBAC at 39 weeks which was induced due to my anxiety. I was considered high risk and was monitored very closely (but mainly due to my own anxieties after losing my DS.

good luck with your pregnancy.
K

#18 Ms_Jae

Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

Thanks girl... You are awesome.. you have eased my mind.. thought I would be playing russian roulette with my body and baby..

#19 butterflyangels

Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

Congratulations on hyour pregnancy.

My SIL had a c-sections 11 months apart with no major complatations however she had PE both times.

#20 GenWhy

Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 16/02/2013, 01:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I agree with you that the timing is not an issue usually but is it possible that your brow presentation flexed to a vertex or converted to a face presentation because a persistent brow presentation is accepted to be undeliverable vaginally? One complicated by a compound presentation and being a VBAC just makes me shudder TBH. sad.gif


Hi STBG yes you're correct. Bubs was breech up until 37 weeks then she flipped head down. During labour she turned so she was facing my hips - so not transverse but not facing the right way. My doula tried to get me to jiggle on a fitball (extremely painful) then my water broke and that's where the brow presentation came in. When she was born she was face up and two hands above her face.

Sounds scary but there were no dramas at all. Not tears etc. Bubs was perfect original.gif I didn't know much about it until afterwards when the midwife was writing my notes up. I always read my file so I asked her about it.

Recently my friend's bub was born with one arm extended before her head crowned. Her bub has a slight issue with her neck that a chiro is dealing with. I didn't even know it could cause an issue.

Anyways, I fell preggers again when DD2 was 3 months old and carried an almost 11 lb baby without any uterine issues. So I don't know why the OP's Dr thinks it's an issue? I know lots of women who get preggers prior to 2 years after a c/s.

#21 SusieGreen

Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

I don't remember being told I had to wait. I had 3 c-sections in 3 years.



#22 jazzpup

Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:04 PM

I've actually been told no more after two c-sections with an irritable uterus.
So for some of us, there is a reason to wait (and btw my two were over a decade apart)
Doctors are erring on the side of caution as there are some people out there who do have to follow the guidelines!
Congrats OP on your pregnancy and your doctor is just doing what they feel is best to ensure a good outcome.

#23 Soontobegran

Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:53 PM

QUOTE (GenWhy @ 16/02/2013, 07:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi STBG yes you're correct. Bubs was breech up until 37 weeks then she flipped head down. During labour she turned so she was facing my hips - so not transverse but not facing the right way. My doula tried to get me to jiggle on a fitball (extremely painful) then my water broke and that's where the brow presentation came in. When she was born she was face up and two hands above her face.

Sounds scary but there were no dramas at all. Not tears etc. Bubs was perfect original.gif I didn't know much about it until afterwards when the midwife was writing my notes up. I always read my file so I asked her about it.


That was lucky GenWhy. Not that a face presentation is fun but at least you got your VBAC original.gif

#24 Holidayromp

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

It is certainly not recommended to fall pregnant so soon.  I was told two years conservatively but after 18 months.  Seek a second opinion but be prepared for extra monitoring because you are at high risk of rupturing.  Every woman is different so noone can give you a 100% guarantee that everything will be okay.

#25 GenWhy

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

STBG I honestly didn't think it was a big deal as my GP who delivered her just shrugged and said lots of babies change position during labour. I did get my VBAC and it was 1000 times better than my caesarean and I had a baby that wasn't difficult to bond with or breastfeed. Sleeping is another issue sad.gif

In contrast, I waited over 3 years to fall pregnant again and had a caesarean scar ectopic pregnancy. Research has shown a very tentative link between having one of these and a larger gap after caesareans.




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