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Posted 08 March 2017 - 03:13 PM
Hi, I'm not pregnant yet but will be having an elective c- section due to complications in my previous birth. Do they do them early around 38 weeks or can you request to wait until closer to 40?
Posted 08 March 2017 - 03:24 PM
I'm fairly certain that gold standard practice now is for them to be as close to 39-40 weeks as possible.
Posted 08 March 2017 - 03:26 PM
It probably depends on a lot of other things. Last pregnancy I was booked in for 40 weeks exactly. I had originally booked for 41 weeks, but my health wasn't great so we booked a little earlier. He ended up coming at 39 weeks anyway, of his own accord.
Posted 08 March 2017 - 04:57 PM
It would depend on the reasons for it and the current pregnancy. I had mine at 38 weeks because it was twins.
Posted 08 March 2017 - 05:44 PM
Cool thanks everyone
My complications werent in the pregnancy, that was fine, I had major tear when she was delivered with forceps so I'm not risking that happening again as the recovery was awful and I still have issues 1 year on.
Posted 08 March 2017 - 05:47 PM
My ob does his as close to 40 weeks as possible. My youngest was born 39+5, I was really happy with that.
Posted 08 March 2017 - 05:52 PM
Mine were done 39+5 and 39+6. Private hospital, if that makes a difference.
Posted 08 March 2017 - 06:01 PM
I'll be public but hopefully they also keep it as close to 40 as possible
Posted 08 March 2017 - 07:03 PM
I had an elective cesarean 3 months ago also due to a previous major tear from forceps. I had it at 39+3. My obstetrician was happy to do it scheduled any time from 39 weeks otherwise just do it as an "emergency" c-section if she came earlier.
Also an elective cesarean that goes well is so much nicer than a bad tear!
Posted 08 March 2017 - 07:23 PM
I had my first son via elective c-section due to placenta previa at 39 weeks 2 days - he was massive at 5.015kg (11lb1oz). Our second son was born 5 weeks ago via elective C-section at 38 weeks because they through he was going to be bigger but this was not the case and was born weighing 3.952kg (8lb something).
IF we have a third there is no way I'm going earlier than 39 weeks - DS2 would have benefited with at least an other week in the oven!!
Posted 08 March 2017 - 08:44 PM
I had two at 38.5 weeks for medical reasons. I understand that best practice these days is considered between 39-40 weeks (unless there are medical reasons to do it earlier). I think in our case they would be happy to go close to 40 weeks.
Posted 08 March 2017 - 08:57 PM
Like you, I wanted to go as close to 40 weeks as possible, so the ob booked me in for 39+5. I got the impression that my ob didn't want me to have the baby any earlier unless medically necessary, and I imagine most obs would have a similar approach. Good luck!
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