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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?

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CrankyM

I'm fairly certain that gold standard practice now is for them to be as close to 39-40 weeks as possible.

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needs to get out

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.

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Lallalla

It would depend on the reasons for it and the current pregnancy. I had mine at 38 weeks because it was twins.

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avocado toast

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.

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Starletta

My ob does his as close to 40 weeks as possible. My youngest was born 39+5, I was really happy with that.

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boymumma

Mine were done 39+5 and 39+6. Private hospital, if that makes a difference.

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avocado toast

I'll be public but hopefully they also keep it as close to 40 as possible

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Makalu

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!

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Minka1313

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!!

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zeldazonk

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.

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NastyGal

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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Mousey77

I've had two elective cesarians, one at 36w 5 days and one at 37w 1 day. I have a phobia of vaginal birth (like full anxiety when the thought crosses my mind- its a real thing called Tokophobia) I have no anxiety issues around anything else, it is purely focused on the vaginal birth process (just writing it makes me feel nauseous ). So I had cesarians at the early end of the acceptable timeframe to reduce the chance of me 'accidentally' going into labour. I had scans at 32 weeks to measure size of the baby to make certain early delivery was safe... babies were both massive at that scan (over 3kgs each). So when each was delivered they were huge even at around 37 weeks (1st was 4.1kg and second was 4.25kg). No problems with each baby, they breastfed normally and quickly. It was all fine.

I've also had cervical issues my whole adult life so my oncologist went in to bat for me with the obstetric department and helped secure me the early cesarians.

I'm pregnant with my third now and will 100% do it the same this time.

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