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Bummed About Possible C Section

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Just need to vent! I had a doctor's appointment last week and my low lying placenta has still not moved. I have another ultrasound on October 3rd and will be 34 and a half weeks, so this will determine whether or not I will have a c section. As it was, my baby is in the 98th percentile for weight (from what they can see) and the doctor feels a c section would be in my best interest. I was really hoping for a natural, drug free birth and a section was my greatest fear. I know that I should be okay with whatever gets baby here safest and for me too, but I was devastated. Anyone else going through this situation or been through it?

post #2 of 9
Just wanted to extend some support. Hopefully that placenta gets moving!
post #3 of 9

Never been through it, but a c-section is my greatest fear too!  I know a lot of people don't understand the devastation that comes with crushed birth plans and expectations (well, the mamas here do, but not sure about your friends/family in real life).  Know that while you will still end up with a beautiful, healthy baby, it's okay to grieve the loss of the experience (though I do hope that if there is a chance of the placenta moving, that it will!)

 

On the "bright" side, if you do have to have a section at least you could do that grieving now and be ready for it when the time comes and try to make it as mama-baby friendly as you can.  You wouldn't have had that chance in an emergency c-section, so that is one good thing about finding out early....

 

Hoping for the best, and that you'll be able to find some peace in this situation!  hug2.gif

 

 

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post
On the "bright" side, if you do have to have a section at least you could do that grieving now and be ready for it when the time comes and try to make it as mama-baby friendly as you can.  You wouldn't have had that chance in an emergency c-section, so that is one good thing about finding out early....

 

Hoping for the best, and that you'll be able to find some peace in this situation!  hug2.gif

 

 

yeahthat.gif  My friend labored at home for a long time and finally had to go in for an emergency section and was put under general.  She said that she could have better emotionally handled the c-section if she had gotten an epi and had been awake.  She ended up with another section with her second, but she was prepared for it and had a plan so that she could be awake.  That birth was amazing for her and healed many of her emotional birth wounds from her first. 

 

What are the chances that the placenta will move over the next several weeks?  Is there anything that can be done to encourage movement?
 

 

post #5 of 9

That really sucks :( I'm sorry. Do you know how close the placenta is to the cervix? 

 

If it doesn't move and a cesarean is necessary, I highly recommend checking out ICAN, and attending a meeting if you can before. You can get some ideas of things you can do to make the best of non-ideal circumstances. For example, you can discuss ahead of time things like breastfeeding in the OR, keeping the baby with you vs going to the nursery (they like to say the OR is too cold for a newborn, but between a couple warm blankets and dad's bare chest is nice and cozy!) And you can discuss with the anesthesiologist what drugs you'll receive. Often its the default to have extra things for anxiety and such that make you sleepy and also affect your memory. This is not necessary and you can request to not receive anything extra unless a need arrives. The ladies at ICAN have a lot of suggestions for ways to make a necessary, planned ceserean more family centered. I hope you don't end up needing it!!

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for the support! It appears that nothing can be done on my end to help move it along. It just would happen as my uterus continues to grow. Right now it is about 1 cm away from my cervix, so still very close. There is still a chance of it moving. I go on October 3rd for ultrasound 3 (hmmm, lots of 3's-3rd time is the charm?) so I guess we will see. I know in some ways I am lucky to know in advance to so I can mentally prepare, but as this was my greatest fear, it has just created more anxiety. My husband and I have come up with a plan to ensure that we still get what we want out of the birth and to make it as positive as possible. :)

post #7 of 9

A lot of growing happens at the end! You only need one more centimeter :) Fingers crossed

post #8 of 9


Hope it moves more so you get the birth you want. I wouldn't agree to a c-section because of baby's weight based on a ultrasound.

post #9 of 9
2 things--first, get Birthing From Within: it is a WONDERFUL tool for dealing with birth fear, including facing the fear of a cesarean, and how to come to terms with if you need one while being very pro-natural-birth.

Second: You should not accept that it will not have moved out of the way before 36 weeks. I would not schedule a cesarean before 39 weeks, regardless. The placenta can move as late as that, easily (it has happened!) and no matter what your weight or baby's weight (that has absolutely nothing to do with when baby will come) it's unlikely baby will come before his/her EDD and if you do go into labor, you can go in for the cesarean earlier. But that gives the baby vital developmental time.

I've had a cesarean. They suck, but not as much as you'd think. I'd never volunteer for another, but the above advice is exactly what I would do in the case of full placenta previa.
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