Originally Posted by catters
Ugh, I think about this all the time. I've had two c-sections and now, I"m weeks away from delivering my third child and pray the skies open up and magic unicorns appear and somehow I have an amazing "I can't believe I'm in labor and look, I'm at ten already and feel the urge to push and wow, here I am at the hospital with baby already crowning, you can't force me despite your "ban" - neener neener neener!" - kind of experience. But... when asked (also at each and every OB appointment) if I'm having a tubal, I always say no. And none of them have said anything scary about me having a fourth (which we are thinking about, and kind of want, but I am terrified of three, let alone four - let alone having had ONE and now TWO - c-sections. I have been so lucky to have beautiful easy pregnancies, but I don't want these c-sections to make me feel like I can't have another child if we wanted. And that chart is terrifying. Probably not something I needed to see right now. :(
That chart is very misleading. I'm not trying to ignore, or even downplay, the fact that c-sections can, and do, cause complications in later pregnancies. But, the percentages in that chart aren't presented properly.
FWIW, I've had five c-sections. I've hated every minute of them, and every minute of every recovery. But, I haven't experienced any of the complications that are of the most concern to people....no placental issues (was worried about it with my last, as I did have an anterior placenta with her), no ruptures, nothing like that. I've got some nerve damage, which sucks. I also suspect my diastasis is worse than it might have been without all the surgeries. But, I haven't had any of the "big ones". I have another friend who has had five, and she hasn't, either.