I had 2 cesareans , low transverse scar both times , then 2 natural deliveries , another cs , then 18 months later another natural delivery .
There were a few things , I did , which I believe , greatly increased my chances .
First , try to stay as fit and active as possible , but don´t overdo the heavy lifting , or anything else , that may put additional strain on your scar .
Some people say , it doesn´t matter , but in my opinion , it never hurts to be kind to your body and if it helps to increase your chance of a vbac , great !
I have also taken 1000 mg EPO from about 28 weeks on a daily basis !
Another thing , you can ask your doctor towards the end , is to check for scar tissue inside your cervix . This can greatly inhibit your dilation and I don´t know the reason , why you had your cs , but there are many different reasons , why you can be scar tissue .
Don´t let them push you to go into labor , in a normal , uneventful pregnancy , baby and your body know best , when it´s time to come out , not the doctor .
Once you are in labor , do not let them rush you , you DO NOT have to dilate so much in such a time frame .
The 1 cm per hour rule is .
With my last baby ( vba3c ) , it took me 14 hours to go from 3 cm , that I was open , when I came into hospital with to full dilation and baby popping out and I had dilated fully with 4 of my others , so I would be expected to " go fast " .
Your body can feel , how fast it needs to go , to put the least possible strain on your scar and it is a proven fact , that the less medical intervention is done , the lower the rupture rate is .
Another thing , if at all possible , avoid an epidural . They are not necessary , if anything , to me it sometimes seems , that doctors like to push them on women , in the hope of things going wrong , just so they can say , " see , we tried , but your vbac was bound to fail from the start "
Your cs have been quite a long time ago , so I would not worry about your scar , time is definitely playing in your favor and since you are getting ready for it so early , yoiu have lots of time to prepare yourself in the best possible way .
Another thing , before I had my last baby , the doctor measured my scar to determine thickness and he told me , that if the scar is thicker than 0.8 mm , the chance is higher , that it is not going to rupture , but he also said , that no one can conclusively predict , if a scar will give way or not , and he has seen vbacs , where the scar was very , very thin and all went well , so don´t let them scare you with the " your scar is too thin " tactic .
So , I hope , I could help you , feel free to PM me , if you have anymore detailed questions , I am happy to help , my vbacs , especially the last one , were nothing short of miraculous to me and the feeling , I had afterwards is something , you cannot describe .
It was all sooooo worth it !