Hi mamas! I just discovered this thread today. My dd will be one next week, and I've found myself thinking a lot lately about the next one.
My c-section wasn't bad, and those first few months, I told people that I'd have a repeat c-section next time. Now, I can't imagine battling recovery with a toddler, having thrush again, or dealing with my babe choking on the fluid that didn't get pushed out of her. I'm still weighing my options both ways. I'll have to have my annual exam soon to refill bcp, so I think I'll talk to my ob about VBAC.
My story: uneventful pregnancy, water broke at 39 weeks, labor seemed fine, dh and I were both dozing (I had an epidural). DH got up and looked at the monitor and commented that the number seemed really low. I said it must be fine or else the nurses would be in...BOOM, there they were. They were great about trying all they could to keep baby's heartrate right, but as my labor progressed, her heart rate continued to drop despite rolling me on my side, giving me oxygen, giving me fluids. She wasn't dropping, either. My doc told me she'd do everything she could to avoid a c, and I said, do what you have to! Turn out, dd's cord was in a true knot. She was fine. Again, who knows if it was necessary. Many babies are born vaginally with no problems from a true knot. Others are stillborn. Regardless, I've an ideal candidate for a vbac. And even if I choose a repeat c-section, I want to go in to labor on my own.
I'm subscribing to this thread so I can keep up with you gals.