A huge consideration when discussing possible baby #4 is...having another c-section! I have made my peace with meeting my babies in the operating room (actually had 2 amazing birth experiences this way!) but is it smart to put my body through a 4th major surgery? I would love to hear experiences on this!
No personal experience, but since you didn't have any responses.....
The doctor I see for damage from a vaginal delivery has been encouraging me to have a c-section for any subsequent children. He is very adamant that there isn't really a problem until you get to number 5.
I had no complications from any of my surgeries including the fourth. They were all routine and recovery went well. The third c-section was a vertical incision because of an emergency situation. That meant that I could no longer even consider a vbac so number 4 was a planned c-section. It didn't end up scheduled since my water broke at 36 weeks but there was no option of a vaginal birth. It all went fine and the doctor didn't seem at all concerned.
My input is only anecdotal, but a friend had a 4th c/s last year and it went well. Whatever you decide, it's not easy getting to the choice, I'm sure.
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13
^^^My husband's grandmother had 5 cesareans back in the 40s/50s. Her doctor advised her to stop after 3 kids but she kept on going. She came through okay, and this was a long time ago, so I'm sure it's better these days.
How are you doing? Have you finalized your decision about having a 4th c/s? If it's possible, would you be willing to try a VBAC/HBAC with this one?
I've had 4 c/s but decided to have a HBAC with my 5th (which was successful despite being diagnosed with CPD). I always recovered well from my surgeries despite feeling more nauseated after each one and it seeming to take a bit longer to fully heal. But I also had help from my in-laws, so it wasn't too strenuous in the weeks following. It may be harder to recover if you don't have help.
I have made peace with a 4th cesarean. I spoke with my midwife and she agreed with me that since I did try twice, very hard, to have vaginal births and my babies just didn't fit, it's the best choice for me.
My doctor doesn't see an issue if I want to go on & have #5 later on down the road.
SAHM to DS (16), DD (13), DD (3) & a bun in the oven due 10/11/13
Victoria Beckham has had 4 c sections, and she "apparently" looks great. Tori Spelling had 4, and ended up w placenta previa in the last pregnancy…Not that they're role models, but only people who I am aware of with 4! I have had 1, #2 in August…. Good luck :)