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Not sure if I am posting this in the right place. I've heard that csections are recc. to women who have had bad tearing, because further tearing during a subsequent birth can make it difficult to control your bowels.:
Does anyone have any information on this?
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I've never heard this. I can't say I've btdt, since this is just my second. But, I had 4th degree tearing (into my rectum, sorry if this tmi) with my first. The dr. who stitched me up never said anything about a c-section for this one. I ran into him a couple of wks. ago, and he is totally supporting in my plan to have a homebirth this time. So, I think that it's something that depends on who you talk to.

FWIW, my midwife said she had a really difficult first l&d, including bad tearing, and for her second she drank 3 cups of RRL tea a day during her pregnancy. She said that her second birth was much better, with little to no tearing.

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I have BTDT LOL My 1st sons presenting part was his elbow so I suffered 3rd degree tears including my cervix tearing almost in half. I am proud to report that I have had 3 other deliverys that required not a one stitch nor a C-Section. The last was a unattended homebirth!! I am currently 4 wks pg with the 5th and am considering another U/A HB HTH
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I had a really bad 3rd degree tear with my dd and am pregnant again, so I'm not btdt. But my midwife knows all about my tear and she thinks I won't tear like that again. So not only does she not have a problem delivering after a tear that bad, she doesn't think it's likely to happen again. hth
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I had a friend who got a cs after a tear with her first but I think it is TOTALLY NOT NECESSARY. I had a bad 4 th degree with my first and hardly a tear with my second even though she was a pound bigger and came out slightly transverse with her hand next to her head!
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I've BTDT. I had a 3rd (1 stitch from a 4th) degree tear with my 2nd. I went on to have #3 with no med and no tear. I'm currently pg with my 4th, and going to a birthing center so no c section planned here b/c of my previous tear. I'd be very suspicious of someone making that recommendation. That said, I guess there are circumstances where the tear is so severe and possibly not stitched properly, etc that the damage is too much.
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nice to hear that tearing on one birth does not necessarily mean tearing the next time! i had tearing (no idea what degree but probably 2nd or 3rd) with my 1st birth. i have just assumed the next one would be as bad

how does the RLL tea help not tearing?
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how does the RLL tea help not tearing?
I have to admit that I'm not quite sure. I think it's that the RRL tea helps to prepare the body for labor, and the more prepared the body is, the less likely a woman is to tear. My understanding is that the tea mainly tonifies the uterus, so I'm not exactly sure what the connection is, but it seems like a lot of things have an affect on other things during labor.

Sorry I'm not of more help in answering this. Maybe ask on the RRL thread? Someone there might know.

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