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Okay....my kids are older so I'm kind of out of the birthing loop.
My understanding is that when a cesarean is done for emergency reasons, the uterus is cut vertically instead of horizontally (because it's easier to get the baby out that way). I've always been told that OB's won't accept a VBAC if your womb was cut that way. Even if you were cut horizontally through your skin, there's a possibility that your actual uterus was cut vertically.
Maybe this is no longer the case, but my OB would not have accepted me for VBAC if I couldn't produce records showing that my uterus was cut horizontally. I also used to work as a medical assistant in an OB office, and that was procedure there, as well.
Who knows...there is a lot to be said for the communication between oneself and one's body though - that much I know, because together with vitamins I practically willed myself into healing. So much so that at 5 weeks PP by OB actually raised her eyebrows when she felt the position of my uterus. My midwife said I'd healed almost as quickly as a regularly birthing, breastfeeding mother and I think under my circumstances, that was awfully quick. But good - I wanted to heal.
I try to "talk" to my uterus regularly - you know, telling it everything is alright and that it can conceive again. Nevertheless, I guess I am suffering from some after effects psychologically because I still wonder whether or not the surgery "broke" me physically. It certainly broke my heart all by itself.
I wonder though if that isn't a very common feeling among people who've been through a c section, and that it doesn't really dissipate until they prove to themselves that they've got the ability to be pregnant and give birth again by actually being pregnant, and giving birth!
For now, we're timing BD'ing, I'm taking my vitamins, I seem to be producing fertile CM - more slippery than EW but it's there. Plus I am ovulating for sure, and previously, my luteal phases were always 15 days long. The last luteal phase was 7 days (actually possibly a few more because I may have ovulated slightly earlier than FF gave me credit for) but again, I hear that a short luteal phase following birth of any kind isn't exactly uncommon.
I'd love to hear from anyone regarding similar situations - or just getting pregnant after a c section, you know? Or any advice at all actually.
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
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