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tonttu's Avatar tonttu 01:34 PM 02-21-2011

Hi guys ,

I need some advice concerning my c/s scar , that´s 9 months old .

I had 2 c/s before , they cut that open in the same spot twice , no problem whatsoever , through both  vbac´s afterwards , but with baby number 5 I ended up with another c/s due to other issues , not scar problem related .

This time , though , they didn´t cut the old scar , they made a new cut about 2-3 cm above and it has healed so well , that you can barely even still see it after only 9 months . 

I was really careful , not to lift anything heavier than my growing baby pretty much until now , so I didn´t put any avoidable strain on it .
However , I just found out , that I am pregnant again and I REALLY , REALLY want to go for a vbac .

Is the pregnancy too early for that ? I am no more than 5 weeks along , if that , so baby5 and baby6 will be about 18 months apart and if the scar has healed so well on the outside , is it a fairly safe assumption to say , that it has also healed so well on the inside ?

I usually heal very , very well anyway and I am quite tough in general .

Somebody also told me once , that if your first c/s are really long ago ( over 12 and almost 14 years ago in my case ) and you had vbac´s afterwards , you are considered like a first-time vbac ?

This really worries me , I want to have more kids in the future and I don´t have time to wait forever due to my age , so that on top of the risk of rcs , I really want to be able to pop them out the way nature intended wink1.gif

It would be awful , if the one thing , that stands in my way of that is , that I got pregnant to quickly after the last baby

dezprincesscc's Avatar dezprincesscc 06:07 PM 02-21-2011

As far as time between deliveries, it depends on the provider. I have heard anywhere from 18 months to 36 months minimum preferred in between. I have also heard of mom's VBACing with less time than that between.

MamaMem's Avatar MamaMem 06:47 PM 02-22-2011

Providers vary on "requirements". But my midwives assured me from my first post-c-section day that if I were to get pregnant right now, everythin would be healed just fine. Ones uterus heals very quickly, no matter what providers try to require

Lynann's Avatar Lynann 06:19 PM 02-23-2011

If it is any encouragement to you I'm planning to HBAC only 15 months after my unplanned c/s with my DS. This is my first VBAC, but I have a wonderful fully supportive midwife with over 10 years of experience with VBACs. She has no concerns about the pregnancy being so soon after my c/s. Even the OB at my 6wk postpartum check up said as long as we didn't get pregnant in the first 3 months there should be no issues.


I'm also hoping to have several more children and so really want to avoid any further surgeries. I don't think you should have much to worry about, other than finding a truly supportive OB or Midwife.