Is it possible for a birth to cause cervical damage that would affect future births by causing intense & prolonged transition?
My first VBAC had what was a normal seeming transition, but a stuck baby and very long pushing phase resulting in an OT baby. My second was a quick labour with only a half hour pushing, but just before that was a period of about 45 minutes of extremely intense pain. My 3rd was about an 8 hour labour, including about 1 1/2 of pushing. About 2 hours, possibly more, was such excruciating agony that I was reduced to screaming incoherantly with every, frequent contraction.
Both the second and third were a complete shock after the first one, which, while painful, never once made me feel desperate to escape or screaming in agony & terrifying my family.
I have not had any kind of exam since my post-cesarean check up with my eldest (yeah, I know, I need to get on that, but seeing a med pro causes extreme anxiety since ds1's "birth") so I don't have any way of knowing if there might be visible damage, but I was curious if it was even possible. And what the possibility might be for even worse/longer pain if I were to have another baby.
If your cervix had torn during the first birth there may be scar tissue which could cause issues with dilation next time and may result in a different, more intense pain as scar tissue is non-elastic. It's unlikely that this would be visible on examination though. Did you bleed a lot after your first birth? IME cervical tears *bleed*.
The only other thing I can think of is that your second and third babies were slightly malpositioned and were changing position during the period of intense pain.
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