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Elective caesarean date?

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verytiredmummy1 Wed 06-Jul-16 17:53:11

For how many weeks pregnant was your elective caesarean booked?
I was aiming for a Vbac but have decided last ish minute to have a c section, I wasn't sure at what stage I would have this?


TransformersRobotsInDaSky Wed 06-Jul-16 17:54:15

Mine was booked for 39 weeks (6 years ago) but I went into labour early at 37 so had it then.

Alwaysinahurrynow Wed 06-Jul-16 21:18:04

It's highly unlikely to be before 39 weeks unless there is medical need due to the guidelines (presume RCOG?).

I had my consultant appointment a few weeks ago and it's still be scheduled for 39 plus 2 as that's the first weekday after 39 weeks despite my first two labours starting spontaneously at 38+1 and 39 weeks.

SweepTheHalls Wed 06-Jul-16 21:20:46

I was really surprised to be given my due date. I campaigned really hard for an earlier date but they weren't having any of it!

HopperBusTicket Wed 06-Jul-16 21:23:54

Yes mine was booked for 39 weeks. I think that's standard as the likelihood of the baby having trouble breathing is reduced but you probably won't go into labour spontaneously before then. I had said throughout the pregnancy that I wanted an ELCS after having a caesarean with my eldest (at 38 weeks as it happens) but it wasn't until 36 weeks that it was formally agreed by the consultant and he booked the date - offered me a choice in fact. I told him I could do any day as it wasn't like I'd be doing something more important ...

Doje Wed 06-Jul-16 21:26:19

I aimed for a vbac, but said I would go to 42 weeks, and if still nothing would go for c section.

I got to 41 weeks and was so fed up said "I'll take that section now please!" and had it a couple of days later.

My point being, you don't have to make up your mind yet!

mrsnoon Wed 06-Jul-16 21:28:26

38+6 and 39+2.
Both booked shortly after 20 weeks.

WellErrr Wed 06-Jul-16 21:28:51

Mine's currently booked for nearly 41 weeks because they had no spaces beforehand due to a slight cock up.

Third section. I'm not too bothered as I'm fairly sure its my last and it will be exciting to get the fun of looking out for labour etc. Although I live over an hour from hospital so I'm sure I'll be stressing nearer the time!

WellErrr Wed 06-Jul-16 21:29:41

No one thought to book mine until 32 weeks (despite my querying it...!) so that's why it's so late.

AbbeyRoadCrossing Wed 06-Jul-16 21:33:18

As others have said from 39 weeks onwards to help with baby's lungs.
Mine was at 39+4
Regarding vbac - it can be discussed with your consultant. Some women wait and see if anything happens naturally but go for elcs rather than be induced so will have the section at 41 ish weeks. Depends on what's agreed.

PennyPinwheel Wed 06-Jul-16 21:33:25

My baby was breech. I had an appointment booked with the consultant to discuss the elective section at 38+2 but my waters broke and I ended up with an EMCS at 38+1!

SansaClegane Wed 06-Jul-16 21:44:23

My ELCS was booked for 40w (due date), I think we set the actual date quite late (36w?) but it was agreed in the 1st trimester to have an ELCS.
With my middle DC I booked the c/s for 42w, at 41w. I wanted to (and did) try for a VBAC but consultant insisted on having a c/s date booked, so I chose a very late one, thinking I'd go into labour before it came to that (I did, only to end up with a crash section, but that's another story!).

There's no hard and fast rules - it all depends on you and the hospital / consultant, though likely not before 39w due to reasons mentioned by PPs.

YorkieDorkie Wed 06-Jul-16 21:47:25

I had mine booked the day before my due date.

Batboobs Thu 07-Jul-16 04:06:33

My last one 38w4d, this one 39w2d

Namechangenora40 Sun 10-Jul-16 09:58:48

Mines booked for 38+6

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MadrigalElectromotive Sun 10-Jul-16 10:11:01


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Doingitover Sun 10-Jul-16 12:36:53

Mine is booked for 39 weeks (Thursday this week eek).
My last one was emergency c after failed induction.

Metalhead Sun 10-Jul-16 20:02:46


Nottalotta Mon 11-Jul-16 09:35:01

38+6, a Friday. Didn't get the date til about ten days before though.

wonkylegs Mon 11-Jul-16 09:38:28

Mine was booked in for 39wks but was brought forward at my 37wk appointment (go home and get your things and we'll get this baby out)
My hospital only book earlier than 39wks for medical need.

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