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40+5 cervix closed, vbac looking less and less likely

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Kmoggy Wed 24-Aug-16 20:01:16

Hi, I'm hoping for a vbac

Kmoggy Wed 24-Aug-16 20:03:47

Oops sorry lol!
Anyway hoping for vbac but tried for sweep today and I was told the chamce of me going into natural labour soon is highly unlikely! I'm devastated as I really don't want another section. They won't induce me due to rupture risk. Has anyone had this before and how long will they leave me to labour naturally before making me have a section??

emmabrown123 Thu 25-Aug-16 02:04:42


I'm too hoping for a VBAC with this birth. Had a sweep at 40+1 and cervix was closed.

Saw consultant at 40+8 who tried again - cervix was soft and 1cm dilated. Have been having contractions since the sweep but not regular or established yet (now 40+10)

My trust will induce but will only break your waters and try the syntocin (spelling?) drip for a maximum of 6 hours. They are waiting till 40+12 for this to give me the best chance. My consultant explained there was very little difference in chance of scar rupture between natural labour and labour where waters broke artificially so might be worth asking about this. The risk does increase slightly with the syntocin drip but this is minimal.

The method of induction they like to avoid is use of a pessary - risk of scar rupture increased to something like 1 in 100 with that.

Hope that helps!

Kmoggy Thu 25-Aug-16 07:36:10

Yeah thanks for that... I'm seeing my own consultant tomorrow to discuss a plan. As far as I'm aware she is very pro natural so might give me all other options first!
I have twins who have just turned 1 so don't want section for that reason plus my last section wasn't a great experience so just want to have my baby naturally as this is my last one.
Hopefully your labour progresses for you tho and u get vbac successfully!

Mummyme87 Thu 25-Aug-16 08:49:16

maybe ask about balloon induction? Some places offer that for VBACs. Don't give up. Try lots of nipple stimulation, sex if you can face it and keep occupied. Fingers crossed for you

Kmoggy Thu 25-Aug-16 11:22:56

Yeah I think I read about that somewhere.. Is that like a catheter type thing? Fingers crossed! My last birth with twins was 3 failed inductions so beginning to think my body doesn't want to let go of babies!!

Mummyme87 Thu 25-Aug-16 11:40:57

But I suspect your induction with twins was a lot earlier... Maybe 37/38weeks?
Yes balloon is a catheter put in to your cervix. They fill the cervix balloon with about 50ml fluid and a balloon in your vagina also with another 40/50ml. The idea is the balloon mechanically stretches open your cervix enough to break your waters. Not everywhere does this however. Some places also use a pessary for induction but with the increased risk of scar rupture

Tiredandtorn Thu 25-Aug-16 15:38:22

I went to 40+16 as I refused another c-section. Had a fantastic vbac, at home, as a result.

I'm sure you know this, but be aware that you don't have to do as they say. The best advice I could give is to do your research and ask a lot of question. I was so, so surprise at how many more options were suddenly available once they realised I'd done some home work about what can be done!

Another option is to give an Indepent midwife a call, I had one of these incredible women looking after me so I know from chatting to her that they will often give impartial advice for free on the phone x x rooting for you OP!! X

Kmoggy Fri 26-Aug-16 09:50:40

Oh really?? That's optimistic. I'm seeing consultant today so feeling hopeful after hearing all your stories!

Kmoggy Sat 27-Aug-16 18:08:53

Quick update. My consultant suggested leaving me till 14 days past and booked c section. She did however state that if I wanted to refuse that Nxt fri then I could but that there was no guarantee after that baby would be ok.. She said I'd need to be monitored. So she suggested me some homeopathic medicine and acupuncture to try in meantime

Tiredandtorn Sat 27-Aug-16 20:11:29

That's very positive! 👍🏼 I had a placenta scan on day 14 of being overdue. It was all looking very healthy still (+ perfect ova of baby and me) so she was happy to leave me a few more days. My due date was always under question with my dates (AF and ovulation) not matching the scan dates so given the quality of the placenta they started believing I knew my body better than a scan could.
Do Google post term (past 42 weeks) pregnancies - lots of food for thought x

Tiredandtorn Sat 27-Aug-16 20:12:07

Perfect obs, not ova... 😳

Kmoggy Sat 27-Aug-16 20:38:59

Yeah I wondered if my dates were out as this was an accident so I was unaware of dates and my periods hadn't regulated after my last pregnancy as only 3 months after twins born! I'm feeling better about it all now.. Been googling it already and consultant was very pro natural, defo doesn't want to force anything medically! Felt that even although she had to say leave me to 14 days she was off the record saying that if all ok to go past that she would be ok with that too but obv she can't recommend that due to nhs policy

Tiredandtorn Sat 27-Aug-16 21:53:14

Exactly the impression I got from my consultant too! She even said that she wished she was allowed to attend home births so she could see it all through with me!! She didn't even try to encourage me to give up at 42 weeks, just looked at the scan and happily let me go home. There a really good blog called 'midwife thinking' that had a good article on it, giving all perspectives - will see if I can find it x

Tiredandtorn Sat 27-Aug-16 22:04:19

Sometimes interesting reading here - my midwife sent me this to read when I was getting seriously late to help me weigh up my options. It's long, but the paragraphs titled 'postdates' might help you x

Kmoggy Sun 28-Aug-16 10:50:54

Thanks really interesting! I'm not sure but I think I may be in pre labour just now. Been called contracting since about 4 am and feeling them getting stronger now but hospital don't seem to concerned just now. Pain tho where babies head is ouchhhh..

Tiredandtorn Sun 28-Aug-16 16:35:20

Ooooo!! So excited for you! Do let us know when you're feeling up to it! Sending you positive vibes!!! X x x

Kmoggy Fri 02-Sep-16 20:57:54

Well I wasn't in real
Labour it was latent that went on sundaythurs. I was induced yesterday but failed to dilate past 2cm so ended up with emcs at 9 last night! Was gutted initially until my lil one was born and found out he was 9.9llb then my vagina smiled smugly. My surgeon said that there was no way even fully dilated he was being born any other way as his head wasn't lined up to cervix but into my pubic bone instead. So every contraction was just pushing him into pelvis not cervix

conkerpods Sat 03-Sep-16 00:19:08

Congratulations on your new baby!
I also had two CS (I didn't dilate either).
Felt much more positive about it all the 2nd time,recovery was also easier.

Tiredandtorn Sat 03-Sep-16 17:07:06

Congratulations!!! So happy for you! Xx

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