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Have you had two elective c-sections?

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CocoK Fri 30-Oct-09 13:14:40

I've been booked in for a second elective c-section after having had one nearly five years ago. The consultant said it could be more painful/take longer due to more scar tissue having formed from the first, and that recovery could also take longer. Was this your experience, or was it better/the same as the first time?

fishflange Fri 30-Oct-09 13:23:29

3 years between - loads better, recovery super quicker, one paracetamol suppository and off we go!
New cut was about an inch above the old one.

StephHaydock Fri 30-Oct-09 13:28:25

Yes, 3 years apart. Second one was much easier to recover from for me, as I knew what to expect. I rested much more after the last one and I healed more quickly as a result. No more pain than the first (neither were particularly painful, really).

cookinmama Fri 30-Oct-09 13:29:58

I had 11 years between my first and second and the second was 10 times better. The actual surgery took much longer (i think i was only in for about half an hour the first time and it was more like an hour the next time). Recovery wise I got permission from the doctor to drive again after 2 weeks because I recovered so fast - I do genuinely believe that it had a lot to do with the power of positive thinking and my refusal to sit and mope.

Bleatblurt Fri 30-Oct-09 13:32:18

I've had 3. Almost exactly two years between the first two and just under one year between the second and third ones. I healed much faster second and third time around. They did say that the actual op might take longer because of scar tissue but I don't think it was very much longer.

posieparksherbroom Fri 30-Oct-09 13:34:10

I've had four c-sections. Two emergency and the last two emergency. The last was 57 seconds and dc4 was whipped out by a senior registrar, healing was fine. The worst to heal was the second emergency one, but that was with a GA too.

posieparksherbroom Fri 30-Oct-09 13:35:25

Third took 37 minutes but that was because they were so quick with dc2's that they weren't careful about scar and organs getting caught.

biggirlsdontcry Fri 30-Oct-09 13:46:20

ive had two emergency c-sections 7yrs apart
the second did take a bit longer due to scar tissue & they opened up the first scar to deliver dc2 . i also had dissolvable stitches on dc2 which healed much quicker that the thread i had on dc1 .

posieparker Fri 30-Oct-09 13:51:00

c-sections....Feb 2002, May 2003, Sep 2006, Nov 2008!

CocoK Fri 30-Oct-09 20:04:51

Thanks - that's reassuring.

Highlander Sun 01-Nov-09 12:13:18

I had 2, 2 years apart, both elective. recovery exactly the same.

Knax Sun 01-Nov-09 12:17:15

Had 2, 3 years apart. Recovery the same(except of course i needed lots of help with the 3 year old as didn't just have baby to think of 2nd time round)

harimosmummy Sun 01-Nov-09 12:21:27


I've had two - 14 months apart.

If anything, I'd say the second was better / easier than the first (but I was lucky enough to be able to have the same surgeon / team who did the first and he did say that made it easier for him, because he knew exactly what was what, IYSWIM)

Both of mine were elective.

If I ever am lucky enough mad enough to have another, it will be El CS.


CocoK Sun 01-Nov-09 18:46:13

Thanks. I think the consultant gave me the spiel about all the potential drawbacks to repeat c-sections because it's hospital policy to promote VBACS. It's good to hear that it's not as risky as she made it sound.

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