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Was wondering if anyone else has been through this and if they would be able to give me their pearls of wisdom!
I have a cerebral aneurysm (as well as a blood clotting problem) and have been told by my neurologist that I will most likely have a cs because pushing would put too much pressure on the artery. I want to do whatever is safest for my baby, but would really like to have a natural birth.
I would really strongly advise doing what your obstetrician advises. Giving birth is (hopefully!!) one day of your life but a bleed from your aneurysm might affect you and therefore your baby for the rest of your life. Sorry if this sounds scary - I'm sure everything will be fine - but please just do the safest thing.
Me too furball. Mine happened seven years prior to the arrival of our daughter. I had it clipped too. I delivered in Oman and the consultant was happy to allow me to labour. I needed a scrodker suture for incompetant cervix so a caesarian was necessary. My dh was concerned at the beginning about the VD and contacted the neurosurgeon who had operated on SAH. Mr Brain said it would be best for maternal and foetal health for a CS to be performed. This was a moot point following the suture anyway as CS was necessary. IMVHO, it doesn't matter how the baby enters the world, as long as it is healthy.
Unfortunately my aneurysm is fusiform so clipping is not an option (because its on both sides of the artery). The neurologist this week said I could have a vaginal birth if it was really important to me - Im due in for an MRI three months after the baby is due to see if it has changed shape, and if it has then it will be open surgery...
Although he said that, my local maternity unit is not specialised, so I think if they get wind of it then it will definitely be a cs. And the haemotologists said I can't have ventouse, forceps etc due to risk of the baby having a blood problem so I think its more or less a given thing.
Oh well, I have six months to get used to the idea, better than a sudden emergency procedure