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To ask for an earlier c-section date?

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Writerwannabe83 · 06/07/2017 23:18

I'm currently 34 weeks pregnant with DC2 and will be having a ELCS for health reasons and I had the same when I had my son 3 years ago.

I have recently received my date for my CS and it's when I will 39+6 weeks pregnant. I'm really surprised they're practically leaving it until my actual due date as surely there's a chance I will go into labour naturally before this?

I assumed that as they don't want me to have a natural birth they'd at least try to reduce the risk of that happening by doing my CS a bit earlier than my due date?

I know I can still have a CS if I do go into labour naturally before my due date but surely a calm planned CS is preferable to a needing one in an unplanned situation?

I'm seeing my Team in two weeks time and I'm going to see if we can negotiate on the date a little.

With my DS they did me at 38+4 so I might see if they would do the same this time round....

Has anyone else had their planned CS booked for pretty much their due date and then went into labour naturally beforehand? I will admit to being nervous about this happening.

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Coastalcommand · 06/07/2017 23:38

I had my planned c section at 39+6 and didn't go into labour if it helps?


bf1000 · 06/07/2017 23:39

Both my sections were booked for 39+6 and I was a little nervous as the hospital was 1.5hrs away and I was classed as high risk if labouring. I was also during first pregnancy at risk of going into labour prematurely and all the way through I was told if you can just get to 24 weeks, then 28weeks etc. Originally I was told they would section before 37 weeks if I made it that far but then guidance changed and they like to leave sections later now due to lung development etc. At the time I was very worried as I have a condition that is high risk for pre term labour amongst other things but amazingly I luckily avoided all the risks they were concerned about.
I didn't go into labour either time and had my planed sections at 39+6

I am sure they will monitor you and if needed alter the planned date, but it is worth discussing with them at next appointment


Writerwannabe83 · 07/07/2017 07:20

Both my sections were booked for 39+6 and I was a little nervous as the hospital was 1.5hrs away

Bloody hell Shock I'm about 40 minutes away from my hospital and I thought that was bad enough Grin

With my son they initially planned to do him at 40 weeks but because I was struggling with my health they agreed to bring it forward by about 10 days.

I do understand why they leave it as close to 40 weeks as they can though, it's just a bit nerve wracking Confused

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Sparklyuggs · 07/07/2017 07:36

No harm in asking for an earlier date, especially if you are going to feel stressed and anxious about going into labour before then.


blukite · 07/07/2017 07:39

My c section was 39&2, I started having the bloody show at exactly 39 weeks so they weren't keen to leave me so late. I do think it's scary to have it so close to due date


Writerwannabe83 · 07/07/2017 07:48

I wouldn't even have a clue what thf first signs of labour are due to never having gone to a birthing ante-natal class etc.

Obviously I know about contractions but I'm guessing there's a lot more to it than that and other signs/symptoms I should now make myself aware of so I know when to call the labour ward if labour does start naturally Grin

I don't even know what the 'The show' is!!

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welshweasel · 07/07/2017 07:50

It's safer for your baby to leave it until at least 39 weeks and would therefore be unusual to schedule a section before then unless medically necessary. It's fairly likely that you've been given the first available slot after 39 weeks. No harm in asking though.

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