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Is 38 Weeks Too Early for Scheduled C-Section?

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MOM2KATE
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2/16/06 10:53 A

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I'm glad you were able to reschedule for next week. Like I said, in my case, there wsa a reason to do it THAT week, but for you, it didn't sound like there was any reason. 39 weeks really is better than 38, especially if there is any doubt about dates! Good luck!


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2/16/06 10:29 A

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no, i had mine at 38w1d.

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2/16/06 9:59 A

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Rebecca- I haven't replied but read this thread yesterday. I am happy you rescheduled. One week can mean a lot for these babies, and no mom wants the guilt of having the baby too soon. Even if the lungs are mature the weight gain in those last weeks is important also. I hope you have an easy recovery.

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2/16/06 8:55 A

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Rebecca, that is a very good choice...If there is a true medical reason they can move it up (like no fluid for my last baby)...It's so sad when the baby is almost ready but not quite ready and has to sit in NICU.The outcome is the most important, but let me tell you the difference in pain between a c section after labor and a scheduled c section is HUGE. Also if your doc will stay away from staples (everyone is different) there are several ways they can close that top layer of skin. I have found the disolvable stitch to be the most comfie...I almost couldn't feel it. Take care and enjoy the last couple months of your pregnancy...it's over sooooo fast!


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2/15/06 8:32 P

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I am one of those, "anything but a c-section" type of people, but in your case it sounds like the right decision. I have had two big babies, and they came naturally, so even though this one will probably be big, they think I can manage it. In your case it sounds like they are just trying to avoid a labor followed by a c-section, when the odds are high you would have one anyway right? I don't trust docs much either, but like I said, it sounds reasonable to me.


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My baby was 37 weeks and 3 days but i am diabetic and the baby was 8 4 but had respiratory distress and ended up in the NICU. I had no fluid and they had to take him but if you can wait till 39 weeks I would. My last baby was not mature at 38 weeks (by amnio) and we waited till 39 and she was fine. having a baby in the nicu is very hard when you are expecting a full term healthy delivery...Also if you wait longer and your baby's head engages you may change your mind about a VBAC...It sounds like you are doubting this timing and I would go with your gut!
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2/15/06 4:40 P

 
 
Thanks, MBAUSCH! I'm so happy your baby is doing well. I don't know what I'll end up doing. I'll probably try to reschedule for week 39. I trust my Doctor somewhat, but he kind of freaks me out sometimes with his lack of concern over things. Maybe I'm just a overprotective mother - but I just want the best start for my baby. Thanks again everyone for your input.
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2/15/06 4:33 P

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Yes, my baby is doing great--absolutely no respiratory problems whatsoever. Diabetic moms can have babies whose lungs develop a week or two behind, but they felt like even if the baby's lungs were two full weeks behind, she'd still be past 36 weeks in terms of lung development. They (meaning multiple doctors at the practice) felt the risk of the low amniotic fluid outweighed the possibility that the lungs may not be fully mature.

deciding whether or not to have a c section is really tough. I had told myself I wouldn't have a c section due just because of size. If the baby was large, I'd want to try and deliver. Obviously, for me, there were other circumstances. The low fluid was worrisome, and since my cervix was not dilated or effaced at all, I realized that induction of labor would probably not be effective. turns out, the ultrasound underestimated her weight by over a pound. Kate is totally healthy. She had a little mucous at first, but other than that, has had no troubles whatsoever. I really think that a c section was the safest for my situation, even though I had been committed to a natural birth. Good luck with this decision! Go with your gut, it's usually right!


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2/15/06 2:44 P

 
 
I am actually going to be 38 weeks - 3 days. He didn't want me to go to 39 weeks - 3 days because of the possiblity of going into labor around that time. I had a 9 lb 6 oz , 24 inch baby before - and he thinks this baby is going to be large as well. MBAUSCH - is your baby OK?

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2/15/06 2:07 P

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I had a c section at 38 weeks, but that was because the amniotic fluid was low. They were actually going to do an amniocentesis to ensure lung maturity (I'm a diabetic, so my baby's lungs develop more slowly), but there wasn't enough to draw off, and my doctor strongly suggested a c section for the NEXT day because of how low the fluid was, and induction wasn't possible because I showed NO signs of being ready!! I feel totally comfortable with my decision, but there were definite reasons to do the c section that next day. For you, why not wait until week 39? Good luck.


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2/15/06 1:20 P

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i personally would wait the extra week. i mean there is a reason babies stay in that long. don't want to offend anyone or anything that's just what i would do.


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2/15/06 11:14 A

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My son was born at 38 weeks and was a little smaller but just fine! I think your doctor probably knows best.

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PURPLE_REBECCA
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2/15/06 10:54 A

 
 
He said he'd let me attempt a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section), but then proceeded to tell me about his partner that just had his patient's uterus rupture during the VBAC procedure and the baby died. Apparently she had a big baby too. I really wanted to try - because I'm in such better shape - but honestly he's scared me into not trying. Plus I have to sign this whole big waiver thing that lists all the risks to the baby and to me. I understand that part, I guess. You'll be fine. Just because a baby is long doesn't mean you won't have a successful delivery. I myself was 24 inches, my brother was 23 inches, and my sister - 6 weeks early - was 7 lbs 6 oz. and 22 inches - and my mom - who is around my size - had all three of us naturally with no complications. I just really don't trust my Doctor too much. He just sort of threw the VBAC information at me and said "it's your decision". Mike and I were like - "OK - thanks. Now what?"
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2/15/06 10:43 A

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So they aren't going to let you try this one naturally? Do you want to or is against medical advice?

They keep telling me I'm going to have a long baby because of my height and my husbands height but no word about a c-section over it. Now, they will talk about inducing if the weight appears to gain too rapidly. But, the doctor says to let things progress naturally and see what happens.

I hope that everything works out!



PURPLE_REBECCA
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2/15/06 10:41 A

 
 
Thanks for the replies. I am having the c-section because my last baby was 9 lbs 6 oz and 24 inches long - and although I'm tall, apparently my pelvis couldn't accommodate her. I progressed during labor - but - the baby went into distress and actually never even really engaged. The thing that even made me question it is because he only does them on Tuesdays - and I could have it a week later if I really wanted. However, they didn't suggest that because of the possibility of going into labor naturally.

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2/15/06 10:23 A

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The lady at my work just have a c-section at 37.5 weeks and her baby is just fine. After 37 weeks everything is in the clear. Just think you dont have to be pregnant for an extra 2 weeks or more. You are lucky. And if your doctor is the one scheduling it then it should be fine. Good luck!


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PURPLE_REBECCA
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2/15/06 8:28 A

 
 
My Doctor just scheduled me for a c-section at 38 weeks, 2 days. I am a little concerned that this is too early. If there are any other moms who have had scheduled c-sections - at what week did you have it and how did it go?


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