Ugh! I’m so confused. From the moment we decided to have another child I knew I desperately wanted a natural birth. I did the first time around as well but ended up having an emergency C section because A had stopped growing from one week to the next and also hadn’t dropped into position. The doctor tried inducing labour but I didn’t have a single contraction so that natural delivery plan went out the window.
I really battled with my C section. The pain meds made me nauseas in the hospital and I’m not sure if I was prescribed an alternative that was too mild. It took a while (over a month) for me to walk without significant pain and almost 6 months for the random painful twinges to stop. I just assumed that was normal since it was major surgery. Then my friends had babies also by C section and they were walking around like nothing happened! That’s when I knew that my experience was not the norm.
Anyway, back to my dilemma. I am really hoping for a VBAC this time because I feel (hope and pray more like) that the recovery time will be much shorter. Which is going to be needed since I also have a 3 year old to care for. BUT my doc said this can only happen if I go into labour naturally before my due date. He can’t induce me. I was fine with this plan until a few days ago. I have a keloid scar from the C section..what if I tear during labour or need an epesiotimy?? I definitely do not want a keloid scar down there. How uncomfortable. From my research (frantic google searching) it seems like a very low probability since the actual skin type is different in the vagina but it’s not impossible that a scar could form.
Do I go with the pain and recovery I know or do I take the unknown VBAC path that may have worse results…
I have my 36 week check up in a few days so I’ll discuss it with my gynae then. I’m tempted to stick to my original plan and let my body decide for me.