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Old Jun 15th, 2013, 11:26 AM   1
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An older gal wanting to TTC #2 after a c-section...


My daughter is 3 months old, and was born via a planned C-section, due to a marginal placenta previa that just wouldn't move up and out of the way of the cervix. I turn 35 next month, and have already expressed to my doctor that we'd like to try for #2 at some point when it's safe, and we've been told that due to my age, it'll be safe to begin trying once our daughter is a year-old, which will be next March, rather than waiting a full 18 months.

I keep reading things online about C-sections causing secondary infertility issues, and people being rendered infertile after having the surgery. I know a lot of women do go on to conceive again, but my DH and I had struggled with infertility in the first place, and had also suffered from recurrent miscarriages. With the help of a lot of time, and Clomid, we finally had a rainbow baby...

My question is this:

How many of you are older gals, and have conceived after a primary C-section? Was it more difficult to conceive #2, or easier? Any issues with the second pregnancy?

Thanks in advance, and I apologize if this is something that has been brought up repeatedly. We are so thankful to have our little girl, but having just one more would truly complete our family...I guess if it happens, it happens, and if not, we are still so blessed.



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2013, 14:43 PM   2
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I've never heard anything about c-sections causing infertility..
anyway, i was 30 when i had my daughter by EMCS and i fell pregnant 3 months later (one time, no birth control whoopsie) so it certainly didn't affect my fertility
It took 5 months NTNP to conceive my daughter so i'm afraid i don't have any fertility issues and have never suffered a loss.

By the way, i wouldn't say 34 was old



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2013, 16:32 PM   3
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No, normally I don't feel old at all, but reproductively speaking, most medical practitioners refer to pregnancy after 35 as "advanced maternal age"...lol.

Yeah, I do know of a lot of women who have become pregnant immediately following a C-section...it seems as though most of them are fertile turtles, around the age of 25! LOL!

I never knew about C-sections being cited as a possible reason for secondary infertility, but...Dr. Google brought up several articles about this. It's really kind of discouraging, but as I said earlier, we are so lucky to have Hannah, that if it CAN'T happen again, as least we are parents to her. That in and of itself was a miracle for us!



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2013, 16:36 PM   4
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DD1 was born by emergency section when I was 34, she was conceived on the second month of trying after 17 years on the pill. I was advised that sections can cause secondary infertility, but my understanding is that this happens occasionally after 1 section and is much more likely to happen after multiple sections (when I was fighting to have a VBAC with DD2 they kept asking me if it was because I wanted more children that I wouldn't consent to the elective section).
DD2 was conceived at the first attempt and delivered by elective section when I was 37, so no problems for me.



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2013, 16:38 PM   5
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Wow, Disco! I hope I'm as lucky as you! That's definitely encouraging.



 
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Old Jun 16th, 2013, 10:55 AM   6
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I had ds1 by emergency c section when I was 32 and fell pregnant with ds2 when ds1 was 9 months old. Had ds2 again by emergency c section when I was 34 after a failed attempt at vbac. It had taken over a year for me to get pregnant with ds1 and ds2 was a one time with no birth control baby.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 10:58 AM   7
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Lovin' the encouragement, ladies. It lets me know that it's POSSIBLE, and that we may be good to go having a 2nd child. I've kind of always been the statistical outlier when it comes to reproductive things...I was in the small percentage of women to get pregnant while ON the BCP (1st pregnancy, ended in miscarriage), then after my second pregnancy was lost (a Clomid baby), I was in the mere 1% of women to have 2 consecutive losses. Once I became pregnant with Hannah, all was normal until a marginal placenta previa was discovered, and I was told in 90% of cases, they move up and out of the way by full-term, and I could safely vaginally deliver. Well, it never happened, and I was in the lousy 10% of women whose slight previa didn't correct itself, hence the need for the C-section. I'm really, really glad I had the C-section, and while the recovery was rough, the surgery itself was easy (although it was planned...I've heard emergency C-sections can be terrifying).

So, naturally, I expect to be in the small % of women who are rendered infertile after their C-section, and who cannot conceive again. I also worry about having more miscarriages, or being in the small % of women who experience a uterine rupture...

Yes, I'm paranoid and anxious. It was the hallmark of my entire pregnancy...I thank God that outside of the previa, the rest of pregnancy was fairly uneventful, and she's here, healthy and fine.

I guess what will be will be...I don't plan to begin trying for #2 until March of next year, when Hannah turns a year old, so I have quite a bit of time to just relax, take care of myself, and enjoy NOT TTC. I don't know about the rest of you, but TTC was SUCH a difficult stressful time, that it's really nice to just have baby time, and kick my feet up, and not really have to think about it a whole lot.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 11:08 AM   8
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I don't have much knowledge on the subject but I wanted to add that I have never heard of waiting 18 months after a section to get pregnant again. I know lots of women who got pregnant again almost immediately afterwards and were just fine. I have a friend who just had baby #2 weeks ago at the age of 39 and she got pregnant with her 3 months after having baby #1 via c-section.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 11:13 AM   9
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Yeah, it's actually the most common recommendation, Tiffy. I didn't know this until a few days ago, but the general recommendation for women having a vaginal delivery is 18-24 months as well! And we all know lots of folks don't follow that one...

But, when C-sections are spaced too closely together, while the risk is still small, it significantly increases the risk for uterine rupture among other complications for surgeries that occur less than a year apart. I know plenty of women that become preggo again fairly soon after a C-section...and while it happens, and the majority of ladies are fine, it is risky...and it's simply a chance I'm not willing to take. If I accidently get pg over the next few months, well...oops, but yay, if you catch my drift! LOL!



 
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while it happens, and the majority of ladies are fine, it is risky...and it's simply a chance I'm not willing to take. If I accidently get pg over the next few months, well...oops, but yay, if you catch my drift! LOL!
I completely understand.

I'm a little disappointed hearing this news as I am almost 33 years old about to have a c-section and if we decide to have another baby I wanted to have it before I turned 35.



 
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