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    So I am five 1/2 months along with our first baby. So far we are healthy, and the baby moves a LOT We go back to the doctor on Monday to see if it is a boy or girl (last time the little bugger wouldn't let us see).

    Anyway, my question is for the quad mommies out there. Did all of you have a c-section? I have been in contact with one member from here who did and had a complication afterward because of the pain. That scares me. My doctor(s) have discussed it with me, and even though we haven't made a decision, they both seem to think that if my body and the baby can handle it, I would be able to have a natural birth. They said that my muscle use, though limited, would help and that after a little while, the body just takes over contractions and does what it is supposed to do by pushing the baby out. Now, that would be if the baby isn't stressed. A c-section might be necessary if something should happen of course.

    A c-section would be faster and less stress on the baby so that option is always open to me too. I just want us both to come out of this as healthy and pain-free as we can.

    Opinions? Experiences?

    Thanks in advance.
    If there is light
    it will find
    you

    --Charles Bukowski

  • #2
    No reason to have a C-section just because you have a SCI. A vaginal delivery is possible, and with the correct care, very safe. You can always have the C-section if you run into trouble. A bigger issue is having a plan for managing autonomic dysreflexia during labor (an epidural will usually do the job). Most OBs and L&D nurses don't know the first thing about AD.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      Thanks, KLD.

      Thankfully, my MFM has had quite a few experiences with spinal injured patients so I have great confidence in her and my OBGYN. She actually mentioned AD before I did at my first appointment, and I wanted to hug her. haha. She already assured me that an epidural is in my future no matter what.

      I guess my biggest fear is the pain after the birth, no matter which option we go with, and the AD that will be associated with that. AD is all around a scary thing.
      If there is light
      it will find
      you

      --Charles Bukowski

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      • #4
        Congratulations!

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        • #5
          I had to have a c section due to both my boys being breech and staying there. I did not have any complications from it. most important thing is to get yourself moving as soon as the docs say you can. good luck for a smooth delivery for both of you!

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          • #6
            Thanks, sabmother!

            BTW we found out it is a GIRL today!
            If there is light
            it will find
            you

            --Charles Bukowski

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            • #7
              Congrats! Picked a name yet??

              (KLD)
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                Congrats! Picked a name yet??

                (KLD)
                We have. We are going to name her Reagan Renee. I bought her first tiny outfit today. It's amazing to me that something so sweet is going to be mine! I know my husband will probably make her a total tomboy, but that's okay too. As long as she is healthy and happy.
                If there is light
                it will find
                you

                --Charles Bukowski

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                • #9
                  Congrats on such wonderful news. You will have so much fun with her and the clothes alone are cute as all get out.

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                  • #10
                    How exciting for you and your husband! Best wishes!

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                    • #11
                      I not read something like this on here, but hey! Congrats! you sound excited and are putting plan together.

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                      • #12
                        Carrie , may I ask at what stage you needed foley? (if you ever needed)

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                        • #13
                          Hi,
                          C6 quad. Had a baby 7+ years ago. Vaginal delivery. She actually delivered herself. Uterine contractions work on their own. After delivery, Tylenol or Ibuprofen (can't recall which) kept AD at bay. Plus, I didn't tear, so no lasting trauma. PM me if you have any questions. Also, do a search - Emi & I have written a bit here in the past.
                          Good luck!
                          "We must become the change we want to see in the world." Gandhi

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                          • #14
                            Never needed a foley. I do have a mitronoff, luckily. Had to pee at least 15x a day (8 at night - pretty much hourly). This was a concern in case a c-section was necessary. Didn't want them cutting through my bladder. I had a urologist standing by just in case.
                            "We must become the change we want to see in the world." Gandhi

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by alissa View Post
                              Never needed a foley. I do have a mitronoff, luckily. Had to pee at least 15x a day (8 at night - pretty much hourly). This was a concern in case a c-section was necessary. Didn't want them cutting through my bladder. I had a urologist standing by just in case.
                              What is the difference between Mitronoff and having a foley? Why did yu choose Mitranoff surgery over foley? I do catheter (used to be every 4 hours) every 2-2:30 hours..Im pretty sure I would need foley IF I get pregnant

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