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Sunday, February 20th 2011, 2:36pm

Twins and elective c-section

Hi everyone, I'm probably going to have an elective c-section with my twins. I've been told 38 weeks but am worried they'll come earlier. (I also have obstectric cholestasis, which means the hospital want to deliver at 37-38 weeks anyway.) The reason I'm going for the c-section is that one consultant said it would be safer for the babies, especially the second one. Anyone going for an elective c-section or had one? If so, can you tell me how many weeks you will be/were or what you've been advised on this?

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Sunday, February 20th 2011, 3:50pm

Mrs C had an elective C-Section.
Bang on 38weeks.

We had decided early on and the doctors were very supportive, we only had 1 consultant that was anti elective section.

Ultimately, it's your decision and Mrs C felt she didn't need the "natural" way, she just wanted the babies out in the safest and quickest way for them.

Mrs Cs fear was natural for the first and then still needing the CSection, so why not have both by section.

Good luck on your journey and remember, it's your choice :)
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Sunday, February 20th 2011, 4:15pm

Thanks, Mr C. I feel the same as Mrs C really. I know some women have their twins naturally but it worries me so much that the second one may get distressed and I'll need an emergency section anyway. I should find out this week the date. Did Mrs C have a twin specialist performing the op? This is something else I want to ask about. Cathy :)
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Sunday, February 20th 2011, 4:42pm

No, not a "twins" specialist as such.

They do put 2 midwives, 2 paediatricians etc plus 2 anethastists to monitor you along with various other people.
They really us at ease during the procedure and Mrs C came away feeling that she had made the right choice.

I do suggest you talk about it with your registrar/consultant etc, but like I say, its YOUR choice, they are there to help and guide.

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Sunday, February 20th 2011, 8:51pm

Thanks, Mr C. I haven't yet met the twin specialist at the hospital where I'm having the babies. I would like to see him. Congrats on your babies and their safe arrival! Cathy :)
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Monday, February 21st 2011, 11:46am

Hi Cathy, I'm planning on a C section at 38 weeks. At 1st I wanted to try natural but after thinking things through further I've decided on a section. They would induce me at 38 weeks anyway and if that doesn't work straigt away both myself and Dh would be exhausted. At least with a section we can plan better and that way be more alert once the babies arrive. But as Mr C says its your choice! Good luck xxx
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Monday, February 21st 2011, 1:35pm

Hi Cathy,

I had an elective c-section too, although I didn't have a choice as twin 1 was breech (I would have opted for it anyway). I had it at 37w 4d although was being monitored closely from 32 weeks as twin 1's growth slowed.

I can fully recommend it, I was sooooo scared (and I mean sobbing hysterically for days before!) but on the day it was the most relaxed and painless experience. The spinal anaesthetic didn't hurt at all (odd feeling, but not painful) and the removal of the babies just felt like someone washing large pots up inside my abdomen :snigger: We were chatting away to all the theatre staff, presented with our beauties and chose the names as I was being stitched back up. Recovery was not as bad as I thought (lap and dye far worse!) and all in all I have no regrets at all.

I also didn't have a specialist/consultant in the room - I had a very experienced registrar who did the section. I hear this is often better as registrars do far more of them on a regular basis!!

Wishing you lots of luck whichever decision you make :xxx3:


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Monday, February 21st 2011, 4:00pm

Dear Ellabella and Moonshine, thanks Ellabella - I think I'm with you on this and will go for a c-section I've weighed everything up - age, twins, ivf - and it seems the best option for me.

Moonshine, many thanks for telling me about your positive experience of your c-section! It is a bit scary but the staff at the hosp are great and I think I'll be less nervous than if I had a natural birth.

Good luck Ellabella with the birth! Let me know how you get on.

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Thursday, February 24th 2011, 9:53pm

I had an elective c section that ended up being emergency. I was encouraged to go for an elective after 38 weeks and the consultant was being quite sniffy about me wanting a c section, despite the fact that twin 2 was breech. He also wanted me to hang on until 38 weeks. I ended up being diagnosed with pre-enclampsia at 36+5 when I went in for my pre op and was sectioned the next day.

I can honestly say this was a brilliant way to birth as like Mrs C, birth felt like a means to an end, I just wanted my babies and not the experience. My C section was calm, amusing (yes, I even joked with the team) and I felt totally safe in the hands of such a big team of professionals. My recovery was also really quick and I was only in real pain for a couple of days. I would totally recommend a c section if you aren't that bothered about the birth experience thing.
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Sunday, February 27th 2011, 11:21am

Dear Aramass, thanks for telling me about your very positive experience of a c-section. It makes me feel a lot more confident that I'm making the right choice. It seems to be quite common for twin births to end up being c-section anyway that I think I might as well go with this from the start. My main concern is the babies' safety and I think this is probably the best option from that point of view. Will let you know how I get on!
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Sunday, February 27th 2011, 12:56pm

Hi Cathy, I opted for a c section when I had my daughter last year! I had PGD treatment and they would not allow me to go past my due date. They would induce me but I felt that if it didnt work I would be shattered and then need to have emergency section which would be mega stressfull. I asked for a planned section and I can honestly say it was the best decision I made. My daughter was born safely and my husband and I were able to enjoy the experience. My recovery was fine and was allowed home 2 days later. If I am ever lucky enough to have another child I know I will go with a section again. At the end of the day all we want is our babies safely with us, God knows we have waited long enough for them! Good luck xxxxxxx
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Sunday, February 27th 2011, 1:31pm

Hi Cathy

I also had obstectric cholestasis. My hopsital tried to induce me at 37w 2d twice but it didn't work so I asked for a c-section. They didn't seem too happy and asked if I would give induction another go but by then I was just desperate to get them out. The itching was unbearable and I had been in hospital for 5 days already with high blood pressure. To be honest I was petrified of labour and like you was worried I would end up with emergency c-section anyway. In the end I had a c-section at 37w 4d and it really wasn't too bad at all. I was scared when I first went into the theatre but the spinal doesn't hurt and you can't feel anything until the next day. Yes there was some pain but not as bad as I thought it would be, you can get up to go to the toilet and shower etc, within a week or so I felt fine. The only thing they didn't tell me about and I suppose naively didn't think of was I had a lot of bleeding (TMI) when I first stood up it came flooding out!! Apparently completely normal but frightened me as I wasn't warned I assumed you wouldn't bleed with a c-section!!!

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Sunday, February 27th 2011, 3:03pm

Thanks, Natalie and JoJo. I'm scared too, Natalie, about the op but, like you say, we just want the babies to be safe. Thanks, JoJo, for the advice about bleeding. Yes, I hadn't thought about that! At the moment the hospital is planning the operation - no date yet - at 38 weeks, so I wouldn't be too surprised if things get moving naturally before anyway. The registrar reassured me that I could still have the c-section anyway if that does happen. I still want to learn about labour etc. just in case but should find out when the op is going to be. I may get back to you with more questions!

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Sunday, February 27th 2011, 3:53pm

Hi Cathy, I had an elective c section last year as both my babies were breech. But I have a feeling the consultant would have advised a c section anyway. I can understand you being scared but giving birth naturally must be (I'm guessing) scary too!
I also wanted to reassure you that the spinal didn't hurt for me either, and I didn't feel anything other than a bit of tugging and rummaging when they took the babies out. I had an amazing anaethetist and consultant in theatre who I had every faith in to make sure the babies and I were safe. It's amazing the number of people in theatre too, but they were all the other side of the screen so I didn't see them (DH told me they came to watch!). Although I would love to know what giving birth naturally feels like I am so grateful that the babies were safe and the staff at the hospital were ready for them. They arrived at 36 weeks and very small.
I'm sure your op will go smoothly and you will be so excited about meeting your babies, it truly is a wonderful experience. All the best x

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Monday, February 28th 2011, 2:14pm

Thanks, Ros. That's a lovely story! Yes, I'm feeling very excited about the babies' arrival. Just feeling a bit anxious that all will go well, but I MUST stop googling. Cathy xxx
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Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 5:49pm

Hi Cathy

I didn't have a preference throughout the pregnancy but then started to have fears about having one naturally and then a c-section for the second. I finally decided I was going to ask for an elective c-section as i felt it would be safer for me and the babies. As it happens I developed pre-eclampsia and the the babies were breach and had stopped growing so i had to have a c-section at 34wk+2days. Truthfully i was petrified and was a nervous wreck the day of the procedure. I was physically shaking like a leaf. However the theatre staff were absoloutely fantastic and the anaesthesia staff were superb and put my mind at ease and honestly after I was given the spinal i said, good god was that it, all that worry and i never felt it. The op itself was bizarre, just a lot of tugging but not pain. I still got the babies plonked on my chest and just remember me and my husbands tears of joy!!! 5 weeks on my scar is fab and my tummy has nearly gone. There is some recovery involved from a major op but thats part and parcel and a natural birth has its own drawbacks so I really wouldn't worry. I'm sure everything will go smoothly so best of luck!!!!! xxx

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Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 12:18pm

Thanks, Geordie. Yes, it's a bit scary, isn't it? I can't see myself making it to the date they've given me for the op as the bump is getting so heavy but crossing my fingers. The hosp have said that even if I go into labour now, if it isn't too quick, then I would still have a c-section. Getting v. excited about the birth but very nervous for the health of the babies. Cathy xxxx
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Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 10:50am

Hi Cathy, I had planned to go for a natural birth as both twins were head down but when the Drs decided to deliver me at 36+6 I basically didn't have a choice, they wanted to do a C-section and I would really had to have begged to be induced. The C-section was fine, although I was absolutely petrified, as I am lucky enough never even having had to stay overnight in hospital let alone have an operation before that. I was hysterically sobbing all over the mid-wife while having the spinal, and a bit overwhelmed by the number of people in the room once that was done, but then calmed down. Then DH was allowed in and it all started, and after telling the Drs I didn't want to know what they were doing I proceded to give DH a run-down on everything that was going on, 'someone's pushing on my foot', 'ooh, I think they're pulling the first one out' etc.. I was shocked how much pain I was in afterwards though, I had a painkilling shot to be able to move to the bathroom the first time or I would have passed out and been sick. Afterwards I only had ibuprofen (all I was allowed because of BF), and was off it by about day 4 although I was still moving carefully and slowly. Oh I might add that when I stayed still there was no pain at all! But I recovered really well and quickly and ended up being glad I had a C-section. The babies didn't suffer at all from the shock of being whipped out, and my milk came in fairly quickly too. I'm glad I had the choice made for me in the end!


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Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 2:32pm

Thanks for sharing your story with me Claire! I've had a general before for a laparoscopy and know now that I can be sick afterwards, so I think they'll give me anti-sickness meds. Interesting that they only gave you ibuprofen after the op! That must have been tough. One of my babies - the 'following' twin, so 2nd one out:) - has gone breech, but because the 'lead' baby is still head down I could still elect for a natural birth but I'm pretty set on this now. Will be very nervous and excited on the day! It's good to hear that your babies arrived safe and well and weren't too cross at being disturbed :sleeping: Cathy xxx
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Tuesday, April 12th 2011, 1:16pm

I too am having elective c section with my twins on 19th May.

I am quite scared about it. I think it is really the unknown. I have been assured that it is what is best for the babies due to difficulties that can arise in ID twin deliveries.

Sooooo nervous but excited at the same time x



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