On the other hand, there’s pregnancy stress fun!

Last week I had another ultrasound done because in the earlier one they found that my placenta was low-lying, and covering the cervix. In about 90% of women they find low-lying placenta, it moves up without any issue by the 30th week or so. They schedule a later ultrasound at 32 weeks just to make sure. In my case, the placenta is still low-lying; I guess I’m one of the lucky 10% or something.

Anyhow, this isn’t something that I’m worrying about health-wise. The ramifications are basically that if my placenta is covering my cervix and I go into labour, the placenta can rip and both mother and baby are at a high risk of severe blood loss. That’s pretty much not cool. To prevent that, when women have this condition (it’s called Placenta Previa) they get scheduled for a planned cesarean section about two weeks before their actual due date. A planned C-section is apparently much easier to deal with than an urgent one, I’m told.

The midwives have referred me to a specialist – an OB/Gyn here on the North Shore. I hadn’t heard from the OB’s office yet and was starting to worry a bit, but they called yesterday, leaving two messages. At first they wanted me to come in for an appointment on July 2nd, since that was the earliest urgent appointment they could make, but a second message said that the Doctor really wanted to see me sooner than that, and could I come in on Monday instead. I confirmed that Monday was fine, so I’ll have that appointment sooner rather than later. I feel better about that, although there’s a hint of worry in the back of my mind that the Doctor insisted I come in early. Maybe she’s just nice and knows that waiting an extra week and a half would suck.

I’ve told a few people about this situation (mostly work friends and some other friends) and some have asked me how I feel about a C-section. It’s not my first choice, however when the choice is C-section or death, I’m totally in support of C-section. I wouldn’t go for an elective c-section, at any rate. I’m not a hippie earth-mother type who is going to feel like less of a woman and mother somehow by not having laboured to give birth (contrary to what one might think, considering where I work.) I’m also not afraid of modern medicine, science, or operations. Generally they seem to know what they’re doing (at least the specialists do) so I’m not particularly scared of the procedure.

To be honest, overall I’m pretty calm about the whole thing. I just want to know which way things are going to go – whether I need a c-section, or whether I’ll be giving birth vaginally – so I can mentally and emotionally prepare for it.

I’m leaving this friends-only so it doesn’t get ported over to Facebook, because I don’t really feel like listening to people’s birth / c-section horror stories right now, and that’s bound to pop up if it’s a public entry.

8 Comments

  • ozreison

    June 20, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Not a mother, nor a mother-type, so no horror stories. But I get the idea that C-sections are ok and natural birth is ok. But some women take the C-section unecesarily, and that can cause problems; and some women obstinately want a natural birth, and there are times when that is going to cause serious complications. I think being able to look at it and your situation, and decide rationally which is the better option for you, is the way to go.

    Because death really isn’t a preferable option for the majority of the living, no matter what else it might mean for you. 😉

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      June 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm

      Yeah, I’m really not a fan of the death thing… 🙂

  • ashkitty

    June 20, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    I’m also not afraid of modern medicine, science, or operations. Generally they seem to know what they’re doing (at least the specialists do) so I’m not particularly scared of the procedure.

    Yep. And while medicine is always advancing and having babies used to be far more dangerous than it is now, humanity has still had quite a bit of time to become accustomed to the process. 😉

    One of my friends from high school had a planned C-section this morning. (It’s her 2nd kid, and apparently they figured out after the first one that her body wasn’t made for vaginal delivery; I don’t really remember what the details are.) It didn’t sound all that scary. Like you said, not the first choice, but better than being in danger. <3

  • jerronimo

    June 21, 2008 at 2:58 am

    That’s one thing I’ve always remembered about you… you have a severe allergic reaction to death.

    Best to avoid it if possible.

    On a serious note, we know a few people that have had planned C-Sections and everything went fine for all involved. 🙂

  • sharolyn

    June 21, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Not sure if this helps at all, but my friend just had a c-section and the whole thing went really smoothly. I think when you have the baby it ceases to matter quite so much!

    • cyn

      June 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

      also, a key thing to remember is that zillions of women have been having babies in mud huts, without clean hot water even, alone or just with one woman to help, who may or may not know what the hell she’s doing. a very high percentage of these women & their children have turned out just fine.

      you’ll be having your baby in a hospital surrounded by several well trained medical professionals with lots of experience.

      so, relatively speaking, there is absomurfly nothing to stress about here. 🙂