R.M. asks from Trenton, NJ on February 12, 2010
I am preparing for my first child. He is due March 6. I just found out that i might have to have a c-section because i have an std but they are not sure since i havent had my second exam. i was wondering if i do have to have a c-section will it be performed before my due date or shoukd it be the same day
J.R. answers from Dallas on February 15, 2010
I've had 3 c-sections and my last two were each done 10 days before my due date. They usually want to do them a week to a week and a half before your due date so that you don't go into labor on your own.
M.W. answers from St. Cloud on February 12, 2010
When they schedule c-sections each doc has their own preference. My friends that had them (the 2nd time around) had to schedule them WITHIN THEIR LAST WEEK before the due date. One wanted to do 2 weeks before but the doc wouldn't unless she did an amnio to make sure the babys' lungs were fully developed.
If the doc recomends one to protect the baby, I'd do it.
A.B. answers from New York on February 13, 2010
Just ask your doc but unless your STD causes a complication in some way there would be no need to do it earlier unless there is some schedule conflict. As a side note and I don't want to get personal but if your STD is herpes, unless you have an outbreak at time of delivery, you can have a natural birth. My BFF had two kids naturally and no problems. Best of luck and congrats!
K.H. answers from Washington DC on February 12, 2010
They usually do it around your due as they don't want to risk you going into labor , they may schedule for the week before.
Y.O. answers from New York on February 13, 2010
Congrats on your upcoming family blessing!
One word: RESEARCH
Frankly, if you had your heart &(body) set on having natural & vaginal birth, then you should speak to your OB/midwife about this "possible" STD, since you have 3 weeks ahead of you he/she should recommend suppression therapy (taking the antidote/meds) so that you may go "au naturel" after all.
I've heard from a few friends that have had C-sections and they have usually been scheduled for it at least a week prior due date.
Best of luck!
J.C. answers from New York on February 15, 2010
I'd wait to see what the dr. suggests, have a frank and open conversation, do same research and then make your decision. Let's face it, a vaginal birth is safer than a c-section unless you and your doctor make an informed decision to take the other route. And then, he/she will basically tell you the date of the surgery. Planned c-sections are usually i the early AM on specific days. Good luck - enjoy your new baby!!
M.M. answers from San Francisco on February 12, 2010
My Doctor's preference was to schedule before my due date (we agreed on four days before) so that hopefully I didn't go into labor- If you go into labor then it becomes more of an emergency situation. My biggest peice of advise- try and avoid scheduling on a Friday- being in the hospital over the weekend was not the best plan... My c-section was super easy and my recovery was much quicker then some of my friends with vag deliveries- esp if they tore... Being able to plan and prepare really helps.
L.O. answers from Denver on February 12, 2010
I would certainly research. c sections ar major abdominal surgery. Its hard emotionally on the mama and there can be a whole lot of complications for the mama and the baby. Our countries c section rate is through the roof and its rising. Do lots of your own research and talk to other mom s who may have had similar experiences. Just remember going through labor is like a mother being born. Its very traumatizing if you can forego the c section at all, i would. Praying for you mama!