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Learning to Love My Body After 5 C-Sections, Pregnant With #6 – Hopeful VBAC (Stacy)

With my first daughter, conceived at 17, I was not fuller aware of the changes that would take place. I was young, ignorant to nutrition and was raised with horrible eating and activity habits. I gained almost 80 pounds and ended my long labor in a csection. My first daughter is an absolute joy, and in many ways saved my life for sure destruction. I met my husband when she was 3. We conceived about 9 months later. We have created 5 more children together (on in my belly currently), in the past 6 years. My body has undergone quite the toll. Almost continual pregnancies and breastfeeding. I am in awe of what my body is able to handle… I am sure that this most soon come to an end, mostly because I have had 5 csections. I am attempting a VBAC with this pregnancy, and if it goes well, as I have much faith and hope it will, then maybe I will be up for more children, but otherwise I think my body ready to move on to the next stage (whatever that is :) These are some pictures I took. I am currently about 18 weeks pregnant with my 6th and learning a little more each day,each pregnancy, to love and accept my body just the way it is.



Updated here, here and here.

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  • honey67641 Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 6:50 pm

    am 25 mother of 5 ive had all of my childern via c-section am about a month along with baby number 6 i dont want a c-section at all stacy if you have had your baby already did you deliver via vbac or did you have a c-section

  • Jenbabin Thursday, July 18, 2013, 9:58 pm

    @stacey…any chance you would like to share where you live? I would love to see your ob. Was he/she open to vbac or did you insist? I have always wanted to experience a vaginal birth, but instead have ended up with 5 csections!!! I would love to hear your story if you don’t mind elaborating.

  • christina Sunday, August 25, 2013, 10:57 am

    Hi! I was wondering how your vbac went? Any of the other women who had their 6th+ section in the comment thread do well? I have had 5 sections (1998,2002,2003,2005,2008) and am 4 weeks pregnant with #6 (due 5/1/2014) and scared!! There will be approx 5.5 years between my last and this one.  I had previa with #4 and my bladder got a small cut with #5.

  • christi Monday, November 18, 2013, 8:59 am

    I had two vaginasl (1993,1994) then had 5 c- sections (2004,2005,2008,2012). I am currently 4 weeks with number 8 and want to have another vaginal delivery one last time. No complications..I am blessed for all these beautiful children All of Your Children are Beautiful Blessings Everyone.

  • allison Monday, December 30, 2013, 10:11 am

    i am currently pregnant with my 6th child i have had 5csections. two in 2006 then in 2008 2010 and 2012. i would really like to have a vbac but my dr said its too risky. i would love to know how it went for you @stacy

  • Stacy Friday, January 10, 2014, 1:29 am

    I have updated my info… They are linked above. I just sent in a new update as well. I went on to have two unassisted births at home, with no previous vaginal births. Beautiful and blissful.

  • Kristina Friday, January 24, 2014, 11:08 pm

    I had my first at 18 and 3after so have had 4 c sections and pregnant now.Drs don’t want to do it that its 2high risk after 3 but I say if I had 4 just fine then this one should b ok too.I love babies and if they would stay babies and my body could handle more I would have hundreds but I will be 30 this yr and don’t think my body could handle another 1.Also its crazy our bodies look exactly the same and I think u look good but hate mine.Don’t like to look in mirror and don’t wear shorts ever.I love being pregnant and its beautiful bringing some1 into world I just hate my body afterwards and wish I could have the body back I had before kids.

  • Jessie L. Moore Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:52 am

    Feel much better knowing you can have a six baby after five csections. Im 37 yrs old had three kids with first marriage and one with my marriagd of now. Our lil one is four and we’ve been trying to have our last babyfor a year now, but no success :(.

  • melissa Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 2:47 pm

    Stacy you are sooooo inspiring i have had 5 csections also and all went well my doctor said the scar tissue was making it harder to get baby #5 out this last time, I so want more children and you give me hope , im not sure if im going to have another csection or try the VBAC, still working up the courage! :) God Bless You!

  • Evelyn Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 8:41 pm

    I just had my 3 c sec and was told that my uterus was very thin and he was able to see my daughter through it. But I really want another baby in 2 or 3 years. Does that just mean that on my next pregnancy the incision will be horizontal and not vertical???? Please advise because I really want a boy! lol

  • roxana Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:56 am

    I had 5 c-section my first when I was 16 on 2006 than 2007 next 2009 next 2010 and last 2014 my last baby is about 6 months but there’s a chance I can be pregnant again and I’m scare to have my six c-section and my question is will I die if I have my zix c-section ….???? ????????

  • Nicol e Sunday, February 15, 2015, 7:22 am

    Has anyone had 7 or more sections if so can you please share your story

  • Sonia Sunday, February 15, 2015, 6:16 pm

    I have been a labor and delivery nurse for 11 years and would never advice anyone to have that many c/s, and certainly would not want to be the nurse taking care of a patient wanting to vbac even after 2 c/s, much less 5. It’s just not worth the risk. I have seen women almost die and lose their uterus because the scaring was so bad and the uterine wall was so thin. I literally had to hand squeeze blood into these women to try to save them. I’m sorry to be so honest and don’t mean to scare u, just want u to think about your other beautiful babies. I am a mother of 4 myself and also loved being pregnant, but knew after my last pregnancy that the complications of having another baby were not worth leaving my babies without a mother. Please think this through very carefully and know that your Dr and nurses are telling u these things because we know fr personal experience how dangerous and sad these situations can be. Good luck to u and your precious family <3

  • aj soofi Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:41 pm

    I am so scared had five c sec and pregnant again three mobrush now…. I am so scared that’s all I can say I done even k ow where to go to have the baby I’m not rich and have state insurance I’m afraid they won’t care to do as good as they would with someone else. Please let me know if any of you had success just need positive feedback although I am aware of the risks, I’d just like to know I’m not alone. Help me six just want happy healthy baby girl or boy I live all my kids.

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