|(Justin never smiles for pictures)|
Here's what I asked her:
When I get pregnant again do I need to stop breastfeeding my son?
Since my son was born via c-section, does that mean I'm destined to always have c-sections from here on out?
What is the likelihood of having PROM (premature rupture of membranes) again?
She said I could continue breastfeeding throughout my pregnancy and could even tandem nurse once new baby is here! I don't see myself tandem nursing, but who knows, I'm just glad she is supportive of it if we do decide to continue into pregnancy.
She said she would like to see me try for a VBAC since we want a large family, so long as things progress normally, especially if the next baby is looking smaller than Calvin was (Calvin was 8 lbs 6 oz when he was born at 37 weeks, so who knows how big he would have grown if he went those extra couple weeks and he was gaining about .5 lbs per week in the last few weeks).
And she essentially said PROM was a fluke and not to assume it would happen again. She did say they would monitor things more next time around just in case it happens again, but not to worry about it. The high risk doctor who did my c-section with Calvin had told me I'd have a 1 in 4 chance of it happening again. With Justin and I wanting four kids, we just hoped that Calvin was that 1 in 4 and we're safe!
So I heard everything I wanted to hear. I'm so glad I got these issues out of the way before trying for baby #2. I cried at the hospital when they decided it was time for a c-section. I was terrified of the idea of having to have four c-sections! I am so glad my doctor is giving me the opportunity to try again next time! Of course, anything can happen, but I'm just glad to have this worrisome weight lifted off my shoulders now! :)
I've had baby fever for a few months now, but we decided we wanted to wait to avoid having a baby around the holidays. And with the chance of having PROM again and baby perhaps coming earlier than anticipated, we essentially have put in a two month buffer, so we are shooting for a February or later due date.
And my period returned just in time! I was very worried about that. I thought it would come down to having to choose breastfeeding or conceiving baby #2. We are very fortunate that my period returned right around 9 months, so we have a few cycles for my body to hopefully regulate a little before we get to start trying.
And we can't wait to start trying for baby #2! Mr. Calvin is growing up so fast. Seriously. He took 9 steps last night. Nine! He's not a baby anymore! I'm both so excited and so saddened by his upcoming birthday (May 27). So many mixed emotions here in this momma!
Thanks for reading!