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    Is it better to give birth vaginally or have a cesarean? for IC'ers? Does the symptoms of IC get worse after child birth?

  • #2
    I would ask your uro and gyn which would be better because of your IC. I didn't have IC when I had my son but I had a C-section and I don't see why anybody would choose that if they are able to have a vaginal birth. The recovery time is so much more when you have a C-section and you are so sore. I wish I could have had a vaginal birth, that's what I really wanted, but my son was wayyyyy to big for me.

    I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
    1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
    2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
    I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

    I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

    Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
    Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus


    • #3
      I've heard from some women on this board that their ic symptoms have gotten worse since giving birth. I'm still young so I cant tell you from personal experience. But i'm glad you asked that question for my future knowledge!

      Dance like no one is watching
      Love like you've never been hurt
      Live today like it's your last

      Dxd with IC in June '06


      • #4
        I had both my sons vaginally with no problems- in fact I had quick easy labors and deliveries . My IC got better during pregnancy and while I was nursing- it was when I stopped nursing that it became out of control.


        • #5
          I was the same I gave birth 3 times vaginally and had no problems with pregnancies. It was when I stopped nursing each time that my problems with IC started again.


          • #6
            I wouldn't know for sure, as I ended up having a c-section. If it were up to me, I wish I had the vaginal delivery for many reasons! For a couple of weeks after the c-section, I had trouble telling if I had to pee because I had some loss of nerve function in my lower abdomen. I would only feel a sensation of pressure once my bladder became very distended - there would not be any actual urge to go. I ended up having a low-grade UTI as a result. That has since improved, although I still do have some loss of nerve function on the skin of my lower abdomen (around the incision) and left hip.

            "You must be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

            "The most important medicine is tender love and care" - Mother Teresa

            Proud mother of Ahleia, born on April 9, 2007

            Diagnosed with:
            IC, OAB, Congenital urethral stricture, IBS, Vulvar vestibulitis, Heart murmur, Congenital cervical stenosis...but otherwise doing great!

            Currently in remission, but took the following for 3 years: Elmiron 200 mg., Elavil 25 mg., Detrol LA 4mg, Ovcon-35

            Health treatments/practices:
            Kripalu yoga, Chiropractic, Massage therapy and Reiki


            • #7
              IC or not, it's ALWAYS better to have a vaginal delivery if it's possible. C-sections are major surgery and it takes much longer to heal. It's harder to care for that new baby when you get home, too.
              *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
              *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
              *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

              Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

              04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.


              • #8
                My experience was that as soon as I stopped breastfeeding the flares came back. But my IC was non existant while pregnant and breastfeeding. Now, if only there were a drug that could make my body think its 5 months pregnant all the time...
                Last edited by saptree; 06-16-2007, 02:25 PM. Reason: typo
                "You can stand me up at the gates of Hell, but I Won't Back Down."
                -Tom Petty


                • #9
                  c sections are rough to recover from I have had 3 but with IC it was much worse. My IC was so out of control by then though I don't know how much more could have ruined my bladder either.


                  • #10
                    If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, I would recommend that if you and your OB agree to try a vaginal delivery to hire a doula. A doula is a labor companion who can provide support to you and your spouse/birth partner, and studies have shown that women who go through labor with a doula experience less pain and have quicker labors. Doulas are trained in various relaxation techniques such as massage, reflexology and guided meditation, which can ease anxiety and stress, allowing you to go through the labor process with more comfort and confidence. This is especially helpful for any woman with pelvic pain symptoms.

                    "You must be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

                    "The most important medicine is tender love and care" - Mother Teresa

                    Proud mother of Ahleia, born on April 9, 2007

                    Diagnosed with:
                    IC, OAB, Congenital urethral stricture, IBS, Vulvar vestibulitis, Heart murmur, Congenital cervical stenosis...but otherwise doing great!

                    Currently in remission, but took the following for 3 years: Elmiron 200 mg., Elavil 25 mg., Detrol LA 4mg, Ovcon-35

                    Health treatments/practices:
                    Kripalu yoga, Chiropractic, Massage therapy and Reiki


                    • #11
                      Thank-you all

                      for your comments , this is a great network to lean on when you have questions... thanks again


                      • #12

                        I cannot and also have not had any MD be able to recommend one vs another for me and my IC (of course, nothing in the literature). I have had a very tough pregnancy (16 + ) wks, and am still on meds. I did some research and for ME (please people, dont send me nasty messages- this is just ME) I have decided to do a c-section. I have pretty significant PFD, see a weekly PT and as much as a vag delivery might "relax" my muscles, if they weaken they will be very hard to strengthen with my PFD and IC. Also, for ME the risk of pain, complications is worth diminishing the risk of worsening PFD and incontincne, which would for ME push me right over the edge.

                        C sections are major surgery, but vaginal delivry has risks as well, so discuss with your OB your situation. As per the Doula, if you have a hospital that will let you have one, great, mine wont' unless pre approved. Although great, note some studies show that some doulas have been pushy with nursing staff etc not to intervene and this has caused problems for the laboring women (my large hospital in a major city has studies on this). So just make sure to get good MD who argrees and maybe can recommend some, and previous laboring womens reccomendations. I am sure a great doula is very helpful, but then a great labor and delivery nurse will be helpful as well.

                        Melanie and Baby B
                        I am blessed to have an Indiana Pouch now
                        IC since childhood, finally diagnosed at 31 yo
                        PFD/Pelvic Pain,SI joint and LBP
                        Low Back Pain s/p spinal fusion at 19 with more nastiness in back
                        Hydrodistension 2001, 2005, 2011 w capsacian, 2011 with botox/ super pubic tube
                        Interstim trial and removel 2002,C-Section 2007 and 2010, Post Partum Depression, post partum hypertension, Idopathic hypothalmic amenorrhea
                        Radical Cystectomy with Indiana Pouch 2/3/12--->multiple complications and revision of ureters in pouch due to a giant ball of scar tissue in 8/12, occasional pylo, L kidney small and scarred, low flow
                        Hysterectomy 2/3/12 w one ovary removed
                        Dry Eyes
                        L radical nephrectomy 1//3/14 after a long "what if " the conversation, kidney working 4 %, path said full of absesses
                        Still have issues, still take meds.

                        I have worked some, been doing pilates, just got a post masters in nursing, learning to pace myself.
                        Learning things I can't do, learning things that I need to take a LONG time to master and regain myself, but mostly just so happy to be bladder free.:


                        • #13
                          Each and every person has a different in op!! For me it was a BLESSING to have ALL 3 of my children C-SECTION. My first was so terrible....I had long hard labor did not go past a 3 and then he was to big for me. My 2 and 3 were both planned out.

                          It was wonderful for me, I was awake during each one. I was up and walking by day 2. I was asking to have my cath removed after a few hours but they had to follow protocall. Now in the same breath I won't lie to you, they were painful but for me I didn't feel the pain as much as I did when I had my Ovary and tumor removed or my Hysterectomy done. They were all done surgical in case someone asks. My thought on this is that you have that bundle of joy to take care of and as a mom you put them first.

                          Sure there are some tricks to it....having a pilliow to help you hold the baby, having a girdle put on right after the c-section and most of all when you stand up the FIRST TIME....STAND UP AS STRAIGHT AS YOU CAN. Take your time getting up the first time get your balance but stand up straight.

                          I'm not sure if I had issues during my PG's. I know that I had migraines, I had pain issues in that area but at that time I thought it was due to a cyst or the baby.

                          But it is going to be up to your body really. You should listen to it. If you are in pain at any time I would talk with your doc about it. Take care and keep your feet up as much as you can.....u may not get a chance for awhile once that lil one gets here.
                          Live your life to YOUR best, and Love to YOUR best!!!

                          DX in 03 with Shingles
                          Removal of Left ovary due to Cyst in 2005,
                          I have had cyst since I started my period as a child age 12
                          Hysterecotmy December 06
                          IC DX March 07 by PST
                          2 "rescue" instills in March 07
                          Cyco May 07 confirmed IC
                          Uro study June 07
                          1st Pain Block July 17,08
                          Hydro/Cysto Nov 11, 2008
                          12-11-08 was told I had alot of inflamation

                          Meds: Allergic to 6 things
                          Premarin......taking the gen cause I get it at Walmart for 4$$
                          Presique for my drepression :woohoo:
                          Abilify for my depression
                          Adderall ...found out I'm ADD...makes sense now
                          Kolopin for anxiety
                          Noroco for my pain
                          Valtrex for my shingles as needed

                          Sorry if my spelling is off on the meds [/FONT]



                          • #14
                            I read somehwhee recently that IC may be hereditary as there has been instances of mother daughter and twins etc with IC. This put me into complete panic as I am trying to deal with this myself but if one of my kids who are now all under 5 was to get IC in the future I would just die, it woud be the end of me so unfortunately now I am going to panic about it. My husband tells me not to worry as in 10 years they will have so much better treatments like growing new bladders etc through stem cell research but im still stressing. does anyone no much about this.?


                            • #15
                              I know it's possible, but my three children are all adults and (sigh) middle age now and so far none of them has IC. Actually, I'm the only one I know of in my entire family with IC --- and both my parents came from huge families and I have lots of cousins.

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