Transient Tachypnea Amp C Sections

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tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - June 6

As i'm preparing to have my 3rd C section, I can't help but worry that this baby will also have Transient Tachypnea, as my son did. Although he is a healthy/ happy 17 month old now, the heartache of having another baby in the NICU for 3 weeks terrifies me. Apparently, TTN (as it's commonly reffered to) is more common in C sections when the mother didn't labor. I'm looking for birth stories from other moms who have had C sections (specifically those who never labored)without having to face the heartache of their baby in the NICU. I need reassurance. Thanks! :o)


Jbear - June 7

I had the same experience that you did. My daughter was only in the NICU for 10 days. Of course it's upsetting to you, but while you were there with your son, I bet you saw babies that were only about two pounds and in incubators rather than in a warmer. Imagine how their mothers must feel, and think how lucky we were that our babies didn't have to stay as long as those little preemies. I've read that TTN is more common if the mother has asthma. I have asthma, do you?


tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - June 7

Thanks for your reply! No, I don't have asthma. I've read it's more common in C section babies when the mother doesn't labor. I won't be laboring with this baby either(repeat C section), and I am terrified of going through all this again. I didn't even get to hold my son until he was 8 days old, and even then, he was hooked up to so many wires and tubes, that it hurt more than it helped me. He nearly died when his collapsed lung (from inhaling oxygen that was too forceful for his ltiny ungs to handle) went undiagnosed and he could barely breathe. What i'm wondering is, what are the chances of this happening again?? I am truly grateful that my son fared much better than all those other itty bitty babies in the NICU, but it doesn't ease my fears. Are you pregnant now? If so, do you worry about it happening again?


Sarita - June 7

Ok Im missing something here. I was in labor for 25hrs with daughter. I am having a planned repeat c-sec with this son. Thought this would eliminate all complications. What is TTN. Should I discuss with my ob/gyn. I was excited about planned, no laboring, c-sec this time to avoid NICU. <<<scared.


tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - June 7

Sorry to have caused you concern Sarita. TTN (transient tachypnea) occurs in a small percentage of deliveries and is more likely to occur in babies delivered by C section by a mother who never went into labor (such as a scheduled C section). Until my son had it, I had never heard of it. If you search the internet for info on transient tachypnea you'll get a much better description than I can give. Basically, in a nut shell, it happens when the babies lungs have difficulty absorbing the amniotic fluid, which causes labored breathing that requires medical intervention. My son had a extreme case that occurs in only 1-2% of the cases. He had to be put on a respirator, had a lung collapse, needed a blood transfusion, feeding tube and had other complications to follow. TTN is rarely fatal, and usually resolves itself in about 5 days. Some babies don't even have to go to the NICU. I've scoured the internet trying to find out if it's more likely to occur in this baby, since it's already happened to this babies brother. I can't find anything, which is why I was looking for answers on here. You can ask your doctor how often he's seen it and he'll probably be able to calm your fears. My OBGYN says she doesn't expect it to happen again and is not delivering this baby until the 39th week, where as my son was delivered in the 38th week. Please don't spend your time worrying about this, i'm sure everything will be fine. :o)



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