You wanted to discuss my uterus, right? Oh good, me too!
I finally worked up the nerve to talk with my OB about the risks of having another baby: I'd be over 35, and I've had four c-sections. I've been wanting to ask about it, but I was worried he'd do what a lot of people do when I mention wanting a sixth baby, which is to suggest I have a psychological problem. I think this is funny when it's kidding (one of the best moments of my pregnancy with Henry was hearing a librarian joyfully shout "ARE YOU CRAZY??" in a quiet library), but some people are serious.
This'll vary from family tree to family tree, but in my parents' generation, two kids is typical. In my grandparents' generation, three or four kids is typical. In my great-grandparents' generation, five or six kids is typical. A set of my great-great grandparents had nine kids, including twins twice. And a set of my great-great-great grandparents had eleven children like it weren't no thing. On Baby #6, my female ancestors were just getting warmed up.
My OB earned points by acting as if it could be just as psychologically normal to have six kids today as it was 100 years ago. He opened my file and looked at the surgical reports and medical history. He said he didn't see anything in my file that would argue against trying for another baby if I wanted one.
I tucked that information under my ribs. I keep peeking at it.
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