I had a third degree (3a) tear two years ago with the birth of my first child. He was 8lb 5oz but long labour/pushing. My follow up appointment suggested a probable c-section for subsequent births, so I've assumed that would be the case for the last couple of years. I'm 13wks pregnant with second baby and the obstetrician I spoke to this week said the risk of the same/worse tearing was quite low (10% or so) and that a natural birth was very much an option. I had a very good recovery after the tear and no lasting issues. I was just wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation and any advice would be gratefully received! (For info- we are leaning more towards a natural birth rather than section but do have concerns of a repeat!) thanks in advance!