SoontobeMrsAM: I had a scheduled cesarean and it was not nearly as bad as I expected. I didn’t feel a thing during the surgery. Maybe a bit of tugging, but it wasn’t even uncomfortable. I had a spinal tap, and while that was weird feeling, it also didn’t hurt.
Basically, here was my timeline:
10:30 arrive at hospital and answer questions and such
12:00 doctor came in and said she was getting prepped and nurses will come to get me when it was time
12:45 nurses came to get me, I was wheeled into the OR without hubby
12:50 given spinal tap, hubby comes in OR
1:00 start surgery! (I wouldn’t have even known it was happening if they didn’t tell me… seriously couldn’t feel anything)
1:08 baby girl is born! She screamed so loud even my parents outside the OR could hear her. They immediately bring her to me and laid her on my chest for a minute. She was then taken to be weighed/cleaned/ then to the nursery (hubby went with her) until I was in the recovery room
1:30 cesarean done, I was moved to recovery. I started shaking uncontrollably (which is pretty common with spinals), so they wheeled baby in but I couldn’t hold her yet 🙁 Once I stopped shaking I held her and breastfed her.
3:00 after they finished monitoring me and decided I was good-to-go, they moved me to my room in the mother baby unit.
As far as recovery, I was sore for a few days, but by the time I was home (4 days PP) I was walking, cleaning, taking care of baby without a problem. I was cleared to resume normal activity (sex, exercise, etc.) 4 weeks pp. You probably won’t have “labor” pains, but you will feel your uterus contract, especially while breastfeeding. This helps it get back to its normal size.
My advice is to walk as soon as they tell you you are able to. I walked often (but listened to my body and didn’t overdo it). Gas builds up horribly, and walking will help you release it.