This got really long, but wanted to give a positive account.
Before I was even pregnant I pretty much knew that the likelihood of me having a C Section was high. My mom couldn’t deliver my brother or me due to a small pelvic opening and family history of large babies. My entire pregnancy was cake for me, no sickness, never felt uncomfortable etc. I did however have this feeling that my baby was large. I wasn’t huge, but I felt like it had to be all baby. Fast forward to the wednesday before my due date and my doctor pretty much said that she doubted that I would be able to deliver the baby naturally based on US predictions and her position. I was totally fine with scheduling a C Section. I’m not one that always dreamed of giving birth, so that wasn’t an issue for me. My husband was extremely nervous about the surgery. He had spoken with several guys in his department and they all had varying stories of their wives’ surgeries. The night before we went in he actually watched a C section on youtube. (lol)
The day of the surgery, I wasnt’ scheduled until 2 PM, so we didn’t need to be at the hospital until noon, so we were able to sleep in. The one issue, however was that I wasn’t technically allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight. My doctor had advised me to get up at 4 AM, eat breakast and then go back to bed. Thank God! I was starving as it was, let alone if I hadn’t eaten since midnight!
The presurgery stuff included an IV (which I asked to have placed in my arm rather than hand…highly recommend!), blood tests, fetal monitoring, US, and lots of questions from nurses, residents, med students, etc. My doctor got there about 2:30 and we were off to the OR. They took me in first while my husband waited outside so that they could do the spinal. The spinal was a total breeze, slight pinch and pressure. As she was administering the anesthesia, I felt it more on my left side, When I asked why, she was like “oh, let me redirect” So if something feels weird, say something! Then they prepped my belly as the spinal took effect and put on the compression booties. They brought my husband in just as they were making the incision. I felt nothing but lots of movement (you get jerked around quite a bit). Then I felt lots of pressure on my chst and ribs as they pushed down to deliver the baby. She was pretty high up there so it took a bit longer. Later my husband told me that both doctors had basically their whole bodies on me pushing down on my stomach to get her out. They gave me a quick peek and then took her off for a bath, weight, etc. My husband went with her.
That took about 10 minutes, the rest of the procedure took about 30 minutes to put me back to together again. I got very tired due to the spinal and really just wanted it over to take a nap. I had requested glue rather than staples from my doctor,
I spent an hour in recovery and then was moved to our room. I was able to move my feet after about 10 minutes but was on 12 hour bedrest. We got to our room about 4:30. I still hadn’t seen my baby at this point. I could not eat until I passed gas, but they did bring my husband food. (Tip: once you pass gas, tell them asap, they’ll let you eat right away!) The rest was a lot of vital checks, pain meds etc. I was up the next morning and moving around. I was in some pain, however, totally manageable. The only issue I had was that I had a reaction to the antibiotics I was given and had horrible facial itching. That was the worst part, I literally wanted to rip my eyes out!
I’m now 4 weeks post c section and feel great. I chose to wear a binder once I was home and am totally glad I did, it really helped with support and the pain. I haven’t worked out yet, but have been walking. All in all, the whole process was really positive.