(Closed) C-Section – advice?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My daughter was breech too — there was a issue with room in my uterus  for her to turn. She tried but couldn’t. I have to tell you that I was terrified of labor so for some reason, I was with peace about the c-section. It was planned which I hear is alot different from an emergency c-section. This was my first child (and only so far) so I liked the idea of knowing exactly what to expect from the date to delivery to recovery.

I have to say the surgery itself was over so quickly — I was in the OR for about an hour and didn’t even realize it started till they said they were almost done. After the surgery they put me on picotin which causes the uterus to contract — that feels like cramping but its from the uterus shrinking — not the c-section itself. This would also happen with natural delivery. I was sore for the first week — but not in pain. It was a dull ache that never got intense or anything but went away really quickly. I took it easy the first week and had plenty of help from my fiance and family. That’s important…do not lift anything heavier then the baby is what they told me. Limit use of stairs as much as you can.

By the end of the following week, I didn’t even need my pain medication and I was feeling really good. Recovery was pretty quick and easy — I didn’t have any problems. I also had a bikini cut not a horizontal which I am told is easier to recover from and alot less muscle trauma.

As as my birth experience…I can’t say I felt it was any less amazing. We were all crying…me, my fiance, the baby! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was a very happy moment and how she came into this world didn’t affect it at all.

Best wishes to you and your new family! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

There’s a blog with lots of different birth stories, I know there is at least one c-section. Check out everybodybirths.com

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

 Hey, I ended up having to have an Emergency C-section. While yes, its super hard to wrap your head around it, it is whats healthy for you baby. Remember, just because you have one C-section doesnt mean you have to have another! We just found out I’m preggers again and I am not planning on another one. But if I need one…well I’ll be prepared.

  Recovery is tough. It hurts. And it will last for days where as labor only lasts for a few hours. So dont think that by getting a C-section that you are weak and taking a easy way out. In many ways its tougher and requires alot more strength. Some woman go through it with a breeze. Some dont. It really will depend. Mine was very hard. But with pain meds and rest it is doable. I also had the bikini cut which cosmetically is alot better.

  Dont be surprised if you dont feel your stomach below your belly button. Its very normal. Its been over 2 years since mine and I still cant feel that part of my stomach.

 Dont be too scared! The surgery is quick. Mine was about 45 min. You dont really feel a thing. Just a little tugging here and there. Your hubby will be right at your head talking to you through the whole thing.

And once you hear your baby cry, you will realize that is the most amazing sound ever. =)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Aww, Janna, I’m sorry.  I know how disappointing it must be to find out you have to have a c-section when that is not how you envisioned your baby’s birth at all.

I can tell you that it really isn’t as bad as it sounds.  I have three children.  The first one I delivered naturally with an epidural, the second was induced..and no epidural, and the third started out laboring normally but ended up a c-section.

Of all three, I ended up liking the c-section experience the most.  Why?  Because I was comfortable and relaxed.  Although I didn’t find labor too bad even without an epidural, the pushing part for me was awful.  I pushed at least two hours with both babies.  And I won’t lie, that was miserable.  But with the c-section, I was relaxed and chatting with the anesthesiologist and my husband as the doctor prepared for the surgery.  It literally only took a few minutes from the time she started until she handed me the baby.  I totally paid NO attention to them stitching me back together.  All I could think about was my beautiful baby.  It was MUCH more comfortable and less painful than my previous two deliveries.  I can remember thinking “I should have done all three this way!”

On the downside, the recovery is a bit longer…but it isn’t awful.  I personally preferred having the “hard” part being sore and getting a bit better each day at home to laboring and pushing and feeling out of control in a hospital.  And the recovery isn’t that bad.  We actually went to Target (didn’t have diapers!) and out to dinner on our way home from the hospital. 

As for the scar, it is now faded to white and is hard to see unless you are really looking for it.  It doesn’t show in a bikini. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Sunchick19: Yes, I think when you go into the hospital with the intention to give birth one way and suddenly it all changes — you don’t have time to prepare yourself for a different birth experience. And I would imagine you are exhausted from the hours of pushing or having a complication arise.

A scheduled c-section was very calm for me. I was in the hospital by 6am — prepared for surgery by 8am. They did one last ultrasound to make sure the baby didn’t turn — and they also would only do it once my due date had arrived.

I felt like everything was handled very well for me and like I said, it was a smooth experience all around. I am a big baby when it comes to pain and such so I can honestly say, it was not horrible and I bounced back quick.

During surgery I just looked into my fiances eyes and that just kept my mind off the surgery itself. He held my hand, he talked to me — I felt very connected to him. When my daughter was born, the only thing they had to do was take her to nicu to make sure all the fluid was out of her lungs…sometimes in a c-section birth, fluid is not pushed out of the lungs like in other birth. I like to say birth from above ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Oh and have a Boppy on hand…my finace bought one the day I left the hopsital and it really helped with positioning and holding the baby. They are pretty popular you can get them at Babies R Us, Target…etc.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wanted a c-section with my son, but was forced to go through labor; ended with a ce-section, anyways.  My daughter was premature by 4 to 5 weeks (the dr’s and pediatricians didn’t agree on which is was) and I had a c-section with her by choice.   Had she gone to the scheduled due date, I would’ve gone in, been prepped and gone through surgery without a problem.

The best part of a c-section is lack of pain: you’re numbed from waist down.  Yes, you’ll have a scar (for me, I’ve got plenty others so no big deal).  You’re awake, can talk to the dr., nurses, anesthesiologist, and husband.  

MAKE SURE your doctor is well versed in c-sections and ask him EVERYTHING you’re worried about or unsure about.  The last thing you want is to be nervous or upset (many women are).

 

Now, pillows are GREAT to use to press up against your stomach.  Also, DO NOT do a lot of walking for at LEAST a week afterwards.  Unless you want to be in more pain than you can EVER imagine.  Sure, you need to walk and move around so you don’t have clotting (you’ll be told this by the dr’s and nurses, too), but don’t over do it. Walking around your house is fine, walking around Wal-Mart or the mall is NOT.

The surgery is as safe as any other major surgery you could have done.  Talk to your doctor like you would for ANY surgery and find out how it’ll go.  When you’ll go into the OR, where you go afterwards, etc etc.  

Once you’ve returned to your room from recovery (I had to be able to move my toes before they’d send me to my room), they’ll bring you your baby and let you feed him/her.  

AND, simply because you have one c-section doesn’t mean you can’t have a normal delivery for the next.  You can also talk to your doctor about that, too.  

 

Feel free to message me if you have any questions.  ๐Ÿ™‚  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Janna – I am sorry to hear that the birth is not going to happen as planned but sometimes that can be for the best. As you may have read from my birth story, I wasn’t planning on having a c-section either but the baby wasn’t fitting past my pelvic bone so we made the decision to have a c-section.

I think the other ladies hit the nail on the head. The surgery and up to 24 hours later are pretty pain free because of the drugs you are on, so you will be more relaxed and can focus more on the beauty of the birth without the pain.

I obviously cannot speak for everyone but my recovery went pretty well. Of course once the drugs wore off, I was sore all around the incision. The most pain I felt was actually in my neck and shoulder area. Sounds weird, I know. From what the nurses and doctor’s have told me, it was from gas (not really the gas you are thinking of) generated from the surgery that traveled to my neck causing that area to stiffen up like. Since I had that pain as well, I just made sure I was on top of my pain by getting the meds (percocet & motrin – alternated every 4 hours) as needed. One week post-op, i didn’t need them anymore.

You just have to make sure you take care of yourself. You will need to walk around to prevent clotting but you don’t want to over do it. I know a day or so after the surgery my swelling disappeared and it was wonderful but it didn’t last. By the time I came home, the swelling came back and was worse than what I went through with the pregnancy. This is fairly common. It will get worse before it gets better but it doesn’t last long.

What I didn’t see in any of the above posts (sorry if I missed it), you will bleed for 6 – 8 weeks post-op, so have plenty of pads on hand. It is pretty heavy the first two weeks or so but then lightens by the end.  I am about to hit 6 weeks next week and today was my first day without a pad (yay me!).  I don’t believe this is the same as a vaginal birth but I know nothing about that right now.

Also a word of advice from one of the nurses, she said because we can feel numb around the incision for months or even a year you should stay away from or be very careful when wearing pants with zippers. She said there were numerous times where women had zipped themselves up because they couldn’t feel it… Ouch!

As for the baby, because he/she will not be born vaginally, they will have more fluids in their lungs because with a vaginal birth the fluids are actually squeezed out of the baby. As a result, some c-section babies have to spend some time in the NICU. Because my Dirty Delete was full term she didn’t spend any time there but about 2 days after her birth she turned blue on us twice because she was choking on the fluid. Luckily our nurse was in the room and helped her immediately. That was pretty scary but the doctor and nurses checked her to make sure her airflow wasn’t blocked which is wasn’t. They did let us know that it could take up to 48 hrs for this fluid to be released. A relief but it drove my hubby and I bonkers.

I know my post is all over the place but these are a few things that stuck out to me.

Just make sure you do some research and ask your docs and nurses all kinds of questions. This is the best way to feel some comfort when you go through this.

Best of Luck Janna!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

By The Way – message me as well if you have any questions. I’ll be more than happy to share some info.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Janna – I think by the time you leave the hospital you will know how you are feeling and whether you should be moving your bedroom temporarily.

I currently live in a townhouse so my bedroom is on the 3rd floor with the kitchen being on the second. The only time I really had an issue was when my legs were super swollen. I just made sure that I took my time when I had to use the stairs during that time. But like I had mentioned my recovery was going well so having my bedroom on the 3rd floor wasn’t too much of a challenge.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Sunchick19: for the first night or two, YES!!!  it will be painful after the c-section (especially since the meds you get at the hospital are FAR more powerful than what you take OTC) and walking a lot is NOT a good thing.  Going up and down stairs will be like walking around walmart.  (I did this to visit my grandfather who was on the 2nd floor… I have a very HIGH tolerence for pain, so if it was aching for me, it’s be really painful for most others.)

also, if they give you a prescription, FILL IT.  you won’t necessairly have to take them as often as they give you in the hospital, but if you start feeling really bad, it’s good to have something there that will be better than a tylenol.  I didn’t breastfeed, don’t know if you plan to, but check with the dr if you are before taking any prescriptions.  they SHOULD ask if you plan to breastfeed and prescribe accordingly, or give you warnings if there is a no-no with the meds & breastfeeding.  but it’s always a good thing to ask.

congrats, again!!!! and don’t worry overly much about it! 

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