(Closed) c-section stories

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I was 5 days past my due date and went to my doctor for an ultrasound. My fluid looked low, so they sent me straight to the hospital for an induction. I got to the hospital around 530 pm to triage and then they took me to a delivery room and hooked up my IV to start pitocin. They also gave me a Foley catheter to help me dilate. At around 9-10 pm I started feeling contractions, then shortly after that the Foley catheter fell out and my water broke. I got an epidural around 2 am. Was dilated enough to start pushing at 6 am. Pushed for three hours until 9 am but baby wasn’t coming out, so they took me back for a c-section. I already had my epidural in so they made sure I couldn’t feel anything and then performed the operation. My head was behind a curtain so I couldn’t see or feel anything. Baby was born at 10:03 a.m. That entire day and night I didn’t get out of bed,  I had a catheter to go to the bathroom and pain meds. Around 5 am the next morning my nurse took the catheter out and got me up out of bed. Not going to lie, it was awful. I cried from the pain. But they like to get you up and moving as soon as possible, it helps with recovery. I was in the hospital for 2 nights after that and was sent home with Percocet for pain. It was very hard to do things for about 2 weeks after that but luckily my husband was home to help care for the baby. I had a small complication when my incision got infected but I caught it right away and with antibiotics it healed up quite nicely. My stomach is still a little numb 4 months later, not sure if that will go away. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I had two csection. The first one was horrible and the second one was bad too, but not horrible. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a very unhealthy pregnancy. I had late diagnosed gestational diabetes and extremely high blood pressure. I went in for an appt at 37 weeks and was told I had to have a csection that day or me and my child would have died. 3 hours later I was put in triage and pre op. They shave all of your hair from your belly button to your public bone. I screamed as they rolled me away because I didn’t know that my husband couldn’t come until after the spinal meds were administered. I got my spinal and cried from fright the whole time. In all honesty ots not that bad. A small pinch for local anesthesia and alot of pressure when the big ass needle goes in. Then they lie you down like a cross, drape you and your SO will come in. By the time my husband was able to come in, I was hysterical because I felt like I wasn’t breathing. It got so bad I had to be sedated. I do remember the birth though. I saw her and she was purple…dark purple and rushed to the nicu. I recovered in post op for 2 hours. When they finally moved me to my room I had spiked a high fever. I wasn’t allowed to see my daughter until 6 hrs later around 3am. As far a pain…yeah it hurt to do everything. You don’t realize how much you use your abs for. But I was up and walking around and showering myself the next day. I didn’t take morphine for the pain…only tylenol. My next csection wasn’t all that bad because it was planned at 42 weeks. I was scared and did cry a bit. I was really pissed off that they didn’t wait for my husband before they pulled her out…they pulled her out just as he was walking in. When they Dr pulled her out of me…he hit my stomach and I vomited like crazy. The pain wasn’t thay bad this time around and I was up and walkig around 2 hrs after the surgery. That night I had the worst shoulder pain caused by trapped gasses. It hurt more than my surgery. If this happens to you request a suppository. It helped me tremendously the next day. The nurses were so amazed that I was so independent after the csection. I even walked the ward by myself. I had some scarring around the slit from my previous csection and my ob took it all out at no fee. I now have a 4 inch horizontal scar. It still has no feelings around it. Good luck bee!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve had two c sections. My first one I was in labor for 24 hours and was not progressing so my doctor suggested a c section. It ended up being what we needed to do because my daughter was lodged near my ribs. I don’t remember it, but I was nervous. I was in the hospital for three days later and my recovery was very easy. My second was scheduled but I ended up going into labor the day of my scheduled one but still had a c section. My recovery was easy too except I did have a small infection that I had to have antibiotics for. For my second I  as awake but I was still so nervous I cried like a baby! lol. I was in the hospital for 3 days too. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My csec really wasn’t that bad. I had a large fibroid where my cervix should’ve been. So  csec was planned. I walked into to operating room. They prepped me. Then DH came in. 10-15 mins later baby was born. I got to have him on my chest for a few moments (he was wrapped up). DH and baby went to recovery while OB sewd me up. (He was skin to skin while in there) 

I had a bleed, so it took 45-1hour for them to get it under control. I lost over 2 liters of blood. I kinda passed out. I have no memory of the recovery room. My memory comes back while they were wheeling me to my room. (Baby born 10:45, I think I was brought to recovery around noon and to my room at 4pm). 

Losing blood was scary, but I was in the best hands so not too worried about it. 

The pain wasn’t too bad. i took Percocet the day of the operation and part of the next day. By the 3rd day, I was only taking Tylenol and ibuprofen. And only took that for a few more days. I was sore for the first week, but not too bad. The 2nd week, my abs were weak but I was fine. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

One baby, one emergency c section. At my last doctor appt the doctor said we’d give it two weeks and then have to induce. I tried to tell this *&%$×… (excuse my french) that my baby had still not turned and what he thought was the head was his rear. He dismissed my words bc hey what do I know I’m simply carrying the baby! Happen to go into labor the following weekend and within an hour I told my mother it was time to get to the hospital. She rejected the idea and told me there was no way I was ready that quickly, labor takes hours, its my first baby, my water hadn’t even broke yet etc., Finally another 30 minutes goes by and I’m nearly losing my sh*t. First and only time I’ve ever cursed at my mother but please understand the pain I was in, “Listen gotda**it we need to get in the fu**in car and go NOW”, that got her moving. Get to the hospital within 20 minutes, set in a room in another 5 and had the strongest urge to urinate. Water breaks on the crapper! Nurse comes in and takes a look tells me, “Oh my God you’re fully dialated, whatever you do don’t push bc this is a breach baby. We need to do an emergency c-section. WHY didn’t you get here sooner?! This is dangerous.” All I did was give my mom the death stare. There was no option for me to remain awake which I would have preferred bc about 6 family members got to hold my son before I did and that still bothers me 19 years later. They knocked me out within another 5 and I woke up in a much happier place floating on a cloud of drugs and thinking my baby was the most beautiful on earth, as most mothers do. But once those drugs wore off healing was rough! It was 4 days before I could take more than a couple steps, laughing was a nightmare and having a catheter in for days was no fun either. It took at least 3-4 weeks before I felt somewhat normal and this is without any complications. Its major surgery so not usually a quick recovery.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had an emergency c-section following a week of on and off labour, cervidil induction, pitocin, and active labour.  I got to 10 cm, but the baby was in distress and I was unable to continue pushing.

They actually pushed her back up into me, wheeled me to the operating room and increased my freezing (I’d had an epi placed almost a day earlier).  My husband scrubbed up and was brought into the room.  I remember thinking I could feel them cutting into me, but all I was feeling was the pressure.

Following surgery I was in recovery for two hours, then they wheeled me by my daughter who was in the NICU.  I was able to get into a wheelchair and see her about 4 hours later.  We held and snuggled her, I tried to feed her, but we wound up giving her a bottle (my milk wasn’t an issue, her latch was).  I was given containers to hand express, and did so.  Slept back in my room for a few hours, and then hand expressed again.  I spent most of the next 4 days in the recliner in her NICU room.  We came home after 5 days in the hospital. 

As far as recovery goes, I did very well.  We walked about 1km 2 days after my surgery cause I NEEDED to get out of the hospital, so we went to Wendy’s.  I was going for short neighbourhood walks the day we got home from the hospital, and at 6 weeks postpartum I played in a 2 day softball tournament.  I still have some numbness under the incision.

I’m 4 weeks pregnant again now (my daughter is 14 months old), and plan on elective c-section with this baby.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

2 babies, 2 emergency c-sections here. 

Baby #1. Water broke, laboured 24 hours getting to 8cm but then was labeled failure to progress and off we went. I already had an epidural, but it stopped working on one side so they had to jack that up in the OR. Once that worked, the drape went up, the anesthesiologist stayed right beside me, husband on the other side and they talk you through it. The room is FREEZING, btu they will give you warm blankets. Arms are held down on both sides too, which sucks. I shook a TON, I hear this is mostly from the drugs (and the shock) but other than that it was quick and painess. My son was sent down with my husband while I recovered in the OR for about 2 hours, which sucked because my entire family got to meet him pretty much before I did. We were team green and I was so dissapointed that I wans’t the one to tell my family we were team blue. 

Second c-section, water broke, I had no contractions for 12 hours. Went in for an NST and my blood pressure was critically high (I felt totally fine,so it was a shock). Plans for a VBAC went out the window and there we were for another emergency c-section. Was wheeled up and taken into the OR (without my husband) and given a spinal (not an epidural). It didn’t hurt, the freezing stung for a second but that was it. Once the spinal took effect I was laid down, curtain up, more warm blankets on, hands tied down and off they went. I was in the room I think around 5:55 and my Dear Daughter was born at 6:15. Quick and easy. This time they let her stay with hubby and I in the OR, and we got to introduce her to our family (team green again!) about 2 hours after she was born. Overall, the second section was easier mostly because I knew what to expect, and I hadn”t laboured for an entire day of hard labour like I did wit my son. 

Recovery was the same for both, it’s hard. Not going to lie. Very painful, stay on the pain meds. Cathedar was taken out about 12 hours after, and I was up walking right after that both times. In the hospital for 2 nights with both kiddos. 

If we decide to have another i’ll do an elective section. It’s pretty quick and not so bad. 🙂 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

2 babies, 2 emergency c-sections here. 

Baby #1. Water broke, laboured 24 hours getting to 8cm but then was labeled failure to progress and off we went. I already had an epidural, but it stopped working on one side so they had to jack that up in the OR. Once that worked, the drape went up, the anesthesiologist stayed right beside me, husband on the other side and they talk you through it. The room is FREEZING, btu they will give you warm blankets. Arms are held down on both sides too, which sucks. I shook a TON, I hear this is mostly from the drugs (and the shock) but other than that it was quick and painess. My son was sent down with my husband while I recovered in the OR for about 2 hours, which sucked because my entire family got to meet him pretty much before I did. We were team green and I was so dissapointed that I wans’t the one to tell my family we were team blue. 

Second c-section, water broke, I had no contractions for 12 hours. Went in for an NST and my blood pressure was critically high (I felt totally fine,so it was a shock). Plans for a VBAC went out the window and there we were for another emergency c-section. Was wheeled up and taken into the OR (without my husband) and given a spinal (not an epidural). It didn’t hurt, the freezing stung for a second but that was it. Once the spinal took effect I was laid down, curtain up, more warm blankets on, hands tied down and off they went. I was in the room I think around 5:55 and my Dear Daughter was born at 6:15. Quick and easy. This time they let her stay with hubby and I in the OR, and we got to introduce her to our family (team green again!) about 2 hours after she was born. Overall, the second section was easier mostly because I knew what to expect, and I hadn”t laboured for an entire day of hard labour like I did wit my son. 

Recovery was the same for both, it’s hard. Not going to lie. Very painful, stay on the pain meds. Cathedar was taken out about 12 hours after, and I was up walking right after that both times. In the hospital for 2 nights with both kiddos. 

If we decide to have another i’ll do an elective section. It’s pretty quick and not so bad. 🙂 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My water broke on a Wednesday night at about 9:30. I arrived at the hospital that night shortly before 11. I was 36w5d! I had been put on bed rest due to preeclampsia at this point and my pregnancy was rough. After getting to triage I was admitted right before midnight. I was hooked up to a blood pressure cuff, a monitor for the baby, and a monitor for my contractions. We also had pitocin in and regular IV fluids, it was real, real quick! Pitocin didn’t do anything by 8 AM the next morning so they put in cervadil. That was in for 12 hours and they turned the pitocin drip back on, we got to 4 am Friday (37 weeks) with nothing so I was given a pill to help induce…nothing at 6:30. 

My doctor casual comes strolling in at 7 and says, do you want to have a c-section, we can start you at 8 and have you out of there before 9. I was SO tired I said yes let’s go. 

I got a pep talk from the nurse who had two c-sections herself. She prepped me and down to the OR we went. Once inside we immediately did the spinal tap to numb me. That was painful. They laid me down quickly and they test you to see if the tap worked so they prick you by your shoulder where you have feeling and then prick you in the belly and ask if the pains are the same or if you feel nothing on the second prick. I felt both, so spinal tap round 2! This one worked immediately and I knew it because my legs tingled in about 10 seconds after they administered the medicine. Same prick test, this time I was good. They strap both your arms down while laid out on your sides. Bridal Party cuff attached (you pretty much never are without one). My husband entered the OR and we were ready to get going. I did throw up because the medicine got me but I instantly felt better. 

At this point while I was distracted throwing up, they had already cut me open and our doctor said, here she comes! My hospital offers clear draping so we got to watch the doctor pull her from my stomach and hold her up. She instantly let out a cry and my husband and I both lost it because we knew she was out and kicking. They covered the clear draping and started to stitch me up. My husband was called immediately over to clean up our baby and cut the cord. He shouted her stats to me and within 10 minutes I had my baby on my chest in the OR having skin to skin while they finished stitching me up. It was incredible to have her on me while they finished my surgery. When they were done she stayed on my chest and we wheeled up to my recovery room. She never left my room while we were at the hospital except 1 nursery visit. 

The pain meds they have you on during your surgery last 24 hours. I didn’t get feeling in my legs until 6 hours postop. They had my legs in stimulating boots to prevent blood clots and you have a catheter in, but you are bed ridden for 24 hours. The next morning as soon as I felt any pain I requested meds. We alternated between norcos and ibuprofen every 3 hours. I also had a benedryl because the itching the morning after surgery was unbearable. 

I healed really quickly and had a great experience with my surgery so I would/will probably deliver that way again.

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