Elective C-section? Would like advice!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 91
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

curlybeans :  which is why they actually tear the muscles rather than cut through turn during a c-section. It’s gross but true. 

Post # 92
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’ve had an emergency and an elective. Recovered within 8 days of my elective one, in no pain and needed no drugs after the 8 days.. 

 

I have friends who had 3rd degree tears, they can’t do number2s in the toilet without nearly crying. Both need operations to “loosen” things up. If that makes sense. Other friends who’ve had vaginal births have been fine and recovered really quickly. 

 

Yes, your body is made to give birth – sort of. 2 c sections later my babies had apgar scores of 9 and 10 and are healthy, thriving little things! 

 

If you want a c section, go for it. Screw the haters, don’t listen to them, because at the end of the day it’s your body and at least you’ll be able to poo properly :p

Post # 93
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I loved my vaginal birth. It was such an amazing experience. I would be extremely wary of any doc pushing a c section not out of medical necessity. 

Post # 94
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Ham1320 :  This is exactly why I made this thread a few days ago. 

Wanting reassurance for potentially having a C-section

Unfortunately bub still feels like he’s oblique right now from his kicks and where I can feel the big hard bumps in my tummy.  

My next checkup is at 37 weeks and I hope he will have turned head-down by then.  If not… well the responses I got to my thread have helped me a lot in coming to terms with having a c-section.  

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I had an emergency c section three months ago. I was laboring normally and then had a cord prolapse and a placenta abruption so they had to get my baby out fast. I had to have a general anaesthetic too. My scar is much longer than normal due to the rush to get her out before she suffocated. I couldn’t stop shaking in recovery. My husband did skin to skin contact and I did not see my baby for about four hours. This still upsets me. I stayed in hospital for one week and couldn’t get out of bed for two days. I was in pain and had a catheter. When I did get up for a shower two nurses had to help and I could not stand up straight. I could not pick up my baby and always had to get someone to hand her to me. Breastfeeding was painful in that she laid across the wound putting pressure on it. surgery makes you full of gas which added to the pain not to mention the extremely loud passing of wind for a few days! Getting out of bed was painful for about 4 weeks. I couldn’t drive for 6 weeks, lift anything heavier than my baby or walk too much. I did get out of the housework though! My parents came to stay as my husband had to work. You would not be able to be left alone all day. I’m a petite person 5 feet 2 and pre pregnancy size 0-2, 3 months later I still look pregnant. The whole area is numb which is an incredibly odd sensation. I’ve never had a vaginal birth but c section recovery has been hard.

Post # 96
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Forgot to add coughing, laughing and sneezing were terrifying.

Post # 97
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

alexsmith217 :  You endured a lot. Just wanted to say, hugs. 

Post # 98
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

brlabrat :  thanks, I have a healthy baby so all is well!

Post # 99
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Worker bee

Didn’t read all 7 pages, so apologies if this is a repeat. But something that often gets left out of these conversations is emerging medical understanding of the importance of a baby’s exposure to good microbes in the mother’s vagina. Babies born via c-section are more likely to have asthma, food allergies, eczema and other skin disorders, autoimmune disorders, type 1 diabetes, and gut problems. If you know there’s a family history of severe allergies or IBS or Crohn’s or diabetes or compromised immune function or anything like that, I would think that would really weigh against an elective c-section. And if your doctor did not discuss this with you at all, I would be very concerned about whether he keeps up with the latest developments in his field. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

I had an unmedicated vacuum assisted vaginal delivery, honestly it wasn’t that bad. I have a fear of not being in control and was terrified of giving birth and scared of tearing. I had a second degree tear which I didn’t feel at all. The contractions were the hard part, pushing and delivery felt like a relief truthfully. My recovery was easy, I was up and walking around and hour later, all I took was tylenol afterwards and other than a sore ass (lol) I felt fine. If I had to do it again I would maybe consider an epidural if time allowed for it (i was in active labour for about an hour and a half) but I definitely would want to avoid a c-section. 

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