(Closed) Experience with Classical C-Section

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I had a classical cut.  LO was footling breech, and her head was jammed up into my ribcage, so they had to do a vertical cut in addition to the regular horizontal one.  It didn’t change my recovery at all, the only change was internal, but I was told I can’t attempt a VBAC as the point where the incisions meet is a weak spot and could rupture.


1. Didn’t feel groggy or out of it.  A little shaky, they gave me a shot of morphine in the spinal and I shook for most of the day after.

2. Baby was as wide awake as you can expect a newborn to be!  The pain meds made her sleep a little longer than normal in the hospital.  One nurse said I might need to wake her for more frequent feeds, but she barely lost any weight at all and was up to 2 ounces shy of birthweight by the time we left, so didn’t end up having to do that.

3. Darling Husband did skin to skin while they stitched me up, after I was moved to the recovery room I got skin to skin and we tried BFing for the first time.  I was bummed to not be first but it made DH’s year, I think, to have that special moment with his tiny new daughter.  He’s already wrapped around her little finger, haha!

4. LO latched like a champ and my milk came in the next day, actually had an oversupply issue.

5. I was scheduled for a csec at 39w1d, but my water broke 2 days before then, so she was born at 38w6d.  Perfectly healthy time to be born.

6. The pain meds made me sick to my stomach, but I’m normally rather sensative to those things.  By 2 weeks I felt basically normal again, even wearing my pre pregnancy jeans!  I had a fear of taking a bath while the incision was still fresh, but didn’t have time for more than a quick shower anyway.  I think using either a Boppy pillow or 2 regular pillows on my lap to nurse helped a lot, so LO wasn’t on my incision.

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