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Has anyone here had a C-Section?


I'm having one Monday morning and would just like to hear about other mom's and their experiences with them. Thank you!

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SugarKat SugarKat 5 years 30 weeks
I had a c-section and it was really good. My water broke on Saturday evening and Sunday evening I got an epi...Izzy still hadn't come so they said that they had to do a c-section...either right then or by Monday evening. It was really super cold in the OR and my teeth were chattering. My husband was at my head and kept me awake...which I could've done without. I kept trying to get my last bit of sleep in before the newborn haze set in!!! Later he said that his worst fear was that I'd die in childbirth...awwwww. Recovery was really good for me because I did exactly what the doctor told me...as in I didn't even lift Izzy up or anything else for about 2 weeks. My husband took those two weeks off and did almost all the diapers and got up with her and just brought her to me...it was awesome! Good luck!!! ♥ SugarKat Honey Bee!
Greggie Greggie 5 years 30 weeks
Thinking of you this morning, hope all is going well!!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 5 years 30 weeks
Even though I've never had any children, I want to wish you all the best!
chancleta chancleta 5 years 30 weeks
I haven't but good luck! Please know you'll be in out thoughts! God bless you and your baby.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 5 years 30 weeks
I haven't had a c-section but I have had a couple of abdominal surgeries. If you can avoid a general anesthetic, that would be good. I actually slept in a recliner for the first few days, it was a lot easier to get up and down. I agree with getting up to walk as soon and as often as possible, I was better about that with one surgery than with the other, and could tell the difference. Monitor the incision afterward, be sure it's healing well. If it doesn't, get it cleaned out and re-closed ASAP. It's inconvenient, but not something to procrastinate about. (I had some fun with that, too, but nothing that couldn't be managed.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Conservative in exile Washington and Sacramento: Stealing our children's futures.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 5 years 30 weeks
I have never had one but my sister has had both and she agrees with the above info.She said the section was a longer recovery of course but everyone heals differently!All the best wishes to you and your family!!You have a wonderful gift to look forward to tommorow.I wish my babies were still tiny...enjoy every minute of it!
skb9850 skb9850 5 years 30 weeks
GS, I will be thinking about you and Dude tomorrow as you welcome your second child into the world! I hope the c section goes well. :hug:
kranky kranky 5 years 30 weeks
I know many women who have had c-sections, and all came out just fine. Good luck GS! I'll be sending happy thoughts and prayers your way tomorrow. Check in with us (and post some photos!) when you feel up to it... we'll miss you. :)
Iveenia Iveenia 5 years 30 weeks
dear GS - i had two sections in Libya - so all which is not there is better ;) do not be nervous - ok? :)
ccpdm ccpdm 5 years 30 weeks
GS, just remember - you can do this !! What you go through is so brief compared to what you are about to get!! Repeat after me, "I am woman, hear me roar!" ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson
Greggie Greggie 5 years 30 weeks
I've had three, and my most adamant piece of advice is to get up and move the second they take out your cath and tell you it's time to get out of bed. And move as often as you can. The more you get up and around, the better you should feel (most of the time, there are always exceptions to the rule). Go for the spinal over the epidural since it helps control pain for 24 hours. And lastly, if you need pain meds, take them, even if it's "just" Motrin or Tylenol. It's better to stay on top of the pain than to have it hit later. Your husband may change his mind in the operating room. My husband never thought he could watch but his curiosity got the best of him and he was fascinated. I wish we'd been able to videotape it so I could see. *lol* Best of luck and congratulations!
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 5 years 30 weeks
The day of my scheduled c-section I woke up with a horrendous cold. I was terrified they would reschedule me, but they didn't, and then after the surgery I felt better than ever except for being really really cold. But the great thing is that I think all the drugs they gave me actually helped the cold symptoms which was quite a blessing because I can't imagine sneezing and coughing after a c-section. Yes, the pushing on the uterus is probably the worst pain. I think you can base your recovery somewhat on your previous surgery experiences. If you are a quick healer you probably will be with a c-section as well. I know it will all go well and hope they have a comfy recovery bed for you. :)
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 5 years 30 weeks
The day of my scheduled c-section I woke up with a horrendous cold. I was terrified they would reschedule me, but they didn't, and then after the surgery I felt better than ever except for being really really cold. But the great thing is that I think all the drugs they gave me actually helped the cold symptoms which was quite a blessing because I can't imagine sneezing and coughing after a c-section. Yes, the pushing on the uterus is probably the worst pain. I think you can base your recovery somewhat on your previous surgery experiences. If you are a quick healer you probably will be with a c-section as well. I know it will all go well and hope they have a comfy recovery bed for you. :)
samantha999 samantha999 5 years 30 weeks
GS I have no idea about a c-section. You know you will be in all our prayers. Have Dude post us to let us know all is well, please. That is once he is revived ;) Moto I have had an epidural - No worries. The local blocks the needle pain and after that you will feel nothing except maybe pressure as the drugs work their way down your legs. *************** "Enjoy life, it's ungrateful not to." - Ronald Reagan
MotoLinz MotoLinz 5 years 30 weeks
PS - You probably already know this since you've had previous abdominal surgery, but laughing, sneezing, and coughing suuuuuuuck for a few days. (I currently have a sore throat/cough that I am PRAYING goes away before I get cut open.) Also, make sure the lap belt on the seat belt is off your incision when you're on your way home, or you'll be hating life when the person driving hits the first pothole. Regarding the fears about family, that's totally normal. Heck, I laid in bed crying the other night because I felt terrible that we will no longer be giving our first son (2 years old) all of our attention. I hear that's normal, too (I hope). :D Everything will be fine, and your daughter will have a friend for life.
hartsfull hartsfull 5 years 30 weeks
I forgot all about the pillow too! Use it if you have to cough too. GS don't you dare not ask for help when you need it! Don't try to do things you shouldn't do. :rollers: :bossy: :irk: Just breathe, and relax. :heart: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 5 years 30 weeks
carli, I've heard of the pillow thing. Thanks, I had forgotten. And yeah, they massage to get it to contract back to it's original shape. And cc, I remember pitocin. You go from, oh, my little contractions hurt to standing up in the stirrups and telling the whole room that your husbands parents were never married, all while your head is spinning!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 5 years 30 weeks
Thank you all so much. I am getting so nervous. I talked to Dude today about if he will watch and he basically said, hell no. I am so much of a control freak that I will have to watch at least when they pull the baby out. My doc said she will lower the drape enough to see the baby being lifted out, but not the actual incision. That will do! I had pretty major abdominal surgery last year, but it was all upper, so I wonder how different lower abdominal surgery will be? My problem is the slowing down and taking it easy. I hate when people know I am in pain. It is a terrible habit. Trying to act like you have no physical weaknesses. Unfortunately my mother and sisters are the same way too. We won't take help, etc. I'm also really, really bad about taking pain medication. I don't like the woozy feeling. But y'all are making it sound like i really need to. The part I dread the most is, and they haven't given me a clear answer on whether or not I will deal with it, are the beds in labor/delivery/recovery at this particular hospital. They are the new break apart type beds for all the different labor/delivery positions that women use now. Great for actual delivery, but horribly uncomfortable if you are just lying in them. And I am about 2 inches too long for them so it is miserable. I am hoping I get to recover in a normal bed. Argh, I'm rambling. I'm just getting so nervous. This is all so real now! I'm about to be the mother of two! I have all these fears that I won't be able to handle it, or my daughter or husband will feel neglected, etc. I'm sorry I'm so crazy!
carlierae26 carlierae26 5 years 30 weeks
When you walk, I found a pillow helped.. I pressed it on my incision when I walked. I know it sounds crazy, but after a 11 lb baby, things tend to "sag" for a little while. The most painful was when they "massaged" my uterus. I'm not sure exactly if that was what they were doing, but they would come in several times a day and pressed and prodded on/near my incision. Not enough drugs in the world helped that pain. I had no problem asking for pain meds. But that was 15 nearly 16 years ago. Things have probably changed since then...
hartsfull hartsfull 5 years 30 weeks
BW is right about the pain meds. It's a lot harder to overcome the pain when it's at **pain** already. That is one of the problems with patients sometimes they don't want to take pain med and wont untill they need it. The problem w/ that is by that time it takes longer to get over. They usually will want you to walk as soon as you can feel your legs again. Roll over slow to your side, bend your knees, use the bottom rail again as your little step with your feet from bed to floor. Meanwhile, at same time feet going to floor, use hand next to top rail and other hand put in FRONT of you (crossing your body). PLace the palm of that hand flat on the bed and push your upper body up into a sitting postion. Your other hand that's close to the rail still on the rail and use it as your brace. You can try practicing on your bed at home to figure out just what the heck I'm sayin'! :) Do you have somekind of stool your hubby can put at the lower end on the side of your bed for your step? Maybe hubby can pretend to be top rail of bed. In hospital he might be better at being on the other side of your bed and supporting your back as you lay down. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
ccpdm ccpdm 5 years 30 weeks
Sorry, I haven't either. My worst experience was pitosin (sp?) with my second. I went from 'this isn't too bad' to 'arrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh' in seconds. I'm breaking out in a sweat thinking about it. When they scheduled to induce me for my third, I was prepped and ready to go, but before they could start the IV, I went into labor. I think I scared myself into it... But I digress. This doesn't answer your question. Harts info looks good. I've always heard you need to get up and start walking as soon as possible. At any rate, I'll be sending prayers in a northeasterly direction on Monday morning!!! :baby: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson
MotoLinz MotoLinz 5 years 30 weeks
My first was an emergency c-section, and I was under general anesthesia. If you can help it, I suggest NOT going that route. Waking up with a fresh incision and no pain killers was pretty freaking awful (whereas with the spinal block, you get pain killers for the next 24 hours or something), and it's MUCH harder to get on top of the pain after it's hit than to manage it from the get-go. Other than that, I couldn't walk for a day or two, and moving around in general was pretty difficult - but then I felt quite a bit better once I got to shuffling around in the hallways. However, it was a good two weeks until I was walking at a somewhat normal pace again. It can be difficult, but try to maintain your posture, even if it's more comfortable to slump when you walk. Healing was just fine - I had the SteriStrips that fell off after about a week and a half, and I've never had a single problem with my incision other than that the scar sometimes itches a little bit. I just try not to scratch it in public, lest people think I have crabs or something. :) They gave me a prescription for some heavy duty pain killer when I left the hospital, but I never even had it filled and didn't have the need for anything beyond the very occasional Motrin. I have my second c-section scheduled for March 6, and I should be able to go with the spinal block, so I predict a much more pleasant experience. (Except I'm nervous about getting a needle in my back and the sensation of people tugging at my numb torso.) Best of luck, and congrats!
hartsfull hartsfull 5 years 30 weeks
Rehab people don't usually like giving you the rails to help you to bed because you won't have them at home to help you. But, after the first couple of days (maybe even the first) you wont need them and you'll be surprised at how all of a sudden it's easy. The important thing is you mush get up. People after surgery don't want to get up because they hurt but that actually makes the healing take longer. But DON'T try to do too much. Even simple lifting like 10lbs. or more is really too much. Not every nurse or nurses aide will know that you've had a c-section. So if your breast feeding and they bring you your baby you might need to tell them, so they lift the baby for you and give him to you. Don't try to lift him. Back to that rail thing from above. It's because of having the rails that make it easier and then you wont mind getting up and down therefore will heal better. When you get home it will be a little different. Don't straighten your legs before you turn on your back. That might help. Do you want the personal stuff from actually being on the table? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
hartsfull hartsfull 5 years 30 weeks
More to read after this one. :oy: When you are going to lay down do this when you're in the hospital (the nurses should show you how to do this but sometimes on ob floors they don't have very much rehab type knowledge. I've worked just about everytype of floor after I worked on rehab so that's how I know (and in different hospitals). Anyway, as I was about to say do this: Whoever is helping you to bed, put the bottom rail on the bed so that the top of it is almost even w/ the bed. Put your top rail up (note on that part in a sec though). Now grab the top rail with your hand closest to it. The other hand on the bed in back of you. NOw, move one foot at a time onto the rail (it's a step now see). NOw you can slowly move your legs onto the bed. I wish I were there cuz I could help better that way. I've never actually told someone w/o being there to instruct them before. :? It's also been awhile cuz I haven't worked since I was prego w/ my son. Sending this and start more to write. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
hartsfull hartsfull 5 years 30 weeks
My first was an emergency c-section and my second was scheduled. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.