Nervous but excited 3rd c-section
- I had my son by emergency c-section after being in labor with him for 3 days and his heart rate kept dropping for 30 seconds. my daughter was a scheduled c-section. Now I'm having my third by c-section. A little nervous because I was told I couldn't have any more c-sections because of my scar tissue. I have a new doctor and I was reassured me that there will be scar tissue, and more each time you get cut but I'm still nervous...but I'm very excited...just can't wait to hold my son.
- —Guest cassondra p.
- C-sections are performed every day. My first child was a C after 18 hours of labor, although we knew that there would be a chance one would be required before even going into labor. This time my C is scheduled and I am actually looking forward to only recovering from the surgery and not the surgery plus the swollen pain from 4 hours of pushing. There is no need to worry about not bonding with your baby because she is delivered by C -- you've already carried her for 9 months! She is still yours. Just take care of yourself and let others take care of you, too. Get up and walk as soon as you can, and get a post-maternity girdle. Not only did this make getting around and rolling over in bed so much easier, but I swear it helped me get back to my pre-baby size more quickly. Just be sure to ask your doctor questions where you are concerned so that you reasonably know what to expect. Don't let yourself be frightened because you were first afraid to ask. Good luck!
- —Guest 2nd c - this one planned
- I had my first c-section when I was 21, unplanned, had general anesthetic, tried a VBAC with my second, didn't work, my labor failed to progress both times, 3rd time I tried again, went very overdue, and another c-section. The 4th was a planned c-section, I had epidural and it was far, far better to plan it and actually be there for the birth than the general anesthesia at the last minute. I had a hard time at first accepting it, but sometimes these things happen, and I'm very grateful for my healthy children. Now my oldest daughter is expecting her first, and just found out her baby is breech and she will also need a c-section. She's very worried about it, and I'm trying to reassure her the best I can that it will go well, and not to feel badly about it.
- —Guest Karen
Granny pants are your friends
- I planned to have a natural, non-intervention birth. Instead I ended up with an emergency c-section under general! I was surprised that the non-staple sutures were very good, way better than when I had my appendix out when I was 9. Unfortunately it was so good I did too much and my wound has been weeping sticky fluid, which antibiotics took care of, now after 4 weeks it is still oozing a bit of blood. Listen to the medical staff and DON'T lift heavy things, even though you think you can. Also all my underwear and jeans sit right on the scar - invest in some big granny pants and high waisted trousers, just in case you end up with a c-section. Much more comfortable if you have a scar to deal with.
- —Guest emergency c section
How long does the incision burn for?
- My staples are out finally after seven days after birth, but there are certain parts of the incision that are still really red kind of don't look all the way closed and they burn pretty bad just in those spots, the rest of the incision if fairly numb no feeling of pain on those parts. I also have a lump in the shape of a line on each side of my lower abdominal area. Also there are two little what looks like burn marks that don't hurt or anything about an inch away from the incision on both sides of the cut. When does the burning end and is this normal?
- —Guest andrea
2nd c section
- I had a c section with my son because my labour stopped and went back wards and epidural didn't work so I had a general. I was so freaked out I wouldn't wake up. Now that I'm older I know the surgery is done every day and there's nothing to worry about. But I'm still freaked out by having another c section. The scars don't bother me, what bothers me is that possibly not being able to bond with my child.
- —Guest krystal
- A month ago I had a c-section with my first baby, my advice the sooner you start moving the better, definitely have help, and don't feel guilty about not having the baby naturally. In the days after my c-section I wished I could speed time up and be healed so I could take care of my baby, but after a week you'll feel back to normal and the swelling should be completely gone, just remember you will get back to being yourself in no time.
- —Guest Amy
Elective Caeser to reduce PND
- I plan to have a caeser this time, as I had a traumatic birth experience with my first and only child 6 years ago and have never recovered emotionally, physically or mentally. The physical damage he did to me being born, the long labour, the pain despite having all the pain relief plus and epidural just aren't worth risking again. Now my vagina is a mass of scars inside and out and my bladders broken. I am opting for a caeser now that I'm having a surprise baby, as I was never having another one after what I went through. Why jump off a roof twice hoping the next time you won't break your neck right? I have researched all the pros and cons, and as the labour is what caused the physically damage plus PND and PTSD, I'm cutting out that option/risk and hoping that the caeser will be better. I am so terrified of delivering vaginally. I've been in therapy for 6 years now...I'm looking forward to enjoying this next baby.
- —Guest Yvette
2ND TIME ROUND
- It wasn't so bad, I was up in 8 hours walking. I'm having my second c-section in a few months and I'm not worried. It's over before you know it.
- —Guest CHARMAINE
C-Section Scared out my wits!
- Well I'm due to have a C-Section soon, but I'm so scared I don't know what do with my self. I don't want to be put to sleep because of fear of not waking up. I don't know why I'm so afraid this early, but I am.
- —Guest Sarah
- I have a scheduled c section this Wednesday and I have to be put to sleep and that's what scares me the most....
- —Guest jaime
- Ten weeks now and I still am not like before loads of weight gain when should start skipping and running etc anyone have any ideas.
- —Guest expected csection
1st and Last!
- With my 1st pregnancy, the baby (boy) was measuring very large throughout the entire pregnancy. They decided to deliver vaginally anyway. As a result, because of his large size (over 9 pounds) he got stuck at his shoulders, and was completely blue, and not breathing when finally delivered. He is now a 3 year old, 50 pound, 3 foot blue eyed blond angel. but they said had it taken ANY longer, we'd have lost him. 2nd pregnancy was HARD; again, measured very large. Based on this and my 1st pregnancy, Dr. insisted on Csection. the ACTUAL surgery was easy and fine. Recovery sucked. I couldnt sit down or get up without horrible pain. I couldnt cough or sneeze without crying. I had to sleep on the couch for 2 weeks because I couldnt access our tall bed easily. Hubby was big help, but he couldnt always be there. EVERYthing I did hurt. Now, 6 months later, scar looks great but is STILL completely numb! Area has NO feeling at all, lol. Was worth it, if you have a Xtra hand to help out with things
Wearing a girdle/wrap after
- I wore a girdle for 30 days after my first c-section. Wear it all day and night. Just remove to shower and keep applying location to help with abdominal stretching. This helps hold everything in place and stops you from making any sudden movements that can hurt. It's not the most comfortable thing, but I was moving around normal the same night with very little pain. You get used to it, and when I removed for showing I differently felt a difference. I am heading for my 2nd c-section in 6 weeks and plan on doing the same. Buy two, so you and wash one while wearing the other.
- —Guest Jen
- I would love to have another a bit scared though...because I have had 5 c-section births. Now and I have been told it is life threatening. I don't know how true it is. We would love another baby...
- —Guest mellissa