I am currently due another scan next month as I have placenta praevia so the possibility of me having a c section is 50/50 at the moment but I just wanted to know from ladies that have experienced it what it is actually like ?
What can you feel while their doing it ?
Is the scar sore were they stitch you back up afterwards ?
I had a c-section, but in Germany, so some of my experiences might be a bit different. For example, they didn't shave me as I heard they do in other countries. Plus, I'd been eating and drinking the whole time while laboring (it was an unplanned section) and they weren't at all concerned about that fact (another thing I hear they worry about in other places)
Anyway, when I agreed to the section, they wheeled me into the surgery room and gave me a spinal tap. They tested to see if it was working by putting something on me and asking if I could feel it. I said, no. And they began. I felt absolutely nothing the whole time. Nor did I have any shakes or anything like that. I heard a beautiful, little cry and then they announced I had a perfectly, healthy boy. I felt very weak, but otherwise... fantastic!
It wasn`t until sometime later that the painkiller wore off...and that pain was a shock. They gave me meds which helped a little, but I'll be honest, it was wicked bad. Despite that, the first few days weren't terrible as I remained in the bed with a catheter, and the nurses took care of my son. It was the last few days in the hospital, where they took out the catheter, and I had to take care of him, get up, move around, that it was horrible.
But by the seventh and last day there, it began to lessen and soon after I was home, I felt okay. I had to move around slowly, but I could manage.
As for things not to do: I was told not to lift anything heavy for 6 weeks ( i was like: "besides my ten pound son?"). I know they meant well, but that bit of advice was a bit annoying under the circumstances)
- no exercise besides light walking and then some gentle exercises a visiting midwife showed me until my doc checked me at 6 weeks and gave me the okay to start my regular routines again
--- no sex until the 6 week check up
Besides the horrible, initial pain (and that might have been because I was in Germany. I think they use lighter meds than the US. Not sure how things are in the UK), I would say my experience was actually a positive one. No long term/recurrant pain at all. Once it was gone, it was gone. No problems at all with the scar. If I don't actively look down, I wouldn't even know I had one. No problems at all! Really, besides that scar, bodily-wise, it was like I've never been pregnant or had the section.
Try not to worry too much. Experiences during and after vary so much. Just try to have things prepared to make things easier on you as possible when you come home. (easy to make meals/snacks for example). Stock up on things. Have things low so you don't have to reach up, etc. And just be prepared to take things very slowly for awhile.
When I asked my midwife she said we only need to stay in for 24 hours now they like to get ladies home and my other half may have to go back to work once baby is here so I'm just worrying about being able to look after the baby and my little girl as well she's 5 so quite old but I've heard you can't drive and I don't know how I'll get her to school or anything and I have no family I can rely on or ask to stay with me to help.
A day? Wow. That's pretty rotten. Give someone major surgery and then send them on their way... with a baby to take care? Really? *sigh*. I could go on a rant here, but I won't.
On the positive, I have heard other women say that they had very little to no pain afterwards and were back to driving, etc within a few days so maybe you will be amongst those lucky ones. In case not though, maybe you could put some money aside and use it for cab fare so you could instead ride with your daughter to and from her school until you felt able to drive?
And maybe you could mention your worries to your midwife? Maybe she knows of people who could come by and help out at reasonable rates if need be?
Hey I've had an emergency and an elective. You wont have any pain but you will feel them tugging and stuff moving inside you. It felt to me like bubs does when they're having a good wiggle.
You will be sore for a little while after but the severity is different for everyone. After a few days I feel ok just a bit tender. Keep up the pain meds they give you and you'll be fine! You'll likely be given injections to take at home once a day for about a week. There to prevent blood clots. You will have wind pain afterwards which was the worst thing for me so make sure you have peppermint cordial/tea on hand and rennies do a wind relief which is good too.
I don't drive so cant help there but you'll need to discuss with GP and insurance when you can drive again. Apparently its usually 6 weeks but some insurance companies let you earlier. I'd definitely try and keep OH home for a week at least because you wont be able to move around as easily as usual xx
Are you able to pick your baby up for example at night time and things like that how easy is it to get up or get out of bed and go and pick the baby up ?
I know I was surprised you don't stay in longer but she said as long as I'm fine going to the toilet there's no need to stay in she said once the numbness goes away they encourage you to get out of bed and move around.
Is there any way at all the stitches can split or tear ? Are there restrictions to going up and down stairs ?
You'll be able to get out of bed and pick baby up. You'll likely be a bit stiff and sore but you will be able to.
My hospital actually has a 48HR policy but I'll be requesting 24hrs next time. I struggle to sleep in hospital so when you're moving around and not on IV drugs anymore theres no need to stay. I prefer to be at home.
The scar can split yes. No restrictions on stairs just lifting. I wouldn't pick up anything heavier than bubs. Even at 2 weeks last time the midwife warned me not to pick up my 2yr old xx
How can you manage to split the scar ??? Is there anything you can do to encourage quicker healing ?
Is bending over ok ? Sorry for all the questions just trying to prepare myself some people in work have made it out like it's terrible recovery is awful and I'll be able to do nothing
Try not to worry. I don't think its particularly common and when it does open its usually just a small bit of the scar not the whole thing.
Its never happened to me but I assume heavy lifting, exercising and over doing it in general.
Bending over isn't easy for a little while but it wont do any harm. Just don't push your body too far. If its uncomfortable then stop xxx
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