I had an emergency C-section with my first and a scheduled with my second 5 years later.
During my first the numbness started creeping up my body. I didn't notice until my chest got numb. And then my arms and hands. I remember saying something and being told it was fine. And then I lost my swallow reflex. I couldn't swallow the extra saliva in my mouth. My throat was numb and I couldn't do that action. And I could breathe fine but I panicked because I felt like I was going to drown. I started freaking out and they had to get one of those dental suction things for my mouth. I have no memory after my son came out. I briefly remember his father holding him and then my next memory is waking up in a different room.
I had always thought that I'd simply passed out. My OB during my 2nd pregnancy explained to me that they must have knocked me out. That numbness travelling up your body is rare and very bad. And was likely due to a spinal being done too high.
My planned C-section went perfect, I thought. They did spend a lot of time asking me if I could feel this or that. Every once in a while during the surgery I thought I felt something, but it wasn't painful, just uncomfortable/awkward. I initially got really warm/faint/nauseous. I think this was a side effect of the anesthesia. (I don't react well to pain killers in general). They got me some water and ice chips and the feeling faded before surgery was started. I felt totally alert and fine thereafter.
Good luck to you. I've only had one and it was one of the worst moments of my life. It was an emergency and I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia. I was not smiling in my first pictures with my daughter. I share your fear. However, I did not feel a thing! I think you had a unique experience. None of my friends have bad c-section stories. I would discuss your concerns with the anesthesiologists ahead of time and they will take extra special care of you. This time will be totally different!
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