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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 13:27 PM   1
KittyVentura
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A few section questions please dears


Hello loves.

I'm just trying to prepare and arm myself with as many facts as I can.

My daughter is currently breech, has been since they started palpitating at 28 weeks. I am 33 weeks and measuring 2 weeks ahead so my midwife didn't seem too optimistic about her turning naturally. I am aware though that there is still PLENTY of time for her to do so and I do hope she does.

Anyway the chance of needing a section is of course on my mind, especially having decided to refuse ECV to turn her (lots of reasons for this having fully researched).

So if those of you that have had sections wouldn't mind answering my a few Qs that would be fab:

Was your section elective or emergency?
If you baby was breech what gestation were you when you had you had your elective section?
Did you request/were you able to have immediate skin to skin contact with baby?
Did you manage to breastfeed or did a section hamper your efforts?
How long were you in hospital for?
How long was your immediate recovery - before you could do basic household tasks/climb stairs/change your pants yourself etc?
How soon after your section could you do any kind of "heavy" lifting? (I have a toddler who will be around 19 months so thinking of lifting him mainly).
How soon did you feel able to cope at home alone with baby?
How soon after did you feel able to have sex?
Finally - and this might seem like an odd one but I am bridesmaid and my best friend gets married 6 weeks after I am due, how soon after your section do you feel you could have realistically coped with a "night out". I don't mean drinking etc I just mean a night being active and on yoru feet out of the house?

Many thanks in advance xx



 
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 14:23 PM   2
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Hello loves.

I'm just trying to prepare and arm myself with as many facts as I can.

My daughter is currently breech, has been since they started palpitating at 28 weeks. I am 33 weeks and measuring 2 weeks ahead so my midwife didn't seem too optimistic about her turning naturally. I am aware though that there is still PLENTY of time for her to do so and I do hope she does.

Anyway the chance of needing a section is of course on my mind, especially having decided to refuse ECV to turn her (lots of reasons for this having fully researched).

So if those of you that have had sections wouldn't mind answering my a few Qs that would be fab:

Was your section elective or emergency? Mine was elective
If you baby was breech what gestation were you when you had you had your elective section? I was 39+2
Did you request/were you able to have immediate skin to skin contact with baby? I asked but was told it wasn't policy to have skin to skin in theatre, I had to wait until I got back to the ward
Did you manage to breastfeed or did a section hamper your efforts? I tried to BF for the 2 days I was in hospital but DD couldn't get a wide enough gape and stay on and my nips were super sensitive. I don't think the section hampered things though
How long were you in hospital for? 48 hrs, couldn't wait to get home as it was too noisy to sleep in hospital!
How long was your immediate recovery - before you could do basic household tasks/climb stairs/change your pants yourself etc? I could climb stairs/get showered & dressed etc, I put washing in and hung it on the airer when I got home
How soon after your section could you do any kind of "heavy" lifting? (I have a toddler who will be around 19 months so thinking of lifting him mainly). Mmmm I don't think I lifted anything heavier than DD for at least 3 wks, then I lifted nothing heavier than DD in carseat, it was a good 4/5 wks til I hoovered or ironed
How soon did you feel able to cope at home alone with baby? I was about 4/5 wks when I felt able to manage without DH or MIL's help
How soon after did you feel able to have sex? I think we DTD when I was about 6/7 wks post section
Finally - and this might seem like an odd one but I am bridesmaid and my best friend gets married 6 weeks after I am due, how soon after your section do you feel you could have realistically coped with a "night out". I don't mean drinking etc I just mean a night being active and on yoru feet out of the house? I couldn't have coped with a night out at 6 wks post section as I unfortunately got a fairly nasty infection at 3wks post section.

Many thanks in advance xx
My DD was breech pretty much all the way through my pregnancy, I was offered an ECV too but also declined it as when I googled all I read was horror stories and I looked at the stats for my hospital and felt that 15% success rate wasn't good enough to put me and DD through it.



 
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 15:25 PM   3
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Was your section elective or emergency? Elective - due to breech position
If you baby was breech what gestation were you when you had you had your elective section? - 39 + 1 weeks, but they only discovered he was breech at 38 + 5
Did you request/were you able to have immediate skin to skin contact with baby? - Hubby held him next to me right away, while i was still on the operating table but im sure you could hold if you want.
Did you manage to breastfeed or did a section hamper your efforts? - He had to go to special care at a few hours old so breastfeeding didn't really happen for me but if not for that, i think it would totally be possible, although you would need help to lift him etc at first.
How long were you in hospital for? - Had him on Friday, out on Monday but again that was due to a few minor complications. If not i would have been out on the Sunday.
How long was your immediate recovery - before you could do basic household tasks/climb stairs/change your pants yourself etc? - Very fast, i was up and walking the next day and within the week i was almost as mobile as before. The staples come out on day 5 and at that point i was doing normal things and i was ready to have them out, they were irritating me!
How soon after your section could you do any kind of "heavy" lifting? (I have a toddler who will be around 19 months so thinking of lifting him mainly). - I had my hubby to help me for 2 weeks and after that i had my family to help lift the car seat etc, i could do it but would feel a bit of "pulling". By a month i would say that had gone.
How soon did you feel able to cope at home alone with baby? - I had to at 2 weeks, and i was fine.
How soon after did you feel able to have sex? - I did it at 6 weeks, but that was due to sleepless nights, downstairs felt no different so in theory i probably could have done it after 2-3 weeks.
Finally - and this might seem like an odd one but I am bridesmaid and my best friend gets married 6 weeks after I am due, how soon after your section do you feel you could have realistically coped with a "night out". I don't mean drinking etc I just mean a night being active and on yoru feet out of the house? - If you heal ok, you'll be fine at 6 weeks.

Hope this helps!



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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 15:28 PM   4
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Thanks for this thread KV- I've just found out today baby is transverse so these questions are on my mind too



 
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 15:54 PM   5
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Hi
I had my dd by elective due to breech. Couldnt have a ECV as i bled at 35 weeks.
DH held her first by my side, too many drips and the screen made it hard fir me to hold her.
Spent 2 days in hospital, and was doing most things by myself by day 4. Driving by 2weeks.

I rushed into trying to do too much and my scar puckered. My own fault trying to be super woman. Best of luck with everything x



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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 16:32 PM   6
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Thanks too KV !! Im 36 weeks and off to have a scan tomorrow and I am refusing ECV so I like these questions xx



 
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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 17:49 PM   7
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Hi Kitty
I had an emergency c section on Monday after being in labour for 48 hours, only dilating to 3 cm and my baby boys heartbeat dropping dangerously low. I had him placed onto my chest as soon as I was wheeled into recovery. I have had trouble breast feeding but I doubt that it's down to the section. I was in hospital for 2 nights after the surgery which I was very surprised about. I'm having no trouble climbing stairs but do need my pArtner to help me with putting on and taking off underwear and getting in and out of bed etc.....
I was told not to do any heavy lifting or even hoovering.

My section has been made slightly worse by the fact that before they realised I needed a section they tried unsuccessfully to place an epidural 4 times so my back is very bruised and sore.

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Old Apr 4th, 2012, 20:22 PM   8
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Was your section elective or emergency? 1 emergency/1 planned; 2nd planned in May
If you baby was breech what gestation were you when you had you had your elective section? Emergency was due to heart-rate dropping
Did you request/were you able to have immediate skin to skin contact with baby? Immediate
Did you manage to breastfeed or did a section hamper your efforts? Didn't want to BF
How long were you in hospital for? 2 nights
How long was your immediate recovery - before you could do basic household tasks/climb stairs/change your pants yourself etc? When I came home I was able to
How soon after your section could you do any kind of "heavy" lifting? (I have a toddler who will be around 19 months so thinking of lifting him mainly). I waited two weeks
How soon did you feel able to cope at home alone with baby? Immediately
How soon after did you feel able to have sex? 6wks just because
Finally - and this might seem like an odd one but I am bridesmaid and my best friend gets married 6 weeks after I am due, how soon after your section do you feel you could have realistically coped with a "night out". I don't mean drinking etc I just mean a night being active and on yoru feet out of the house? 6wks

I hope this helps.



 
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Old Apr 5th, 2012, 03:04 AM   9
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Hello loves.

I'm just trying to prepare and arm myself with as many facts as I can.

My daughter is currently breech, has been since they started palpitating at 28 weeks. I am 33 weeks and measuring 2 weeks ahead so my midwife didn't seem too optimistic about her turning naturally. I am aware though that there is still PLENTY of time for her to do so and I do hope she does.

Anyway the chance of needing a section is of course on my mind, especially having decided to refuse ECV to turn her (lots of reasons for this having fully researched).

So if those of you that have had sections wouldn't mind answering my a few Qs that would be fab:

Was your section elective or emergency? 2 emergency, 1 elective
If you baby was breech what gestation were you when you had you had your elective section?baby wasn't breech but was born at 39+2
Did you request/were you able to have immediate skin to skin contact with baby?I had a natural section so my baby was delivered straight onto my chest. There was a sterile drape between us but my hands were on her and it was wonderful.
Did you manage to breastfeed or did a section hamper your efforts?section had no effect, BF with all 3
How long were you in hospital for?2 nights with the elective, slightly more with the emergencies
How long was your immediate recovery - before you could do basic household tasks/climb stairs/change your pants yourself etc?They try to get you on your feet after 6 hours, but I felt too sick to manage more than a few seconds (couldn't even finish a nappy change), the next day though I was fine. Was able to climb stairs etc as soon as I got home. Didn't attempt household tasks until the second week. Went for a walk at 4 days post section and struggled towards the end. Also, at 2 weeks PP am still unable to push the (admittedly heavy) pram up hills.
How soon after your section could you do any kind of "heavy" lifting? (I have a toddler who will be around 19 months so thinking of lifting him mainly).i was lifting my 2 year old onto and off of the toilet by 5 days PP, but i had to be really careful not to use my stomach muscles. I carried her for the first time yesterday and was fine.
How soon did you feel able to cope at home alone with baby?never lol, that's more to do with coping with 3 under 5s though!
How soon after did you feel able to have sex? can't remember tbh
Finally - and this might seem like an odd one but I am bridesmaid and my best friend gets married 6 weeks after I am due, how soon after your section do you feel you could have realistically coped with a "night out". I don't mean drinking etc I just mean a night being active and on yoru feet out of the house?I'm 2 weeks PP and think I could cope with it now as long as i was careful. After my emergency sections though I wouldn't have felt able until at least 4 weeks PP as my body was still recovering from labour

Many thanks in advance xx
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Thank you so much for taking the time to reply ladies. You've been a great help xxx



 
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