I went to the doctor as scheduled on Tuesday. He ordered an ultrasound to be done because baby's been measuring 2 weeks bigger than she should for the last couple appointments. I was really nervous about finding out how big she was in case she was a giant or something. Turns out that she's not huge (but measuring full term already, I'm guessing around 7 1/2 pounds) but she is laying breech.
The doctor told me that she may turn, but I doubt it because she was head down two weeks ago and must have just turned not that long ago. He also said I had the option of him trying to turn the baby, but I turned it down. The doctor said it was probably better that way anyways, since it's only a 50/50 chance of her turning, maybe lower with her being on the bigger side, and it could cause problems with the placenta or the cord, which would then require an emergency c-section. So I just opted for a scheduled c-section.
I'm so nervous and worried/scared. I have never had any sort of surgery in my life and was fully expecting a vaginal delivery. I'm at least happy that I'll know when she'll be born and won't have to worry about having an emergency c-section, but all my other concerns are a bit over-powering. I have no idea what to expect or how bonding/breastfeeding with go now because I'll be recovering. So if anyone has any advice for me or can share their experiences, it would be appreciated so much.
Also, I'm worried about how I'm going to take care of a newborn and a toddler while trying to recover from the c-section. So any advice in that regard would be great, too.
And adding to everything else, I've had contractions every night this week. So I'm not getting much sleep. And I've been losing my plug for a couple weeks now, but I'm starting to lose more now. Plus, I'm having some contractions now, too. I don't think they're in a pattern yet and they're not very strong, but enough to get my hopes up that I may go into labor and have the baby soon (obviously they would have to do an "emergency" c-section if I went in).
Sorry for writing so much. I'm just a little stressed.
I had exactly the same with my second and did have her turned plus accupunture but she always went back to breech so had a section and had all the worries you did,but for me it was a really positive experience,I recovered really quickly and had a toddler. As long as you have some help for the first two weeks. Hope that helps a little x
i had an emergency c section with my wee one, but it wasn't a good experience, due to several reasons, i was put to sleep, i became actuley unwell after wards with gallstones so ended up in a surgical ward 3 days after having her. I was lucky though as my mother and sister were around and they took over with regards to the wee one.
Mines wasn't a great experience but a girl in my work had to have an emergency c section and the next day she told me how she was on her hands and knees helping a woman in the bathroom on her ward!!! so obviously she wasn't feeling the after affects at all!!
It just depends how your body copes and how physically fit you are hun. I am overweight so knew recovery would be slow, but if you are semi healthy do everything they tell you, and if possible take your pain killers as these do help in some ways.
You would really benefit from some outside help for the first few weeks, is there anyone you can draft in? Having a toddler about as well as a new born could be over-whelming for you and just having someone there for a few hours to help with the everyday chores is a big big help. xx its not all as bad as it sounds honest, there are tons of good stories out there as you will see x
I had my presentation scan yesterday to make sure baby is still breech and it is, then had a talk about my options and I too have decided not to have the baby turned. Having lost three babies already I simply can't face any risk to this little one.
I too will be having a c section. My sister had one with hers and she really was fine afterwards you'd never have known, my friend however took a while to get over it. Think like has already been said it depends on your own body.
I think on the bonding side of things it'll actually work out better for me this time because I'll have to sit down and relax after so what better to do than spend that time when you'd usually be rushing around than with the baby.
I was told that if I get and contractions to ring the labour ward and make sure I tell them I have a breech baby and they'll have me in asap.
If you can stay in hospital for 3/4 days as they will look after LO at nights (unless your BF then they will bring LO to you).
Have online shopping set up with an order ready and get food that can be just put in the oven or just eaten/drank. When your toddler etc wants a snack make it into a game, they love going to get their own yoghurts, fruit etc.
Ask anyone that can to help you, they wont mind and your toddler will enjoy the attention.
Have everything you need in 2 places e.g changing bag, that way you wont need to be going up and down stairs.
Have dvds and toys easily accessible for your toddler - it doesnt matter if your house gets messy. Oh, and if you will be the one home tell friends and family to knock then come in so you dont have to be wasting energy answering the door!
Try not to worry, everyone recovers differently. It took me a few weeks (showers always took a while) but I have known people to feel okay (but having to be careful with lifting etc) in a few days.
I had an emergency section with my daughter due to her being breech and only being discovered when I went in to labour. Despite it being an emergency section it was a positive experience. I breast fed with no problems, I just need a little help in her being brought to me for the first day. I did feel a bit cheated at having missed out on a 'normal' delivery, which lasted a few months, but must admit when I see births on TV now I think 'oh I'm so glad I didn't have to do that!' I'm pregnant with 2 now and can honestly say it wouldn't bother me either way how he/she is born.
I had an elective C section 7 weeks ago will Ollie, it was a great experience and I was out of hospital on day 2, this was my choice as neither myself or Ollie could sleep and it was just too hot. I took things easy for a few weeks then just went back to normal, earlier than I should of but everything has gone great. As said everyone is different but I expected it to be harder than it was. I did have my DH and mum here to help, so I say make sure you have plenty of support and help with your toddler. Bonding has been no different as far as Im concerned and I still had skin to skin contact. I really hope all goes well for you, take care XX
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