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Elizabeth - posted on 09/30/2009

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I had an unplanned c-section. It was fine - got a little exciting while I was in the operating theatre, but all the drugs they give you mean that you're really pretty calm in there. It doesn't hurt at all - it just feels weird. You can *feel* them pulling your baby out, but it doesn't hurt. Someone described it to me as if someone was doing the dishes in your tummy, and that's really accurate!
The c-section did mean that I wasn't able to lift my bubba out of her crib for the first few days (one day I did try, and then when I sat back on the bed I collapsed backwards cos I just didn't have the strength to sit up properly - whoops!), and it can mean your milk takes a bit longer to come in, which is a pain if you want to breast feed (you just have to feed bubba as often and as long as you can). I recovered pretty well - it barely hurt at all - about 6-7 weeks later it went a bit ucky, but my doctor said that was just some gunk (basically a bruise) working it's way to the surface. Because it didn't hurt at all, it was really hard to remember not to do any lifting twisting for those first 6 weeks.

Marian - posted on 09/30/2009

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its better to be safe than sorry. everyone heals differently the best advice is to listen to your doc / midwife and your body because overdoing it can cause problems later with increased scar tissue as my midwife and doc informed me.
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Sarah-jane - posted on 09/30/2009

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rubbish i had a c section and the day after i was home doing my washing and and hovering, yes they tell u to be carefull but some people make it out to be worse than it is and the faster u do things ur self the better it is,

Marian - posted on 09/30/2009

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hi if you can avoid having a section do because it makes everything harder like even picking your baby up from the cot and it really hard to strengthen your stomach muscles because they cut and pull them to the side. if you have to one hopefully they will do a running stitch as it heals better & don`t hang any washing out till your midwife or doc says its ok otherwise u can rip the internal & external stitches

Sarah-jane - posted on 09/30/2009

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i had a c section and u dont feel a thing just like someone touching u but no pain. and after wards it takes a while to heal but its not as bad as people say

Yozanne - posted on 09/29/2009

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i ended up having an emergency c-section, it wasn't a genuine emergency however that's what they called it as it wasn't pre-planned. I was 12 days overdue and then was induced which started off really well and my labour was progressing, however after 23 hours i failed to dilate any further than 8cm therefore the surgeon stated that there was no other option but the c-section. I was so terrified and it was something that i feared would happen, however i can honestly say it wasn't as bad as i had imagined. They administered the epidural/nerve block (which in my case was slightly uncomfortable as i was over contracting and i had to try and keep still and they struggled to get it in and it took many attempts, but this isn't always the case) It produces such a strange feeling as you cant feel anything from your toes up to your breasts. The drugs administered can cause your blood pressure to fall and this makes you feel sick, however they can give you anti sickness drugs which help. Its quite daunting as there are a lot of medical people around the operating table, however your partner should be allowed in with you and can distract you. The actual procedure i found was really quick which surprised me,it took 5-10 minutes to get my baby out, you obviously cant feel any pain, however you can feel tugging, they described it as a feeling of someone "washing up in your tummy" and in a strange way it is like that. once baby is out, it takes a further 10mins or so to stitch you back up, but this goes soooo quickly as your preoccupied with your baby. Post op it is painful and so uncomfortable, and the most simple tasks, ie walking, bending down and picking things up are difficult, however within a few days it does become easier and taking regular pain relief does help, along with resting and not over doing it. You usually have to stay in hospital for a few days but then you can go home. I can honestly say it wasn't all as bad as i thought and believe me before i went into the operating room i was crying and sooooo scared but the team of surgeons, midwifes etc are great and talk you through the whole thing. Hope this helps xx

Chantel - posted on 09/29/2009

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Katie Yott,
My situation was a little different, due to time of year. My daughter was born on the 21st of december and we came home on christmas eve. Because of the holidays my one week was more like two. Because of this my body had started to work the staples out already and so when I went in to have them removed it wasn't too bad. There were a couple that were more sinsitive than others. I was actually surprised it didn't hurt more. Although, I do have a fairly high pain tolerance.

Katie - posted on 09/29/2009

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Hi Chantel,

I had staples too, did you find at your 1 wk f/u that it hurt to have the staples out? I figured they would be a piece of cake because they'd removed some before I was discharged, but I was suprised about that. Or it could just be me.

Chantel - posted on 09/29/2009

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I had to have an emergency c-section with my daughter. I was scared but it turned out to be a really good thing. My daughter had the cord wraped around her entire body and there was no way that I could have had her naturally. Had I tried they probably would have lost both of us, seeing as my blood pressure and O2 levels had already dropped a few times and they also lost my daughters heart beat a couple times. As far as recovery goes, they give you meds and it really wasnt that bad. It was hard for a few days but I was up and moving about as if nothing had happened no more than 3 weeks after. I had staples, which many dr's dont use anymore, and I think if it wouldnt have been for them I would have recovered a little faster simply because I wouldnt have had to mess with them. But like I said it was a really good thing for me and your doctor knows best. If he/she believes it is needed then trust them.

I hope this was helpful to you, if you have any more questions let me know and I would be happy to help.

Chantel Lagergren

Katie - posted on 09/29/2009

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On my due date I had an ultrasound and then a Drs appointment because my Dr was concerned about size. So when he walked in and said Would you like your son today or tomorrow of course I jumped at it right then.

Now my section was a little different, when we arrived they did all the prep where they have you sign paperwork then give you an IV and 2 bags of water, then the Anesthologist came in and said what they were going to do. My hubby was going to be putting on the scrubs so he could be in there. Then my sons heartrate plummeted to 40 beats and they put me on my side to see if he just laid on the cord, then they had me on all 4's while someone checked me. The next thing I know I'm on my way to the OR for a section and they put me under. Because I was under my husband couldn't come in but he waited out in the hall and was able to see our son once he arrived.

He was absolutely fine once he arrived he had just gotten tangled up in the cord.



Now I've been told that this is not typical so please don't get frightened or anything by this. Now after the section I woke in the recovery room and once I was fully awake I was able to hold my son and they moved me to a room and I was on liquids and jello for the first night then I could eat solids. They give you vicodin and Tylenol and also the first day or so you're hooked to a moriphine pump. My hospital also had those inflatable things on my legs for circulation.

Now at my hospital if you hvae a section and you're husband/partner doesn't sleep in the room then the baby can't be with you overnight he/she has to be in the nursery due to the meds you are taking. Other hospitals may be different.. I had my son on a Thursday night and we were discharged on Sunday afternoon.



I personally had a great recovery and probably doing alot more things than I should've, I couldn't drive for 2 weeks though, I think it was a combo of the meds and the stitches.



Oh, after the first 24 hours they do make you try to walk around (with assistance from a nurse) and once they take the catheter out they do want you to use the bathroom and have a bm before you leave.



I hope that answers your questions. Any other please feel free to ask!

Katie

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