are ceasareans really that bad?

Jess - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 255 moms have responded )

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hi im due in 2 weeks and my doctor has said that my little girl is not making her way down towards my pelvis so if she doesnt move down by next week i need to book a ceasarean and was just wondering if there as bad as people tell me they are?

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Ethel - posted on 02/23/2010

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well i had one and it was hell i walked like a turtle for about a week,had 12 staples in my stomach for about a week but after that you will be fine,it's a slow process make sure you have help with the baby cause you will be laid up for a bit but you know everyone is different so it might not be to bad for you good luck let us know how you make out and congrats on the baby

Carmen - posted on 02/23/2010

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I've never had a C-Section myself but I do know that the C-sec rate in our country is frighteningly out of control! I don't think it's that bad as far as getting over it as long as the surgery goes well. I have many friends who have had them and have not had a lot of problems. Still, you might want to consider the risks of an unnecessary surgery to yourself and your child. After all, just because the doctor's calendar says two weeks to go doesn't mean your baby's does. 40 weeks is an estimate and there is no reason, if you are not in ill health or your baby is not having problems which constitute an emergency, to rush a delivery. Babies can also drop at the last minute. Mine all dropped at different times, one week before labor, three days before labor, during labor...

I'm just saying you don't have to feel pressured if that's not the way you want to go. Good luck whatever you decide!

Rakell - posted on 02/23/2010

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i dont consider it bad i had one its up 2 u 2 make the afford and try walkin and movin urself arouns

Passionate - posted on 02/23/2010

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HI AND THEY ARENT THAT BAD AT ALL BUT HAVE TO SAY SOME PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT I NO A FEW PEOPLE THAT SAY AND COMPLAIN ABOUT THERE PAIN AND SOMETHING ABOUT IT HURTS WHEN IT RAIN I HAD IT DONE AND I HAVE NO PROBLEMS THO EXCEPT PAIN IN MY BACK FROM TIME TO TIME FROM THE SPINAL TAP YOU,LL GET BUT BESIDES THAT ITS OVER VERY QUICKLY AND ITS OKAY.

Erin - posted on 02/23/2010

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good on ya becky freak the poor girl out y dont ya. look c-section is a routine procedure they do everyday..... iv had one and yes your a bit stiff and sore but i was still able to look after my wee boy and if your being booked in theyll be onto it. i know emergeny ceasers can be awful when they have to knock u rite out but most are done while your awake and are fine. All births natural and otherwise can be risky to baby but the docs know whta they are doin.....and believe me when u have that precious lil baby in your arms u forget all about what been goin on. my scar is barely noticable u really have to look hard to find it! Good luck chicky becoming a mum is the best thing in the world and the hardest ask for help if u need it (u will at sum stage)! and just remember its a routine procedure they do it all the time again GOOD LUCK xxx

Sophie - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had a c-section 3months ago and after only 2 wks I was back to my old self. I'm not saying it's like that for everyone but I had a good experience with it. I was afraid that I'd be in bed longer due to my disability and what others have told me but I was doing everything I was doing before not too long after I had her.But for the 3 days I was in real pain. So if they prescribe meds take them.

Katie - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had to have an emergency c-section, and it was a great experience for me. They knocked me out, and I woke up 20 minutes later with a beautiful baby! My recovery time was minimal, although I know that isn't the case for everyone, and 7 months later my scar is barely visible.

Misti - posted on 02/23/2010

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I cant even believe that most of these posts say c-sections are not that bad.. That is what is wrong with this medical industry making you all believe that the doctor knows best.. NOT TRUE! your body knows how to birth our bodies have been doing far longer than any doctor of new technology knows.. This is becoming an epidemic, using c-sections as the primary way of delivering babies. After one c-section most hospitals wont let you try a VBAC (vaginal birth after ceasarean) which is just wrong! I HAVE had an emergency c=sect with my first child and it was a life saving tool and I give so much thanks for it being there in an emergency situation!! I was pregnant again shortly after my first and had a successful VBAC with my second child only 14 months after the c-section. ALL was fine and wonderful despite what many doctors told me!! We cant rely on c-section for a way to birth babies! It is not safe for recreational use, YOur baby has plenty of time to descend. My second was upside down right up until labor!They move and turn and all babies are different. no need to go thru the pain of a planned c-section. IT Hurts far worse post birth than naturally delivering, healing time is very much longer and it is just not how your body is meant to give birth..I just can't understand that doctors tell women to choose this invasive technique without letting their bodies naturally work the way it knows !! TRUST YOURSELF and find a doctor who is more aware and cares for you, not just his/her schedule. YOU CAN BIRTH NATURALLY, YOU CAN!!

Melissa - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had one.....and the answer is no, definitely not. I'm a registered nurse and was very scared to have surgery.......but it is not that bad. I was in labor 14h before they told me I was not progressing, so I had the additional pain of labor contractions....which feel like you did a million sit-ups! Yes, there is pain, but nothing that some percocet and ibuprofen can't handle. My biggest advice is to get up and walk-walk-walk!!! Make sure you have some stool softner on board (they should give you some at the hospital) because they really don't want you straining to go the bathroom--you can rip sutures even internally. I had no trouble nursing or holding my daughter on my tummy. It hurt to laugh and turn my waist, but that went away in a month or so. The incision does stay numb for quite a bit, but no big deal. I was driving within a week (against Dr's orders!) and I had zero trouble lifting her into the car, though I did avoid any HEAVY lifting for a couple months. Just enjoy baby....and stop worrying.....C-sections are not that bad!!

Belle - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had one and will again next time :) There actually not bad AT ALL :) For a few days after yes it can be annoying cause it is an operaton and you are sore and have to move slow but within a few weeks you are good to go again :) Good luck and dont stress about that as it is alor easier than labour... Was in labour for 17 hours and ended up in a section!!

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My dr was ready to schedule a C-section at my last dr visit, prior to my due date! She wanted to schedule it for a Sunday, I suppose so that she would not have to leave her office for the delivery. I happened to go into delivery on a Sunday & when they broke my water, my dr told me there was blood in it & my contractions were making my babies heart rate slow way down. They did an emergency C-section & it was very quick & professional. But still to this day I wonder if it was necessary, or if she was just saying what needed to be said to get me to have one so my baby would be born that day.

The ride home 2 days later was VERY uncomfortable, I felt every bump & crack in the road. It has been 9 months & I haven't had any problems, although things get moved around & for months I didn't know I had to go to the bathroom until I really needed to go. The scar is still tender too, but I only notice it when medium pressure is applied. It wasn't a horrible experience, but if my son had not been under duress, I would not have had it. It is also harder to get insurance coverage after having one because it is much more expensive.

Melissa - posted on 02/23/2010

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I have had two girls and both where c-sections. I was told by my first nurse that as soon as you can to get up and walk. So that is what I did after having both and it really helped me from being overly stiff. I have seen other girls that have had c-sections and didn't get up and more and where very stiff and sore. I didn't use pain meds after the first day just because my pain wasn't that bad and I didn't like the way they made me feel. But everyones pain tolerance is different. The only part I didn't like was having to set in recovery for an hour before I got to hold my girls for the first time. Both of my girls where just fine and didn't have any breathing problems at all. I hope if you have to have one that you have a speedy recovery and don't let what others tell you scare you.

Dorothy - posted on 02/23/2010

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I Was quite happy with my c-section, I had a natural birth the first time and a c-section the second time and i am currently pregnant with my third and going for c-section number 2. I think the recovery is better with a c-section, as you get more time to recover in hospital, and i did not feel any pain, ever. I was on pain meds and then T-3's at home ( which i rarely used anyway). I also like c-section better because it is in a more controlled environment. When i had my first i was pushing for 4 hours, they didnt know till afterwards why, and i passed out twice and hemmoraged and had to have my uterus massaged every hour to make it do what it was suposed to do. With my c-section they were able to anticipate things and plan for things better, they were able to see what was going on inside right then as opposed to guessing, I simply felt safer this way. However i do want to say though that although i support c-section's and think they are a nice way to give birth this is just my opinion and ultimatly you need to decide for yourself as all women are different and have different experiances. I may not have had a wonderful, natural delivery but i am glad i got to do it at least once so please dont do anything because people say it is fine, just do what is best for you and baby sometimes it is a natural birth sometimes it is a c-section but either way congratulations and enjoy what you get on the other side. :D

Dorothy - posted on 02/23/2010

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I Was quite happy with my c-section, I had a natural birth the first time and a c-section the second time and i am currently pregnant with my third and going for c-section number 2. I think the recovery is better with a c-section, as you get more time to recover in hospital, and i did not feel any pain, ever. I was on pain meds and then T-3's at home ( which i rarely used anyway). I also like c-section better because it is in a more controlled environment. When i had my first i was pushing for 4 hours, they didnt know till afterwards why, and i passed out twice and hemmoraged and had to have my uterus massaged every hour to make it do what it was suposed to do. With my c-section they were able to anticipate things and plan for things better, they were able to see what was going on inside right then as opposed to guessing, I simply felt safer this way. However i do want to say though that although i support c-section's and think they are a nice way to give birth this is just my opinion and ultimatly you need to decide for yourself as all women are different and have different experiances. I may not have had a wonderful, natural delivery but i am glad i got to do it at least once so please dont do anything because people say it is fine, just do what is best for you and baby sometimes it is a natural birth sometimes it is a c-section but either way congratulations and enjoy what you get on the other side. :D

Nina - posted on 02/23/2010

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They aren't "that bad" they just aren't ideal. Some docs push the idea of a C section when they aren't needed, which is why the C section rate in this country is twice what it is in other industrial sized countries. I was strong armed into having one I thought I didn't need, and my son wound up in NICU for the next few days. The birth process helps get the fluid out of a baby's lungs, for one thing. Your milk is likely to come in a lot later than if nature were allowed to take its course, also (only a problem if you are planning to BF). Any surgery carries risks.



Some babies are just born late (my own mother's babies always came about 2 weeks later than the Docs thought they ought to). Do some research and ask around. Don't consent to a C section until you are certain that it is necessary. Most of all, trust your own instinct and be prepared to be your own advocate whatever you decide.

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My son was a planned c-section because he was 8.11 and breech. Before him, my older son was born naturally, so I have had both types of births and I actually preferred my section. The worst part was not knowing how it would go, my Dr. did not explain anything to me. But I went is in the morning, the nurses told me about it...went to the operating room and they gave me an IV of something and a spinal. I remember telling my Dr. not to start yet, I could feel my toes, they itched. So he rubber my toes and I told him no, they still itch. So he picked up my leg and showed me he was pinching my foot really hard, I couldn't feel it at all. And I remember telling him he looked "really cute in scrubs and had beautiful eyes!" (he was about 80 years old :) And that was it. They cut me open, had to have another, stronger doctor also put his arms in there to yank out the baby. They sowed me up and then brought me into the recovery room. They had me on so much medicine I couldn't feel anything, it didn't hurt at all. The only moment I had that was scary was later on when the nurse came to change the dressing on top of the incision. She pulled off the gauze strips and stuff and I looked down and freaked out (remember I was still full of medicine that made me a little loopy) I thought they had forgotten to sow me up, I saw No stitches or staples! Turns out they used dissolving stitches inside and Derma-Glue on the outside. It healed beautifully, no problems at all, and now looks like a cat scratch.

So that's a C-section! That was mine anyway. Don't be scared, they have done them before and are pros. It's not nearly as bad as you think it could be. Good luck, enjoy the baby!

Melissa - posted on 02/23/2010

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No! I have my first by emerency c-section, of course i was scared to death! Thankfully my sis in law was with me and she had had one 2 years before me, so she was able to keep me calm. Then my second son was a scheduled c-secion due to my first problems. And as alot of people that have not had one make them out to be life or death, they just dont know what they are talking about.

Yes given you are in the hospital an extra day, and the heal time is a little harder and longer, but look at it this way, there are little to no contractions, no pushing, no mellon coming out of a hole the size of a pea. I was up and moving around no more the 9 hours after having my first and just a few hours of my second. Now it is hard to stand straight up for a couple days, and a heat pad on your back will be your best friend :), and keep pillows around for when you need to cough haha.

Just keep in mind if they do say you need to have one, the scariest part is hearing them moving around all the tools in the surgery room. It only takes about 5 minutes then you hear your little one cry! And if you have a really good doc your scare is barly noticable after a few weeks, and remotly gone within a year!

Candie - posted on 02/23/2010

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In my experience they are wonderful! I have had 4 and I feel that they are the "easy way out". :) I found that I recovered faster than other new moms. While they were still on pain meds from their tares, I was running around busy with my new family. I don't think they are anything to be afraid of, so many people talk bad about them and most of those people have never had one. I think you should keep your head up about it and if it is something that you have to face then do it with a smile and know that no matter how your baby comes into this world, she is coming and it is a time for celebration!! Good luck!

Ezara - posted on 02/23/2010

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The same thing happened to me, my son never made it to my pelvis! The c-section was painless and the recovery not bad. Just try not to sneeze laugh or cough! Don't try to do too much too soon, you'll be fine. My recovery was much shorter than my sister who gave natural birth and tore really bad. Good luck!

Claire - posted on 02/23/2010

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i had an emergency c section with my daughter after my pelvis didnt open up enough to let her through although i did catch an infection in hospital and i had 2 stay in a week i was up and slowly having a walk round the ward in 2days i wasnt in a great deal of pain i was just a little stiff n sore my experience wasnt really bad but not brilliant but i would definatly do it again and my daughter is now a healthy happy 1 year old and shes had no problems at all hope this helps you good luck

Barbera - posted on 02/23/2010

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im going to be completly homest with you..I had 2 c-sections, with my 1st it was failure to progress so i had to have an emergency c-section and it did hurt a little bit..its more uncomfortable, the recovery was horrible. my 2nd (which was 4 months ago) well it was amazing i didnt even take pain medication afterwards and they put in an IV with morphine attached and whenever i felt pain i could push the button and i would get a safe amount of morphine...I never touched it once. the recovery was amazing and I felt no pain at all, the day after both c-sections i walked downstairs....it all depends on your pain tolerance but keep in mind you are stronger and will be stronger then you think.

Sarah - posted on 02/23/2010

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I have had two c-sections...one with my daughter after pushing for 4 hours (she weighed 10.8 lbs) and then a scheduled with my son 16 months later (he weighed 12.5 lbs)!! I was nervous both times but the Doctor knew what he was doing!! Hopefully, you have chosen a doctor that you trust so...TRUST HIM/HER!! Like I said my children are only 16 months apart and my c-sections were AWESOME!! You can pick up things that weigh more than your child...I had big kids so that worked well for me!! You just have to use your judgement!! You do have more recovery time but if you breastfeed then this is more time you have to focus on your new little one!! And get help, sleep, and special attention at the hospital that you may not get at home!! Either way the hospital does routine c-sections ALL the time!! They know what they are doing!! When giving birth there is so much of the unknown it is truely frightening so educate yourself and be prepared to give birth naturally OR by c-section!! The baby WILL come out one way or the other...good luck!!

Shena - posted on 02/23/2010

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I have had 2 vaginal births and 1 c-section. Your c-section experience is what you want to make out of it. They will ask you if you would like a drug to calm you down. Now i said no but they gave it to me anyway cause i was freaking out so bad that it made my baby heart rate drop. I didnt like being messed up cause i really didnt get to experience it all. I know I and many others had a feeling of not being able to breath cause there was so much pressure. That was really the only bad thing about the c-section was the feeling of not being able to breath but the gpod part is, is that you are breathing just fine just the pressure makes you feel you are not. Recovery was way way way better then my vaginal ones. I was able to go to the bathroom and feel just fine. The staples came out before i left the hospital and then they just put like a glue on the incision that lasted about 3 weeks. My whole scar is numb and its numb from about a inch all they way around it. It doesnt bother me unless i sit there and feel around it, then it just feels a little different. All i think you will do just fine!! Good luck and let us know!

Katie - posted on 02/23/2010

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First of all congratulations! Also, Becky has absolutely no warranted opinion so please disregard her VERY inappropriate response. Myself, being a healer by profession and waiting until forty to have my first born I was open to anything almost. We hired two midwives and at the end an incredible doula who also taught our birthing class. If you do not have a doula I hope you can hire one who is very familiar with the hospital protocal. Of course I wanted "natural" child birth and felt it was my right... However, my son was a double footling breech in the end and was miraculously turned at thirty eight weeks (it is rare past thirty six weeks). During my pregnancy I took prenatal yoga classes, went for long walks and practiced meditation. What happened was after the version my water did not break until I was almost forty two weeks pregnant! Our detailed "stress test" and ultra sound indicated that baby Adam was over nine pounds and had a big head circumference. Well, after I was in hard labor for thirty six hours our baby Adam was delivered via cesarean by an excellent surgeon. They did let me push which was GREAT and felt good compared to hard contractions... Please be your own advocate or make SURE some someone will be an advocate for you. Be encouraged, I was! Unfortunately Adam got "stuck", medically speaking I was stuck at nine centimeters for nine hours and my pelvis would not move from a positive one to a positive two, which I had to be in order to push him out. The surgery was great and I never was given pain medicine or an epidural instead I had a spinal for the section. Adam was over nine pounds nine ounces and twenty one inches! The recovery was slow but I had help fortunately. Breastfeeding has been great and we want another baby, maybe a smaller one via V-BAC! Anyway, do not listen to horror stories and thoughtless people, you do not need that. Lastly, trust that you are in the best hands and you will be! Take care.

Blessed Be, Katie

Leann - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had a scheduled c-section, twice, and it was a breeze! Only problem was I found an allergy to morphene and itched like crazy after my daughter was born, but was up and going in no time!

Kristen - posted on 02/23/2010

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my son never dropped--and I went into labor and was in "early labor" (although it didnt feel like early labor) for 2.5 days. Seriously. Ultimately, the cord was wrapped around his neck and he was stressed every time i had a contraction-and we had an emergency c-section. it really wasn't that bad. So, don't be afraid. If she hasnt dropped, maybe there is a reason and she would be safer with a c-section. If she doesnt drop and you are way passed your due date, trust your doctor! But you may be surprised, she may drop over night!

The c-section was over in like 10 minutes. I know that when we get pregnant again I may have to have one and I am not afraid.

Sara - posted on 02/23/2010

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Hi there!

I had 3 cecarians...

I dont want to scare u, but my first two were really painful, i couldnt move for 2 days and the nurses had to force me to try to sit and stand.

My 3rd one i had 5 weeks ago and i was able to get up same day, i dont know why the last wasnt so bad. I have to be careful not to wear too tight pants otherwise the cut stll hurts. Must have something to do with the way the doctors cut. My first two were in the same hospital and my last in a different one.



I would say its different for everyone... i saw women get up a few hrs after.

I'm sure u will be fine... good luck!!

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2010

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Nope.....yes they can be uncomfortable, but there not all that bad. Having my second one in April. I'm to scared to try VBAC.

Claudia - posted on 02/23/2010

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OK, I'm one of those lucky moms that have experienced it all. My 1st baby was born after 54 hours of labor, she was stillborn, not because of the labor,but due to other medical reasons. My oldest son was born by c- section after 5 weeks in the hospital, I spent 5 days in after birth recovery time took forever never got my flat belly back, no feeling on my skin around scar, but I had a healthy baby, now look ahead 15 yrs. when my 2nd son was born (yes 15 yrs) I went to midwives and we decided that if I had not medical problems I could try a v-back vaginal birth after c-section and even with some medical problems we continued with the plan, my water broken on my due date just short of midnite, pains were hard and fast, we headed for the hospital, 2 hrs and 18 min later my healthy 8 lb'er was here, 12 hrs later I was at home in my own bed. So how would I do it again? personally? I'd just want a healthy baby, if you trust your Dr. listen to him, if you don't find another Dr. fast. good luck to you, go with your feelings .

Miosoti - posted on 02/23/2010

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hey well i had to have a c-section becuz my baby was in distress n so was i. but do not let them give u a c-section unless it is proven that u or ur baby's life is in danger. try for a natural birth. i refused all da way until i saw my blood pressure was sky rocket n my son's heartbeat was decreasing! n da c-section wasnt as bad as they make it seem but it is bad in my opinion. da recovery is da worst!!! u R fully aware of ur surroundings as da baby is coming out and u feel nothing. it takes about 10mins total. the recovery is da worst part cuz its painful n u have to "learn" how to walk again. but i was up(not by choice, but a nurse forced me) in about 8 hrs n i forced myself to try n walk normal... i was up n about 5 days later... doin wat i had to do. some ppl take a month to recover... i was good after 5 days... alll u need to do is push urself. good luck!

Diane - posted on 02/23/2010

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Hi, I've had two kids now. The first was by a normal (albeit induced) delivery and the other was an emergency C-section. The first was hard work and tiring and I certainly didn't feel like doing any horizontal folk dancing for a long time afterwards but I felt better much quicker than after the second.



The C-section was fine and 100% necessary but I was in pain for a lot longer afterwards and felt very frustrated being stuck at home until I was allowed to drive again. The anaesthetist was fantastic and talked me through exactly what I would feel at each point and came to check on me afterwards.



At the end of the day if your daughter isn't getting in the right position (my son born 1/1/10 didn't either) then the risks to the baby can make it much more sensible to have a caesarian. At the end of the day the most important thing is you both are safe. The benefit of a planned caesarian is you have time to get used to the idea. I was planning a home birth until 24 hours before I had my emergency caesarian. I didn't have any time at all to get used to the idea or to make sure everything was in place to ensure my little girl was happy and OK.



At the end of the day, if I had a choice I'd opt for a natural delivery every time but if there is any reason to believe the baby or you are at risk then a C-section is the only sensible option and not something to be scared of. You can be up and about quite quickly and it gives you an excuse not to do the housework for a couple of weeks and get someone else to do it for you!

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No they are not as bad as you are being told. I have had two 19 years ago and 16years ago.

It does seem to be a better if you are awake when you have it. I recovered quicker from my first than my secound. You can ask me about my exspirance if you want to know anything in perticuliar.



Rosalind

Lindi - posted on 02/23/2010

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My Daughter Jenni was born by ceasarean, as she was breeched. I have to admit, I did not personally "enjoy" the experience. I was fearful and did not like the feeling of numbness in my legs that start like little electric flashes to your toes, BUT that said Jenni was fine. She was never in distress and the Doctor spoke to me throughout the whole operation. Knowing that Jenni was OK was good enough for me. My second child is due now in May and I have no hesitation going this route again.

Marianne - posted on 02/23/2010

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Who tells you they are bad? Are these moms who have been thru a c-section? An emergency c-section can get hectic and the recovery time is more. A planned c-section is wonderful. I've had both. You get more down time at the hospital with just you and baby...have 2 extra days of help and rest...I recovered really fast with my planned c-section....btw...I'd much rather have a c-sec then a vaginal birth...many things can go wrong and recovery can be just as long...plus c-section babies have perfectly round heads!! Don't be worried...either way...you'll have a beautiful healthy baby and that is the perfect end result regardless of the delivery method.

Marianne - posted on 02/23/2010

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Who tells you they are bad? Are these moms who have been thru a c-section? An emergency c-section can get hectic and the recovery time is more. A planned c-section is wonderful. I've had both. You get more down time at the hospital with just you and baby...have 2 extra days of help and rest...I recovered really fast with my planned c-section....btw...I'd much rather have a c-sec then a vaginal birth...many things can go wrong and recovery can be just as long...plus c-section babies have perfectly round heads!! Don't be worried...either way...you'll have a beautiful healthy baby and that is the perfect end result regardless of the delivery method.

Tatiana - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had a very good experience with my c-section delivery too. Although I guess recovery takes a little bit longer, I was not in a lot of pain and had no set backs. It's true what other women have posted, you will not recover all the feeling around your incision area. The most important thing is that your daughter is born in the safest way possible, and that might have to be a c-section. But a lot could happen in two weeks.

Anna - posted on 02/23/2010

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they are fortunately not horrible, but should only be relied on as a last resort. your baby will tell you when she is ready to be born and if she hasn't descended yet and hasn't initiated labor, she's not ready. tell your doctor you want to wait until it naturally happens. if during labor things just aren't progressing and the labor is causing both you and your baby harm, then proceed to a c-section. but again, only as a last resort! there are many things you can do now to help your baby get into position some as easy as walking. ask or research for positions and exercises that can help.

Christine - posted on 02/23/2010

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I am sure it all depends on the hospital/doctor and also your attitude. I personally had a wonderful doctor and a wonderful experience. I did not feel it was that bad at all. I don't recall having any negative effects. Matter of fact, a few years after the c-section I had my gallbladder removed and thought that that pain was much much worse than the c-section! Keep yourself calm, listen to what the doctors tell you, and proceed with how your body and you feel!

Helen - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had a C section with my first child, it was great, no pain and fully aware of wot was goin on, my second was a natural delivery.... give me a section anyday!!! ...just took a little longer to recover than a normal delivery, with lots of family around, i'm sure you will be grand, hope this helps..... Helen

Julia - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had one, and it wasn't bad at all. Compared to my friends who had their babies vaginally, I healed faster. I was garage-saling in about a week, and back into my regular clothes in a couple weeks. The scar is really small. I haven't got all the feeling back in the scar area though (he's 9 months old). My baby was just fine. I was too tired to breastfeed for the first hour or so, but then was able too.

Good luck! I"m sure it'll be fine!

Belinda - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had my daughter via c-section. She was in position the whole pregnancy and when it came time for birth she decided to turn sideways. I did not want a c-section because yes there are some risks and if you want more than 3 kids it is not recommended. But other than that they are not that bad the recovery is really quite fast i was up and good in 2 weeks I Just Didn't pick anything heavy up they recommend you only pick up your baby. And The Only Side effect I had is that my tailbone hurts from time to time.

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Really c-sections are not bad at all. I had my two sons through ceasareans twent odd years ago. They were fine, I was fine. Trust your doctor.

Laura - posted on 02/23/2010

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the recovery time is worse afterwards...you really can't do anything for six weeks to make sure your body has properly healed.

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My baby boy did not "drop" into the birth canal until I was in active labor. I over-carried him 1 week, so they decided to help get the contraction started ... and then my baby son was slowly moving into the birth canal - of course with help and 'guidance' from a very good, helpful and professional midwife! and voilà - 6 hours later I gave birth to a very healthy and strong little babyboy. I personally would do some research and talk to a midwife and not be rushed into a c-section. Walk a lot up the hill and try to 'run' down again - climb some stairs and down again ... I keep my fingers crossed for you and good luck!

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I've had two, one after a failed induction and the second because my doctor doesn't do VBAC. Although the recovery time may be longer, generally you can get up within 24 hours, and although the incision will be somewhat painful, I had no problems lifting, breastfeeding, or caring for either of my sons once the catheter came out. If you plan to breast feed, use a pillow across your tummy for awhile, and just be careful. There are some risks to the baby, but there are risks associated with extended labor, as well.



If you have concerns about it, definitely talk to your doctor and have him explain why, exactly, he feels this is the best course. Honestly, my first son had a huge head, and I was just as relieved not to have to deliver vaginally, as I was terrified of tearing or an episiotomy.



Good luck, and enjoy your new little girl! Just remember that, in the end, all you really want is the baby, however she happens to come out.

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I've had 2 c-sections, one was emergency. They are not bad at all. It is a major surgery and you won't feel so great after but as long as you have some help (hubby, mom) you will do fine. I do think Docs are overdoing the C-sections when not needed. From the sound of it (if that's the only reason) then I would wait. Some babies don't move down until delivery day. You could always book it and then cancel if you feel everything is going fine. That just doesn't seem to be a big reason. Maybe the due date is off a bit.

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No, C-sections are not that bad. I've had two; I think they can be better than a difficult vaginal birth. Listen to your doctor and trust your instincts.

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I have had 2 c-sections. 1 was emergency and the other was scheduled. I had no problems at all and my babies were healthy! They are 6 & 3 now. I was up and moving the next day with both and holding and carrying the baby without pain, as long as I took my medicine! It's really not bad! Good Luck!

Laura - posted on 02/23/2010

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You will be fine. The recovery time is a little longer, but it will be fine. Best of luck to you! Congrats!!

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No, they are not that bad at all. I had an unplanned c-section with my son, and now I am happy that I had it instead of a vaginal birth. If you do end up having to have a c-section, I would recommend to get up out of bed and walk around as soon as you can. I recovered very quickly and I believe it is because I didn't lay around in bed afterwards.

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