Caserean

Jessica - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 189 moms have responded )

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Im booked to have a caserean in 3 weeks because babys breech. I dont really know anything about casereans and Im a little scared. I think they give me an epidural and Im awake for it. Has anyone been in this situation? It would be good to hear some experiences so I have an idea what to expect =) Also am I kept in bed for 24 hours after surgery?

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Kelly - posted on 05/21/2010

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Other posts have covered the surgical procedure pretty thoroughly, so I'll leave my experience out, but the comments about having a vaginal breech delivery don't mention that children delivered this way are more likely to have developmental delays at age 2 (and to die during delivery) than those delivered by c-section. C-section is recommended as something that is best for mother and baby. Even if it's not what you anticipated (and so many things about parenthood aren't!!), it is about what is best for your beautiful baby, not about heroics.
All the best :)

Shastin - posted on 05/21/2010

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Check out SpinningBabies.com as there are instructions on how to help yourself turn a breach baby (go to techniques then The Inversion).

Hi, it looks like you've gotten plenty of advice but having a C-section then vaginal delivery in the hospital and finally a natural home birth I feel obligated to tell you this.....
A C-section is much harder to recover from. Not only physically but also emotionally in ways that you may not see now. My advice is that you do all that you can to avoid a C-section by calling a midwife (they are really good at these kinds of things) or go to the website I suggested earlier. Also, wait as long as you can to get the C-section as breech babies that do turn usually do last minute and Doctors' tend to schedule them earlyer on. I have had several frinds in your same situation and they all regret having C-sections and feel like they wish they were more in control then with the knowledge they have now. If you do end up with a C-section you should be fine but have some help the first week after so that you can recover from your surgery and get rest with a newborn. I am so happy for you, good luck!

Robbin - posted on 05/21/2010

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I had 3 c-sections. The first 2 were emergency & the incision was up & down. The last was bikini cut & that way was MUCH easier to recover from( & I was almost 40 years old!). I was awake(spinal) for all 3. I was up & walking within hours. As soon as I could feel my feet again :) Piece of cake dear. Cherish your new baby & good luck!

LaDonna - posted on 05/21/2010

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I'm a surgical technologist on a Labor & Delivery unit. This essentially means I have a degree that allows me to do all of the caserean sections at the hospital. All of the responses so far seem to be pretty accurate form the mom's perspective, but I'd be happy to answer any questions about the clinical side if you would like.

Ashley - posted on 05/19/2010

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Ask about an ECV (external cephalic version) to turn the baby. It can be performed between 36 and 37 weeks. Weigh the risks and make the decision that will best fit you.

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Susie - posted on 05/24/2010

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I have had two Cs's, the first was an emergency and the following birth planned. An epidural is given by the anaethesis and this blocks the pain so you will feel nothing. Don't be afraid about the actually delivery as it is quite swift. The anaethesis will be at your head and you will be given oxygen, which is lovely for you and the baby. A screen is put between you and the action, which if you are a bit scared, it removes the actual medical bit from the birth. Afterwards I would have liked to have seen what they did, out of curiosity!! You will feel a bit of a pressure push down as the baby is delivered. They will hand you the baby straight away whilst they tidy you up. It is abdominal surgery, so they either sew or clip the wound area. As soon as possible, the baby will be taken away to check all is fine. Then you and ther baby will go to the ward. Painkillers are usually administered and you will be bedbound for at least 24 hours. Getting around is going to be uncomfortable and sometimes painful. The first visit to the toilet is met with fear, but really it will be fine, your stiches/clips will not burst open. My first experience was as an emergency section and from the doctors deciding that I needed to get to theatre, baby was born 7 minutes after that decision was made. My second was planned and was a lot more relaxed and I was able to enjoy the experience. The bonding with baby was immediate for both my boys. I did get a bad headache after the epidural, but I get migrains anyway so that may have been a coincidence. Second CS I was home 5 days later. Take it easy, no heavy lifting, jumping, twisting. 10 days later the internal wounds were almost healed. Clips came off and though the wound is tender, as long as you don't plan on moving wardrobes, shaking carpets or playing tennis, you will be well on the way to mending. Don't be worried, you will one of many who have had CS and you will get back to normal withing a couple of months.

Kiran - posted on 05/24/2010

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There is nothing wrong with c-section which is a horizontal incision on ur lower ab and it is painless. U hv to take care that u get up from the bed after turning to either side and with the support of ur elbow. Epidual is painless and also ur on cathetor and iv for 24 hrs. I mmyself had two c-sections and both the times, the recovery was faster and i was able to feed my baby very comfortably.

Tammy - posted on 05/23/2010

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My daughter had one also. I don't know if they put her to sleep. I guess I never asked her. She and the baby did just fine. I wish you the best.

Traceydee - posted on 05/23/2010

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I had a C-section back in 1997. I had a spinal block which just means that I was numb from the nipple line all the way down. It was not painful at all. I felt some pulling and pressure as they were cutting me and pulling my daughter out. They closed me up and took me to recovery and baby to the nursery to do all their tests. She was born at 8:20pm, and I was wheeled into my room in postpartum a couple of hours later. I had a catheter that they put in after I was numb so I didnt feel that either. Unfortunately they took it out the next morning. I didnt have to stay in bed for 24hrs. They got me up and moving, and in the shower the next morning, approx 12hrs after birth. I was released on the 3rd. Only took 1 pain pill, and that was the day I got home. Didnt really need them after that. But you do have to be careful and dont too much too soon. I almost tore my stitches open bc I was up cleaning house, cooking, grocery shopping, etc by the following Monday. Take it easy the first couple of weeks, take the help that is offered. And dont be afraid to let Dad pick up some of that slack. If I ever decide to have another child - I will do a C-section, no question about it. Good luck and Congrats

Rebecca - posted on 05/23/2010

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Hi jessica,
I had a c-section as i ended up with pre eclampsia and bbaby had come out of engagement so i coudnt be induced. i had an epidural so was awake throughout. My hubby was there once the epi was in and held my hand throughout. i felttugging and moving but no pain..it was a weierd sensation...then a big cry and out came our baby girl...they put her over the sheet so we could see her then took her for her apgar test and then she ws handed to us. I held her while they closed me up then i went to recovery and she wenth her dad to the ward. I had her at 2.30pm and they got me up at 8am thenext morning for a shower. i had a slight reaction ewith the epi. that night i couldnt stop vomiting so had to hve apill to stop me..that part wasnt nice..but all in all i found it a good experience....good luck with itall

Maryann - posted on 05/23/2010

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You are probably not expecting the answer I am about to give. I am almost 54 years old and had my children (2 girls) 1979 and 1981. I carried both of them breech. When it came time to deliver my first... she got into position. With the second it was the same ... except I had a nurse mid wife that wanted me to have a vaginal birth. So she manipulated the baby into position...3 times. Yeah....not pleasant but she did not stay in that position. Came time to deliver... she assumed the correct position to travel through the birth canal. So ask your doc or midwife if you can wait it out and not "schedule" a C section. Both my children were born vaginally. The second one had the cord around her neck .... get this ....3 times. The amount of times that the midwife tried to reposition her. Fortunately, the midwife had already suspected that this was the case so we were ready in case an emergency C section was needed. Maybe you could do the same. It sure wouldn't hurt to ask.

Leanne - posted on 05/23/2010

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hi, i had an emergency c section
i was terrified at the thought of it but there was nothing to worry about, it feels really weird but no pain what so ever!!
the one thing i will suggest that i didnt do is REST! i was up after 2 days walking and doing more than i should of and ended up with an infection.
good luck x

Karen - posted on 05/23/2010

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I thought it was an interesting experience, but that was my first major surgery. I guess I focused on several things....not having to go through the contractions for an unknown length of time, (she was my third child) the safety of the baby and me, and the fact it was my last and had my tubes tied at same time. My daughter was laying cross ways so knew it could have been a great stress for her and still have to go through the C section after putting us both through a lot. Just remember to take it easy post surgery. There won't be the euphoria associated with a vaginal birth, but the joy of having your baby safely here is worth it all. Best wishes to you both! : ) Karen

Jennifer - posted on 05/23/2010

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Hi Jessica, I have three children, 2 born vaginally and the 3rd born scheduled c-section. My C-section was scheduled for 7:30 in the morning, had to arrive at 6 am, I was put into a room and was given and IV, shortly after they came and took me to the surgical room. The nurses and doctors talked to me and explained the every procedure to me. I sat on the side of the bed with a pillow across my stomach and my boyfriend held my hand. They numbed the spot on my spin where they would be putting the spinal block injection in and then I felt a little pinch and it was done. They asked me to lye down and then they ask can you feel this or that (them testing to make sure you are numb) then I was asked if I wanted something to help me relax, and I accepted (I was so anxious and so scared at the same time and it helped), because of the IV's I had to have both my arms out on both sides. I was asked if I wanted to watch the birth via a mirror above and I declined. The process had begun. I did feel tugging and pulling during the delivery process and he was out, they washed him up and immediatly brought him to his father. I was stiched up. Hayden was born at 7:55am and I was back in my room by 8:05am. The most painful time for me was getting up for the first time after the c-section. Usually 12 hours after. All I can recomend is ask for Pain meds first, you will need them and it may feel like your orgins are falling, you have to remember that the baby took up a space and now that area is empty again and your organs all have to go back to there original locations.

I hope this helps.
Jennifer T. - Kent, WA

Krista - posted on 05/23/2010

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HI there! I have had all 3 of my children by c-section and trust me it was not so bad. The healing part was the hardest but you'll be up and about in no time. You do get to stay in hospital longer and have a nice dose of morphine! GOOD LUCK!

Megan - posted on 05/23/2010

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I had an emergency C-section after they lost my sons heart beat for 4 minutes...I refused to get the epidural because it has to stay in your back and i have heard if you get the epidural you cant walk for i do believe 24 hours after, I had a spinal block and it was amazing! I got to get up and walk i think it maybe took me 3 hours because i had no sleep before having him so i rested and then tried. But if you have any questions just ask.
Megan

Bridget - posted on 05/23/2010

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mainly do not move while getting ur shot. VERY IMPORTANT! u could get spinal headaches. which they will tell u to drink mountain dew. look up spinal headaches( it take blood out of ur spine if hit in the wrong spot which the headach are so bad u cant move off the couch.

Kate - posted on 05/23/2010

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I have had 2 ceasers and my first was emergency, i had a epidural, baby was out very quickly, then they sew you back up. All you feel is tugging and pulling no pain, ask to have your baby next to you and when they are finished sewing you back up ask to have the baby with you in recovery becase you want to breastfeed straight away, otherwise the baby goes back to your room while your in recovery for about an hour an you will miss out on that first bonding experience with you and your baby. My second ceaser was planned and I thought that was fantastic, I loved knowing the day, time etcc, din't have the anxiety of when i was going into labour and how am i going to deal with all that pain. It went smoothly, I got my baby straight away, she came into recovery with me straight away and i breast fed cuddled ect.. i was in bed for 2-3 days, u don;t get up at all in the first 24 hours and you wouldn't want to, but you get to lay down or sit up with bubs the whole entire time while people wait on you ahhhhhhhh . don;t be scared it not that bad. I had a bad labour of 32 hours with my first so i was very pleased to have c sections. Good luck I'm sure you will be fine. Think of it this way if millions of other woman can do it, well then so can you.

Crystal - posted on 05/23/2010

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I had a scheduled c sections with my second.. My first baby was large and they thought my daughter would be to, so they recommended a csection. It turns out that she was smaller than my first so I really didn't need a section. The actually surgery went very quickly. I was in or and out in 1 hr. The part I didn't like was I didn't get to be with my daughter until after recovery.. My husband and son got to see her and be with her for about 2 hrs. before I did. I was sick afterwards for all that first day. Did not get out of bed until the next day. That was painful but very necessary.. It is a tough thing to go through, you don't realize how much you use your stomach muscles until you do things and it hurts like crazy.. The beautiful person you get out of it is all worth it.. Good Luck

Kelly - posted on 05/23/2010

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Hi Jessica,
I had a caserean for my first due to breech, which is really common. It's nothing to be worried about but I have to say I feel a great sense of loss about not being about to deliver my baby. I was due to have VBAC (viginal birth) for my second however you can't be induced if you've had a caserean and I didn't go into labor and had to have another caserean.
I know it sounds stupid because the most important thing is a safe delivery for the baby but I just wanted to let you know you can get counseling and to be aware of all the facts.
Best wishes for motherhood! Kelly

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I had an emergency caesarean for my first baby as he was in distress after 17 hours. It was very traumatic for me, but that was because it was an emergency. He was fine, but I had a lot of pain after and stayed in bed for days, not hours. Had to be sponge bathed and found it hard to walk, etc. When feeding him, had to have pillows on top of wound so it wouldn't hurt and sneezing just was the worst! Having said all this, it saved his life and I am very grateful the doctors got him out so quick.

You will be in a different position, prepared and at least you can organise yourself to cope with the discomfort. Whatever you do, don't lift anything heavy for 6 weeks, and take care how you pick up and put down the baby. My scar opened doing this and needed extra care as it can become infected. Also, in hospital, take all the help you can get, don't push yourself to do too much. The more you rest the quicker you heal. The baby is all you need to focus on, if possible get someone to help with the cooking and washing in first few days you're home.

The actual operation is over so quick, it's usually a breeze. You feel the tugging and pulling but no pain at all. I had a spinal block which you have to stay very still for, but I was having contractions while they were waiting to put it in, so a whole different experience to what you will have. I've had another baby since, and she was a vaginal birth so I was happy to have had that experience. But caesareans save lives and are there for that reason, I am now over the trauma of it and am grateful for 2 beautiful children. All the best, and don't panic as you will have your support person there too hopefully and that will be a great help and reassurance for you.

Unity - posted on 05/23/2010

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hi there i have had 3 boys and 3 ceasereans yes its scary but its actually a really cool experience being awake knowin your baby is gonna be there any minute.
Yes they give you epidural and its not that bad and the fact you dont have any pain is great.
you just feel tugging and then relief once baby is out and yes you are in bed for awhile but as soon as your ready to start moving again you will recover slowly but it is all so worth it good luck chicky

Kimberly - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had 2 c sections and its nothing to worrying about yes they do give you an epideral but contractions are worse than that!!! it feels like a pinch and then its over with in a matter of minutes. No honey your not kept in bed you can get up afterwards its a little tough at first but it gets easier! I am a wimp to pain but seriously I would have a c section any day before natural birth!!! after the epideral kicks in you dont feel a thing your numb. If you do feel anything it may be pressure of them taking the baby out but its tollerable! but once you see the baby that will all go away!!!! and then youll be tired for a while so dont be afraid to ask them meaning the nurses to keep the baby after feeding so you can get some rest!!! youll need it!!! and then when your ready ask if you can take your 1st shower and after that youll feel better!!! then of course they give you pain meds if you need them so youll do fine and theres nothing wrong with having a c section and Im sure youll do fine if I can do it anyone can!!!! Good Luck and congradulations!!!!

Sandra - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had a c-section 8 weeks ago and it wasn't as bad as I thought. First of all you need to be very calm for you and your baby. The day before you can bath yourself in hot water just to relax. After the c section they'll send you to recovery and a nurse will give you massages on your stomach. That will hurt but don't worry, stay calm. At the other day DON'T STAY AT BED! Keep a positive mind all the time. Stand up and have a hot water bath to relax the muscles. I used to walk for periods of five minutes long in the room. Try to be seated as long as you can instead of going to bed so it'll be easier for you to stand up and walk.

Shastin - posted on 05/22/2010

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We all know there is usually pain, fear, chance of complications, with either going through labor OR with a C-section but what everyone is leaving out is your emotions and how the birth of your child will be remembered by you. I understand that we are all scared of pain but one thing that we can never get back is what we emotionally take with us (trust me you will remember how you felt during the birth of your child for the rest of your life). Please make sure that you do all that you can to make a decision that YOU will not regret and one that YOU can be proud of.

Michelle - posted on 05/22/2010

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I highly recommend "What if I have to have a C-section?" My third child was a c-section due to placenta previa. My doctor was amazing and worked with me so that I could get up and walk, eat and lose the catheter and IV as soon as possible. (My son was born at 9:16 a.m. and I was free to roam at 12:30.) Studies show the sooner you get up and move, and eat (yes, eat) the faster you heal. The only meds I took were Ibuprofen. I also watched the entire birth. The whole experience was much less terrible than I imagined and not nearly as painful as I had heard. Talk to your doctor. I'm curious, does your doctor do external versions? Why not? I went on to have 2 VBACs and while I wouldn't choose a c-section again, being informed and having a great doctor can make it much better!

Molissa - posted on 05/22/2010

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stressing about it will just make it really hard to enjoy the fact that you know exactly when your baby will be born. I had a c-section because he couldn't fit in my canal. His head was too big. It's still pretty large.(in the 75% range) I already had a epidural because I was so tired I needed to rest. That didn't hurt at all. It's not supposed to. The worst part is having to wait with contractions while they put it in. But since you'll be going before you're in labor, you won't feel anything. You won't get to see it happening, but they will make a small incision and pull the baby out. While you're cuddling, they will stitch you up. That takes a little bit. Mine did staples to finish, and it made less of a scar when it healed. When they tell you to get up, DO IT!!!! Trust me, it hurts, but it's the best thing you can do. The muscles want to contract after that kind of surgery, and you need to stretch them out for faster healing time. I was home in 3 days with only ibuprofen to help with the pain. The pain I had was from contractions while breastfeeding. Those went away after 4 or 5 days. A good idea is to get the belly band from target and put it on right after the surgery. It helps keep your body in while you heal. Good luck and enjoy the moment. You're lucky you'll be able to remember it. I was sooo tired from labor first, I couldn't stay awake to really remember much.

Michele - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hi Jessica, i think all the mom's have covered everything very well. My little girl was also breech and i was in the hospital for 4 days b4 they decided to do a C-section. I had high blood pressure so that landed me in the hospital. The c-section went very well, i had the one guy take pictures as she was comming out of me, they were wonderful shots of her. The only problem i had was that when she was born one of her lungs was not completely inflated and they could not get her blood sugar up so that landed her in another hospital which was really bad for me. I didnt get to see her untill 4 days later. When i got out of the hospital i had to get moving to be able to be with my daughter. The hospital that she was in was bigger then the one i was in so i had to do a lot of walking which helped me lose some weight and it got me moving. I know of a lot of ladies that have had c-section and most had good experinces. Only one had a bad experience and she had her next one in a different hospital and that one went well.
I know its scary but once its all over and that baby is in your arms its the most wonderful thing in the world. To look into your babys face and to watch it grow its a mircle.
Enjoy every second cause they grow up fast, mine is now 2 1/2 yrs old and is a joy.
Good luck with your little one.

Nicole - posted on 05/22/2010

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There are chiropractors and accupunturists who can try techniques to encourage your baby to move. There is a website called spinning babies. I would try and try as many alternatives as possible to get your baby the correct position. I have had 2 c-sections and 2 VBACS, not in that order and am expecting.

My best advice is to eat a really healthful diet, more than normally and drink plenty of fluids. Go in with the best attitude and be excited to see your baby. Having an epidural doesn't hurt too much. You have to curl your back and they insert the needle, it is uncomfortable but not painful. It is important that you do get up and move around when they give the OK to help prevent blood clots.

Best wishes.

Nicole

Ashley - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hey Jessica! dont worry everything will be fine with a c-section! I had a c-section with my daughter brooklyn back in september 2009 I was scared to death because i really didnt know what to expect even though i watched 'A Baby Story' and seen it done on tv...but you will get a epidural and it will numb you from the waist down and you will not feel anything some people may say you will feel some pulling and stuff but i didnt and before i knew it she was here...they will put a blue thing up so you cant see anything...but the doctor will ask to lift up your legs after the medicine has kicked in and all to make sure it works and if you can lift up your leg or move it im sure they will give it more time to kick in but it should not take long to kick in and i had brooklyn at Athens Regional Hospital and where they did my c-section it was very cold in the room but they give you blankets to cover up with and after the surgery they take you to recovery after they get you fixed back up...no your not kept in bed for 24 hours after surgery unless you just want to stay in bed that long but when i got back to the room i rested for a little while and then i got up and started walking around the halls and in my room after i got feeling back in my legs but i only walked so far and then would go back i didnt walk to much because i didnt want to get to tired...but its not that back so dont be scared everything will be fine i promise ya love ya girl

Vanessa - posted on 05/22/2010

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I was very close to having a c-section wit my daughter she was breech . I was told by my doctor n friends to crawl around the living room for about 30 min a day. U can do it bout 5-10 min at a time until ur due date. This will help turn the baby, I didn't want a csection so I tried it and when I was in the hospital she turned at the last min n it's a weird feeling in ur belly but it worked for me. U might wanna try that. It also worked for some of my friends.

Tyrisha - posted on 05/22/2010

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I loved my c-section!! Im scheduled for my 2nd in 8 weeks. One thing no one shared with me though was, as soon as that wound heals, start massaging that area of your belly! rub it as hard and as often as you can. I had a strong build up of scar tissue that all kind of turned hard and numb at the bottom of my belly. Massaging would have helped if I would have known. Good Luck .......keep us posted!

Melisa - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had a c section for my first daughter and I am having another one here in 4 days!! don't panic, although the recovery is a little longer you won't feel anything and you still get to see your baby when he or she is born! you will have a urinary cather placed and yes 24 hours after your surgery they will remove it and get you up and showered and walking around they don't waste anytime with that! if you plan on breastfeeding you will still be able to feel your contractions in your uterus..you will do great and it is very safe! Good luck hope my rant helps to reassure you a bit!

Lucille - posted on 05/22/2010

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Before you go under the knife, consider acupuncture, breech turning positions and moxibustion, surface diving, etc etc.

A c/section is safer for a breech baby, but a vaginal birth is safer for the mum.

Hope that helps, Lucy (CNM in NY)

Holly - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had a c-section and i was terrified...i was not even scheduled for one i was doing fine and then i couldnt dilate past a 5..so it was very unexpected...after surgery you can not get up until the next day...it was painful afterwards for me i had stitches on the inside and staples on the outside...but thats what pain med. is for...so over all it's really not that bad i promise!

Catsie - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had a caesarean, and it's not that bad. My baby wouldn't go head-down either, and when they got in there, they found out why; my uterus is twisted. It's not something that changed during the pregnancy or anything, it's just how I'm built, apparently. They told me that if I hadn't had the c-section, it could've posed serious risks to me and my son. I'm very glad I had the c-section, and it was nice not to have to go through labor. My incision has healed up just fine; it's only about 6 inches, and doesn't show up no matter what I wear. For me, the worst parts were having them put the IV in (I have a VERY severe phobia of needles!) and being so drugged up right afterwards. My baby's just past three months old now, and we're both doing just fine! I agree you should be cautious; do some research and talk to your providers to get details so you know exactly what's going on. You don't, however, need to be scared.

Melyssa - posted on 05/22/2010

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I have had 2 c-sections. My son(1st) was breech. It's nothing to fear. It's quick and relatively painless. I received a spinal...you are numb from your neck down. But it only last as long as your c-section and into the recovery room. You definitely want to be awake to meet your bundle of joy! You will feel some pressure during the delivery....nothing to worry about. You will also be uncomfortable during your post delivery time. Although everyone's tolerance of pain is different. I was up and out of bed that night. You must walk...you will heal faster. Push through your discomfort. GL and Congrats!

Sarah - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had a c-section with my first child and will have one in July with my 2nd child. You will get an epidural/spinal, which isn't bad at all. They will wheel you to an OR and prep you. That's probably the worse part is not seeing what is happening. My OB told me what they were doing and what to expect. My anesthesiologist talked to me the entire time. Of course, my husband was there, too, which was very helpful. It was a good experience and I can't say anything bad about it.

Angie - posted on 05/22/2010

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After having 2 c-sections, the best advice I can give you would be to get up and moving as soon as you can after having the surgery. This will help with pain you will get in your chest - the pain is because when they open you up for surgery it allows air inside of your body. This can be painful and you will wonder why your chest hurts, but if you move around as much as you can it will help. Also drink AS MUCH water as you can after you have your surgery. This will help with being able to "go" after they pull your catheter out. This is also a little painful but if you have plenty of liquids you will be able to pee a lot easier. Lastly, I would take any and all help available to you. It will be harder to move around, get into your bed, get comfortable and get rest. Just allow people to help with the baby, the cooking, some cleaning - whatever they offer!!!

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Hey Jessica
My first son was born by caserean with epidural,for me that was good cause i loved it to see my baby minute he got out.In Holland your partner can be with you with epidural but not with narcoses so you'll be together when your baby will be born how good is that! i didnt epirience it as bad of painfull it's sometimes just the bet way to keep everyone healty wish you al the best im sure you will be fine hugz

LaTonya - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had an emergency c-section done for my first child which was scary because I didn't know anything about it and no family could come in with me. So for my second child I scheduled a cIsection, much better and different experience! Don't worry you will be fine! Just have plenty ofd help to assist you at home, because you will have a lot of restrictions as far as lifting etc..., good luck to you!

Linley - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hi Jessica,

I'm not sure if all of this has been covered yet, sorry if it's a repeat. There are exercises you can do to help flip the baby over. The one that seems like it would work the best is where you would get on hands and knees and arch your back and then drop it. Do it as often as you can. If it does help, it will also help strengthen your body to aid in the natural delivery process. There are also certain techniques that a chiropractor can do to flip the baby. It might be something to look into further, if you want to try not to have a c section. It's definitely good to research as much as you can on both vaginal delivery and c-section. A happy, confident mama makes a happy confident baby!

Cassie - posted on 05/22/2010

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Have you done anything to try to turn the baby? Go to spinningbabies.com and see if there is something you can do. Maybe you don't have to have the section at all.

Diane - posted on 05/22/2010

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I've never had a breech baby but I know several women who have and they all had them vaginally with midwives and they did fine and so did their babies, no problems whatsoever. I've had vaginal births and a c-section and I highly reccommend finding a doctor who knows how to deliver a breech baby. Most doctors do C-sections now for breech births but that's because doctors are no longer trained on how to deliver breech babies not because you can't do it. Midwives are still trained to deliver breech and they're very good at it. Also, I would definitly wait until you go into labor naturally, they can always prep you for a c-section when you're in labor and the baby may turn by then, some babies don't turn until that day but you will never know unless you wait. I don't want to scare you but I'm also not going to lie to you, c-sections are a lot harder and a lot more painful than a natural delivery (not to mention scary) it is a common surgery but also a risky one. If you have a vaginal birth (even if your baby is still breech) you will be able to get up and walk around by yourself within an hour but if you have a c-section you will be in a lot of pain for weeks and even vacuuming the floor will be difficult for a couple months. I had absolutely no complications from my c-section but at least half of all women have some sort of complication (infection, hemorrhage, reaction to meds, etc.) Babies can be born breech without problems you just need a doctor or midwife who knows how to do it. Good luck!

Jodie - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hey Jessica
I had an "emergency "caserean ( wll they callit it that ) as I went in cos bub had stopped growing. In a few hours I was holding my bub.. It was actually a non stressful situation. I felt no pain at all and was walking around the next morning. I vomitted once but that was it. Tiny tiny scar and all great. Good luck and look at it in a positive way ( no pain!!! ) xx

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Hi jessica! i have had 4 c-sections, and they really arent that bad. My first one was an emergency, and the rest were scheduled b/c my dr. didnt reccommend v backs (some issues with the size of my babies, all almost 9 lb-ers, and the size of my pelvis....) my best piece of advice is to get a surgical binder- the hospital will usually give you one if you ask, or you can get them at some pharmacies or med supply stores. It is like a elastic girdle with velcro that you can wrap around your belly and hips. it helped me immensely with walking around after the surgery. stops the weird feeling like all your insides are going to fall out!! you will do great and be back on your feet in no time!!!

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Jessica- Don't be scared! I read up online when my baby was breech and freaked myself out. Not worth doing all that to yourself! I didn't feel anything during the surgery except itchy feet, which made no sense because I couldn't feel anything below my rib cage. They sent me to recovery with all the other surgery people so I was really annoyed at that as I was scared and missed my baby and cried for two hours (hormones, probably) as I waited to regain feeling in my legs. Once back in my room, it was maybe two hours before they had me walk (with help) to the bathroom to wash the lower area with a hose attached to the toilet. There was alot of blood so be prepared for that. I went home in two days and had to request a wheelchair. They just assumed Id be able to walk alone. Crazy. Take it easy, place a chair by your bed so you'll be able to get up by yourself to get the baby. I had a hard time nursing because he kept kicking me in the stitches. For real, it was 18ms ago and they are still sensitive. They hurt when you do too much for about 6ms but they are still sensitive. I'm in the army and my first PT test afterwards, I could feel nothing but pain and stretching for the situps. I don't recommend doing more then you are ready for.

Lisa - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hi Jessica, my name is Lisa and I am a midwife. You have a spinal block, which is heavier than an epidural. You are awake, which is wonderful, so you get to meet your baby as soon as it is born, and get to hold it, take photo's etc. You will be in bed for a while after surgery, but this is so the anaesthetic can fully wear off before you attempt to get up and shower. YOu will be sore, but there are wonderful drugs for pain relief, use them as much as they are offered.
Most women recover well after a section, and because you are not fully under anaesthetic you will be able to breast feed without delay.
Also this does not mean that you cannot go on to have a normal birth next time around. You will receive great support from the staff in the hospital and will get all the advice you need to be able to go home and have a wonderful time with your new baby.
Good luck with it all, and I hope that this has helped you out...
Lisa

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Hi Jessica, I had an emergency C-section and the process was very by the book. Many people have shared their stories. My suggestion to you is to take it easy with your recovery. I pushed it too much and was in pain for sometime after. Just take it slow, hang out with your new little one and let others take care of you. Good Luck!

Linda - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had two c-sections over 30 years ago and my daughter has had two c-sections in the last 2 years. Yes, they give you an apiduralbut I don't think they make you stay in stay in bed that long. My daughter was up and around as soon as she was able to comfortably. You might WANT to stay in bed!! LOL I was awake for one of them, out for the next. I had started labor and they couldn't stop it so I had to be put out for the second one. My daughter was awake for both. She started out going for a normal birth but had trouble dilating past 8 centimeters both times. Just watch your weight because it is sometimes harder to lose it after a c-section. Good luck and don't worry. You will be fine. They used to keep you in for a week after the birth but not anymore. just a couple days now.

Michelle - posted on 05/22/2010

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With my first baby I has induced and had problems so ended up having a c- section. It wasn't what I had planned so you're lucky to know ahead of time. I had an epidural, which wasn't bad at all and had a screen up so I didn't see what the doctors were doing. Since I was numb, I didn't feel any pain, just tugging as they pushed the baby's head out of me. They showed me the baby, cleaned it up then had my husband follow the baby as they sewed me up. That seemed like the longest part. Post op I waited again as the nurses monitored me. The epidural made me sick (nausea) and I was happy not to eat anything for a while.

Once I was in my room, I held my baby and nursed him. The worst part of being in the hospital was the nurses kept coming in to take my vitals about every 3 hours day and night. Don't expect to rest much. They got me up a while after surgery and it was hard to move around. It hurts and still hurts weeks after, but it's all worth it once you see your new baby!

Lara - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had a scheduled c-section on March 3 because of total previa. I researched it a lot and watched "the baby story" a lot. What helped me recover was remembering that I won't have all the aides that the hospital has like bed rails. I started not using the aides so I was ready to go home.

With all that said remember that if they use staples you'll be uncomfortable for a little while, but not for long. My recovery time was pretty good, not any longer than with my vaginal birth. This is considered major surgery to keep that in mind.

Karen - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hello, dont worry. I had twins by c section as they were feet breech. It was fine and the I was awake. I wouldnt be at all worried if I had to have another. one. i'm too old for any more now though. I was up the following morning.

Danielle - posted on 05/22/2010

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Don't be scared at all! I'm sure I will get some grief from natural labour supporters, but my caesarean was fantastic!! After being my friend's support person during her natural labour (which was horrifying!) I have to admit I wasn't disappointed when my baby turned out to be breech and the dr said a c-section was necessary. The epidural was very quick, I felt a bit cold and nervous, then some weird pulling and then my baby was out. My partner was right there with me and there was a nurse right at my head telling me what was happening every step of the way. My partner cut the umbilical cord and we had family photos before she was cleaned up and I was stitched up.
And I was in bed for less than 12 hours (with my baby the whole time) and discharged 2 days later.
I'm definately not saying I would recommend a c-section for everyone, but if it is necessary or your dr recommends it, do not be scared!! My experience was a very positive one and in a weird way I felt more informed about exactly what was going on at every step compared to my friend in natural labour who felt like everything was out of her control. But in the end, just keep in mind the safety of you and your baby are the priority, not the way s/he is born. Good luck, and enjoy your gorgeous bundle when it arrives!

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