Did anyone else feel the C section surgery?

Christina - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I don't know how common this is but believe it or not I felt most of my C section I kept telling them I felt a lot of pain an I felt them cutting in to me all they kept doing was hitting me with Dilotten why didn't they just knock me out? I thought that was what they were suppose to do when you felt your surgery. It was such a horrible experience all I wanted was it to be over. I felt them stitch me up from the inside out an they did not seem to care. When I began to make moan sounds an say Ouch loud my OBGYN seemed to get annoyed with me an ask me not to speak during it cause it was causing my stomach muscles to tighten up. Can you believe that? I then became to weak to say anything almost felt like I was in a comma I could hear an fell things but unable to move after been dosed up on so much drugs all I wanted to do was scream. I was so excited when I heard my son cry he made the pain totally worth an I think I would have been pretty upset if I was put to sleep an was not able to experience seeing him when he was born..But It was so bad can someone please tell me if this is something they experienced?

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Casey - posted on 12/22/2009

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I had no problems with my C-section. I was numbed in my stomach area. They kept pricking me with a needle asking me if i could still feel it then eventually i couldn't feel it anymore. up until now like the lower area of my stomach is still numb no feeling and its been 14months since i've had it.

Liezl - posted on 05/23/2013

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This is awful! Definitely not normal. I could feel the movement and pressure, but I did not feel any pain (the same sensation as when your foot falls asleep and you can sense yourself squeezing your foot but you're not really feeling it). If you're in a country where it is possible, I would definitely try lodge a HUGE complaint against the doctors since you kept telling them that you could feel it! I feel SO sorry for you all; I cannot believe that so many of you had similar experiences. Don't worry that you missed a special moment; you had so many special moments afterwards to make up for it.

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Mine was scheduled because she was transverse (laying side 2 side the whole pregnancy). I started screaming bloody murder, "I feel it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel the cutting!!! STOPPPP!" I couldn't figure out why they didn't stop, just kept on cutting. It was a nightmare, but I was awake! Then they put something over my mouth and nose and put me all the way under. I was in the worst pain when I woke up and no one was around to help me. I couldn't talk or scream in pain like I wanted to. I couldn't breath or get a breath. Felt like I was dying. I was sooo scared. All I could no was barely raise my hand and wave it around a little. I finally got the word PAIN out faintly and kept saying pain, pain, pain. They finally came running and knocked me out again. I woke up later so sad that I didn't get to see my baby and didn't even know how she was doing. I felt so alone, scared, upset. I still have some post traumatic stress memories from it 8 mos. later. Guess I need to go talk to a psychologist about it. Sucks. Baby came out not breathing from all the meds they filled me with and brought her right back. She had an apgar of 8 thank god. I got to see her for the 1st time and hold her the end of the 2nd day because she was in the Nick u. I hated being away from her. I am 44 years old and a great mom. Love her so much. Sometimes though, I'll pick her up from a nap or playing and she won't look at me. She's consciously looking somewhere else. I'll try to say something sweet to get her attention or turn her towards me and she turns away. I worry it's from not being able to see her for 2 days after she was born. If any of your kids avoid you too, can you please write to me and let me know why you think this happens. It really makes me sad. Other times of the day she will coo and kiss me so I know she loves me. Thanks for letting me vent. :) Take care. Also, did anyone else get counseling and does it help?

Claire - posted on 12/03/2009

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i had a c-section 7yrs and nearly 4yrs ago and had no problems with either 1 of mine except numbness down my left thigh and across my stomach. my first was under a general anesthetic and my 2nd was under epidural and i was awake they put the epidural in with my husband in the room with me the put it in and i felt like i was going to fall off the trolley because i went numb that quick for my second son, but with my first i was in labour for nearly 2 days and when i went in they had problems tracing his heartbeat so they had to put the probe on his scalp and then found out that as my contraction went up his heartbeat dropped to 10 beats a minute so i had an emergency c-section. the following day i was taken to scbu to see him and try breastfeeding for the first time and the nurse asked me to sit in the chair with a pillow on my tummy over my scar then she decided to nearly drop my son onto my scar and i nearly went through the roof and i decided to bottle feed him after that, my husband took me outside in a wheelchair for some fresh air when we got back to my room a nurse came in and pulled me out of the wheelchair and threw me on the bed and this was 12 hours after i'd had the c-section she then just dumped me on the bed and walked out i was in tears so my hubby had a go at her. i had a really bad time in hospital with my first son. We found out a few years ago that our eldest son has slight cerebral palsy b/c when he was born he had the cord round his neck 3 times. but when i had my second i was telling them what i wanted. i'm sorry for going on about me but i feel sorry for what you have been through with your c-sections i hope everything turned out ok in the end and you have healthy children

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Dale Hartley - posted on 03/15/2013

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Rebecca Fuel!
Far out! That sounds awful.
I had the same thing happen to me. We attempted to continue with some intravenous pain relief but when I said it was bad, my surgeon just told my husband to leave the rooma and then put me under a general.
It was sad because the first time around we had an emergency C sections so it was all pretty stressful. I was looking forward to a relaxed and planned delivery for my second, but she arrived without me or my husband there to greet her :-( Because of that, likeyou said, I guess surgeons do their best to keep you lucid becuase they want you to be able to experience the birth. Also, ,they sometimes think you mix up thestrange feeling of pressure compared to feeling actual pain. But becuase I had already had on C section, I guess he believed me when I said I could feel it muchmore than the last time!

Rebecca - posted on 02/09/2013

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My son was born via emergency c section. His cord prolapsed and I was rushed to the OR. I had an epidural but was only numb up to the tops of my thighs. No one tested my abdomen area to see if I could feel. I started telling them I could feel when I felt the cold scrub being applied to my lower abdomen. Next thing I knew I felt the doc cut me. I started screaming "I can feel that, I can feel everything you are doing". But they didn't stop and the didn't knock me out. I screamed throughout the entire surgery. I felt it all the way up until they started sewing me up. It was horrible. I wish they would have knocked me out!

Bekah - posted on 08/16/2012

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With my first c/section it was an emergency c/section and I had used an epidural but because my son was not fairing well at all they didn't have time to get me fully numb. From the minute I hit the table until his birth was just over 7 minutes. A record time at the hospital and it saved my sons life but it was VERY painful. The last two sections were planned and they went much better.

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I had a panic attack at the idea of having a c-section with my daughter. So I was put out.

With my son, I had an amazing team of doctors and nurses. I had to have another c-section. I didn't feel a thing THANK GOD. If I had it would have sent me into another attack, easily, it too all of my strength just to keep myself calm.

When it was time to get my son out, they pushed him out by pressing on the top of my belly. That I did feel, but is wasn't even as bad as the beginning labor pains I had with my daughter.

These stories are actually why I ended up staying with my OB and having another c-section than going to a different hospital trying a VBAC, and possibly ending up back in the OR in a hospital I didn't trust as much.

Chantill - posted on 02/15/2012

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I was the same way. I felt him cutting, the doctor said I had enough meds in me to be numb from the neck down but I still felt him cut. Next thing I remember was just waking up with my handsome baby boy staring at me in my husbands arms. I don't remember the birth but after 28 hours of intense contractions and knowing my husband was with him the entire time, I was happy.

Christina - posted on 12/24/2009

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wow i didnt know that so many other people went threw the same thing i did , with my sec kid i had a c-section and was in labor for 15 hours and still wouldnt come out , i felt like jesus being held down on that table i was so scared i started cryin , all the doctors were talkin to me , but i dont remember what they were sayin i didnt care i just wanted it to be over with i remember them cutting at me and pulling but i didnt even get to see my son be born i must have feel asleep and i feel like i missed out on something , like i didnt even give birth , its only been a month but it still breaks my heart that women have to go threw this and i want to thank you for posting this cause now i know that iam not all alone and you all are being strong and this helps me alot thanks again.

Loretta - posted on 12/03/2009

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i feel sorry for those who felt thier c section, i had a spinal, i never felt a thing, i even asked if they had even started yet. thats when i heard my son cry for the first time.

Marcie - posted on 12/02/2009

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I am having my son on Monday & that is one of my fears that I will feel it. I didn't feel anything because I was so doped up with the epideral and on top of that the spinal when I had my first son in 05. I had to have an emergency c-section with him. I watch Discovery Health and I watch Birth Day and all those shows and I think that is why I am freaked out. All I remember is them strapping my arms down and having the baby lay next to my face.. I was so out of it, and i didn't feel anything the first time. This time I will be more alert and this time it is a scheduled c-section. I sure hope I don't feel anything but the tugging around..

Cassandra - posted on 11/30/2009

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well i had a c section goingon 3 yrs ago this coming jan. and it was an emergency one because she was coming out face up and i wouldnt dialate no more than 8 cm. i had gotten an epidural when i got admitted after finding out i was 6 cm dialated. anyways to make a long story short my epidural didnt take and when i went back for my section they tested me and i could feel them touching me so they had to knock me out and like another person said earlier, i missed seeing my lil girl being born and i was all alone back there. i feel like its a void there in that part of ur lives together. i have to say that the labor pains was bout the only pains i felt and im sorry some of you had to go thru that but don't let that hender you from wanting to have more kids because there is a such thing as a VBAC (vaginal birth after cecerian) and that experience mite just have been a one in a million case. have faith that the next time won't be as bad.

Ella - posted on 11/24/2009

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I had 3 c-sections. My last one was almost 3 months ago. I didn't feel anything when they were going on. I had a great doctor and a good pain management team. I feel bad for you all that felt the pain of it.

Gemma - posted on 11/15/2009

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hi i have had 2 c-sections the 1st 1 i feelt so bad that was 4 yrs ago and my 2nd 1 was 12weeks 2mor ago and didnt feel a thing so i no it can feel so bad but i did think 12weeks ago i will be in so much pain but wasnt it dont feel like i have had 1 as i say 1 ppl when they ask is i may have had a c-section but i dnt care as long as my kids was all well i think all mum's feel like that at the end off the day

Amy - posted on 11/14/2009

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Wow! This is what scares me to have another child. My daughter is only 3 weeks old and I think that I am going to remember my c-section for a long time. I told the anesthesiologist that came to prep me that I could feel the left side over and over again. After 4 epidural tries...I felt "comfortable" My right side was sooo numb I couldn't even lift my leg. I had a c-section 9 hours after I got the epidural. I didn't feel the initial cut but started feeling pain as they cut deeper. It was awful. I know they say you can feel some tugging but oh my goodness, it felt like they were ripping my organs out! My OB yelled at the anesthesiologist saying "Didn't you check her?" They wanted to knock me out and I said NO too. Like many of you, I wanted to be awake when my lil' girl was born! I just laid there with my eyes squeezed shut and body sooo tense. My husband came into the OR about 5 min. after they started and my daughter was born 9 min. after they started so he left to go take pics of her as I lay there miserable while they finished. I said that I needed a hand to hold....one of the nurses came to sit with me. My poor husband was just soooo excited, he didn't know! It was our first experience. I had the worst pain I ever felt for 20 minutes of my life for the best thing that has happened in my life!

Shelley - posted on 10/26/2009

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I felt pressure but not pain per se. I have had friends thought that had other surgeries that the pain numbers wouldn't work and they felt everything.

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I felt an immense amount of pressure and burning. The worst was after they got my baby out..I was miserable. I tried telling the nurse I could feel it but they doped me up so much I could barely get a word out. It really scares me to go through that again if I ever have another. They tested my belly before hand to see if I felt anything and I didn't but I sure felt the tugging pushing and whatever the heck the burning was...It makes me queesy thinking about it..



I am sooo sorry you had to go through that, no one should!!

Jamie - posted on 09/19/2009

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i felt my c-section also. my epidural ran out 3 times and they said they had to put me asleep because they are not allowed to give more than 3 doses. after my 3rd dose ran out sis wasnt out yet so they said to bear with them til she comes out then they would put me to sleep. i heard her cry, then next thing i know i was waking up in recovery room. with my second c-section i didnt feel a thing, thank god. i think they should have put you out after the baby came out. there was no need to make you suffer that long.

Stephanie - posted on 09/16/2009

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I only felt the OB pushing on my stomach to help my son get out. OMG!! I am sooo sorry you had to go through something like that! I would be pissed at the OB for getting annoyed with you!!! I had a bad experience with my OB as well throughout my pregnancy. Did they check you out as in if you had feeling b/f they started? Hopefully you don't EVER have that feeling again with your next!!!

Brandy - posted on 09/15/2009

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The same thing happened to me pretty much. I had to have a c section because my epidural wasnt working the way it should have and the baby was coming whether we were ready or not!! As the surgery started within 10 minutes of it.. i started yelling and crying, telling my husband something wasnt right. i had never had a child before so i wasnt sure what to expect but i knew something was wrong. The anesthesiologist was standing behind me asking what i meant. i told him i wasnt numb and i flung my left leg all the way up. All the doctors started panicing. They were almost finished and once they got my sons head out then put me to sleep. Later that day, the anesthesiologist came and talked to my husband and I about the situation. He apologized and said that if he had put me to sleep automatically, my son or I could have died due to less oxygen and the difference in blood pressure and heart rate while in surgery.

Missy - posted on 09/07/2009

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I also felt it! I had alot of the same things happen to me as most of you, im not going to talk about the details because i still get scared just thinking about it but the OB told me i could not feel it and she was VERY wrong!

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Wow, that is all so amazing to me. I felt nothing and only saw my husband (boyfriend at the time before marriage) holding my son up with a huge smile on his face. I would NEVER want to deliver. I felt nothing and was walking the next morning. I had a wonderful c-section. I think for you it might have been one of or several of many matters. The hospital, the doctors or maybe just your particular situation. Everyone has a different body but I'd never want to go any other way, I'd so have another c-secton if I were pregnant again. Take care, sorry it was that way for you, hopefully everything is ok now.

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OMG......I just found this community and I am so excited. I know that is weird but I've been trying to find someone with this horrible experience. I'll give you a short background. My first child I was in labor for 36 hrs and an hr of pushing, but my pelvis could not accomodate her, so I had an emergency c-section. Everything went fine, no pain just pressure as they told me I would feel. THEN.....the second child around another c-section b/c my hospital does not allow vbacs. They gave me an epidural like I had with my first, they started cutting I felt a little of it and told them so they gave me more meds. BUT then once they were ripping my skin back to get the baby out I felt them inside of me with what felt like a metal rod in my pelvis cavity. I could describe the actual took they were using on me, w/o ever having seen it. I was screaming and thought I was dying it hurt so bad. They did not believe me and told me it was pressure. I was begging to be put to sleep, and they made me wait until I saw my baby. It was horrific, what made me the most angered was that they didn't believe me and my ob acted as if I was acting out of line. I can take pain, and it wasn't like I'd never had a c-section. I knew what pressure was from having the first, this was NO pressure. It was like them stabbing me inside down into my vagina. SO that's my story, and my OB said that I had a one in a million cases, that this isn't normal. I am wondering if a spinal is a better pain blocker?? What did you have?? and what did your doctor say about your experience?? I want a third baby but I am so freaked out to have another c-section.

Lee Ann - posted on 08/06/2009

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I had a pretty rough exp. with my c-section. The whole labor part was not an issue, I was doing great with contractions, dia. to a 5 and then the Dr. told me that if i wanted my epidural that I needed to get it now, I agreed even though I had not asked for it yet, b/c I honestly was not in pain, my contractions just felt like pressure to me. So I get the epidural, which took about 45 mins., b/c the lady who was putting in my epidural just couldnt get it right, the had to keep on numbing my back and every time they would pull the cath back out I could feel it, and it sucked. After all that I began to have problems, they could not find my daughters heart beat, so they led to an emergency c-section, I of course was crying by this point b/c i didnt know if my child was ok and I didnt want to have surgery. I get to the OR they begin to clean the area, and give me meds. through my iv, the dr. then begins to cut and I screamed "omg I can feel that" they gave me more meds till the point the person giving me the meds through my iv told the dr. they already gave me over the amount your sup. to get. after about 30 to 40 more mins they get me numb enough to begin cutting through the 1st layers and then I begin to feel pain again, I could feel the knife as if I was being stabbed in the abdomen, it was horrible, i was shaking the whole time, after the finally got my daughter out they let me see her, finished me up brought me to recovery and I was already screaming and crying right when i got to recovery b/c I was in so much pain, I could feel everything and still move my legs, i had my surgery at 8:13 pm that night and i was still screaming and crying in pain till the next morning......the whole situation has made me not want to have anymore kids, and dont get me wrong i cherish the one i do have but to go through all that again, no thanks.

Dianne - posted on 07/31/2009

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When I was done reading your story it sounded just like my experience. I also had the worst C-section. I was in labor for 24 hours and pushing for a hour when they decided to do a emergency C-section on me. It was then I was laying there in this ice cold room and could feel everything. I told my husband to tell them that I could feel them cutting into me. They just went about it and continued to do the cut. I understand they had to get the baby out, but they should have made sure I was numb for the meds. The Anesthesiologist told my husband he could give me something, but it would knock me out and I wouldn't remember my girl being born. I yelled and told him no. I have waited so long to see her...do not let them......Then I woke up to my surprise 30 min. later. I saw nothing but blurryness and my baby cleaned and wrapped. I missed the most important part. It makes me sad to this day I missed out on seeing her, but I have to think I am just happy that we were both home healthy and happy. She is a year now and a joyful angel. It's all worthit when it is over!

Amanda - posted on 07/31/2009

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I had this too. Although I knew that i could feel it. Well the right half anyways. They tested me and then asked if i could feel it, i said yes so they gave me another shot, tested again and asked again, I said no although I could. The only reason I said no is I wanted my husband to be there and they had told me if i could feel it then they would have to put me out. And it wasn't that I could totally feel it... anyways needless to say just before they brought my son into this world, I started moaning and crying because I could feel it all and they quickly knocked me out. I was able to kiss my son (they took the mask off long enough to show me him) and I got to hear them say that he was born as they were knocking me out. I was out before they sewed me back up, and then had to go to recovery for an hour. Would I do it again? Probably.... but thankfully my daughter was a VBAC.

Paige - posted on 07/28/2009

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I am so sorry this happened to you. What a terrible experience to have. My spinal wore off toward the end when they were closing me, but i said something to the anesthesiologist about "feeling fingers" and "it burns" and he gave me a shot of morphine. It never really hurt. I have heard of this happening to other women, though. Again, I'm sorry you experienced this. I think you should report the doctor and file a complaint with the hospital for sure.

Kylie - posted on 07/24/2009

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WOW, I would have been very upset if that had happened to me. I think you need to make a complaint to the hospital about the people involved.



The doctors made sure before starting the C-sect that I couldn't feel anything by testing my belly and other areas with a piece of ice.



I also received a letter from my hospital shortly after having my son in regards to the treatment I received and how my recovery went. I only felt a little tugging I guess you could say which would have been when they were getting bub out. It was over so quickly I didn't even know they had cut me open and our son was out and crying already.



You shouldn't be able to feel everything that you said you did. You really should make a complaint about your surgery as it could also be happening to lots of other women.

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