C-Section

Tiffany - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Has anyone else looked into an elective c-section? (its when you request to have one done instead of going through labor and delivery the vaginal way) I can't even wrap my thoughts around labor and birth vaginally...it just seems like it's the worst pain and experience EVER! I know at the end you end up with a prize like no other but the whole process of being in labor for generally a day or more (first baby) sounds ridiculously crazy!!! I love the idea of a c-section...you have time to mentally prepare yourself for the big moment, walk into your appointment and then an hour or so later your baby is born and all you have to do is recover....and recovery might be worse and longer but you already have your baby with you so it seems like it would not be as bad! Anyways, anyone else electing for a c-section?! Or am I the only crazy person?!

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Ashleigh - posted on 04/21/2010

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No I'm not electing for c-section. I'm actually hoping I won't need one. It may seem like an easy procedure but it is major abdominal surgery, it takes so much longer to recover and is so much more painful. And unfortunately if you are breastfeeding, you don't get the "good" drugs. There are also more possible complications for the baby following a c-section. They are meant to be squeezed through the birth canal, it helps to release the fluid from their lungs. ( My cousin had 2 c-sections(medical reasons) and both babies started out fine but both ended up in the NICU for breathing complications - her little boy almost didn't make it) So please think it over. Labor isn't that bad, if you are concerned about the pain, there are drugs.



Sorry this is a big trigger point for me. Also make sure your insurance covers elective c-section, some don't because it costs almost 3x more than a reg vaginal delivery. Good luck with your decision and a healthy baby!

Kelly - posted on 04/21/2010

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I have had one vaginal and one c-section. In my opinion the vaginal birth was a walk in the the park compared to a c-section. I even had 4th degree tearing with my vaginal birth. I am 38 weeks along with #3 and I am trying for a VBAC, I would rather heal from tearing again than deal with the recovery of a c-section.
Just my opinion, but I didn't think labor and delivery was that bad.
Good Luck with what ever you decide to do.

Jamie - posted on 04/21/2010

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Every one recovers differently from surgery. Some women have a very hard time, and others do not. It is impossible to know how your body will be effected until you have the surgery yourself.

Typically, c-sections have a longer recovery time and more pain than a vaginal birth. Like Ashleigh said, some babies can have problems following a section, and there is increased risk to the mother for future complications. There is risk for major infection (as with all surgery), there is risk of hernias, there is risk that the scar tissue on the uterus can cause complications with subsequent pregnancies (some women have had ruptured uteruses), it can also cause problems for new placentas attaching to the uterine wall. Basically, scar tissue is thick, hard, and does not stretch, the uterus is made to stretch during pregnancy and contract during labor, scar tissue can impede this.

Personally, i would not elect for a section, as they are expensive and time consuming in recovery. The risks far outweigh the benefits.

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Samantha - posted on 09/07/2011

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No disrespect, but I totally think you're nuts! I had a c-section with my first one and I hated it! I wish I could have had a vaginal birth. I was sick from the morphine and I didn't get to see my baby for an hour and a half after I had him! I'm trying everything I can not to have a c-section this time! I understand the anxiety towards delivering vaginally, but think about it. Women have been making and having babies for thousands of years, why put your body through the stress of having foreign objects in and around it when you can do it all yourself. Of course this is just my opinion, but I strongly encourage letting your body do what it's made for!!! :)

Angela - posted on 09/05/2011

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my first was an emergency c-section and my second i had elected for a c-section. I din't regret it at all. I went through 18 hours of labour with my first to have to have an emergency c-sect so i was not going to risk that again. My recovery was really good and quick too so i definetely don't regret opting for a c-sect

April - posted on 08/10/2011

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my first was an emergency c-sec. then two elective after that. they were great but lots of pain for weeks afterwards.

Becky - posted on 04/23/2010

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oh also, having c-section can cause probs for teh baby. when the baby is pushed thorugh the vaginal walls it pushes out fluids from his/her lungs. since my son was delivered c-section, he had a lot of fluid in his lungs and had to be in the nursery for a while (he also had trouble with fluid the entire 6 days we were at the hospital. he kept on coughing it up all the time...

Becky - posted on 04/23/2010

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i wouldnt recommend one! I started out birhting naturally...then he ended up getting stuck in my pelvis (they tried forceps too) before they decided to do an emergency c-section.
my son is 3 weeks old now... recovery is taking WAY longer for me having had teh c-section than it would have if i had been able to have him naturally...not to mention how exhausting it makes you and how sore the incision and stomach area is.

Labor and birth really isn't that bad. I pushed 2 hours and i had an epidural...i felt a lot of pressure but never intense pain. just give it a try!

Lori - posted on 04/22/2010

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I'm having a scheduled c-section tuesday. This will be my 5th son! Ive delivered both ways, so i'm thinking if its scheduled, it hopefully will run alot smoother. Ive delivered vaginally and not even felt contractions, but EVERY pregnancy is different! But when you go thru labor, hard labor, c-section is probably the way to go....

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My 1st pregnancy, I had to have a C-Section...it was emergency, my daughter's heart rate kept dropping massively because the umbilical chord was wrapped around her neck twice. I'm not pregnant with my 2nd child and I have the OPTION of a C-Section...and I'm really debating it...Since I had a c-section with my 1st pregnant...there is the possibility that my uterus could rupture with a vaginal birth....I'm still debating & I'm not real sure what I want. But i don't think you're crazy at all :)

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I just wanted to say I had a c-section (not planned but not emergency either). There were no complications and my healing process went normally. I felt pretty decent and was really mobile after just a week.
That being said, it was still a year before I felt "recovered" from the surgery. I'm pregnant with my second baby and I'm hoping for a VBAC. I'd rather take the chance at a difficult labor than an "easy" c-section recovery. I just hated not feeling like myself for such a long time.
Good luck with everything (whichever way it goes)! P.S. My cousin had three 10lb babies with no problems!

Megan - posted on 04/21/2010

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HI Jenna

I just read your reply in here and its off the subject but i wanted to know if your galbladder gave you hell with your first pregnancy and is that why u had it removed. I found out i had Galstones in Feb 2010 and i fell preg (not planned but very welcomed) in March 2010 I am now 6 weeks preg and i am have major problems with my galbladder/ galstones and wanted to know if you found anything that helped if you had problems during your pregnancy.... My Doctor has told me i will have to wait til i have bubby to do anything but last night i read i could have my galbladder out while i am preg (something i am not to sure about as i dont know the risks and i am not to sure i want to take the chance my baby wont make it) Any advice is good advice as i have been doubled over on the couch for the past 2days from the attacks. Off to the doctors again in about 1hour to make sure all is well with bubby. -had u/s last week to say it was definantly not a etopic and i havent had any pains In my abdominal just under my right rib cage and theres been no Bleeding so i am pretty certain its all got to do with the Thousands galstones I have.... On waiting list to have it out but it may be a while...

Tiffany - posted on 04/21/2010

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thank you for responding! my doctor and i have been talking about this for a couple weeks..she ordered an ultrasound to see how big the baby is and he was 7 pnds with 2 n a half weeks left...so in my opinion he will be on the bigger side. she was hoping he would be smaller so i would feel more comfortable giving birth naturally. i also have gestational diabetes and the babies tend to become bigger and have bigger shoulders. i just watched my little sister give birth 2-3 weeks ago and her baby got stuck and there were nurses pushing down on her tummy and everyone was running around getting emergency kits out and it really traumatized me!!!

ive researched ALOT of the pros and cons of each birth and asked MANY women about their experiences. it seems to me that an emergency section you tend to have a longer and worse recovery...and with a scheduled its not as bad. and also with a vaginal birth it can go in all kinds of directions! though sections are exactly all the same either.

being that im gest. diabetic they wont let me go over my due date ( may 1st ) so tomorrow i see my doc and hopefully will be able to schedule my c-section because i DEFINATELY dont want to be induced into labor!!!!!!!!!

Jenna - posted on 04/21/2010

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Honestly, csection recovery is not that bad if it is a scheduled csection. It's a mental game. I healed super quickly and I even discharged myself from the hospital a day early because I was doing great. And the scar? Pshaw! It is barely noticeable. If you keep up the maintenance on your skin after you have the baby, the scar reduces significantly.

Although a csection sounds preferable, it all depends on your relationship with your doctor. There are a lot of helth professional who refuse to do elective csections. They will only schedule csections based on medical reasons, or the size of the baby. My doctor wasn't up for scheduling csections on whim just because that was her perogative. I loved my Doctor and she listened to all my concerns. I was all for natural labor until it became evident that my son was gonna be large! lol. She had told me if he reached close to 10lbs on the last ultrasound then she would schedule the csection. And a week and half before my due date my son was estimated at 9lbs 14oz . Well she scheduled for the following Monday (about 4 days before my due date) and my son was born at 9lbs 1oz.

Now I'm pregnant with my second son and I have a csection already scheduled. I was given the option of the VBAC or another C-section. I had had emergency gall bladder removal shortly after my first C-Section so obviously the idea of another C-Section was preferable. I didn't want to stress my body out with labor. (With my first pregnancy I was barely 1cm dilated and only 30% effaced the Friday before my c-section - so I could just about guarantee I was going to have a rough labor if went natural lol)

If you want to do a csection, I can understand why. I enjoyed my first c-section and I'm totally relieved that I have my second already scheduled. But please talk it over with your doctor. It is most important that you have everything open and on the table with your Doctor.

Megan - posted on 04/21/2010

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Hi Tiffany

I will also be electing a C-section but this is not with much thought and it will be my Second one. I had a very bad Labour with my 1st and ended up having Emergancy C-section after 3days and if it had been a normal labour than i would have prob gone with a Vaginal Birth as it is better for the baby. I am not sure where you are (i live in Australia) and they do not let you elect C-sections at the hospital where i had my 1st and most prob this one Dec 2010. I would definantly Check to see if your insurance or private healthfund do cover electives as it is much more expensive. I would say that there are many pros and cons to having Both a natural birth and a C-section but the baby has to come out one way or another so whatever way i hope all goes well Bringing your bundle into the world. As for the recovery My sister had a natural and she has a longer recovery than i did due to complications (popped her coxis bone and had a substantual tear due to her labour progressing to fast) than i did with my emergancy c-section. I was bed ridden for the first 12-16hrs after my daughter was born and than i had a scare where they thought i developed bloodclots in my lungs from my c-section. i was released 5days after having her as my sister was discharged after 3days. I would be talking to your Ob about your decision and i would also be making sure if you do have C-section that you have someone on hand to help you out for the first 2weeks exleast as you will be restricted to what you can and cant do.

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