C-Section Mommas

Chrissandra - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am 23 and very petite. I had to have a c-section with my dauther and have been told by my OB that I will never be able to have a vaginal birth. I feel so robbed of that experience, but am happy that both my daughter and I are healthy. The question is, how long did it take for you to feel fully "healed" after a c-section? It has been 7 weeks and while I am active and exercising, it still hurts a bit when my daughter kicks at me or if I move akwardly. I am going back to work next week and I don't feel 100% yet.

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Natalie - posted on 09/27/2009

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Hey if it helps(I just read one of your posts),after my oldest I was in hospital for 5 days and on way too many drugs to manage the pain,I had to to really struggle to breastfeed!My milk wouldnt come in very well and it was getting to the point where I was going to have to bottle feed.But it finally worked!!!Good luck with all of this,and remember you arent alone in how your feeling

Natalie - posted on 09/27/2009

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Hi,

First of all congratulations on the birth of your little girl!

I have had to c-sections,an emergency with my oldest daughter(shes 19months) and an élective'with my youngest daughter(shes 7months).Ive had two c -section in the last 19months and my scar still hurts.Not as much as it first did but if my daughters kick me etc or in cold weather.Odd I know!From my experience it can take a while to start feeling normal again.Youve had major surgery so it will take a bit.I know my mum had a c-section with me and told me(after Id had our oldest and was pregnant again!) that it took her 3months to start feeling ok again.Everyones different!!

And I know how you feel about feeling robbed of getting to have a vaginal birth.With my oldest I was in labour for 50hours and because of the damage to my uterus(they had to do three different cuts to get her out) I was told Id have to c-sections from then on!It sucks but at least the doctors arent saying you cant have more children!

Chrissandra - posted on 09/27/2009

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Well, like I said I said before, I have had adverse reactions to pain medications in the past. I had a spinal block administered moments before they started the surgery and before I even left the table, the block was wearing and I was feeling pain. Tylenol 3 does nothing for pain like that. I was really depressed for the first couple of days because of the unwanted surgery, the pain and the fact that my milk wasn't coming in properly.

Kelly - posted on 09/27/2009

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I have had a c section with my twins as they were in t postion when they were ready to come, so the second one would not have come out via natural birth. On my C section they cut along my apendix scar and I have little feeling 4 years later. You will have pain for a while but it does go, just keep the wound clean as I got a infection in hospital and the doctors did not spot it, it was me who told them. I have been told I will never have a natural birth due to the me been cut twice in the same spot, but also can only have one more c section due to the same reason. i must say I am glad of the c section, even though the epidrual left me numb you are more comfortable.

Amanda - posted on 09/27/2009

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i still have numbness on the right side of my incision. Unfortunately after 2 1/2 years I doubt any feeling will come back. My husband and I plan to have more children soon. I am unsure whether I will try to have a VBAC or have a scheduled c-section. I too feel a robbed because I was unable to have my son naturally, but after all I've read on the complications with a VBAC; it really scares me that I could go through labor all over again just to have another c-section. I also hope that if I do have another c-section I won't completely lose feeling with the next incision.

Megan - posted on 09/26/2009

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I understand how you feel about being robbed of the entire experience. Other than nausea the entire time, my pregnancy went great (highly recommend Zofran for that though) up until delivery. I always assumed I would tough it out like my mother did without an epidural and would have a 'natural' birth,possibly in water. Well, first my baby moved at the last minute so they had to manually push him head down, then they had me on so much pitocin that I went from 2cm to 10 in like 30 minutes...I was pretty much screaming. So, then they could not get him out so they tried forceps. That did not work. So all of a sudden everyone starting yelling "c-cection stat!!!" Then my child did not want to breastfeed. I tried for 2 months and even pumped....he did not like it apparently, there was plenty of it though. My c-cection scar did not heal for atleast 3 months and I am still numb on the exact incision line (2.6 yrs later) My OB said I will never have a vaginal birth. My son was average size, but my body could not accomodate his birth at all. But yes, the healing process was grueling for atleast the first 3 months. At least next time I will not be in any pain during birth. Hope this helps,

Chrissandra - posted on 09/26/2009

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Has anyone here had a vaginal birth after a c-section even when the OB said it wouldn't be possible? I feel like I was robbed of an experience that I waited my entire life for. The outcome was good because we are both healthy and safe, but it was completely the opposite of my birth plan. I wanted a totally natural delivery, with as little medical intervention as possible, but because of health problems there was plenty of intervention from the very beginning.

Katrina - posted on 09/26/2009

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i've had 2 c-sections the first one was definatly worse than the second. I went to work after 10 months off with my first daughter and some things i did then still hurt. My second daughter was only 8 weeks old when i went back to work and i felt more healed the second time around. my youngest is now 16 months old and i still feel twinges or pain every now and again at the incision site.

Chrissandra - posted on 09/26/2009

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I have allergies to a lot of pain medication so the only thing I could take after the Morphine IV was removed at the hospital was Tylenol 3. I was miserable.

Did you experience any numbness near your incision? There is a small patch where I have no feeling at all. Honestly, I know I am poking at myself but I can't feel anything. My OB said the feeling will return eventually and it's all apart of the healing process.

Amanda - posted on 09/26/2009

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I had a c-section with my son nearly 2 1/2 years ago. After I ran out of percocets the pain was nearly unbearable. I could barely get out of bed by myself. After 2 months most of the pain went away, but if I bent over in a weird way or my son pushed on the incision I would still have quite a bit of pain. The pain gradually went away and I finally felt like my old self about 9 months later. Don't be discouraged; you could heal much faster than I did. Just remember you did have major surgery and it takes awhile to recover. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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