C-sections Anyone????

Summer - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 173 moms have responded )

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Looking for mother who have had there child via C-Section. I may have to have a C-Section and im a little nervous going under the knife. Does anyone has any feedback for me on that experience and what recovery was like?

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Sarah - posted on 02/05/2010

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I had a c section in december and we elected to have one. I was high risk because of babys size and did not like what the dr's were saying about natural delivery and baby having broken bones and bruised eyes. I waited 9 LONG months for baby - why would I want to break him to get him out? I was up and walking w/o a cath. 5 hrs. after delivery. Suggestions: Don't turn away pain meds - perkaset and motrin are what I recovered on and per dr were safe for baby; walk, walk, walk - this may sound like too much right after birth but I promise - as soon as you get up and start moving, the healing will start too; GET A BOPPY! - this saved me, and helped me hold baby and BF him after surgery - because it kept baby away from the incision site; Love your baby - lokking at baby makes anything all the more worth it! Good luck!

Rosa - posted on 02/04/2010

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hi summer! im 21, and just had my son 4 weeks ago via c-section. the actual surgery wasnt bad. i was terrified! but after the surgery was over i was like "oh..thats it?" lol it was not bad at all! you don't feel any pain..just pulling and tugging. it was actually a really weird experience..but hearing your baby cry for the first time is the most emotional experience! i had my csection at 9 at night on 1/5 and they had me get up and walk at 7am the next day..WORST PAIN!! but the more you walk the better you feel! so make sure you make yourself walk through the pain! you'll regret it if you dont.

other than that, i was feeling like myself again a week later, and haven't had any pain since =]

good luck!!

Antanette - posted on 02/03/2010

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I had an emergency c-section because my little guy didn't want to come out. It has been two years and I have had no problem at all. I can suggest to have you doctor cut you horizontal along the bikini line so there is less scars. My second baby I was able to have V-back. If you don't have to have a c-section then I say go for it natural.

Jennifer - posted on 02/05/2010

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I had a c-section with my first child and I really wish that I had gone that route with my second. I felt nothing during the section and was only slightly uncomfortable for a few days afterward (nothing Tylenol didn't help with). I completely recommend walking the halls while you are in the hospital. The reason for this is that if you start to feel discomfort and something just doesn't feel right, then you have professionals there to check you out. Don't push yourself, your body knows it's limits, listen to them. With my second child, I had a vaginal birth and felt horrible for weeks after, I really wish had a section with my second. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 02/05/2010

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I have heard mixed answers from my girlfriends about their C-sections. My c-section went very well, and fast. My recovery however was grooling. I was soar for months and sneezing and coughing were very painful. I remember riding home after my c-section and going over a speed bump, OUCH! My good friend had almost no pain and recovered quickly. It may have something to do with the size of the baby, my son was 12 lbs 5 Oz so they probably had to pull alot. Over all I wish I had a vaginal birth, but he was way too big! Good luck honey, and anything that you do will be worth holding and meeting your baby for the first time!

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Katie - posted on 02/07/2010

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i had my son via emergency c-section. i'll be honest, it was a little scary but once he was born i didnt think twice about the proceedure. when they give you the epidural, you go numb from the nipples down, so dont worry about feeling any pain. after def take it easy, you'll be recovering from MAJOR stomach surgery, having a c-section i feel is more physically demanding. i tried to be active from the get go and am paying the price now, so take it slow. some dr's say it may take up to a yr for your body to completely bounce back. i still get weird pains or numbness is my lower belly, but its like a quick pinch then its gone, thats b/c they cut through the muscular wall,also for the first month after my back hurt from where they had put the epidural. they give a running stitch usually, not staples because stitches are better able to move alittle if necessary, staples could rip. hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had a c-section three months ago. It wasn't planned, and happened rather suddenly when my daughter's heart rate dropped. The process of prepping for surgery was completely fine, although I did feel some of the test-pricking that they did on my belly to ensure that the anesthesia was working. My anasthesiologist was really wonderful and reassured me that the surgery wouldn't begin until I felt no sensation in my belly, and actually when he offered to put me under, I accepted. This is perhaps the only regret that I have. It wasn't a decision that I made in a clear state of mind (in fact, I hardly remember making it at all), so I'd recommend that you clarify your wishes before entering the O.R.



After surgery is over, you'll want to take it easy and avoid moving too much as you might feel really dizzy. Also, make sure that your bandages are changed frequently, and that you put on your abdominal wrap right away. This is especially important. The hospital neglected to provide one for me, or even to mention it, so I went a week without one and it was incredibly painful. In fact, my uterus became twisted because I did not have the wrap. They're really cheap and an absolute must for anyone undergoing abdominal surgery.



Finally, whatever you do, do NOT lift anything heavier than your baby for at least a couple of months after your surgery. Do NOT try to carry the baby in a car seat, either. This was another mistake that I made and it really, really hurt my abdomen. And maintain good posture in the months after your surgery, particularly when you are carrying your child. It's really easy to slip into a slouch, but it will not only hurt your lower back but it will put extra pressure on your incision area.



Trust that the surgery will go well and remember that it's an incredibly safe procedure. Your baby will be delivered with a lot less trauma than a vaginal birth requires, and your recovery will be much faster than a vaginal birth, too, if you take care of yourself properly. Oh, and get lots and lots of rest in the days and weeks following the surgery. Your body will have gone through a lot and you have got to give yourself time to heal. Don't worry about cleaning the house - just rest. You will be fine. I wish you all the best.

Cassandra - posted on 02/07/2010

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ok, first off don't worry so much! It really depends on your pain tolerance. I have a high tolerance, so I used morphine the day I had my daughter for the pain, but the rest of my recovery was over the counter tylenol. My daughter was breech, so I knew ahead of time that I was going to have surgery. One big suggestion is a changing table. I had one and it was the best thing for me. I didn't have to sit on the floor and then try to get up. Good luck to you. Don't stress you were be great!

Sofia - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had my second doughter by c section and I totaly liked it better, I felt no pain I was a wake to see her born and then they put me to sleep I woke up with hardly no pain and it was so much better than having 8 to 9 hours of contractions... plus going to the bathroom after birth was horrible and after c section I had no prob,

Lisa - posted on 02/07/2010

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I have had 2 c-sections, both with spinal blocks. The most imprtant thing is to stay relaxed...healing takes a few weeks, I was up walking around about 8 hours after and felt so much better getting a shower and such, you will be in pain but it is managable. I was a wake throughout the entire procedure and was able to talk to the doctor even while being closed....I would ask for the glue instead of staples or stitches, it heals much nicer. (i had stiched the first time) I had no problems with infection and was able to care for my kids with minimal help. Sleeping is the most difficult, i recommend a recliner or the corner of a sofa as getting up from laying down is the most painful. Good luck!!!

Carla - posted on 02/07/2010

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i got one and i had the worst experience! i wish i could have had it normal but i got sick with pre clampsia the last month and my doctor didn't let me have her normal. when they did the spinal shot to make my body numb they did it wrong! and it hurt so bad. they redid it twice. after they finally got it right, i could feel a lot of pressure and i threw up during the surgery so i didn't get to really see my daughter when she came out. when i was in recovery i made sure to stay on a lot of drugs cause it my stomach hurt. i couldn't move my right leg for a couple of days because it was still numb from the anastisia. so for me i didnt like it at all. Why are u getting a c section?

Kristina - posted on 02/07/2010

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i had an emergency c-section with my lil boy ...his heartrate dropped at every contraction....it was tuff cuz he was really early so i didnt really have time to fully recover cuz i was in and out of the NICU fro weeks but if you have a c-section be sure to rest and dont overdue yourself...it can make you pretty sick if you do...i had staples with my son and 2 of them fell out just an hour after surgery ...if you look at my scar you can tell where the ones that fell out were the scar is thicker and darker there...where my staples were it lighter and thinner...good luck

Amber - posted on 02/07/2010

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My first emergency c-section I had staples in for a day my second c-section I had staples in for a week which was very uncomfortable but both my c-sections i was up moving around the same day, just stay on top of when you need to get your medications.

Nicole - posted on 02/07/2010

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My first was an emergancy c-section and it went really well. They talk you through all of it and you don't feel much but you still know what's going on. It happens faster then I thought. The doc's were talking to me and then I heard my daughter crying. Although I couldn't hold her right away my husband was with me and he held her so I could see her right away. After I was really tired which surprized me but sleeping was needed. I was only there for three days and started to walk after 24 hours. My stiches healed really well with almost no scar tissue(i only know cause my second I had VBAC with out complications). It took me about a week afgter getting home to feel like I could move more normally but make sure you take it easy and get help from family and friends, cause you shouldn't be on your feet for long periods of time. Good luck and it will go well.

Danielle - posted on 02/07/2010

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I've had 3 c-sections, the most recent being 12 weeks ago. I can honestly say that it is scary going in there, but strangely calming as well. Once you hear your baby's cry all your fears go away. Recovery is tough, however, I think the most important thing is pain management. Even if you think that you don't need it in the beginning, keep in mind that the pain sneaks up on you and it can make it extremely hard to care for your new baby if you are in constant pain. Every woman's experience is different, but I didn't think it was too bad.

Brittany - posted on 02/07/2010

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i didnt want a csection either because i hated needles and didnt want an epidural. but my daughter had other plans and the epidural was completely blown out of proportion and the recovery wasnt that bad. i was good to go after 2 weeks.

Natalie - posted on 02/07/2010

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i've had 3 sections love just remember to stand up straight even tho it pulls abit. just think tho when u hold that baby in ur arms it was all worth it. move around as soon as the doctors tell u can it'll be better for u in the long run. i didnt with my first cos i was to scared to move and ended up having to stay in hospital longer cos my legs swall up like balloons. dont do to much no heavy lifting or anything silly like that but just carry on as normal its the easiest way to recover quickly. 2 weeks after i had my second section i was decorating a house for me and my son to move into. everthing will be fine hun good luck x

Kyra - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had an elective section for my daughter. I thought it wasgreat, a calm controlled time rather than the hell of my first labour. Recovery was ok, dont recommend falling down stairs 6 week after tho. I was cleared to drive after 3 weeks. xx

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well my recovery was pretty quick but i will not lie to you it is a painful procedure and i also have what they call a shelf just aboce the scar and also from my experience and from what i have seen with my friends who have had a natural birth it seems that the extra weight is mor difficult to lose also the muscles in the lower abdomen will take more time to build up strength but only because they were cut and have to heal but for the record the beautiful healthy baby boy i have was worth it all :)

Fern - posted on 02/07/2010

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hi there ive had 5 c/sections yes 5

1st emergency dont remember much from that 1 as had emclampsia an was really poorly but after i had him out i went back to norm was in 6day after up an movin day 2

2nd was breech i was fine baby came out fine 37 wks up an about by day 2

3rd 2wks ova an out my bed following day

4th no chioce but all well was out hospital on day5 couldnt wait to get home

finally no 5 as above but home by day 4.

during the op its a strange sensation u know ur be messed with its like pressure an tugging but with no pain sounds strange i know but it is.

ive been awake with all mine the epidural can be awkward to get in but ur given an anersectic 1st which does sting a little but it soon numbs within mins of the epidural been put in ur legs go fuzzy like pins an needles at 1st then there just a dead weight.

my cousin has done both asleep an awake an she said she would rather be awake

i think it must get easier my advise is when u do get out of bed dont hunch cos this makes it worse an dont do more then u ur meant to take it easy every1 heals in different ways. good luck xx

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i had a c-section, the operation wasnt to bad as some others hve zd you feel most of it not pain just the werid senstion of the pulling and tugging of ur tummy. i was so glad to hve the section as i went through 13 1/2 hrs of labour first, so the doctors tld me the recovery wud prob tke a little longer as i would be more tired with trying labour first. but i must say the recovery was hard but i was out of hospital in 3days i would recommend gettin up every now n again n hvin a walk it helped me alot with gettin back to normal i mean you do hve a baby to luk after,so u hve 2. just keep on top of ur pain killers n u will b fine. its hard going but so worth it. good luck xx

MegAn - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had a c section after 23 hours of labor. It to me was a relief. I am very tough and pain tolerant but I was walking down the hallway the next day. I kept my baby girl with me in the room the entire time. Recovery was painful but it is tolerated. I took my pain medicine for about a week. As of now my baby is 7 months old and my stomach muscles still ache if I do too much. My uterus busted though and it may be different for you. I know what I am saying sounds horrible but to sum it all up... It isn't that bad. If you can handle pain fairly well you will be fine. You will be sore for awhile. You will feel much better in two weeks and close to normal within 3 months. They say it takes a year to heal completely. I will have another baby will have to have a section and am not concerned with it at all. Do keep in mind that with a section your baby could have excess fluid retained in the lungs. It is more difficult to get it all out quickly so they usually get watched in the nursery a little longer. Good luck and it will all be fine.

Wandalee - posted on 02/07/2010

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supplies i needed when i got home from my c-section: high briefs in 3 sizes larger than before pregnant or you can take home some of those mesh underwear they give. my husband bought a co-sleep thing that you put in the middle of your bed so the baby can sleep with you safely, i did not approve of this before,but with the c-section i could not get up from bed quickly or well. it was so much easier to just have the baby next to you if you breastfeed.



i had 2 natural births and this was my first surgery, i had staples. i had so much meds in my system, my legs and feet were swollen for the first month. someone told me the machine that they put on your legs like a blood pressure cup helps with that, but for some reason they didnt have this at my hospital.



good luck and let us know if you have any other concerns. and let us know how your experience goes.

Amanda - posted on 02/07/2010

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hey! my only advice is to RELAX! i had an emergency Csection after 14 hrs of labor...i had really bad anxiety while they were performing the surgery. they gave me medicine to relax after my son was out so after that it was no big deal. recovery isn't bad either...do what you can without over doing it. if you need to cough, sneeze or laugh while in recovery, keep a pillow in each so you can grab it and apply pressure on your incision. it helps! and if u need pain meds...ask! good luck with everything and you'll do great!

Anetta - posted on 02/07/2010

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Im sorry to hear you have complete placenta previa, I had a crash cesaer in 2007 for my son. I was under GA so really cannot say much about the surgery, as mine was crash it was quite brutal so my recovery was bad as they didn't get the chance to scrub in as I was reaching 10cm they wanted baby out then and there, still to this day we have no idea why. Recovery is different for each individual but in my case I had staples didn't find them sore just awkward (could feel them move) the first few days are hazy as I was having pain meds but I did get to BF my son, just make sure you have help at home, you shouldn't be doing any lifting other then baby and having as much rest as possible, do keep active in the sense of light walks. As for preparing yourself for the surgery, make a list of all the things you would like to happen, like having them pass him to you so you get the skin to skin contact, if you go in prepared it will make for a better recovery. All the best and don't stress you can have a natural birth next time, I did 6 months ago was a long hard road but it can be done :D be positive, and stay strong, think of your beautiful baby you get to see on the other side of this surgery. x

Ericka - posted on 02/07/2010

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I've had two c- sections. I was up and walking the same day. With my first c-section I was in the hospital for three days, and with my second c- section I was in the hospital for 4 days. They used derma-bond instead of staples to close me up.I healed extremely fast. I was on percaset for a week after the c- sections because of pain, but other than that everything was good.

Brooke - posted on 02/07/2010

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Walk say soon as possible after your c section you will heal faster. I did not feel anything during the c section just some pain after.

Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had a c-section... not by choice though, I was in labor for about 30 hours and I just couldnt have my baby naturally so I had to have it. I was in the hospital for 3 days for recovery, and it took a week to get back to normal. I went back to work about 2 months after having the c-section with no problems of any kind. You shouldnt be nervous if you have to have a c-section. It does make things a little difficlt because it hurts for a while to move, but like I said before, after a few weeks I was back to normals. Just dont too much, but at the same time walking around more and more little by little and doing more little by little will help the recovery.

Savannah - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had a c-section with my son in 2007. Procedure went great. I was a little sore for about a week. Incision was tender for a few weeks. I am scheduling a repeat c-section in June with my next child. I prefer the c-section but not sure how healing will a very active two year old will be. Guess my husband will get an idea of what i deal with on a daily basis. HEHE. Good Luck.

Amanda - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had staples. I had 4 c-sections. The first was emergency and the last three were elected. I also had problems with my first "bikini line" incision so the doctors and I discussed doing a vertical incision. It worked for me much better but everyone is different. I had spinals instead of epidurals also. It is an experience that you really can't describe, but being able to have a conversation while your child is born and being able to have my husband right there actually watching everything was really great. I was up and moving before the end of the day and in the shower. I am one though that can't stand being still so as soon as I was out of recovery and in the room, I slept and then I wanted up. Plus the faster you can get that stupid catheter out. I hate that thing. And the inflatable boots to keep the blood flowing in your legs come off too. I thought that they were so itchy!

Ashleigh - posted on 02/07/2010

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I was terrified when I was told I would be having a C-Section. Id never had so much as a stitch in my life, let alone full blown surgery. It turned out I got myself all worked up for nothing! The epidural was great and I had a great ecperience for my surgery. You have to keep in mind the epidural blocks the pain but you still feel the pressure of everything they are doing. Its a skeevy feeling but it doesnt hurt at all. As far as recovery goes mine wasnt bad. The first couple days were a little rough especially cause you are still in the hospital instead of the comfort of being home. I found that as long as I didnt push my to do too much the pain was managable. I went to babies r us with my mom and my son 4 days after my son was born and I was fine. The staples came out a week after the C-Section and that was painless. It was a feeling of relief once they were out. After comparing my experience with the stories I hear from friends about their vaginal deliveries I think Id prefer the C-Section! Dont be nervous, think positively and relax, you'll be fine!

Ashley - posted on 02/07/2010

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Hi there I was in painful labor for 36 hours and then had a c-section it was a choice I had no say in. (Emergency) I was scared at first but it does not hurt it felt like a bit of tugging going on but nothing painful. I have a very small scar and had 10 staples. If I were to have a child again I would ask for a C-section. Good luck you and your baby will be fine..

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I had a natural birth for my oldest daughter and a c-section for my twins and I personally like having the s-section better I had less pain after my c-section than I did with natural birth. I barely had any pain along with my c-section unless I sat too long but as long as you get up and move around and stay active you shouldn't have a problem!

JINNIE - posted on 02/07/2010

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i had an emergency c section bt i have to tell ya it wasnt bad. yes the recovery time is little longer but during the surgery you wont feel anything but pressure and they will make sure of that the hardest part is walking but the sooner you walk down the hall even just once the easier it becomes. my doctors told me no walking until the next day i had my c section at 11.26 pm and demanded to wlk at 4.30 that morning if you are determined to heal quickly you will just dont push yourself to far if you will have someone home with you to help care for the baby then dont push yourself but if not i reccomend trying to walk as soon as you come down from cloud 9 from te meds and feel like you can do it.

Christine - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had staples..they took them out 3 days later (which I thought was too early) I ended up tearing my incision open..I just but antibacterial cream and a bandaid over it until I could get back to the doctors..they said that's all they would've done.

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I have had one c-section and doctors are recommending another c-section when im due in May. I did not want to have another c-section but since my doctor is recommending im going to do it. First of all are you going to breastfeed? because I believe all these other moms who are telling you the recovery is easy, they are LYING to you! I breastfed my son for a year and a half and being a first time mom he didnt latch on right away. Plus when you breastfeed your stomach muscles contract and makes the c-section recovery so much painful. I seen one mom write she had morphine! A breastfeeding mom CANNOT take pain meds such as that because it would get secreted through the milk. And going backwards for a moment, the surgery wasnt bad at all. You should be awake the whole time but dont expect to fall in love with your baby the moment he is born! Remember your all drugged up! (that was another down fall for me) If it happens it doesnt mean you blew your mother of the year trophy ;) Im very small 4'11, pre-pregnancy weight 110, so I dont know if that had to do with my long recovery, but my son was born at 6:29pm and I didnt see him until close to 10pm! THe scar isnt bad. I have seen other scars and they didnt really look like mine, I guess its just how your doctor closes you up. Another thing is you will always have a lil "pooch" above the scar. Now this is coming from someone who has never delivered vaginally so I dont know if all this sounds like a piece of cake in comparison to delivering vaginally. Hope I helped. Good luck to you! I have to get ready for my 2nd c-section in May.. :-/

Brieanne - posted on 02/07/2010

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Summer - I had a "semi-emergency" section (it had to be done that day, but it wasn't like I was rushed in the OR or anything) - anyway - I definitely recommend moving around as soon as you can. They'll give you a binder, and definitely wear it when you're up. The nurses don't like you to wear them, and they might be a little less than friendly about putting it on, but w/o it, you'll feel like your guts are gonna fall out. It's not painful, just a weird feeling. And the reason they don't want you to wear it and they want you to move around is so gas doesn't build up in your belly - that can be very painful. I didn't move around much after mine, and had gas pains in my chest and back. This can happen anytime you have surgery on your abdomen b/c air gets trapped in there.

This next part doesn't usually happen, but it happened to me and it was awful - a week after I had my son, I stood up too fast (b/c I was feeling good) and tore a muscle near my incision - and I couldn't stand for more than 10 seconds after that for two weeks. So take it easy for a long time afterward!

PS - if you get itchy after your epidural - most people do - ask for Benadryl - you'll feel FANTASTIC, and you'll get the best sleep you've ever had - and will ever have for years to come ;)

Kristin - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had a C with my twins. Looking back on it now doesn't seem that bad. But at the time, it was painful. I recieved the epidural and didn't feel a hint of pain during the surgery. I did however feel my insides being poked and pushed, lol, just kind of felt like they babies were kicking and rolling around, still no pain. I started feeling a little sick, but the nurse gave me a shot in my arm to make that go away. I wasn't able to hold them right away, but the surgery itself was good. I couldn't feel my legs for a few hours after. I was in the hospital for 5 1/2 days reason one being that my blood pressure was extremely low (they were wondering how I was still breathing) and second reason being that I was refusing to walk. That was the worst part is just trying to use your tummy muscles that they've cut into to pick yourself up off the bed and stand for any amount of time. Personally I alway got sick everytime, felt like I was going to pass out. I went home finally and was lucky enough to have a lot of help for the few weeks it took to recover. And then it didn't seem as bad as I made it out to be. Make sure you definitely clean the incision really well. I cleaned mine (even though it hurt) a few times a day. No almost 3 years later you can barly see my scar from it, it made my nerves go haywire. I can't feel about a good inch around the whole scar. All in all I would rather have another C if the time comes (I've had both).

Brandi - posted on 02/07/2010

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ive had two c-sections and for me the hardest part was the epidural.i was up and walking the next day with both of mine. the first time i got up and walked hurt pretty bad but after that it got easier. youll deffinately need help getting up the first couple times and you should probably use a pillow to press against your stomach it helps alittle with the pain. i hope everything goes well.

Monica - posted on 02/07/2010

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c-sections are not to bad. i had one, and it has it's pros and cons just like natural childbirth. personally, i think c-section women are more prone to postpartum depression though. Unlike vaginal birth, our bodies don't push anything out as our body is intended too. Instead the child is taken from your body which tends to mess with you psychologically sometimes. other than that it's really not that bad at all. c-sections aren't bad things at all.

Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had a c-section with my son, I didn't have a choice. Although it was very scary, afterwards I realized it wasn't that bad. I had a spinal so I was awake for the whole thing, I didn't feel anything & I got to see my son right away. That was the best feeling in the world, although I didn't get to hold him for at least an hour. I never expected to have a c-section and absolutely didn't want one. If you must have one, just remember it will be ok & the doc won't make you do it unless it is your & your child's best interest. If possible get the spinal instead of being put to sleep, recovery time will be slightly less. Also, the longer you sit in bed not moving after the procedure the longer your recovery will be. The most painful thing I have ever gone through was getting out of bed within 12 hours of having the c-section, the nurses made me do it & I hated them for it, but it was the best thing they could have done for me. Within another 12 hours I was walking quite regularly with limited pain & it made all the difference, especially in my morale. I had been feeling quite helpless & sorry for myself that I could not take care of my child the way I should have been able to, because my movement was slow & limited. Either way the baby comes, child birth isn't easy, but remember to trust your doctor & don't fight too much with the people involved in your care, everything will turn out fine!

Amanda - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had an emergency c section with my first and am also having an elective c section in April...you will be fine!!!!!!! You are totally awake during the surgery, and you will get to see your baby and hold your baby just like you would if you delivered vaginally. All you will feel is a little pressure when they are getting the baby out and that's about it. The recovery is harder than a vaginal delivery. You will have to take it easy for a few weeks!!!!!! After that you should be fine!!!!! Totally safe and if your doctor is suggesting it then I wouldn't hesitate!!! Good luck!!!

Crystal - posted on 02/07/2010

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everybody has it different my stitches came out the day i got out of the hospital i had group B strip it can kill ur child or it can blind them or worse i had the meds to keep it from happening but with her being down there that long had us alll worried which is the main reason we decide to go ahead with the c-section just after pushing 1 hour but after my c-section my ob told my husband and i i would have never pushed her out my pelvic isnt wide enough we already had talk abt it at my dr appt the day before i was 36 weeks 2/3 of my sisters had the same problem i wish i had her viginal but it was her safety i was worried abt mine got infected at home 2 weeks after thay told me to wait 2wks before i took a bath i did it got infected it hurt worse than the c-section i could hardly walk or carry the carseat but it was not there fought it was mine i should have waited to take a bath a little longer to be safe

Deena - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had an epidural and after that my sons heart rate drops so i had to have an emergency c-section. minutes after giveing birth my heart rate was threw the roof but my oulse was almost nothing i was inturnally bleeding, i stayed this way for 10 hours. i lost all of the original blood that was circulationg in my body and had 10 transfusions. they were gonna put me on life support because they could not stop the bleeding then i started bleeding externally. i was rushed back into surgery woke up the next day the bleeding was fine and i was ok. after the second surgery i had a jp drain to drain fluid/ bacteria out of the insision since there was more of a chance of infection being opened twice. after about 2 weeks i was ready to go home. they pulled the drain and i left. 24 hours later i had a fever and had to go back. the drain was pulled to soon and it created an absus this they didnt kno for about a week of testing. i went home 2 weeks later with a mid line (an iv that can stay in for 6 weeks) and had to give my self iv antibiotics for a month. i recovered fully but i wanted a c section because i thought it would be a calm less hectic way to give birth i was very wrong.

Summer - posted on 02/07/2010

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF THE INFO. IT WAS EXTREMELY HELPFUL AND I STARTED THIS CONVERSATION BECAUSE I HAVE TO HAVE ONE BECAUSE I HAVE A COMPLETE PLACENTA PREVIA SO I WONT HAVE THE OPTION TO PUSH PLUS I DONT WANT ONE. THANKS ALOT

Beth - posted on 02/05/2010

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I had an emergency c-section. I had staples and I think they are worse then stiches and they take longer to heal. It seems like they hurt worse too.

Ashley - posted on 02/05/2010

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i am also in the same predicament i may also need a csection as my child is breach and the water around him is low i am also realy scared if u need some one to talk to add me to u circle

Jeana - posted on 02/05/2010

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I've had 2 c-sections, the first was hard, but then the second seemed not so bad. Just have to remember that if your body has never been under surgery before it is going to take a lot out of you the first time around. It is nice to be awake during the surgery and to hear the first cry of your child. My first child was born at a different hospital than my second, but both c-sections were planned. After the c-section you will not be able to walk at first, and will be on a liquid diet, but the next day they will probably want to get you moving. Most nurses don't push for a lot at first, because they know that it is very painful. But it is important for you to get moving in order to get your body back in proper working order. Keep your "feel good button" close, lol, at least that was what I called it. It was a morphine button that you can push every so often and it helps a lot with the pain. It does take awhile to heal afterwards, and standing in one place for a long period of time will be hard for awhile also. It will feel like a burning sensation, but it will eventually go away. My first c-section I had stitches afterward, but my second one I had staples. They are not so bad, I believe the only thing that is the worst is that I had to go back at the end of the week and have them removed. Didn't really feel much though while they were removing them. Take it easy, don't worry about anything, it will all be alright with you, and once you see your babies face all the pain will disappear. :-) I don't know why, but that is how is always seems. Good luck to you!! When are you due? Or possibly planning the c-section?

Rachel - posted on 02/05/2010

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I had a c-section with my first and am scheduled to have another one in about 8 weeks. From what i saw my sisters go through with actual labor, believe me I had it much easier. The whole thing took about 20 minutes and the only thing I could feel was them tugging and pushing on things in my stomach area. My doctor stiched me up from the inside, and I was up walking around the next day! We also left the hospital 2 days early because I wasn't in any pain, I think I only took painkillers the first day. Its a little nervewrecking before and scary, but don't worry about it! Plus you get the bonus of having that beautiful baby!! Good luck to you and let us know how it goes!

Krystl - posted on 02/05/2010

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I had two my first one my daughter was breech so i had to have a c-section she was comin with her butt first and had to have a Emergency c-section and when i woke up it was the wrest pain i ever had so when i had my second i was not lookin to have it but with my second daughter it was not bad it was a lot better so i guess with my first daughter it was cause they had to but me to sleep so thats all the meds u get until u got up. it was a site when u see ur baby the first time after they take him r her out and a course u cant see them cut u open they have a blanket up.

Abby - posted on 02/05/2010

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If you don't absolutely have to have one I don't request it. If you do have to, delivery was fine- kinda scary but they are real good with that now. Recovery was awful. I'm one who has a hard time sitting still for a while and the week after was torture. I was breastfeeding so tried not to take any meds. After I healed I bounced back Ok and don't have any lasting complications. Good Luck!

Alyssa - posted on 02/05/2010

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I had to have an emergency C after I had complications during labor. My doctor was amazing! and I will absolutely have another one (not that i have any choice anyway...) One thing I figured out is that to shower the dr will tell you to cover the incision. Use water proof tape and a ziplock bag that has been cut open to cover the incision. It worked great for me!! Good Luck!

Crystal - posted on 02/05/2010

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I ended up having an emergency C section, I have one child, he is going on 11 months old now. I had 22 hours of labor and 4 hours of pushing and the doc even used suction and he still wouldnt come out! The doc said that if his head came out then his shoulders may not and that could cause brain damage or kill him.. so I went for the emergency C section. I was very dissappointed in myself and my body but in the end, all that matters is that healthy baby. I didnt feel anything when they cut me open, but i felt a small bit of pressure when they were pulling my baby out. I had to have a cathiter in for a day, that was uncomfortable but it wasnt too bad. They gave me pain medicine for if I needed it but I didnt take it after day 3. If you do have a c section, thats okay..rememeber that baby is the most important thing and make sure you tell them you want a bikini cut so it doesnt mess up your stomach muscles and have a big cut up your stomach, most docs do bikini cut these days. It hids ride under your underwear elastic. You may be numb down by the cut or not have all of your feeling sensation there for months, but its okay.. it doesnt effect sex. The staples didnt really hurt when they pulled them out, a couple on the edges made me twinge but that was it. Good luck!!

Crystal - posted on 02/05/2010

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I ended up having an emergency C section, I have one child, he is going on 11 months old now. I had 22 hours of labor and 4 hours of pushing and the doc even used suction and he still wouldnt come out! The doc said that if his head came out then his shoulders may not and that could cause brain damage or kill him.. so I went for the emergency C section. I was very dissappointed in myself and my body but in the end, all that matters is that healthy baby. I didnt feel anything when they cut me open, but i felt a small bit of pressure when they were pulling my baby out. I had to have a cathiter in for a day, that was uncomfortable but it wasnt too bad. They gave me pain medicine for if I needed it but I didnt take it after day 3. If you do have a c section, thats okay..rememeber that baby is the most important thing and make sure you tell them you want a bikini cut so it doesnt mess up your stomach muscles and have a big cut up your stomach, most docs do bikini cut these days. It hids ride under your underwear elastic. You may be numb down by the cut or not have all of your feeling sensation there for months, but its okay.. it doesnt effect sex. The staples didnt really hurt when they pulled them out, a couple on the edges made me twinge but that was it. Good luck!!

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