I may end up having a c-section. Any advice about what it is like?

Melissa - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 128 moms have responded )

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Worried about this. Does it hurt real bad when I wake up? Worried I wont wake up.

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Miranda - posted on 01/21/2010

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I had to have an emergency c-section! Fortunately for me I watched all of my siblings be born via c-section, so I knew exactly what was going on! (I was an only child until I was 17...) Any way, they basically prep you for surgery, because that is what it is. They take you into the operating room in the labor and delivery part of the hospital. They will take a "blue field" and place it in front of you face at an angle, so you won't be able to see anything. There will be a anesthesiologist at your head checking your monitors, and every once and a whild a nurse will check on you. I just talked to the anesthesiologist to keep myself "occupied". They will numb you and then they ask if you can feel anything before they make the initial incision. Depending on how they numb you, if it's a local or if it is administered in the IV, you may feel pressure when they get into your abdomen (I had to have a local, and I felt pressure, kinda like going to the dentist. You can't really feel anything, but just a bit of pressure). It doesn't take very long, if your water hasn't been broken yet, they break your water and it feels like you have wet your pants and then all of the sudden there is this crying little baby that you have created. They close you up, whether with sutures (stitches) or medical super glue (that is what I had). They have to clean the baby up and suction it's lungs and stuff like that and make sure it is ok, then they will bring your child around to you so that you can see the lovely little angel!! You will be very tired afterwards, so take advantage of sleeping and eating when you can. Your body needs to recoupe after all of that!! Take advantage of the nurses watching your little one if you need some sleep (something I wish I had done!) You will eventually be sore, after the pain meds wear off, so try and stay ahead of the pain, you will know, trust me! They will probably have these circulating machines on your legs afterwards to help prevent blood clots. Depending on your nurses, try and get up if you can when you can. I didn't get my first shower until the next day! So you will more than likely be confined to your bed the first day. Just go in knowing that you and your child are in good hands, and if you have someone in there with you, even better! Good luck, and congrats! (I hope this wasn't too much info...?) :)

La - posted on 01/21/2010

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The gas pain that I had 2 days late in the hospital was worse than the incision pain of the c/section itself! Bring dried fruit or prunes to the hospital in your overnight bag because it was very hard and painful to have a bowel movement afterward...also I have a soft, high bed at home so for the first two weeks after the c/s I had to sleep on the couch because it hurt to get in and out of the bed.

Lin - posted on 01/22/2010

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hiya melissa, dont worry. everybody felt sorry for me when i had a c section. and i heard horrible stories about them which didnt help but to be honest. weather you have the baby naturally or by c section its a different experience for everyone. in my case. i actually had a great experience and you could too. i was awake through out. i felt nothing. it wasnt painful. no more painful than if id of had baby naturally and have needed stitches down below. when the pain started to show itself the midwife gave me good pain killers before it got bad. i was too buisy and in awe of my little baby that even had i had been in pain i didnt notice cause i w as just so happy that id had my baby. people told me i wouldnt be able to hold or feed my baby but like i said its different for everyone. i held my baby after an hour. fed her and even next day was able to shower myself and look after the baby by myself. if i felt pain again id tell the midwife and straight away would be given something so strong i hardly felt it for long. i went home after 2days and was given painkillers to take home. i ended up not having to take them in the end. its really not that bad and if i was told i had to have another id actually be relieved. ive heard just as many horrific stories about women having babies naturally that if i could opt of a c section next time i would. and dont worry youll be fine. good luck and remember it will all be worth it when your holding your baby for the first time. x

Amy - posted on 01/21/2010

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first of all -- attempt to not have to have one. is baby breech? spinningbabies.com helped me out a lot. i didn't have time to worry with my csection. it was emergency and husband and i were both crying. i was struggling to stay awake because i was induced and labor was so exhausting and then staying awake while they got me down the hall and took her out was rough. as soon as i saw her i told my husband how much i loved him when he left with her. i WAS scared i wouldn't wake up. i did, though. it was frightening and i remember asking if it was okay if i slept while they stitched me up and once they said it was okay, i'd be fine, i went to sleep. i remember waking up. still couldn't feel up to my ribs. they wouldnt let me see /hold my baby until i could feel so far down me. it was heartbreaking to not be able to have her. i felt like a part of me was missing. it doesn't hurt right away, but oh, hon. you may not even be able to take yourself to pee for a few days. i had to have help to get up and it hurt so bad - even with meds - that it took me about ten minutes just to get up out of bed. hurts oh so bad to go poo the first time. IT WILL HURT. no doubt about it. luckily, you may have the option of a natural birth next time. i've had c sec and natural and have no idea why people choose c sec on purpose. they will have pain meds for pain control, but if you're nursing, make sure to tell them that so they can adjust things accordingly. gonna hurt bad when they massage your tummy to shrink the uterus. sorry hon. hopefully it will all go well.

Lisa - posted on 01/21/2010

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It all depends on you and how you can handle pain. I have had 3 c-sections. I'm not gonna lie, it hurts like hell!! But, you can manage your pain pills and after about a week or two the pain was better for me. It'll hurt really bad to cough and do anything that you use your stomach muscles for. You really don't realize how often you use your stomach muscles til ya can't use them anymore! Just take it slow.

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Danielle - posted on 01/22/2010

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They usually dont put you to sleep, they did with me though cuz i freaked out when they started...when it was all done and over with i thought it was the worse pain i would ever feel and promised myself i would never ever have another....but now that i am healed and doing a lot better & my son is older, im starting to rethink it& realize its not so bad when you realize just how worth it it is

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2010

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i had a c section with my child after goin thru the labor part. its not that bad u r awake for the whole thing. i got to have my bf n there with me so that helped keep me calm. they give u a epideral n ur back to numb u and then u dont even feel it. ull move alot when they pull the baby out, it helps to not htink about it so much so u dont start panicing....just stay calm that helps alot. afterwards the drug will start wearin off and then the pain comes n, but they give u drugs to help with it. u also have to stay n the hospital a lil longer than a normal birth would take. i was n there for 2 days after. its a lil rough when u get home too, hard to get up and down, just rest alot and have help doin things. i slept n a recliner bc that was the most comfortable place i could find that didnt make it hurt. it took me about a week before i could really do anythin...that was the first time i really got to pick my baby up, he was a big baby so i couldnt really pick him up afterwards. i hope this helps u coming from a mom who has experienced it.

Ashley - posted on 01/22/2010

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ive had 2 c-sections. They are kinda quick, all that bothered me was the healing process. like said in a diff reply it does hurt when u cough n a little painfull but wear loose comfortable clothing take it easy n do as the doc says n ull be good dont worry youll be fine another thing that sucked for me is u have to lay ur arms out flat n for some reason they hurt after wards might be jus the meds but i have a feeling ull do great.

Rebecca - posted on 01/22/2010

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they don't have to put you to sleep. you can choose either or. it only like..stings around the surgery incision and where they do the spinal tap (don't worry it's not as scary as it sounds..it's just a little needle poke). trust me, a c-section is the easy way out of it. best of luck and i hope things go well for you. just if you do have one, make sure to used mild soap to wash your cut like baby soap(no bar stuff) and keep it dry by stuffing one of those non-stick pad things in your undies where they cut you and to bring a night gown or dress with you because you won't want ANYTHING to touch your belly. where it's all tender.

Christine - posted on 01/22/2010

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don't worry i have tried it 9 months ago it hurt a little after the operation for several days but i am sure the baby is going to let you forget the pain hope for you the best

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2010

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i have had 2 c-sections and my experience was great. the initial shot you get does hurt but as soon as that is over you feel numb from chest down. you don't get put to sleep so you are awake the whole time and get to experience the birth of your child. once the screen goes up they talk you thru every step of the delivery. when they cut, and then the pulling sensation as the baby is being taken out. you are so busy listening to your newborn and then seeing your baby that you don't even realize the whole stapling part of the procedure. the medicine did make me nautious but that went away after 2 hours. you are going to be tired and need to sleep. i would advise visitors to hold off till after a nap. you aren't going to be able to move anything for a few hours and once you start to feel your body again, getting in and out of bed can be painful. be careful not to stand up strait because you will tear your staple. you will be very soft in the belly but the swelling goes down pretty fast. they will probably put you on percocet so make sure when you get home after 4 or 5 days at the hospital you have help. you can't take care of a newborn by yourself while on pain killers. good luck and really try to relax and enjoy the miracle of your baby.

Raquel - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had one with my daughter in 2004. The only thing that I can say that hurt the most was the epidural. Once that kicks in you'll feel nothing from chest down. They'll ask you if you feel anything a couples times before they get started. The only thing you'll feel is a little pressure when they pull the baby out. After you'll be on pain medicine for at most a month, I stop taking it after 2 weeks. There's a little discomfort going to the bathroom, so ask for some stoll softerns. Stay in bed for a day or two but moving around helps with the muscles. But in a week or two things will feel somewhat back to normal. My sister also had 3 c-section, 2 sets of twins and one boy and she is fine.

Anna - posted on 01/22/2010

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I loved my c-section! I'm going to elect to have another c-section the next time I get pregnant. I was awake for mine. I think they only put you under if it's an emergency c-section and you are panicking and preventing them from doing their job correctly. At least that's how they do it where I live. I had my son via c-section because he was breech. I originally had my delivery scheduled for January 4 but my water broke on December 20th at 4 AM so my c-section was planned but not scheduled. They gave me some anti-nausea meds through my IV a few minutes before I was supposed to go back for the delivery and I had a panic attack. I'm not sure if the panic attack was related to the meds, but I think so because I had another panic attack when they gave me the same meds a few days later. The panic attack was the worst part of the whole experience- I thought I was going to die. I was terrified and was seriously plotting how I was going to get out of the hospital so I could avoid the surgery, lol. I managed to clear my mind before I went back for the surgery. The spinal block was the 2nd worst part of the whole experience. I wasn't leaning over far enough and it took the guy like 10 minutes to insert it right. After that, the whole thing was a breeze. I didn't panic like I thought I would once I was numb. When my husband came in the room before they started I was so unbelievably happy to see him. I just relaxed through the surgery and rested my eyes so I would avoid panicking again. When I heard my son's cry for the first time my husband and I both cried. I remember being REALLY worried that he wasn't cute though because no one said anything about it. Then my husband came over with him and I got to touch his face and I saw that he was perfect. It took them FOREVER to sew me up and my husband was in the nursery with the baby. Once I was in recovery I was so relieved to be alive and finished that I was elated for the rest of the day. They gave me some IV meds once the anesthesia wore off, and they were great. It wasn't that painful when I kept up with the medications. About 99% of the time when the nurses asked me my pain # on a scale of 1-10 I was able to tell them 1 or 2 (except when I was moving or walking, but I got to rest a lot.) It was really painful getting up to walk around for the first time the next day but it felt about 1000 times better the second time I got up, and each time it got easier except when I forgot to take my pain medications. When it was all said and done I was so happy I had a c-section. I think it was much easier and painless (in the long run- no labor and pushing) than delivering vaginally. Even though I was recovering from a major surgery, I felt better than I did when I was pregnant by the time I left the hospital. I think you'll be happy with the experience if you have a c-section.

Jessica - posted on 01/22/2010

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ive had two c sections so far and will be having a third this summer. its not as bad as ppl think. i was completely awake during both of them and its not that bad at all. you wont feel any pain for awhile but it will hurt and the pain will go away and its all worth it when you see your lil baby.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have had 2 c-sections and don't think they're bad at all! Like the last girl said, when the meds wear off and you cough or sneeze. For that, I suggest 1) take your meds-don't be ashamed to help yourself and 2)hold a pillow to your stomach if you have to cough or sneeze

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2010

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i've had 2 c-section's and with both i had an epideral in my back that keep's u awake during it. it really wasnt as bad as i thought it would be. my 1st one i had was at the age of 17 it only hurt for awhile after i went home but not long they gave me vicodin and i never even took them afterwards. my 2nd kid i had at the age 23 it was the same as the first it wasnt bad at all while u lay there awake u r worried about it but afterwards when the baby start's crying u don't think about it anymore. during the c-section you will feel pressure of them pulling the baby out but it doesnt hurt at all it's just uncomfortable. i hope this helps if u need to talk more just add me and i'll help u in anyway i can. thanks melissa

Tracey - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have got 2 kids , My Daughter (my eldest) Was born thru emergancy c-section coz Her heart beat slowed dwn thn stopped. The knocked me out due to it being an emergancy , I can't remember being on Morphine or anything after having her as it was all a blur coz i was so tired. But I would advise Granny pants (think they called High Brief) so they dont rub against your scar ....... With my youngest - I was booked for a planned c-section and had a choise of Epidural , Spinal Block or to be knocked out , I agreeed to have a spinal block as Epidural didnt work wen I was in labour with my eldist befor i was rushed thro. The day came that i was booked in , I was tooken down to theater and was just about to have the Spinal block when i saw the theater room i freaked out n was knocked out in end.



I would advise If they say you need to get out of bed and walk about pushing your childs cot/bed thing. I healed up after bout 3 days with my youngest .

Kate - posted on 01/22/2010

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the epidural was a lifesaverrr :) it was such a relief when i got it i wasnt even worried about anything else. lol when it came time for the actual c section, i could barely feel anyting, i kept telling my fiance it felt like the baby was moving around, i didnt know they were digging aroundinside me getting the baby! lol

Jaida - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hey missy...girl you have nothing to worry about. I had a C-section and believe me I was so worried about the meds but once they gave me the epidural I was like yes!!! They cover your upper half of your body with a curtain and all you will feel is pressure. I didn't even realize that I was nearly done once my husband sat next to me. I just closed my eyes in preparation to get it over with and before I knew it my baby boy was already screaming. It's such a great relief to hear that and let me tell you, you will adore water so much. It's like you've been on a hot desert waiting to drink or eat something because you will not be able to do any until the baby is here. I mean once my pumpkin was here, I kissed him and fell asleep but woke up like 20 minutes later asking for water, ice anything that has no sugar. I think I had about 2 pitcher filled ice and omg when it melts it's the best. The only problem I had was with the epidural. It gave me a reaction and I threw up then after I had my baby, it made me itch all over. I mean I was fine I think it was the nurse because as soon as she said you might be itchy because everyone has a different reaction once it's draining out of your system I started to itch all over lol! But yea girl, you have nothing to worry about. Just pray and you will be fine. I was up and about the very next morning and went to the doctor the following week and they were amazed. Just get plenty of rest and don't force anything that makes you uncomfortable. You'll be fine and just to help you out I will be praying for you and your little one's safety delivery. Trust in God.

Yadaira - posted on 01/22/2010

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Dont worry! I had a C-Section and it went very well. Im not going to lie to you it does hurt but you just have to be strong and try to get up after surgery!!! trust me when you see your baby for the first time you wont care about a thing! p.s. take care of your incision!!!! that is very important towards your recovery!

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There are so many messages here but the top few I read are correct, the one thing that I had of wished I'd done, is after your sugery,(yes this will be a bit painful) but roll on each side every half hour or hour for the first day. That will help get some of the gas out of your stomach. When I had my first son, i didnt know that and like 5 days after I had him, he was sitting in front of me while I was sitting on the toilet and if my son hadnt been there. i would of been cussing like a sailor, the gas pains hurt so bad. So I hope this helps. My second son I didnt have that problem:) But dont worry and prayer helps too:) God Bless!

PORSCHA - posted on 01/22/2010

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I HAD A C-SECTION AND HONESTLY FROM MY EXPERIENCE IT WASN'T THAT BAD, WHEN I WOKE UP I WAS A LITTLE SORE BUT BARELY FELT ANYTHING. IT REALLY STARTS WHEN U GET HOME BECAUSE IN THE HOSPITAL THEY GIVE YOU ALL THE GOOD DRUGS BUT EVEN WHEN I GOT HOME THE PAIN WAS BEARABLE, WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK HOME I WAS UP AND BACK TO NORMAL MY ADVICE IS TAKE IT EASY BUT ALSO MOVE AROUND BECAUSE IT HELPS YOUR MUSCLES GET BACK TO NORMAL

Jessyca - posted on 01/22/2010

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you will feel sore for the first day it happens but they should give you some pain medication for that and its best if you start walking the next day so you will heal faster

Melisa - posted on 01/22/2010

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i had an emergenct c section, i was awake for it. it was soo fast the baby was out in like 3minutes. once everything wore off i was in pain.TAKE THE PAIN MEDICATION! the meds helped and now its fine, im not in pain, one little part of it is still healing but other than that its ok.. its been 2 months

Lindsey - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had 13 hrs of horrbile labor and NO EPIDURAL because they couldnt get it into my back (have bad back from car wreck). So after the 13 hrs of the most horrible pain I have ever experienced they finally said ok, we are going in after him. I got knocked out completely for it...which was wonderful and when I woke up I was still having contractions because of the Patosin (sorry misspelled). They gave me a morphine pain pump ASAP and after that I was a happy girl. Also, Babies born through c-section ARE PRETTIER!! No cone shaped heads and not alot of trauma to them. I recommend it. Plus I didn't have to worry about tearing or having to get cut (DOWN THERE) which terrified me!

Shelly - posted on 01/22/2010

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i wouldn't worry about it. i do suggest to stay in the hospital for four days if your insurance will cover it. and make sure that you have someone to help you out for like the first couple of days cause it is hard to get the baby out and it will wear you out bad if you try to do it by yourself. just don't rush give your body time to heal.

Samantha - posted on 01/22/2010

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Dont worry too much..It wasnt as bad as the stories i had heard. And key thing to remember is as soon as u can walk after sugery, it helps to heal faster and not hurt as much later..Good luck n dont worry too much

Nichole - posted on 01/22/2010

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Ive never had a c-section before but would ask for a second and third opion before i would agree to having one, sometimes it is just the easiest thing for the dr and they will scare you in to doing things that arent always nessisary..but by all means dont go against anything that would put you or your baby at risk..just make sure you know all your options

Karena - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had a c section. When you wake up you won't be able to move for a while, but don't worry, its normal. They will have you on a narcotics drip, mine was morphine. You won't feel a thing. You won't be able to drive, walk up stairs or pick up things heavier than your newborn for at least 2 weeks. It's sore and your movements will be limited. You may even feel like a numbing in one of your hips it will go away. My scar is still numb and its been 2 years. But don't worry about a thing. You're in good hands and you will be just fine. follow the instructions from your doc and it will be fine.

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had 2 c-sections. the first was an emergency and my second was planned. i was awake for the second one and it was the most amazing thing and then the meds wore off and i was sore for days afterwards. but in the end its all worth it to have a healthy and happy baby to hold.

Johanna - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi melissa. I had a C-section with my third child. don't worry hun. it's like riding a bike with doctors anymore. complications are very rare. as far as the pain is concerned, yup, it's going to hurt. But as any mother would tell you, the pain is worth it. It doesn't last very long. To be honest with you, the gas was worse than the incision itself. Get yourself a good laxative and a stool softener and you will be right as rain. Breast feeding also helps. It takes the focus off of your pain and on to what is important. Building a strong healthy relationship with your new baby.

Brandi - posted on 01/22/2010

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After pushing for 4 hours and my son not moving at all, they decided it would be best for me to have a c-section. I was so scared. They took me back to the deliverly room and tried to amp up my epidural, but when it came time to make the first incision I felt everything. I don't remember anything after that. My husband says they finally put me under after they got my baby boy out. The next thing I remember is waking up in recovery and was in some pain, but it was not to bad they gave me pain meds to help with it. The next day was rough when you are first getting up and moving around, but every day it does get better. Even though my c-section was not planed and not what I wanted. It was all worth it for my sweet baby boy.

Kelly - posted on 01/22/2010

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no it doesnt hurt but you do feel sore when you come round i did and now im fine

Angela - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had a c-section and was scared out of my mind. I was awake during the c-section as it is better for the baby if you are awake. You won't hurt right after the c-section until the spinal wears off. I didn't have any medications for recovery and it hurt but it wasnt as bad as I thought it would be. I felt soreness and pulling at the incision and when they have to press on you during recovery to get the blood out of your uterus that hurts a little and is kind of scary because of the feeling. All in all it was worth it and while it hurt I believe all methods of giving birth hurt (though I never have delivered vaginaly). Just relax and remember it all will bring your baby into the world.

Ashley - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have had 3 sections. They will give you a spinal block or epidural and you will be awake for it. There will be a sheet up so you can't see. It just feel like someone is pushing on your stomach and tugging. There are great pain management options for after also. Take things slow. You might feel pretty good a day or two after but make sure you take the time to recover and heal or you will just end up sore later. Don't vacume, it uses more of those muscles than you think. The scariest parts for me were the IV and the Epidural. After that just sleep lots and take it easy, use the time to rock your baby.

Kim - posted on 01/22/2010

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you will do fine! It hurts but your baby is well worth everything you go threw! when you see your baby for the first time you forget about the pain. But yes it hurts but the pain killers and everything they have you on will help out! But i think it hurt the most when i tryed to get in and out of bed. The more you walk the less pain they say you will feel. But i hope everything turns out for you! Good luck..just remember to think positive!

Kayla - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had an emergency C section in August. I was very sad because I wanted to have a natural birth I was in active labor for 12 hours with no medicine it was my goal to have it completely natural. My doctor informed the was no way i would be able to have my daughter through my birth canal she was jsut simply put too big. I reluctanatly went through with the C-section for the sake of my daughter. You are not put to sleep for c-sections I didnt even have the full fleged epiudural they just did an intrethical towards the end while I was being stapled up I had full feeling that hurt. Probably not ne more then giving birth in its self though. For 12 hours your not allowed to get out of bed, you can atempt to breastfeed after you have completed recovery which takes about an hour. That was probably the hardest part not seeing your brand new baby for a full hour after the surgery also I was by myself the had my boyfriend go up stairs to the nursery with our daughter. A plus in my book though was I got an extra day in the hospital with delicious food and loads of help!! I recovered fairly quickly faster then some who have had vaginal births. For about a week it hurt to laugh and cough and such. They give you good meds for that though. You want to make sure once your okayed to walk that you walk alot. Once you get home you have to avoid driving for two weeks what a hard thing to do, it drove me nuts and avoid stairs so if you have two floors and your nursery is upstairs like mine make sure you have everything you'll need to care for your baby downstairs in a convient loaction, something I hadnt done... For the most part though it wasnt as bad as I imagined and I will deff have all of my other babies via c-section. Oh and the scar is super tiny and mine has alrdy faded tremediously!! Good luck, I hope everthing turns out the way you want it to!!!!!!

Diana - posted on 01/22/2010

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well, i was going to comment on this, but it seems that a lot pf people have already beat me to it! lol. I had my c-section done almost 2 yrs ago when my son broke my water and was breach. I was awake for mine and they put up a small curtain around your neck so u can't see. The others are right. You are given a spinal block and when u are numb from your waist down they lay u down and put in a catheter and tell you that u will feel tugging and pulling, but no pain. Afterwards, they give you lots of pain meds and keep an IV in you. The next day the catheter comes out. you will be tender around your incision but if you wad up a towel and hold over the site and put a little pressure on it, it doesn't hurt as bad when u move. If you are in pain when u r recuperating, just let ure nurses know and they will gladly give you more meds. They will probly keep you close to their station since you just underwent a major surgery. Just relax during it. :-)

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had a c-section with my first child and really wished I had gone that route with my second. I was awake the entire time during mine and felt nothing. The Dr. told me that I might feel a little bit of pressure but i didn't. The only thing I didn't like about the whole experience was that my husband couldn't be in the room with me until I was all prepped....i could have used him to help calm me down. I felt great during recovery and had no pain with the exception of when I had to cough or sneeze. I didn't get a little light-headed when I was taking the tape off my incision but I think it was because I was leaning some in order to do it. I was doing things weeks earlier that I should have been but I also had my husband home with me for 1.5 weeks after I got home which allowed me to rest as much as I could. I hope this helps calm you some.

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i had a c section and it was not planned, I was awake and it didnt hurt while they were doing it. I felt tugging. My husband was there with me and i got to see my baby after but i did't get to hold her right away but my husband did. It did hurt to walk for the 1st time after though, alot. My advice dont get a c section unless you have to, let others help you, and get some very comfortable underwear. I slept on the couch for the 1st week after i came home from the hospital cause i couldnt get out of bed well. That was 8 months ago and i am doing fine, Just remember do whats best for you and your baby. Good Luck!

Leslie - posted on 01/22/2010

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i had a repeat csection and it wasnt as bad as what i thought! i had a spinal block, it isnt fun but ur mind will be thinking about ur baby or at least i was!you will feel pressure but no pain! afterwards is when it gets uncomfy but they give u pain meds to help it. as long as u walk the next day and try to move around a little that helps w/recovery. and when u get home from hospital take it easy!!! don't over do it! trust me w/my first child i felt like i needed to do EVERYTHING and ended up breakin down n crying plus made me hurt because of the cryib n coughing. if ur offered help take it. you will need time to heal since its major surgery! hope all goes well

Samantha - posted on 01/22/2010

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i was asleep cause i had to have a emerengy c section ( my daughter kicked her umbilical cord out lol) it did not hurt at all until the pain meds wore off, all i can say is get up and walk and move as soon as u can 2 hrs after my c section i was moving around in my bed and hrs after that i was up walking around so it would not be as bad people told me. i feel like for my first child i was deprived of the option of seeing my child being born but i did not think it was that bad.

Stacey - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had a c-sec...i never thought that it would of been me but it was for the best as my baby got stuck so was an emergency 1...was awake for mine.. i wouldnt wish it upon anybody to get it done as i thought you don't feel close to your baby as a natural birth..i didnt get to see my little girl until 10mins after her birth and even after that was struggling to hold her when i wanted to..dont feel a thing until you come off the pain killers and have to take it easy wouldnt mix it with breast feeding either as its hard to get out of bed to feed them in the right postion!! Good luck hope i helped x

Brandy - posted on 01/22/2010

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I never got to experience any labor pains, my daughter was breach, they wanted to try and turn her, but the amniotic fluid was low, so they gave me a spinal and said to lay down, but I couldn't, so they helped. The nurses put a curtain up so I couldn't see, told my husband not to look, but he did anyway.lol. My arms were strapped down, I could feel a lot of pressure, but not so much pain. She was here 2 minutes after I layed down, then about 3 minutes of stitching. I had a morphine pump for 12 hours, and I walked the next morning. Don't worry, you two will be fine.

Emma - posted on 01/22/2010

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i was awake when i had mine it does hurt after but you get painkillers to help. you cant really do anything my partner did everything but you soon get back on your feet,i was worried when he went back to work i wont be able to do anything but after 2 weeks i could cope on my own just dont rush your self at first other wise it will take you longer to heal hpoe this helps. And buy some big underwear to make it more comfortable .

Heather - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had a C Section. It is surreal in a way because you don't feel like you are completly in the moment. There is a lot of pressure and you may feel like you want to throw up when they are pushing on your stomach. After I didn't have too much pain but make sure you stay on top of your pain meds when you're in the hospital. After I left the hospital the oddest thing is that you can't sit up since they cut your stomach muscles. I didn't have any complications or other problems with the surgery and I healed very quickly. Good Luck!!

Jenny - posted on 01/22/2010

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I was awake for my c-section. I was brought into the OR and given a spinal. Once I was numb they put in a catheter and let my husband in. I only felt pressure during the procedure. After the baby and I were ready to go they put her in my arms and wheeled us into recovery. I was there until I got feeling back in my lower body (a few hours). After that I went to my room and my parents were allowed in. I felt no pain. The only time I did feel any real intolerable pain was my first time getting up. It was horrible, but after that it was tolerable. Make sure to stay up in the pain medication so you do not get to the point where you are in too much pain. I was off the pain medication a couple of days after going home. Good luck- you will be fine!

Tiffany - posted on 01/22/2010

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Don't be scared. I was awake for mine and it was a surprise. I went into be induced and found out she was breech that really scared me. It does hurt afterward but you don't feel a thing during. I will say that natural is better but others say c-section is. Recovery sucks!! They tell you not to walk up and down steps but I had to with that being my 3rd child I couldn't stop doing the normal things. Surgery is scary but you'll be fine. Wish you all the best!!

Kim - posted on 01/22/2010

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Well I had my baby almost 3 months ago. I had a csection due to me not being able to dialate passed 3. So i was scared also about having to have a csection because i didnt know what it would be like. They give you a spial block and you cant feel anything but pressure. Then when you are all done and the meds wear off it hurts. But they will give you pain meds for it. So the thing i found the hardest to do was go to the bathroom..its one of the most painful things i have ever felt...But other than that it wasnt that bad..

TRICIA - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had a c-section after being induced because I was not progressing, and the babies heart rate was dropping. I loved the c-section, I had no problems at all. Good Luck to you!

Kristen - posted on 01/22/2010

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The procedure is a really odd feeling. I was awake and all I could feel was alot of pulling (my baby was big and the incision was not so much). My doctor was great about telling me what was going on. I was somewhat disappointed because I was not really able to see my daughter till she came to the room later. Each facility and each doctor has different ways of performing cesareans. I would recommend getting an idea of how you would like yours to go (who would you like to be with you, would you prefer to be awake, do you want to know what's happening, etc.) and discuss that with your doctor before that day. Some options may not be available, but it couldn't hurt to ask.

As far as recovery - do what the nurses suggest. If they tell you to get up and walk, do it. However, don't try to be superwoman. I entertained several guests four days afterwards and hurt so bad that it took three people to help me get into bed that night. Expect to be pretty sore for two weeks and that it will take six weeks to get back to your normal stuff.

Don't be scared - it is totally worth it - Just be prepared

Tracie - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had c-sections with both because of medical reasons, my biggest advice is keep moving a much as you can as soon as you can, I know this sounds crazy, because it is so painful, especially if you have staples, but it works that gas out quicker, prevents blood clots, and over all helps you heal faster

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I have had two C-Sections. I was awake for both of mine and had a spinal. So I didn't feel anything other than pressure from my chest down. The surgery for both went great. My first c-section the pain was not like I thought it would of been. It felt like a really bad sunburn across my stomach. I took meds while in the hospital and then when I came home didn't take any. With my second I had no pain and never took meds. I walked as much as they would let me in the hospital! Everyone is different. I have a very high pain tolerance. Trust me, it's not as bad as what everyone makes them out to be.

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I have had two c sections one was emergency and other was scheduled. I emergency one wasn't so great only because i had already been in labor for 23 hours and was exhausted. The planned one was awsome. They give you a spinal your awake through the whole thing so you here the baby and see the baby. You feel a little tugging while the procedure is being done but no pain. My advice is to get as much rest as you can after the procedure and ask for pain meds when you are aloud them even if the pain isnt that bad you want to get it before it gets bad. Also get up and walk as soon as you are able to this helps alot.

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