So this being my 5th child you would think that I would be used to all the stuff that comes with it, but sadly I am having a hard time this go around. I have c-sections and this will be my 4th one and I am freaking out about the pain. I can remember it all so vividly. Not the recovery pain but the whole part where they stick an iv in my wrist, that hurt a lot and they had to do it in both wrists because they couldn't get it in the first time. Also the pain of the spinal and the big needle going in my back. Man did that hurt last time.
Crazy thing is when I had my 2 c-sections back to back, literally less then a year apart I wasn't as nervous or afraid as I am now. Uhg.. This is going to be insane.. Hopefully I deal with it better when I get closer to the due date and after I talk to my c-section doctor.
Anyone else more afraid or apprehensive about their labor or c-section or giving birth... I can't be alone.
I'm actually looking forward to it. I've had 2 unmedicated vaginal births. The first one was intense, and pushing was 6 hours, but the second one was so easy. I know that it might not be easy again, but I love that moment of meeting the baby for the first time. I can totally understand that other people may feel differently though, and for every pregnancy I am terrified of it turning into a c-section.
Samantha, you are not alone. I dread another c-section and am hoping to at least get to try a vbac. You are right about the stupid iv, I swear that was the worst part of my second c-section. It hurt so bad I cried and I am not an easy crier. The nurse acted like I was the biggest baby ever, which just made it even worse. It probably doesn't help that you haven't eaten in hours either, that always makes me cranky. The spinal wasn't so bad for me, at least I had a kind nurse in the OR, bless her! Then the OR is so cold or it seems that way. I remember with both of mine also being calm starting the surgery and then I get this brief moment of panic, really awful. I think my hr must show it and the anestetic guy drugs me more or something bcause it goes away as fast as it started. I always get sick a few hours after the surgery and can't keep anything down for close to 24 hours. I plan to ask about that now that I know it is a pattern. It sucks for breastfeeding, in addition to my milk taking forever to come in since I didn't get to go into labor. After all that is over, recovery is a breeze!! I have always done well for that. Although I refuse to get staples ever again, it creeped me out to see them in my body.
I am sure that didn't make you feel better at all. Sorry about that. You are not alone though!!!!!
My first 2 c-sections I always threw up after and I told them that and they thought that it might have something to do with the morphine or the drink they give you before hand. They didn't do either of those things the last time and I didn't get sick. But the OR is freezing but I guess it helps keeps things sterile, or at least I assume so.
Good to know about the morphine, I was wondering if they gave me that. My dad had a knee replacement done and he was sick after and they figured out he couldn't take morphine so I have wondered if that was it for me too ever since! I don't remember getting a drink? What was that for? I know they wanted my stomach empty, I think even no liquid after a certain time before surgery. It has been 5 years so that is not quite clear. Another thing about the iv, I could feel where it was (the back of my hand) for months and it felt odd, I still think the iv was not in well, I was probably dehydrated since you can't drink.
Originally Posted by SamanthaX5
I think the cold is to be more sterile, they did have heated blankets the second time, which helped. I wonder if we can wear some warm socks, I should ask. Or maybe it will feel nice in July/aug vs nov and jan.
I'm nervous too!! My 1st was an emergency C-section, 2nd unmedicated VBAC which resulted in 3rd degree tear. I said after that delivery, if I ever do this again, I'll get an epidural. As time passes, I wonder if I could do it unmedicated again, but I think not.
The epidural does freak me out a bit; the IV is no big deal to me.
My previous job was as a recovery room nurse, so we worked a lot with the anesthesia group. I would discuss your concerns with them up front - there are several options they can try to pre-medicate you to help with nausea, especially if you have a history of problems in the past. Our facility went through tons of warm blankets to help keep patients warm! If it's really bad (mostly if patient's temp too low) or if significant shivering, we had plastic blankets that you could attach warm air to & blow through.