Anyone else having a repeat c-section or BTDT?

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sometimes's picture
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Anyone else having a repeat c-section or BTDT?

I'll be having my second c-section with this LO and I'm kind of nervous about it. My last was pretty traumatic since it was an emergency and I reacted badly to the spinal. I've heard though that scheduled c-sections are much, much better than an emergency (duh, makes sense) and even the recovery is better. With my DD I was in a ton of pain since I wasn't allowed to walk for 24 hours after having DD and it took me several weeks to feel anything close to normal. Anyways, anyone have any advice for me? My best friend had a repeat c-section and I swear it seemed like she was up and moving normal with in 2 days after.. I was amazed!

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I'm opting for a VBAC - however, I've had several friends go the repeat section and they said it was a breeze, especially compared to the first one. I think it would be better to have it scheduled personally! I had an emergency section as well and to this day HATE my birthing experience with my daughter (including not holding her for 4 hours after her birth), I also had a bad reaction - shaking/vomitting/skin burning to the spinal.

Hopefully other Mama's can provide some more insight for a repeat - you'll do great though!

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This one will be my 3rd csection. My first was a breeze. I was up doing dishes the day I got home from the hospital. My second it took a while to recover from. The surgery was a little longer cause I had scar tissue. I started to retain gas and it took my bowels a while to function again and I retained a LOT of water. They had to give me a bunch of water and gas pills over the three days I was there. And they almost had to cut off my wedding ring cause it was so tight. I was so scared to walk even though they kept urging me too. I was in a lot more pain than I remembered from my first. But after I got up and started walking more I started to feel better. I guess the key was walking. But I remember I kept saying I was done, no more kids. I was in too much pain and never again. However, here I am again. LOL

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I wish I was a good candidate for a VBAC but I'm not. I've had a couple of gynecological sugeries, plus a c/s, and I have a bicornuate uterus so it's a repeat c/s for me too. Someone told me they get easier but I'm expecting it to be similar to last time. Thankfully, I did ok with the spinal.

Now, GETTING the spinal was a mess. It took them five tries. I have very mild scoliosis and so they kept poking me with the numbing shot then trying the spinal but would start all over in a new spot. I had five holes in my back that were visible scars until just recently. I really hope this time they get it on the first try.

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My epidural didn't work during my first labor and with the added benefit of having someone screw up my dosage of pitocin and being exhausted from not getting any sleep all night and then the scare of the NICU issues, I'm thinking the scheduled c-section may be easier. I'm going to buy one of those belly supporters this time and I am hoping to keep in pretty good shape so I can start walking as soon as possible. I'm also going to wash my hair before going in for it this time. I think just knowing it's going to happen instead of being given no real choice in the matter is helping me out this time.

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I'm opting for a VBAC, too, so I'm of no help!

But yes, I've been told a repeat is much better than an emergency! You'll do great!!

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:lurk: from July

No advice, as this will be my second after an emergency c/s with my first, just support! I had a bad recovery from my first, but sooo many moms from my first BB have since had scheduled c/s with their second, and they assure me it's so much easier. I do plan to take in a postpartum support wrap too! That helped so much last time but I didn't get it until a few days after I got home. Definitely packing it myself this time!

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"SunDevil28" wrote:

:lurk: from July

No advice, as this will be my second after an emergency c/s with my first, just support! I had a bad recovery from my first, but sooo many moms from my first BB have since had scheduled c/s with their second, and they assure me it's so much easier. I do plan to take in a postpartum support wrap too! That helped so much last time but I didn't get it until a few days after I got home. Definitely packing it myself this time!

I never had one of those last time! My best friend mentioned hers this time around and I was like wha? JEALOUS.

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Oh I know! I came home feeling like I was going to split open when I moved, and I actually heard about the wrap on the c-section board here on Preg.org! So important!

For those of you wanting to buy a new one ahead of time, I just read this about sizing for one brand: "In the eighth month, many women will be the same size as they will be post-delivery. Just prior to delivery simply subtract 3-5 inches from your belly measurement."

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Lurker..

I will be getting a repeat this time around too.
Regarding your reaction with the spinal, I had a friend who actually got an epidural put in right when she got to the hospital instead of the spinal in the OR because she reacted bad to that too.. Maybe talk to your OB about your options!!

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Thank you Destry, from another lurker. I really wondered if that was an option. I'll check with my doctor. So glad you brought that up!

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That's a good idea.. the worst part of the whole c-section fiasco for me was the recovery from the spinal. I was throwing up, shaking, my bp dropped, I felt like I couldn't breathe and I was just miserable. Thanks for your input ladies!

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"sometimes" wrote:

That's a good idea.. the worst part of the whole c-section fiasco for me was the recovery from the spinal. I was throwing up, shaking, my bp dropped, I felt like I couldn't breathe and I was just miserable. Thanks for your input ladies!

Oh good grief...I remember that part all too well. Hopefully you have a better experience this time!!

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I am having a repeat C-section but this is after my VBAC. I'm a bit scared because my first C-section became an emergency because of pre-eclampsia. Not a good time to realize that epi's do not work fully on me during a C-section (in that case...I found out the hard way!). Second pregnancy was a VBAC (epi didn't work that time either) but resulted in 36 1/2 hrs of labor. The local civilian hospital will NOT allow me to have another VBAC so I will be having a planned C-section (this time, no epi - just pure numbing from the chest down).

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I will be having my 3rd c section. My first was an emergency csection and the second was supposed to be scheduled but she came eraly and I opted for a csection anyways. This one will be scheduled but no earlier than a week ahead of due date. If I go into labor before that we shall see. I may opt for a vbac or csection. i am not going to stress about it.

As for the belly wrap they are they best thing ever! When I had myfirst a friend told me to ask the hospital for one and they had them and it made moving right away so much easier. I brought my own with for the second and I will bring one again for this.

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"newmommie25" wrote:

I will be having my 3rd c section. My first was an emergency csection and the second was supposed to be scheduled but she came eraly and I opted for a csection anyways. This one will be scheduled but no earlier than a week ahead of due date. If I go into labor before that we shall see. I may opt for a vbac or csection. i am not going to stress about it.

As for the belly wrap they are they best thing ever! When I had myfirst a friend told me to ask the hospital for one and they had them and it made moving right away so much easier. I brought my own with for the second and I will bring one again for this.

Yes, I am going to look into the wrap as well. Have you talked with your doc about a VBAC? I was always told that if you have had 2 c-sections back-to-back, it is not preferred due to a higher risk of tearing.

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At my 1st appt my doc said after 2 the rish was slightly elevted but somewhere around 5% or less. I am not set on vbac but if the chance prsented itself I dont think I would be opposed to it this time around.