question for moms who've had c/s before

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annestacy's picture
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question for moms who've had c/s before

As the date gets closer, I am getting scared/nervous. I don't really remember much from my c/s with Jack...I had had stadol and that was awful and I was pretty well drugged because of that.

What can I expect? I am really nervous about the spinal...I do remember "hearing" the needle punch through my spine last time--don't really know if I really did or not.

I am excited to be having the baby, but I am just nervous about how she's getting here, kwim?

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Lurker...

I've had 3 c/s and will be having my 4th in January.

Spinals are the fastest and easiest to control meds. I've never had an issue with mine being placed and have never felt pain from it. If you're nervous, ask for a nurse to help you 'through it'. One of my very nurturing doctors was in the room while it was placed and she helped hold my shoulders and talked me through it. It was very nice and very assuring for me.

Also, they can give you meds for anxiety or nausea with the spinal. If you think or have a history of either...or feel it coming on...ask the doctor to give those meds ASAP. Breathe nice and deep and focus on your partner if you have any anxiety issues.

I had my DH and my mom in the room during the surgery. My DH was by my side before DS#4 was born and my mon took pics. It really helped to let my DH know what I wanted him to do and why I needed him before the big day. He was a great support. After baby was born DH stated with him and my mom stayed with me while they finished up.

I was back and BFing baby within 30 minutes.

If you have nausea after the surgery while trying sit up, they can use those behing the ear sea sickness meds and they clear it up pronto!

Good luck! Try not to be so nervous, everything will be perfect and a positive outlook will really go a long way for your frame of mind leading up to the day. I know it's hard though.

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This is going to be my 3rd c-section and I am still nervous.. maybe because the last one is still so fresh in my brain. The spinal part only hurts for a second and it kind feels like a needle only more so... but the pain goes away within a minute or less. I did get sick well on the table and that wasn't pleasant but it was from the drink before hand that they made me drink. Yuck. not fun.

But everything after that was easy. There was pressure and movement that I could feel but other then that it was easy.

The healing was another story. Honestly I would ask for the pain meds a lot sooner then I did and I won't be asking for the IV to be taken out so fast. And I will be for sure making sure Rob spends all the nights in the hospital, last time he spent the last night there and really the first night was bad and I think it really set back my healing as Kay was up all night eating and just being congested, If I could have gotten even a little bit of sleep I am sure it would have made all the difference.

Every person heals differently and you might have minimal pain like I did with my first c-section. Thats what I am hoping for again. Smile

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this is a good thread!

I'm in the same boat! I hardly remember anything with DS because it was rushed after a horrible attempt at a vaginal birth. I was so relieved I could care less what they were doing to me.

It's good to hear the BTDT stories!

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Ooh, I've got questions, too!
How was the decision made between getting a spinal and an epidural?
If you had a spinal, did they make you lie on your back for some length of time to avoid the spinal headache? Did that affect breast feeding attempts?

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Ooh, I've got questions, too!
How was the decision made between getting a spinal and an epidural?
If you had a spinal, did they make you lie on your back for some length of time to avoid the spinal headache? Did that affect breast feeding attempts?

I think when you have a planned c-section you get a spinal. With Joshua I had already had an epidural so I didn't need a spinal but with Kay and this next baby I will be having a spinal. The only difference I think was that they did the epidural when I had a contraction so I was distracted by that pain and with the spinal I had nothing else to think about.

When I had my c-section with Kay I was laying on my back anyways when they cut me open and for awhile after in recovery.. I don't think it affected my attempt to breastfeed, although not being able to sit up all the way made it a bit more uncomfortable and Kay wasn't that interested so we waited until she was.

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I had my 4th 4 weeks ago. Ive always had a spinal, its never hurt going in. I asked for my last 3 to have something "extra" before hand because it always makes me have a panic attack in the OR. As soon as my legs go asleep I panic. If you make it clear you are panicky or upset before your date, they will perscribe something for you the morning of! (was lovely!) Or they can give it to you in your IV. Dont be afraid. And if you are, tell someone!!! (DR!) Its SO much better when they know and can help you.

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That's great to know, thanks. I had a surgery last year and when the anesthesiologist came in beforehand to introduce herself I was all, "Hi. Valium NOW." So I definitely want to let my OB know I want something ahead of time!

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Great point about the anti-anxiety meds. I may need something for the night before, to be honest. I will ask at my next appointment. I am one who likes to plan and prepare things ahead of time, gives me a sense of control...but it drives other people insane.

I am sure I will need something now that I think about it. A few years ago after a m/c I had a d and c, and freaked out in the hospital...they gave me a valium and within an hour I was laughing my head off at "Joe Dirt" on the television. But it wore off by the time they got me into the OR--like as they put me out, I started to panic but couldn't say anything. I was worried in that second that I wouldn't wake up. Horrible last thought before you go under. Sad

I don't think I'll have Jack stay overnight at the hospital, we really can't have little Jack sleep anywhere else--I want to keep his routine as close to normal as possible, even if it means spending more time at his Aunt's house that week. (he loves going there, and its five minutes from home).
Thanks for the stories and advice ladies, I really appreciate it.