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Well most People usually have vaginal births after a caesarean, but my question is about caesareans after a Vaginal Birth??? I have had 2 normal vaginal births but was interested if anyone has had to have a caesarean after a normal vaginal birth and how they went? Also if you have had a caesarean at all would be interesting to know how you are getting along? How long it took to heal? The bleeding, Is it worse? The after pains? Any info would be good as there seems to be a lot of women in need of emergency caesars these days and would like to be prepared if I was to make that decision, Cheers Haana :)
Hi Haana, I have never had a vaginal birth only a caesarean so I can not compare the two. When I first fell pregnant I was terrified of a vaginal birth and was sure that I would have an elective caesar. People were horrified when I told them this and told me all sorts of horrible things about what to expect.
About halfway through the pregnancy i had changed my mind and was going for the vb. Anyway to cut a long story short after a failed induction I ended up with a caesarean afterall. To be completely honest I was secretly relieved that I had.
I found the whole experience to be a positive one. Sure I was in pain afterwards but I guess that is what pain relief is for. I was home by day 4 but I was lucky to have dh at home to help me out.
I had my dd at 2pm and by the next morning was out of bed, the nurses and doctors encourage you to get out of bed and walk around as this helps with the healing process, but just be sure that you dont over do it!!! I can be quite stubborn and didn't like to spend much time in bed, so by the end og each day I was quite sore.
I healed very well and by about two weeks I felt excellent!!! I was able to drive by about five weeks. My ob said that it wasn't necessary to wait 6 weeks, as long as you feel comfortable and it isn't painful to go ahead. It is now 5 months down the track and I feel perfectly fine. I dont want to start a whole debate about vb versus caesar but for my next child I will definitely be choosing to have another caesar.
This was just my experience, but everbody is different. My caesarean wasn't deemed an emergency and I had the opportunity to have a good chat with my ob and the anaesthetist before hand, maybe that is why I found the experience to be a positive one. Everyone in the operating theatre seemed relaxed, and there wasn't a sense of urgency. The midwife even took some lovely family shots for us. The only negative thing I have to say is that I didn't like the pethidine that I had after the op. I was in lala land :D I will definitely look into other pain relief options next time round
I gave birth to my first two boys one with an epidural one with no pain relief, and I had stitches with both, quite a few for the second as he was posterior.
With my third son I had a 'true' emergency caeserean at 28wks as the placenta came away and I was bleeding internally and he had no oxygen supply. I was knocked out for it so don't remember the actual op, but found the recovery compared to a VB was horrible. After giving birth I was able to walk straight away but I must admit that after the caeser I had lost just over 1litre of blood so I am not sure if this contributed to how terrible I felt.
Anyway what I wanted to say is that I hope you don't end up needing a emergency caeser and if I had the choice I would choose VB. My experience is that I recovered a lot quicker with a VB as opposed to a caeser.
Hope some of that helps
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