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I am booked in to have my second C-section on the 2nd of Feb. To be quite honest I am really scared about the whole thing. The spinal block needle, being cut open the noise and I feeling them tugging away at me. Last time I had one it all happened very quickly (the decision to have one not the labour) as my induced labour failed to progress. My son was at 42 weeks and ended up weighing 9lb 9oz.
This time it was reccomended due to a lot of scarring on my uterus from an infection I got after the last c-section. I kow my other option is to be completely put under but I really want to be there for my babies birth.:(
:hugs: to you.
My best friend had a similar experience to you. Her first bubs was born via emergency c-section and then she was scheduled for an elective c-section as her 2nd baby was so soon after and because of what happened throughout her first.
She was sooo much more nervous going in for the elective c-section as she was fully aware of what was about to happen whereas with the first one it was all a bit of ablur.
Afterwards though she said her 2nd experience was an incredibly positive one, she felt better faster then the first time around and she was so glad she had opted for the elective c-section.
Good luck to you!! I hope you have the same positive experience!
I'm in exactly the same situation as you, and doing it in the same month!!
The thing that worries me the most is laying there being awake whilst I know what they are doing to me and not being able to do anything about it!
My fear has been slightly eleviated by going to the hospital & seeing the operating theatre (one that is only used for c-sect's) and the recovery room. They were able to tell me the exact procedure, who will be in there, and generally their experience as to what exactly happens - I feel like I'm not going into the unknown anymore.
I was totally out of it for my first one, & due to a previous cs & massive infected blood clot on the scar & complications etc, I am to go again.
I feel like most days I am talking myself into it, the fact that I am ok with it IYKWIM?
I think DH got a little concerned for me and what he recently said has stuck with me.......
"The birth (via cs) is the easy bit, and it will last all of 30 mins. You should be more concerned at the next 18 or so years. So what's 30 mins in the scheme of things??" - I think of this every day to help me put my fears into perspective. I think he says this to himself too, as this will be the first cs he will have experienced too :laughing:
i'm in the same stituation except that this will be my first c/s. I'm am soooo nervous i'm awake through the night thinking about it! Im worried about the op but most of all im worried im not going to be able to cope with the pain afterwards cause my pain threshhold is zero! I'm trying to find out as much as i can about the whole procedure and what im in for and trying to think positive but its so damn hard! I hope we all go good and goodluck to us!:thumbsup:
I had an elective c section. Im absolutely petrified of needles, Im the worlds worst!!
But the spinal was fine! You feel a bit of pressure and thats it. Honestly, If anyone would have freaked out if would have been me.
You dont feel it sting, it doesnt hurt, all it feels like is someone is pressing their thumb on ur spine.
As for them cutting into me. Again, Im a big pansy. I was lying there and said to them 'can you tell me when your about to cut',,,I was going to brace myself or something I think....:p
And the doc looked over the curtain and said 'we'v been in now for 5 mins'!!:eek: :laughing: (with a grin on his face).
I hadnt felt a thing.
The tugging around, now THAT i loved. It made me giggle. No pain whatso ever. It was all so calm.
I never had any worries about going into my c section because i made myself not over think it.
I definately think that is the right way to go.
You'l be fine hunxx
I had my second CS 11 days ago (first was and emergency). This time going into the cs I focussed on the fact that I knew our beautiful bundle was coming into the world very soon.
I had both a spinal and an epi. The spinal for the operation and the epi for pain relief for the first 48 hours,if I'd wanted it(I had it removed the next morning). For my first CS I had to sit and hunch over for the needles to be inserted, this time I lay down on my side and hunched. This time I felt it hurt more, but it was over and done with quickly. I focussed on all that was happening in the theatre while they were being inserted. I felt a little nauseous (Sp?) after it was inserted, so the anesth... put something else into my drip and I felt good again very quickly.
As for the tugging feeling, it didn't worry me.
j_ordi04...the pain after your op will be controlled. My epi was self controlled, I could push in the pethadine every 15 minutes if I'd wanted to. Instead I only used it when I could feel my scar beginning to burn (that's how I describe how it feels after). Once the epoi was removed the pain was covered by several different medications. I just asked what I was on and how regularly I could have it. So when the nurses come in to do my checks I'd decide if I wanted any more medication and which one I wanted. YOU control how much or how little pain you are in after the CS, so don't let this worry you.
:hugs: to those of you worried about your cs, think only of the wonderful bundle that will arrive as a result of it.
mousebrown, I didn't get to control my pain medication after my caesarean at all... I was given one panadol capsule and that was it. I was breastfeeding, (I don't know whether you were or not), so perhaps that's why?
Anyway, I didn't enjoy my caesarean, but for me it was because of my emotional issues with it... the physical wasn't THAT bad. If you can go into it, without hating that you're having it, you very well may have a good experience. I believe it was my mindset which made mine so awful, not the actual caesarean, if that makes sense.
Anyway, for me, I did not even feel the spinal go in. I may have, but it was so completely non-painful that I barely noticed anyway. Make sure you request the cathetar go in AFTER your spinal though... mine went the other way around and it wasn't all that nice.
The tugging was a bit, rough (it didn't hurt, but they felt like they were tugging my skin to the other side of hte room) but it wasn't painful or scary... just very unusual really.
As for the noises involved, I didn't even really hear much in the way of noises. Perhaps it's because I was stressed and didn't pay attention, but I honestly cannot remember much in the way of noises... the doctors were talking, and midwife was talking to me... but other than that, there wasn't much sound. Perhaps you could request a CD be played to drown out the surgical noises, if you're worried?
I hated my c-sec, and yet I still managed to let you know it's not htat bad... so don't fear. If I, someone who HATES the idea of surgery, can tell you it's not all that bad, in the end, then hopefully you'll be perfectly fine! :thumbsup:
Make sure you request the cathetar go in AFTER your spinal though... mine went the other way around and it wasn't all that nice.
I'd have to agree with that. Mine went in before the spinal too and it's not pleasant.
I had an emergency c/s followed by an elective one. The elective one was sooooooooooo much better. I was still pretty scared but the whole thing was over pretty quickly and I recovered much better from the elective than the emergency one. An elective one is much more controlled and less panicked as they don't need to rush the baby out. I felt like everything went more smoothly. Its a much better experience. I would do it again (tho I will probly get scared leading up to it!!).
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