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    Chicparis - the thing I'd be worried about with the CS is the recovery. I haven't experienced one, but I've heard it's about 6 weeks recovery time. When I was in labour and my sisters were in the waiting room there was a woman there who had her baby a few weeks ago, but her stitches had popped open.

    So while it would be good to meet your baby without having to go through all the other stuff, it would be good to enjoy the time with your brand new baby and be able to look after it without someone having to help you etc. 5 days after DS was born we took him on his first shopping trip. Not sure if I could do that after stitches.

    Anyway, just food for thought. I had been considering a CS too because I am terrified about the birth based on my last experience. But then I hear about really quick labours with no tearing etc. and I just hope I will be one of those people next time :-)

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    Thanks Mum2Angus.
    I've also heard about the recovery time, but I know it's not always the case. My friend had twins via c-sec and she was back home taking care of her babies within 5 days. She said it really wasn't that bad, and she also didn't want a c-sec (despite having twins!). I have a few other friends who've had emergency c-sec and even though the "emergency" side of it wasn't very nice, the recovery was easy, just no laughing for a few days because that makes it really uncomfortable apparently.
    No one I know ever had issues taking care of their baby after a cs, just needed help around the house, cleaning and shopping. But I will have all my family around for a few weeks after so I'm not worried about getting help for that, I just want to know that I can take care of my baby by myself (and with DH of course), because I don't think I'll want everybody else butting in with the baby! (I'm very conscious about the fact that I will be very overprotective with this baby, at least in the beginning, since I've waited so long for this!)

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    Chicparis - yeah I guess it depends on the dr doing the CS. I developed an abcess in my vg after DS's birth (probably all the midwives having a feel) and that was more painful that the actual labour to me. I wasn't sure what it was, then thought it was infected stitches, but luckily it cleared after getting antibiotics. So I think that was the worst few days of the whole ordeal.

    I went to see my midwife today. She suggested I see a physio at the hospital about my back. However, it will probably take ages to get in and I'd prefer to see someone that I can also see after the birth. The physio I am seeing tomorrow specialises in women's health and pregnancy.

    Hope everyone else is going well

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    I've always believed in every woman's right to choose what's best for her. And I still emphatically stand by that belief. The world is full of conflicting advice and people who will judge whichever decision you make (not anyone worth caring about, mind you....), so you might as well do what feels most comfortable and "right" for you.

    For me, personally, I chose (and was lucky enough to be able to) to go natural. For me, it felt like because IVF and the whole process of that felt so "clinical" and "unnatural" I wanted to try and do something "the natural way".

    I was scared of labour/birthing too, but I found that it helped to find out as much about the whole process and understand it - it's like a lot of the fear was tied to the "unknowns" or the "mysteries" of birth. Also, can HIGHLY recommend "Birthing Skills" by Sarah Murdoch and Juju Sundin (the absolute GURU of labour!!!)

    In the end I went completely natural, only using the gas....but have to say that despite everything, it was one of the most empowering and self-affirming experiences I have ever had as a woman. I felt like it restored a part of my femininity that the infertility had "stolen" from me.

    Anyway, it all might sound a bit silly, but there's my honest contribution to the conversation in any case....

    Hope you're all well :-)

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    Kseds I completely agree with you, absolutely every women's right to have the birth they choose. You said it perfectly :-)

    I love the way you said that it was great to do something natural after IVF and I completely agree with that, but I probably didn't realise that's why I felt that way! I also want a natural birth and feel that it will help bring empowerment into my situation. Thanks for your wise words!

    AFM I found that lanolin has helped wonders with the itching. I'm glad I'm not the only one going through itching hell! lol

    I'm looking forward to the weekend, I don't have much planned at all. Hopefully some naps will be included :-)

    Have a great day!

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    Kseds, I totally agree with you. It is so true that after all the clinical side of getting this far, it would be nice to do something natural for a change.

    Goaksclaire, the itching is a nightmare!! nothing's doing the job on my itchy back though...

    I've been having a numb feeling, like pins and needles, in my left hip when I lie on it at night. It's very uncomfortable and takes a while to go away after turning to my right side... DH looked it up and said it was the baby pressing on a certain nerve and it's only going to get worse.. Has anyone else had that?

    Hope everyone has a lovely relaxing weekend!
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    Hi everyone,
    Chicparis - I actually ended up in ED yesterday at 5am due to waking up in excruciating pain in my right side and then radiating down to my hip and leg. It was awful. I of course panicked thinking there was something wrong with bub. After blood tests, urine tests and ultrasound they ruled out kidney problems and gall stones. They had a midwife come and check heart rate which was ok but that's about the only time that being pregnant was mentioned or considered! They sent me home at 12.30 saying its probably muscle pain. In the 7.5 hrs I was there I didn't even get offered a glass of water! I used to work at this hospital and left after 6 months because it was terrible - that's how much pain I was in yesterday!! I haven't been back there since I left and am driving over an hr to have this bub to avoid it!
    Anyway, when I came home and slept, I woke with really painful hips. This isn't overly unusual for me as I have had hip problems prior to being pregnant, but it's definitely worse now. I googled last night (naughty!) and it seems quite normal, like you said, bub pressing on a nerve.
    Anyway, here's to a great, pain free weekend!


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    Kseds - funny, that's why I REALLY didn't want an induction with DS. It was already so planned and had so much intervention. Unfortunately I couldn't avoid it after 14 days of having my in laws staying with us and asking me every time they looked at me if I was having contractions, my Mum stressing about the placenta and my OB instigating on daily observations! I think some of the grief I felt after the birth came from that (also the fact that I wanted no intervention/drugs and ended up with the whole lot).

    Chicparis - are you sleeping with a pillow between your legs when on your side? The pillow should go from your knees (which should be bent) to your ankles. You should also have a pillow under your belly to prevent you from rolling forward. I went to see a physio today and she explained a lot to me. Apparently the pelvis has movement (during pregnancy) that isn't supposed to move and that causes it to sit out of place. The right side of my pelvis was twisted forward and the physio had to reset it. It's not 100% better, but definitely an improvement..

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    Missbloggsy - you must have posted before I pressed send. Maybe if it is the baby pressing on something you should try some yoga poses the get the baby to move? When I had hip pain last week I googled hip poses and there's one called the Happy Baby - I think it definitely helped.

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    Thanks to Mum2Angus, definitely worth a try, I will look in to it today :-)


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