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    Default Elective Caesarian

    Hello,
    I am considering an elective Caesarian for my first and was wondering anyone's thoughts, has anyone else elected to had one and what is the experience like. I have a few health problems which lean me towards the Caesarian but want to find out as much as possible, mainly what happens and how long you were until you were back doing stuff after! Thanks!

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    It would depend on your health problems. I've had two elected - although the first one was medically needed iykwim. And my health problems caused issues in both of them, my immune system is shot and I developed infections etc. It also looks like I have developed endometriosis from my first c/section

    I know lots of people on here have had amazing experiences and I really think I had a bad time because of my pre existing health conditions (not the endo stuff - that can happen to anyone) but in terms of infections and recovery etc.

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    Hi farmgirl

    I haven't had mine yet, but I'm going for an elective caesarian with my first child due in October which is also medically indicated (mental/emotional health reasons which manifest in the physical). I obviously can't offer any prior experience story but there are some great ones on various websites I've found PM me if you want any links. I made my choice based on my medical indications, my own research, the information I asked for and got given by my GP who specialises in pregnancy and of reading others experiences keeping in mind not every experience or recovery is the same.

    There is more stories from people in the Birth part of this forum I found helpful to read

    Cheers

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    Hi Larissa88,
    I would be interested in chatting to you further but don't know how to PM? Suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmgirl86 View Post
    Hi Larissa88,
    I would be interested in chatting to you further but don't know how to PM? Suggestions?
    Hi, I will private message you to your inbox here maybe we can message here or email.

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    Hey Farmgirl,

    Had a c-section 3 years ago and can honestly say everything went so well and I just had the most amazing experience (I say this with some surprise because I am a complete baby when it comes to pain and needles!)

    Hope all goes well whatever you decide :-)

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    I am plannng a vbac next as I hated my first cesarean. I was in labour 24 hours and got to 8cm but then wouldn't go any longer.
    I had terrible pain. Couldn't hold my daughter, interfered with bfeeding, hurt to pee, shower, walk, coughing was enough
    To wish death upon myself. Couldn't even laugh. It was only at about 3 weeks after was I able to sit down without wincing ..... I am anti csection and will fight until the very end with this baby before I agree to another... especially with a toddler to care for
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    I had an elective cesarean due to health reasons and have found it a very positive experience. I have had 2 friends recently who had to have an elective cesarean and they were both freaking out asking me millions of questions.
    After they had their cesareans, they admitted that it was indeed a very positive experience.

    Not a lot of public hospitals will allow elective cesareans unless you really have some bad health issues that prevent you from having a natural birth.
    Especially when it is your first, they will want you to have a psychological assessment if they believe you do not have enough reason for an elective cesarean.

    Anyway, if you do have one, I suggest you have a good chat with the anesthetist and listen carefully to all the options and side effects of pain relief.
    I choose a spinal block and I never felt a thing. The procedure was calm and relaxed, so there was plenty of time to get prepared. Unlike with an emergency cesarean where everyone is in a rush because bubs is at risk.
    The recovery time is mainly in your own hands. If you get moving as soon as possible, your recovery will be a lot quicker than if you decide that moving is too painful so you prefer to sit in bed for a few days instead.

    I got moving about 4 hours after the cesarean. It was a small move, but it was the beginning of a good recovery. I had to roll over from my back to my side and because I had no feeling in my legs yet, it was a very very intense experience. I begged the nurse to help me, but she didn't. She told me I had to do it myself. I now understand why. It took me half an hour to roll over. The next time it took me about 10 minutes and the next time it was a few grunts and that was it.
    That first shower 12 hours after the procedure, also made me feel like a million bucks and I felt like I could handle anything thrown at me from that day on.

    (DS was in the special care nursery as he was born at 35 weeks. They had put me in the room furthest away from the nursery and refused to put me in a wheelchair to get me to the nursery. So I was forced to walk. I wasn't impressed right at that moment, but again, looking back now I am thankful for them not helping me move around).

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    Quote Originally Posted by knomie View Post
    I am plannng a vbac next as I hated my first cesarean. I was in labour 24 hours and got to 8cm but then wouldn't go any longer.
    I had terrible pain. Couldn't hold my daughter, interfered with bfeeding, hurt to pee, shower, walk, coughing was enough
    To wish death upon myself. Couldn't even laugh. It was only at about 3 weeks after was I able to sit down without wincing ..... I am anti csection and will fight until the very end with this baby before I agree to another... especially with a toddler to care for
    mummy to gods gift to us
    BUT yours wasn't an elective cesarean. Like I said, with an emergency cesarean, things are more rushed and the mother is usually absolutely buggered from being in an uneventful labour for a long time.
    So yes, there is a bigger chance of it being a negative experience than when things are planned ahead and you know exactly what you're in for.

    I do hope you get yuor vbac though, but if for some reason you don't get it, you will be more prepared as you know what is going to happen and you can learn from any mistakes made with your DD.
    Knowing what anesthetic you want in case of an emergency c/s, before going into labour, is very important. Different anesthetics can sometimes give you different recovery times.

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    I had a wonderful emergency c-section experience. I was induced due to pre eclampsia and failed to dialate after 9hrs of contractions. I would suggest you do what is good for you but really think about it. I read on here heaps of negative c-section experiences but I was really happy with everything that happened. C-section is definitely not an easy way out iykwim?! It's hard work but breast feeding and bonding was fine. I recovered really quickly and was driving after 2 weeks. I did suffer pain but with all the new responsibilities you don't have
    much time to think about it. I would say it takes 6 weeks to feel like your old self. Good luck


 

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