Just my personal opinion, but I wouldn't go for the epi for a c/s. I've heard it can be patchy, where it only works on one side, or even with a continuous line women are more likely to feel it. Don't want to frighten you lol but I would go spinal. I had a spinal for my 2nd c/s and could feel my legs within a few hours. With both my ops I wasn't allowed up until the next morning anyway.
Not just for c sections but no one warned me that with subsequent births you get after pains. It was worse than labour.
And it was worse while breast feeding.
I really wish I had been warned.
Oh, and I still get burning pain when I get up too quickly in middle of night. Sometimes my scar is itchy as well.
Ive also had two spinal ceasers and was 100% pain free. No one will ever come near with with a ****ty epi ever again
The epidural was so I could self administer pain relief (I had a little button that I could press and the drugs would go in via the epi), unfortunately, the epidural dislodged at some point and so as the block wore off, I had no pain relief at all.
I mentioned my pain to the nurses during the night but they just kept saying to press the button (which had no effect at all). So, basically I was without pain relief from 11pm through until 9am when my husband came in and was helping me get out of bed to go down to the nicu to see our bub (He was a 31 weeker). Dh took one look at my back and was just like "Umm, I'm just going to buzz a nurse". Nurse came in, was horrified and came straight back with two pills that sent me to a happy place.
The moral of this story is to speak up, don't let anyone fob you off.
Good luck xx
One of the worst things about my c-section was the unexpected hair removal that I experienced when I was finally able to remove the thick adhesive tape from my scar...yowsers
same here...second time i was stuck in recovery for over 1 & 1/2 hours already and i ended up lying about being able to 'feel ' down on my waist area when the nurse would check every 15 minutes...as they wouldnt let me go until i could feel again ie the spinal wearing off slowly...so i lied...it sucked...i didnt think to ask for dd to stay as with my first unplanned c section i was back up within 40 minutes...which was weird that the elective would take longer, must be the spinal? ....but even tho i didnt have skin to skin straight away i had no bonding or breastfeeding issues..but i do wish i could have had them in recovery with me as its lonely waiting!
Definately definately take the voltaren pessaries! These really work!!! And if u get the povo pethidine self administered drug for post op pain relief....press that thing HEAPS until it stops dispensing...each time...i didnt and kept waking up the first night every half hour in pain ( way preferred the oxycontin i got first c section, slept like baby for six hours!)
dont freak out if during the op they seem t o be pushing downwards REALLY hard on your bump...both times my kids were wedged way up high and they have to push down on you to get them out.
Pregnant for the first-time?
Not sure where to start? We can help!
Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!