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    Default Nothing to be afraid of!

    I had a c-section in October (private hosp) as my bub was transverse until the end (& I had many other complicating factors). I was therefore prepared and had lots of time to think about it.

    The experience was brilliant. From the time I was put on the bed to be wheeled into theatre, it was only 20minutes later that I met my baby. It was the most amazing moment. From the first cut (sooo fine, there's NO pain so no concern) he was out within 5minutes and after being briefly attended to by the Paeditrician (I had GD) he was on my chest having cuddles. He stayed there the entire time I was stitched up & I don't even remember taking any notice whatsoever of that part as I was overwhelmed with my baby. All up that process (stitch up) maybe took 20mins and then I was wheeled into theatre recovery and had skin to skin and started breadtfeeding straight away (my baby took 20 secs to move himself up my chest and find my nipple and latch on like a pro!). I stayed in recovery for 45mins or so and from the min my baby was put on my chest he never left me again (Paed examined him in my room with me present).

    Looking back on everything and now thinking about whether I will have another c-sect with baby no 2, I would be 100 times more scared of a natural birth. I had no labour and was so refreshed and not one ounce of pain.

    Recovery was completely fine. I would describe it as a discomfort, not pain (only on first day, maybe the 2nd for some people. The most frustrating thing was not being able to lift heavy items or lift above head such as hanging washing (so would be very tricky with a toddler). I hated not being able to drive for 6 weeks but in all honesty I had visitors everyday so it was fine (& after week 3 you can get out for short walks.

    Re pain meds. I was in hospital 5 nights/6 days & never needed anything stronger than the prescribed meds. I took a cpl of panadol here and there at home in the first couple of days.

    Dont be scared of a c-sect - embrace it! There's a lot of positives to focus on.

    P.s. my boy came out spotless (only the tiniest spot of blood on his leg. His skin was an amazing pink & he wasn't squashed or come head like). He was sooo calm (barely cried) & chilled out because no trauma for him of labour & squeezing through birth canal

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    Forgot to add that I was up and moving by 2pm (my surgery was at 9:30am). I could feel my legs properly by 1pm (I had a spinal). I was in a holding room that wasn't as nice as the others (no courtyard etc) so as soon as a lovely room came up I moved (walked myself with assistance, quite a short distance down the corridor). From the minute my baby was born he never left my side. I had no issues with mobility although I appreciate everyone is different.

    I was able to assist with bathing the evening of night two (no need to bath as he came out so clean & was just wiped over).

    I also had some pain around the wound in the 6 wks post but it is very manageable! Nothing at all to be concerned about & doesn't prevent you from caring for your bub or yourself. And I had the itching too in the early days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uniquey View Post
    I'm sure a lot of what I would have suggested has already been written in this thread but one thing which I wasn't expecting was 'wind' pains in my stomach a week after the c/s. Apparently when you're opened up (in any OP) air bubbles can get in and it can be quite excruciating on top of your tender stomach, therefore I would suggest having some 'De-gas' or similar over the counter med handy 'just in case' you are caught out with wind pain.
    Yes yes yes!!

    The wind pain after my c-sec was worse than my labour!! 😁

    My OB came to check on how my wound pain was. I told him I can't feel the wound but the wind pain is unbearable!!!! 😫

    He gave me de-gas which worked some sort of miracle!! 😄

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    Oh yes, the wind pain.... Nothing compares to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MerryR View Post
    Oh yes, the wind pain.... Nothing compares to it!
    Oh yes I remember that, the relief of letting it out was amazing

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    Thanks to everyone who's posted here. I am probably having a CS in September, partly because I have a groin hernia that is an unknown quantity for labour, and they can operate on it at the same time, and partly because I am scared of labour anyway!

    I know a CS is not the 'easy way out' and have been watching YouTube videos etc to understand exactly what happens. I appreciate all the advice and info in this thread!

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    I had a planned c-section 3 days ago in the private system. The level of care I received was generally excellent however a few tips from my experience:

    - Be prepared to be asked MANY times by the middies the reason for your c-section. Not all necessarily seemed to be asked in judgement but it was a very common Qu I got.
    - If elective it can be a good idea to do some preparation to manage any feelings of anxiety that arise. I practicised hypnobirthing techniques for a calm Caesarian birth in the weeks leading up to it (dowloaded from iTunes) but I admit they did out go out the window a bit when my combined spinal/epi was not successfully put in the 1st time. My anesthetist then gave me some anti anxiety meds via the cannula but the techniques were also useful for me in managing my anxiety about not being able to move my legs for many hours post op.
    - Be prepared for unexpected but common side effects. I shivered violently through most of my DD's delivery which did detract from the experience but thankfully felt no nausea etc which I was expecting.
    - Ask your anaesthetist to take photos with your camera. Ours took some cracker shots we would never have gotten of DD's moment of arrival.
    - Use a stool softener in the days leading up to your surgery, it will make things much easier when you have a bowel movement. I took my own to hospital and continued it daily as well as taking my own Degas. Picked up that tip here and they've both been a life saver!
    - If you have the option of leaving the epi in to self administer pethidine I would recommend it. It does restrict your movement but you can give yourself a dose in the middle of the night or whenever you like without waiting for the midwife to respond to your request for pain relief or worrying if they are late with your tablets. I kept mine in 48hrs and also had no issues with getting out of bed at 8am after a c-section at 6pm the night before.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starf1sh View Post
    I had a planned c-section 3 days ago in the private system. The level of care I received was generally excellent however a few tips from my experience:

    - Be prepared to be asked MANY times by the middies the reason for your c-section. Not all necessarily seemed to be asked in judgement but it was a very common Qu I got.
    Not sure about the private system, but it was part of every changeover in the public hospital for the finishing midwife to explain to the starting midwife everything about labour, birth, recovery, baby etc. so I never got asked why I had my c-section.

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    I loved my planned c-section but I do wish I'd known the following:

    1. The feeling may not return to both legs at the same time... My right side was numb for a good hour or so after the feeling had returned in my left and it freaked me out!!

    2. My scar and the area around it is numb. I hate it and it drives me insane... My section was 4 months ago but the feeling might never return to the area...

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