I have just found out that I am pregnant with baby number two. My first birth did not go quiet to plan. I had an emergency C section. My bladder was ruptured during labour. In result, I have to have a planned Caesarean, in case of my bladder bursting. I had a terrible time recovering after my emergency c section. My question is; How was you planned caesarean, compared to your emergency Caesarean? I am very scared, I am hoping that my body will not be in as much shock as the first time as I had every induction procedure done within the three days i was waiting in hospital for my beautiful girl to be born.
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19-07-2012 13:21 #1Junior Member
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Caesarean Second time round
19-07-2012 18:38 #2
I've just had my second emergency caesarean after a failed VBAC but TBH, in my head it was planned as I had a gut feeling it was going to end up that way. My recovery has been a million times better. 11 days post surgery and I'm off pain meds, feeling much more in control, BFing better and generally coping with the aftermath much more than I did the first time round. I knew what to expect & what my restrictions & pain levels would be like. Being prepared helped me enormously, and I also looked after myself far better in this pregnancy than I did my first which I think helped a lot.
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20-07-2012 13:20 #3
I had an elective after an emergency first time and the elective was soooo much better! My body seemed to cope far better this time (30 hours of labour for 6cm dilation was exhausting) and my recovery time seemed easier. This time I knew what I was in for and what to expect so I felt mentally prepared. Beautiful experience for me and DH and I got to have bubs in recovery with me which was so nice. Breastfeeding got off to a great start and I'm still going strong nearly 6 months down the track!
For me an elective was the best choice and I'd do it that way again if I have another baby.
20-07-2012 14:12 #4
I had an elective with DS2 after an emergency c-section with DS1.
The elective was SOOOO much better. Not only because I knew what to expect, but because it was relaxed, planned and I wasn't exhausted from hours of labour.
I knew how far I could push myself as well. I left hospital after 2 nights (went to a hotel that was part of the maternity program at my hospital though) with my elective, where as I stayed 7 nights with the emergency.
I loved my elective c-section!
28-08-2012 12:53 #5Junior Member
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I had to have an c-section with my first pregnancy (low lying placenta) and I think because it was planned and I could prepare mentally it went really well. Both DH and I found it was a great experience, the theatre staff and my OB were all great. Although I didn't get to have DD with me in recovery (I think I was there for about 45 mins.) she went back to the ward with DH and he still comments on how much he loved having that special time with her which I think is wonderful and I don't feel it in anyway affected my ability to bond with her.
I recovered really well afterwards, was off pain meds apart from paracetemol by the time I left hospital 6 days later and as my mum (who had to have 3 ceasars) had said to me beforehand as much as anything it's your attitude to it that helps/hinders your recovery. I frankly had far more trouble dealing with BFeeding, conflicting advice from midwives and the baby blues than I had physically due to the operation!
For various reasons I've also opted to have a c-section for number two.
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