Great thread ladies. Reading up as much as I can for a hopeful VBAC this time.
My advice from a C-section is that the after-pains can be worse due to the internal scar moving when your uterus contracts as you breastfeed. Every feed I couldn't decide if the nipple pain or the uterus pain was worse, but my face was grimaced and toes curles either way!
Also, educate yourself about pain options for AFTER your surgery. I was put onto a self-administered pethedine drip which I could click the button every 10 minutes. The midwives had me so scared about how much pain I would be in if I didn't click it as soon as I started to feel a bit of pain, how important it was to stay on top of the pain so my body could rest, blahblahblah. I had it in for 2-3 days and can barely remember any of that time I was a drugged out mess - vistors came and I would click and then just zone out mid-sentence. Also my vein calcified where the IV line went in as I'd used it so much, so every time I clicked I would get searing pain down my arm after a couple of days.
The worst part was that once it wore of, it wore off, there was nothing else. So for 6 minutes I'd be a zombie, 2 minutes human, 2 minutes starting to feel pain and then *click* all over again. This time (if I need another C), even if they insist on the drip (which is good for the 1st time you get up) I'm also going to insist on panadol. Once the drip was out and I was just on panadol the pain was nowhere near as bad as they had me believe it would be and it's much easier to keep the pain relief constant.
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20-03-2013 13:19 #111
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20-03-2013 13:48 #112
Thank you so much for the tips on c sections. Much appreciated.
The black undies I have but should they be the granny ones or under the scar?
Second the maternity pants. They are so comfy to wear sound the house now being pregnant. Might go get more.
20-03-2013 13:49 #113
Did u find u bled less or more after a c section?
20-03-2013 14:15 #114
Definitely granny undies after a c-section. Yoga pants / pants that you can roll up over your scar are so comfy too and also help to keep the padding in place on the scar after surgery too
20-03-2013 14:38 #115
Also you should get some wound dressings for once you leave hospital, it's just like padded gauze and I wore one every day for about 2 weeks to protect the wound a bit because I was so nervous that I'd bump it and rip it open. The ones I got were $0.50 each, don't worry getting the more expensive adhesive ones - if you're wearing granny undies they'll hold the pad in place anyway. I know some people wear a maternity pad in the front of their undies instead which I guess does the same job.
I didn't have a drip for pain relief after my c-section, just Panadol and voltaren. One night in hospital I had endone because I was uncomfortable and couldn't sleep (screaming baby didn't help either lol) but really I didn't have much pain, just discomfort. But if you're in pain at all, accept the pain relief because you'll be able to look after your baby (or babies in your case!) so much better if you're not in pain.
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21-03-2013 07:02 #116
Re: pp comment about wishing people had told her how painful labour is so she could have been prepared- I think it's important to understand that every woman has a different labour and different pain threshold. A friend of mine was crying from the pain at 3cm but I went to about 7cm quite comfortably and then just had gas during transition & pushing. Everyone is different - it's good to do lots of reading and watch lots of different labours online so you are mentally prepared for anything!
Re: birthing on your back in stirrups - this kind of happened to me as well although not in stirrups - I had my legs on top of m/w shoulder on one side and DH shoulder on the other with my ob in between lol awkward !!! Though I didn't care at the time. But I do wish I could have delivered in a squatting position. I laboured for about 15 hours just walking around the room, jumping in the bath, shower, fit ball, etc. lying down was awful for managing the contractions but my ob told me in earlier consultations that he only delivers on a bed. I'm not sure if I had to be on my back but I will ask this time around to squat on the bed. Or at least not lie down on my back.
Re: speaking up and being assertive - this is much harder than you would think when you are in labour and feeling very vulnerable. My suggestion - discuss at length with your DP or support person exactly what you want to happen in various scenarios and what your preferences are. My DH was my rock during labour and spoke up for me when my m/w did things that ****ed me off.
As hard as it is, try to get some sleep before you go into labour.
And be open and flexible. If you have a certain plan in your head and certain expectations, you might end up disappointed and depressed when things don't go to plan.
Also remember that the labour will be 1-2 days max in most cases, sometimes only a few hours long... After that you have your new squishy little bub for the rest of your life, so try to use that as motivation to push through any difficulties during labour.
Definitely agree with calling in a lactation consultant ASAP. Every midwife will give you different advice about how to b/f but only the lactation consultant really knows what the best thing to do is. I found I had trainee midwives giving me crap advice. Didn't see the LC Until the 4th day in hospital and by then I already had so many issues because of bad advice. Thankfully I persisted through a multitude of problems over months and am still b/f DS now at nearly 18 months.
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13-04-2013 13:43 #118Senior Member
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14-04-2013 02:19 #119
I agree re: pain in labour. I got to 10cm with 2 panadols and my birth plan was one word, EPIDURAL. ;-)
You don't know how you will manage until you are doing it :-)
14-04-2013 05:30 #120Senior Member
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I wish I had known by the time it comes to push the worst pain is over. I was terrified if doing it without drugs but realised afterwards its not the worst part. I wish I was more relaxed so I could of enjoyed (not so much enjoyed but up can't think of another way to describe it) the experience a little more.
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