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#1 eleven

Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

Hi Ladies,

I am a devout coward and terrified of my planned c section tomorrow. Our baby is measuring really big ( 4 weeks ahead) and I'm full term so I don't have a choice.

I've been told I'll have an epidural or spinal but I'm really worried about still being able to feel and hear whats going on.

If you've had a c section, please let me know what to expect.

Thank you!

#2 Zanbam

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

I haven't had one but just wanted to say I'm sure it will be fine and GOOD LUCK!!! I'm sure you are looking forward to your first cuddles with bub so maybe try to focus on that.

#3 Soontobegran

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

Not long until you meet your baby...how cool is that original.gif
You will expect to be nervous and that is normal, try to take lots of deep breaths and concentrate on the little person who will be in your arms very soon.
Hopefully you will have a really chilled Anaesthetist and midwife as they are usually pretty good at distraction but ask questions if you have them and if you don't understand what is going on tell them so! Depending on if you feel stressed or not your anaesthetist may offer a light sedative but most will not require this so you will be perfectly lucid and be able to talk normally and hear the chatter. Your obstetrician will usually explain as he/she goes.

You will go into theatre or the anaesthetic room and meet your anaesthetist ( you may have already met him/her) where he will get you to sit on the edge of the bed and he will do your spinal/epidural. Your partner most often will be asked to wait outside whilst this happens and he will be called in when you are lying on the table all prepped and ready to go. You will have an IV in and you may have oxygen cannulae in your nostrils. Your arms will be resting on boards beside you and a screen will be put up in front of your face so you can not see what is going on although some mums like to see.

It is a very short time now until you meet your baby, you will feel pushing and prodding but no pain, it may feel uncomfortable if your baby is firmly wedged but it should not hurt. Again if you have a hold of your partner's hand and talk to each other it will pass very quickly.
What happens after the birth will depend on the hospital and your doctor and the condition of your baby but if all is well then skin to skin on your chest is most often possible after a quick check up from the paediatrician.
After your baby is in your arms you will probably be blissfully unaware of anything else happening and you will be sewn up before you know it.
You will go into recovery where you will stay on average an hour and then back to your room with your baby if all is well.

Lots of luck for tomorrow.

#4 tres-chic

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:08 AM

I've had two and both were good experiences.

Of course you're nervous. It can be daunting being wheeled into an operating room with all the machinery and lights, etc. But don't worry, I'm sure everyone in the theatre will do their utmost to make you feel safe and in good hands.

If you have the sheet up and someone with you, your partner, parent or friend, just hold their hand and talk to them and the anaesthetist and it'll be over before you know it.

The only discomfort I felt was the needle (and it didn't hurt at all, just a weird sensation and it was hard to sit very still) and the pushing of them getting the baby out.

You will be fine and congratulations in advance!

#5 Koobie83

Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

Good luck! This is my first so I can't share any personal stories with you. How exciting! I'm sure you will be fine!

#6 Rolex

Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:35 AM

Never had a c/s but I just wanted to say good luck!!
How exciting to be meeting your little one today! original.gif


#7 eleven

Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:08 AM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 17/01/2013, 10:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not long until you meet your baby...how cool is that original.gif
You will expect to be nervous and that is normal, try to take lots of deep breaths and concentrate on the little person who will be in your arms very soon.
Hopefully you will have a really chilled Anaesthetist and midwife as they are usually pretty good at distraction but ask questions if you have them and if you don't understand what is going on tell them so! Depending on if you feel stressed or not your anaesthetist may offer a light sedative but most will not require this so you will be perfectly lucid and be able to talk normally and hear the chatter. Your obstetrician will usually explain as he/she goes.

You will go into theatre or the anaesthetic room and meet your anaesthetist ( you may have already met him/her) where he will get you to sit on the edge of the bed and he will do your spinal/epidural. Your partner most often will be asked to wait outside whilst this happens and he will be called in when you are lying on the table all prepped and ready to go. You will have an IV in and you may have oxygen cannulae in your nostrils. Your arms will be resting on boards beside you and a screen will be put up in front of your face so you can not see what is going on although some mums like to see.

It is a very short time now until you meet your baby, you will feel pushing and prodding but no pain, it may feel uncomfortable if your baby is firmly wedged but it should not hurt. Again if you have a hold of your partner's hand and talk to each other it will pass very quickly.
What happens after the birth will depend on the hospital and your doctor and the condition of your baby but if all is well then skin to skin on your chest is most often possible after a quick check up from the paediatrician.
After your baby is in your arms you will probably be blissfully unaware of anything else happening and you will be sewn up before you know it.
You will go into recovery where you will stay on average an hour and then back to your room with your baby if all is well.

Lots of luck for tomorrow.



Thanks so much for the details... knowledge is power! xx

Edited by eleven, 17 January 2013 - 11:09 AM.


#8 purple_daisy

Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:22 AM

I had one with an epidural.

You can feel a tugging sensation when they are taking the baby out but it DOES NOT HURT.  The best way I can describe it is if your leg went to sleep and you gave it a massage while it is numb - you can feel that something is touching you but it doesn't hurt and is not at all uncomfortable.
As for hearing what is going on, don't worry there is no gross squelching or ripping sounds or anything like that original.gif  You can hear the doctors talking to each other, in my case they were talking about what a busy night it was and in one way their calm chatter made me feel better as I knew nothing bad was happening to make them panic.

Like a PP said, once you hear a cry or are told that the baby is out you will probably just be so blissful you won't even mind your surroundings.  I had this happen - in an emergency c-section situation where there was serious concern for DD's heart - I heard the cry and this tremendous sense of calm just enveloped me. I've never felt anything like it. I was just happy and content and didn't even care that I was on an operating table or had tubes in my arm. I didn't even mind when they took DD and DH to the NICU, as I was just so happy.

Good luck, and hope that helps - nerves are normal but you will feel no pain, see nothing gross, hear nothing gross, and within 10 minutes or so of the curtain going up your baby should be out!

#9 lovemy32

Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

Hi Terrified! I've had two caesers now and the worst part about it all is the bit you're going through now - waiting!!
My only bit of advice is for after the caeser and that is to take pain relief at the scheduled time. I used to ring the bell every 4 hrs and ask for my medication. I found that if i let the pain get too bad it took too long to be relieved - whereas when I made sure I had it at the scheduled time I had no pain.
Also, use the hospital beds to your advantage! Raise them right up when you putting bub into bassinet etc, and use the dangly thing above your head to help you sit and roll. I wanted to take the hospital bed home with me!! original.gif
Good luck!! X

#10 libbylu

Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:41 AM

The c-section itself was not so bad - a bit of a tugging sensation, but it's all over very quickly.
I found the recovery difficult. Make sure you have lots of help lined up as it can be quite painful to move much for the first week or two.

#11 lozzylots

Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:16 PM

I was completely terrified too, it was the scariest thing I've ever done. The surgery itself actually isn't awful, as above you do feel it - I could feel loads of tugging, my whole body was moving around - but it definitely doesn't hurt and the anaesthetist is right there next to you to make sure it stays that way. They lowered the screen as they pulled DD out, I wasn't sure I wanted to watch but if you have the option please please do it! I still get teary thinking of it, it was a beautiful thing to see. I will be recovery was very difficult for me, I found it very painful, but lots of others have had breezy recoveries from scheduled caesers so you might be one of them. I only tell you that because I think it was harder for me because it was unexpected how painful it was, I wish someone had forewarned me. All the very best - and congrats in advance for meeting your bubs  biggrin.gif

#12 hanz33

Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!

#13 bebe12

Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

Hi,

I has c/s 3 months ago and am feeling great and wound healed nicely.

One thing that i found interesting was how they tested that the epi/spinal was working was to run a cold pack over you. they put it near my neck so i knew how cold it was and then moved it to my thigh and rang it up my body. first time after about 2 mins i could feel it at the bottom of my ribs by 5 min the second test i couldn't feel it until it was up to my armpits.  This made me relax a whole lot as i knew i had the pain relief.

As pp said you can sense that the ob is push and pulling the bub out but as they said just like when you foot is numb.  I had a big breached bub so they had to push and pull a fair bit, but i found that his kicking before birth was worse so again epi worked well.
Mt anesthetist was great talked me through what was going on so i knew when everything was happening.  My team were great as i also asked not to know the sex of the baby for 5 mins.  My husband went over to table with bub were he was checked by pediatrician and then wrapped and brought back to me and they all kept quite on his gender until i asked hubby to tell me. I figure i didn't know for 9 months what was another minuter or 5.

Do take meds as offer as it keeps pain at bay.  No need to be superwoman when you are going to be handling so many new experiences anyway, and this is true even if you are a mum already. I has a fussy baby who would not sleep first night unless he was held, which was a little challenging when i couldn't get up myself, but staff happily gave him to me anytime he fussed which was about every 20mins they kept saying that this was common and part of their job. (i was in public hospital)

Good luck.  take up all offers of help as you need to repair as well as bond.

#14 eleven

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

Hi Ladies,

Thank you so much for all your support and advice- it helped me so much! I had my c section yesterday and the hardest part was staying still for the spinal block. I felt no pain during the section at all and delivered a 'huge' 5.2kg boy!

Today I've been up, showered and walked around gingerly, just keeping up the pain relief with only occasional stinging ...

Anyway, thanks so much! Xx

#15 Libster

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:52 PM

Wow, big boy! Congratulations!

#16 Lokum

Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:54 PM

QUOTE (eleven @ 19/01/2013, 10:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Ladies,

Thank you so much for all your support and advice- it helped me so much! I had my c section yesterday and the hardest part was staying still for the spinal block. I felt no pain during the section at all and delivered a 'huge' 5.2kg boy!

Today I've been up, showered and walked around gingerly, just keeping up the pain relief with only occasional stinging ...

Anyway, thanks so much! Xx


Congratulations! So glad for you that the c/s went well. What a big boy you have! I hope he's healthy, and wish you well for a speedy recovery.

#17 Soontobegran

Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:02 PM

Congratulations, that is wonderful news  original.gif

#18 Tomahawk

Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

Good on you! That's a lovely big boy. My first was a big boy (emergency c-sect) and he was 4.5kg, be prepared to see lots of little, little babies in hospital with your giant  happy.gif . I had the same, I remember going to the breakfast room (eventually) and seeing all these tiny babies while I had this boy that had hair and was gorgeous and looked a few weeks older.
I have three others and they were all different, well the last two were twins but none as big as the first and all c-sect.
I wish you all the very best. Enjoy  original.gif    
(Never be afraid to ask for pain relief)

#19 ~Jot~

Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:05 PM

Congratulations! This thread has really helped me too, I'm not looking forward to c/s #3 in 4 months time. So glad you updated. original.gif

#20 little lion

Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

Congrats! I remember you from TTC #1 after mc. original.gif

#21 BlueUnicorn

Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (eleven @ 19/01/2013, 09:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Ladies,

Thank you so much for all your support and advice- it helped me so much! I had my c section yesterday and the hardest part was staying still for the spinal block. I felt no pain during the section at all and delivered a 'huge' 5.2kg boy!

Today I've been up, showered and walked around gingerly, just keeping up the pain relief with only occasional stinging ...

Anyway, thanks so much! Xx


Congratulations!  I have big babies too, they are 'extra' awesome! My smallest baby was 3.5kg born (@38w) but was over 5 kgs inside 2 weeks of his birth.  Glad your cs went well.




#22 lozzylots

Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:13 PM

So glad it went well, congrats! (my 10 week old is 5.2 kgs now! Good work   biggrin.gif )

#23 mau.sharmin

Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

i didnt know about this when i had mine, but definitely get some sort of tummy support like the belly bandit for after.
the actual surgery is not scary at all because it is pretty fast. i had the spinal, would definitely recommend that. baby is out in minutes. once u see ur baby ull be too happy to care about the rest original.gif
goodluck!!!

#24 Purelle

Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:52 AM

I had c section and highly recommend the spinal. I was that scared I thought I was going to shake right off the table ( by the way the hospital desposible undies are extra special rolleyes.gif ) I was shaking that much the anesthetist thought that I was freezing. I was terrified I was going to feel the, slicing into me!! I told him, just tell me once they have cut. He laughed and said "they have the legs out, do you want to know the gender now or in thirty seconds" Honestly, it's no worse than a visit to the Chiro. I was petrified!! No need though. But go the pain killers BEFORE you get up the first time. That was the worst part. Getting a sapositry when you are half up onto a bed  and frozen because of the pain is not dignified or heroic, although is still ( pardon the pun ) the butt of many poor humor jokes at my house two years later  biggrin.gif

#25 Rolex

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:08 AM

Congratulations OP on your BIG boy biggrin.gif  Glad it all went well!





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