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#1 BeachedAsBro

Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:43 PM

Just curious. When I was PG with DD, I can remember stretching pains in my uterus around the 8 week mark. Since I've had a C/S (no labour) which healed with no problems & I don't seem to have any numbness that some women report, I wonder about pain during the next pregnancy.

Should I expect to feel pain, particularly at the scar site? Also when having a subsequent C/S, did you have a harder recovery, or more scarring, nerve damage etc.

I'm not PG, still in the thinking about TTC. I'm not convinced about giving DD any siblings yet.

#2 Lightning_bug

Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:49 PM

For me, I'd say both pregnancies felt the same.  The same stretching sensation and the same discomfort.  Nothing changed after the first c/s.

But the recovery time the second time around was fantastic.

The first time around I was out of commission for the full 6 weeks.  The pain, more a pinching sensation than pain per se, was constant.

The second time around - I was out of bed 2 hours after surgery.  By day five I felt great and I would say, all up, I back to normal in less than two weeks.

#3 tinkster23

Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:59 PM

I gotta admit I got a bit excited by this post. But to answer your question- I never had any pain with the second pregnancy that wasn't similar to what I'd felt the first time.

#4 ollies-mum

Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:00 PM

This is my 2nd pregnancy and with my first ended up with emergency c/s. I can honestly say all the stretching pains are no different at all and no pain or weird feelings around my scar at all. Infact i think i had less stretching sort of pains this second time round.

#5 mummyk8

Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:13 PM

I've now had 3 caesars and with my 2nd and 3rd I had new pain from the middle of the pregnancy onwards from what turned out to be adhesions to the scar site. This was more apparent when I had full bladder as the adhesions were to my bladder. This is apparently very common. I had no extra pain around my external scar site at all and after my 2nd caesar I found the recovery easier. The only hindering factor for numbers 2 & 3 was that I had 1 then 2 extra little people to worry about.
Subsequent caesarians are better in the sense that you know the drill and you seem to know your body a bit better.
I envy the PP who was out of bed within 2 hrs. There was no way anyone was letting me out of bed for 24hrs post surgery and that was in 2 different hospitals in 2 different countries.

#6 Lightning_bug

Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:54 PM

QUOTE (mummyk8 @ 26/03/2012, 12:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I envy the PP who was out of bed within 2 hrs. There was no way anyone was letting me out of bed for 24hrs post surgery and that was in 2 different hospitals in 2 different countries.

It helps if they 'forget' to put the balloon in the catheter properly and it fell out!  I held on for 2 hours before telling them I refused to use a bedpan and would be going to the toilet.  Considering the mess I threatened, they didn't argue.  LOL.  I'm glad I did too... I can't believe how much easier it was compared to the first time around.

#7 kelly05

Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:29 AM

i agree with the much much faster recovery time ..first c sect was horrific and long recovery second was a breeze!midwives and nurses encouraged getting around as soon as i was comfortable which was in first 3 days.... didnt have any pain on scar site at all during pregnancies 2 and 3 but it has been numb since the first one 8 years ago! hope this helps original.gif

#8 BeachedAsBro

Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:43 PM

Sorry Tinkster! Haha.

You've all given me hope, I had a bugger of a time the three days post, barely able to walk to the toilet, let alone do anything else, so an easier recovery time sounds wonderful.

Thanks for your answers too original.gif

#9 Isolabella

Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:51 PM

No extra pain or any discomfort post c/s in subsequent PGs.

The only discomfort I had was the scar which went hypertrophic every time (I have since discovered cortisone injections fix that).

Recovery for my next 2 c/s were better, but I think that was more due to knowing what to expect.

Oh yeah I was up out of my bed 10 hrs post my first so not bad in itself.

Edited by lsolaBella, 26 March 2012 - 07:52 PM.

#10 tibs

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:02 PM

I didn't notice any extra pain, and am expecting baby#3 now.  

I was out of bed approx 2 hours after both my c-secs, I didn't have the catheter left in after the op which is great as they don't make you stay in bed for so long and getting up and moving around as soon as possible helps so much.  Ask you Ob about it, my friends Ob routinely removes the catheter after the op because in his experience he believes it gives a faster recovery which is how I heard about it.  Mine doesn't but I asked her if I could do it that way and she let me on the condition that if I was too unwell to get up and hadn't managed a wee in the toilet within 4 hours I'd have to get the catheter put back in, ouch!  I'm going to get the catheter out on the table with my next c-sec too  biggrin.gif

#11 Soontobegran

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:09 PM

I got a teeny bit excited when I read the start of your post BAB :-)

#12 ms flib

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:12 PM

I think there was a point where my scar was itchy late in the pregnancy but it wasn't a problem. I didn't have another caesar but had completely straight forward births. The scar was not an issue.

All the best with your decision!

#13 bikingbubs

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:12 PM

So far I have had no difference in terms of stretching etc, but I have noticed my scar has been itching on and off! I too didnt lose much sensation so thought i might feel more.

#14 Guest_Starletta_*

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:13 PM

Beached, I am 22 weeks and I have had a bit of itching around my scar but that is it so far original.gif

#15 pippityroo

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:28 PM

22 weeks here, and have had no pain what so ever.

The only twinge I had was in the very early weeks, and it felt similar to when I may of slightly over done it in the weeks recovering from my c/s with DD2. Not painful, just a slight stretching twinge. Haven't had anything since.

#16 BeachedAsBro

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:36 PM

Sorry STBG! You'll know if and when original.gif

Thanks very much for your advice ladies, I do appreciate it.

Next time I'll be going in requesting a PCA for post op. I think there was a problem with my spinal which obviously compounded my pain relief (it was wearing off one hour after the baby was born, in recovery and I couldn't get the nurses to give me extra pain relief. I also was still paralysed 12 hours afterward, but could feel everything, including pain).

#17 Guest_Craptacular_*

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:37 PM

Ooooh I got excited for a minute there as well!

#18 BeachedAsBro

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:53 PM

QUOTE (Craptacular @ 26/03/2012, 09:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ooooh I got excited for a minute there as well!

As if you'd find out here first! LOL

#19 samshine

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

I got a bit excited too BAB!

Nope, no pain here either.  Itching, yes.

I found the day of CS a more painful recovery this time, which was very suprising as with my previous one I had been through 12 hours of labour to full dilation prior, 2 nights of no sleep and was absolutely exhausted so expected that an elective recovery would be easier.  However, this time my spinal wore off within the hour (last time was eventually under GA), I had only oral pain relief and had a syntocin infusion for 8 hours post CS to stop bleeding which caused awful contraction type pain so maybe that's why.  My ob had given me the option of requesting my IDC and IV be removed that afternoon post syntocin finishing and getting up which I fully planned to do but found I couldn't.  I literally couldn't move an inch all night this time for soreness.  I got up at 5am the next day (CS 9am the previous day) yet after my emergency CS had managed to get up 9 hours post CS.  I did feel much better getting up this time though, although that may have been due to not having the same amount PPH this time.

However, after mobilising the next morning from then on, recovery was great.  I found from 24 hours post op onwards suprisingly easy.  Three weeks down the track and I have had a few small issues in the last week but I think that's my fault not adhering to the 'rules' of recovery  wink.gif

#20 BeachedAsBro

Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:59 AM

Congratulations Samshine! I'd missed the news of your latest arrival. See your experience scares me out of having another because I had everything you did except the labour & GA. The nurses in recovery wouldn't give me extra pain medication.

#21 samshine

Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:18 PM

Oh no, don't let it scare you, I didn't want that  sad.gif   Yes, I was sore on post op day but overall it was an amazing experience compared to previously.  

I would just plan to be very firm with what you want in terms of post operative analgesia.  Make sure you get a pre op consult with the anaesthetist and explain your concerns and what you would like this time.  From my DIG I have found a lot of obs/hospitals prescribe IM peth/ sc morph for the post op days.  A few even had their spinal still insitu for a day and had pain relief via that which I would imagine would be very effective!

Another thing I think helped - from Day 1 I was allowed PR Voltaren (I wasn't allowed on day of surg due to my previous large PPHs) and I swear that made a huge difference.  Within an hour of the voltaren I moved so much more easily, and I kept that up for the next 48 hours.  Might be worth keeping in mind

#22 BeachedAsBro

Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:15 AM

It's ok, please don't worry original.gif and thanks for the tip. Next time will be very different I'm sure.

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