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  1. That’s the thing… how do you plan for something you don’t expect to happen. This article is a great place to start 🙂

    I remember my first C-Section as terrifying. I had it in my head that a C-Section meant either me or my baby was close to death. Of course I was wrong but I also found out later that I could have possibly avoided my C-Section if things had been done a little differently. Not a guarantee but at least I could have made some of my own decisions as opposed to having them automatically made for me.

    I always coach moms to at least be aware of the C-Section procedure, why they are needed, what questions to ask and what recovery is all about. It’s always best to have that background and knowledge. As was mentioned above, ” birth plans never go the way you expect”, so it’s good to be prepared.

    Besides education and research on the topic of C-Sections could also help you avoid one.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  2. I have a different experience because I am an Orthopaedic surgeon. I was actually relieved when my OB came in and told me it was time for a C-Section. Push a baby out? Scary! Cut me open and stitch me back up? Totally familiar! They could not actually get me into active labor, so I was not exhausted going in. You can feel a lot of pressure-I actually grunted at a couple of points, but there was never any pain.

    I also had no pain after surgery. I didn’t use any pain pills, and walking around was easy. I know-all the nurses and my OB thought I was just trying to be tough, but I really truly had NO pain.

    I posted this comment to let people know that although planned or unplanned, a C-Section can be OK. You may have pain and a hard time getting around, but sometimes it’s easy, too. Please don’t go in fearing the worst.

  3. My second daughter was delivered via emergency c-section at 34 weeks. I had been diagnosed with a complete placenta previa early in my pregnancy, so the c-section was expected, just not at 34 weeks! I am excellent in a crisis situation, thankfully, and I talked my husband through the process and gave him instructions (He was very concerned about whether he should stay with me post-op, or go with the baby; Go with the baby!) I got a spinal block and was numb from the sternum down. I felt nothing. I stared at the ceiling tiles and talked to my husband about my socks. All in all, it wasn’t a big deal for me. My maternal-fetal medicine specialist came in on his day off to deliver my baby. He was an exceptional doctor and I felt confident knowing that he was taking care of us.
    It was difficult being separated from my new baby for the first few hours of her life, while I was in recovery (Until I could bend my knees! About 4 hours.) especially when she was experiencing mild respiratory distress and I was lying in a bed, unable to feel my body. My husband visited me in recovery with pictures and a short video on his cell-phone.

    Recovery wasn’t bad. I wish I had moved around more as soon as I got the go-ahead to do so, it was difficult though, as I had lost a good amount of blood prior to surgery (what necessitated the emergency c-section in the first place) and was completely worn out and mentally just out of it.

    I think it’s important to remember that every experience is different. I was needlessly concerned about some things, based on horror stores I’d been told. When I tell others my pregnancy and birth stories (1 natural, 1 emergency c-section, 1 natural v-bac) I am sure to emphasize that these are only MY experiences, and they are not at all universal.

  4. I had an unplanned C-Section after 33 hrs of labor (3 of which were pushing). My husband and I were devastated when the doctor told us our options. After being wheeled into the OR, it felt like there were at least a dozen people in the room prepping me (I’m sure it was only 4 or 5). I was so loopy from being tired that I didn’t even recognize my husband when he walked in and sat next to my head. As soon as the doctor started cutting me open I started screaming in pain — my epidural from labor had failed on one side of my body. The next thing I know the nurse is taking the gas off of my face (which I didn’t even realize had been put on) and was taking a picture of me with my husband holding our son. Right after that I stared feeling pain again so they knocked me back out with the gas.

    My C-Section was the most traumatic experience of my life. Not to mention the first time they make you get up and walk (it makes me hurt just thinking about it)!! However, it was what was medically necessary and I would do it over in a heartbeat for my son.

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