Advice please!

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Registered: 09-22-2008
Advice please!
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Wed, 12-17-2008 - 2:28pm

Hey Ladies
I recently found out I'm pregnant again, after having my son by emergency c-section August 21, 2008. It is still very early, maybe 3 weeks, but because of the c-section 4 months ago, I already know I'll be having a repeat c-section. My situation is a little unusual, in that my son passed away shortly after the delivery. You see, while I was having a non-stress test done ( I was 39 weeks along) they saw that Liams heart was slowing, and rushed me into surgery. I was given a general as there was no time for an epideral. The cause of death was a fetomaternal hemorrhage, basically he bled out into me. I have had many, many, blood tests, and everything has come back normal. There was no trauma, or hypertension, so the doctors are at a loss as to why this happened. While discussing our "plan" for the next pregnancy, my doctor assured my that I was healthy, and that she would prefer a repeat c-section, as we both feel better in a more controlled environment. Due to the circumstances, she also knows of our desire for a child, and recommended I have 2-3 normal cycles before conceiving again. Well, I had 2, and here I am.

Since I was knocked out during the delivery of Liam, I really don't know what to expect during a planned c-section. I am, understandably, very nervous about being awake during the surgery. Do you mind giving my a brief outline on what happens from the time you're admitted, and roughly how long you're in surgery for? I would really appreciate any advice you ladies can share with me.
Thanks
Jodi
missing Liam everyday, and hopeful for the future!

missing Liam everyday with us for 39 weeks 08/21/08 @ 8:58 AM Happy his brother Lochlan arrived safe and sound August 5, 2009
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Wed, 12-17-2008 - 4:54pm

For a planned c/section you'll have to arive 2-3 hours ahead of your scheduled time (ie 6-7


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Registered: 08-23-2005
Wed, 12-17-2008 - 11:49pm

Hi Jodi -


I remember you from here or maybe another IV board? Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm happy for you!!


I would add a bit more to the PP about the actual surgery. When you go into the OR it is very, very cold. They will typically prep you prior to letting DH come in -- which includes the spinal. They also do some shaving and put that iodine all over your belly. There will be a big sheet up in front of you between you and the doctors. When they are ready to start the procedure they typically bring in your DH. Don't be surprised if they want to strap your wrists down on the arm things that go out to the sides. (I was so glad I knew about this before my first C section b/c otherwise I would have felt totally freaked out my the set up in the OR!) Also, sometimes the medication can make you feel very sick to your stomach. With my first C setion, I threw up -- but then they can give you couteracting meds to relieve those symptoms.


Baby is out fairly quickly -- even with a history of C sections. You can specifically ask to have them hold baby up over the curtain for your first glimpse which is wonderful. You may feel some tugging when they are trying to get baby out -- I never did, but some people say that they feel that. :)


Wishing you a H&H 9 months!!

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Thu, 12-18-2008 - 3:35pm

First, I want to say that I am sorry for your loss!

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Fri, 12-19-2008 - 1:55pm
Thanks very much for all of your advice-It's weird, because I really don't know what to expect- the only thing I remember, or have experience with is the recovery. I'm sure it was much more difficult because I was grieving as well. Hopefully this experience will be a much more positive one for me. Thanks again and I hope to chat with you all on here in about, oh, 9 months!
Jodi
missing Liam everyday with us for 39 weeks 08/21/08 @ 8:58 AM Happy his brother Lochlan arrived safe and sound August 5, 2009
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Mon, 12-22-2008 - 10:54pm

I'm really sorry for your loss of Liam.

~Ginger~
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Tue, 12-23-2008 - 1:56pm
Thanks for your tips! I have chatted with my doctor about the planned c-section. Because of our "unique" situation, my doctor will be arranging/requesting for specific doctors to be in the OR with us. She warned me that they usually take the baby away while you're being stitched up and in the recovery room, but she is looking for special allowances, due to the fact our son died, that may allow the baby to stay with us (if everything is OK, of course!) She has told me that she would stay with us in the recovery room if that's what it takes to keep the baby with us! I think that by knowing what to expect, I won't be so quick to assume " THE WORST" when they do take the baby away. Anyway, I do have a ways to go yet, but just want to know as much as I can so I don't freak out when the time comes.
Thanks again
Jodi
missing Liam everyday with us for 39 weeks 08/21/08 @ 8:58 AM Happy his brother Lochlan arrived safe and sound August 5, 2009