Hi Jennie and welcome! Congratulations on your soon to be bundle of joy!
I've had three C sections and the last one was the only one that I scheduled. The first was an emergency after 4 hours of pushing and no baby and the second was a failed VBAC attempt (basically the same pattern as my first).
Having a scheduled section was totally a different experience for me. It's so strange to go into the hospital calmly and to "check in" and wait without pain for the baby to be born. Of course knowing what is going to happen as well is a lot of help. My doctor was joking and talking to us the whole time -- and everything went really smoothly with the procedure.
I also think that on the margin my recovery was easier than having labored and ended up with a C section. I was still sore for quite some time but was probably chasing after my son about a week and a half after delivery. Just stay on top of the pain medication even if you're not certain that you "need" it.
Good luck with your C and please keep us posted on how things go!
The only problem I had that bothered me after my section was the refered gas pain in my shoulders. For the first 2-3 days I had to keep rolled up towels or an empty soda bottle behind my shoulder to relieve the gas pain. Also the heating pad haled a lot.
I hope you have a better experience this time. Don't be afraid to ask questions and require the nurses to let you know what to expect and when.
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