HELP - need lots of advice!

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HELP - need lots of advice!
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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 3:19pm
i'm in my 37th week and just found out this morning during my weekly check-up that my baby is breech. my OB is going to try to do a version to get him to turn, but if that doesn't work, we'll have to schedule a c-section. now, i know nothing about c-sections and would love some infomation on the following:

1. generally, how long is the recovery? (getting over residual pain, bleeding, etc)

2. what kind of stress wil this put my baby under?

3. does it hurt??? - and what's this i've been reading about nausea? will the drugs really put me "out of it" - i don't want to miss my son's birth because i'm so groggy.

4. how will this effect breastfeading? will i be able to even try or will all the pain killers get into my milk and harm the baby? will my breasts even be able to produce, since my body didn't go into a natural labor?

5. will i ever be able to wear a bikini again? (ok, not the most important question, but i am just curious)

i'm kind of freaking out - i've never had any kind of surgery before... any advice would be great!!

thanks

nina

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 7:03pm
Hi Nina...sending you lots of TURN BABY TURN vibes. You might also consult a chiropractor who knows the Webster technique, I have read that this can be effective to get breech babies to turn....

Here's my feedback on your questions...

1. generally, how long is the recovery? (getting over residual pain, bleeding, etc)

depends on who you ask I think. Recovery is generally easier with a scheduled csection than with a csection after a long labor (which is what I had with my first). You won't be able to lift anything over 10-15 lbs for 6 weeks. You may also have restrictions on driving (for 2 weeks) and climbing stairs. I am planning on a 6 week recovery for my scheduled csection, because I want to get my healing off to a good start (with my first I did too much too soon and had lingering pain as a result).

2. what kind of stress wil this put my baby under?

If you have a spinal or epidural (and not general anesthesia) it won't put the baby under much stress. The biggest risk that I have read about for csection babies is breathing troubles, which decrease if your csection is close to your due date (39 weeks or later). You can also decrease the risk of breathing troubles by going into labor on your own and then going in for the csection, but most doctors aren't crazy about this idea...

3. does it hurt??? - and what's this i've been reading about nausea? will the drugs really put me "out of it" - i don't want to miss my son's birth because i'm so groggy.

heh, well it doesn't hurt when they're doing it because you'll be numb from your chest down. It's once the anesthesia wears off that it starts to hurt :-) If you just have a spinal/epi you shouldn't be too out of it. I wasn't sick at all during mine. If you have problems with anesthesia or are sensitive to narcotics, though, you could have some problems with feeling sick and/or groggy.

4. how will this effect breastfeading? will i be able to even try or will all the pain killers get into my milk and harm the baby? will my breasts even be able to produce, since my body didn't go into a natural labor?

This is the part I can speak to with some authority. You absolutely can and should breastfeed after a csection. And you absolutely can and should take the medication you need to manage your pain. Studies have shown that the drugs pass into your milk in very, very small amounts that don't affect the baby. Studies have also shown that if you are in pain, your milk production will be down and you could have troubles feeding and bonding with your baby. It is VERY important to keep on top of your pain control and take your medication especially in the first days. Milk production is triggered by the removal of the placenta, so even if you never go into labor they will still remove the placenta and you'll still make milk. Nurse your baby as often as you can and bring lots of pillows to help you with positioning. Make use of your hospital's lactation consultant and bring the phone number of your local La Leche League leader with you to the hospital. You can do it!!

5. will i ever be able to wear a bikini again? (ok, not the most important question, but i am just curious)

heh, if that's your thing, sure :-) Your scar won't show. A lot of us have a little "pouch" that hangs over our scar, but I think moms who DON'T have csections have that pouch. Personally I wear mine as a badge of pride!! :-)

Hope this helps,

Hillary

DD #1 6/22/00, DD #2 csection date 7/1/03

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Thu, 06-19-2003 - 9:48am
thanks, hillary, for all of your help and advice!! i'm starting to think maybe a c-section isn't the worst thing... i mean, friends of mine who have had vaginal deliveries had had difficulty with pain and healing, too.

nina