introducing myself and need some advice

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Registered: 07-16-2009
introducing myself and need some advice
Thu, 07-16-2009 - 12:56pm

hey ladies! my name is Joanna and i'm expecting my 1st child. the c-section is scheduled for August 21 and the closer it gets the more nervous i'm becoming. do any of you have any advice on how to prepare myself?

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Registered: 07-18-2009
Sat, 07-18-2009 - 6:06pm
The best advise I can give about a c-section is don't stress yourself needlessly.
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Registered: 07-19-2009
Mon, 07-20-2009 - 9:30pm

Hi there, My name is Megan, I am new here.
I've had 2 c-sections and I am now pregnant with my 3rd which will be a repeat c-section. I will tell you everything I know.
With my son, he was born in 2007, i was expecting a vaginal birth and then they told me they thought the baby was breach. they did an ultrasound and confirmed it, then sent me to the hospital for a version(they will turn the baby from the outside, or at least try to)
It was very painful and very stressful to my baby which caused me to dilate 3 cm in 10 minutes. The doctors then told me that I will be coming in the next day for a C-section because they were afraid his cord could drop underneath him and cut off his oxygen.
I worried all day and night, I could barely sleep. I was so nervous the closer it came to that time.
After They gave me the spinal, Which didnt hurt too bad, I was numb and within 45 minutes, I had my son. They talked to me the whole time and I didnt even know they were doing surgery.
My second C-section, I knew what to expect and I had my husband with me the whole time.
Its really not that bad. It is surgery, but after its all done, you just feel so happy about having your new baby, you dont even care.
The recovery, I was sore, but the night i got out of the hospital we went out to dinner to celebrate and I was fine, just a lil slow.

Dont worry too much you will be fine!

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Registered: 03-18-2009
Tue, 07-21-2009 - 11:58pm

Hello and Welcome!

Congratulations on expecting your baby!! I've had 3 C sections, but the last was the first one that was scheduled. A couple of things that I always want new Moms who are having a C section to know:

1) The OR is very cold - they keep it chilly in there to prevent infection - be prepared.

2) They will shave you - and you'll have a catheter - it's totally easy and doesn't hurt, but just be prepared.

3) Many docs will separate you from you DH/Partner while they prep you -- he will be allowed back in to the OR when things are ready to go.

4) Some docs will have your arms secured. Make sure that you request to have at least one arm free.

The procedure is pretty quick - especially the first time around. The baby will be out in about 20 minutes or less and the "closing" is really quick too.

Try to stay calm... it's really a very easy way to birth.

G/L and keep us posted!