New here: ? about nausea during section

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Registered: 03-27-2003
New here: ? about nausea during section
Thu, 06-05-2003 - 1:52pm
I just found out on Tuesday that the baby (# 3) is breech and I will have a c-section on the 9th. I was originally due on 6/22, but I have been battling blood pressure problems since week 31.

Anyway, how nauseous do you feel during the procedure? I have had two prior births, both vaginal, and I think I could psych myself right into thinking that all of the tugging and pulling could make me feel sick to my stomach.

They are going to do a spinal for the section. Anyone who can shed some light on what I will experience, nausea-wise, I would appreciate it. Thanks!


Mom to McCayla, Evan, and Jenna Kathleen, entering via scheduled c-section at 38 weeks on 6/9

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Thu, 06-05-2003 - 3:36pm
Hi Meredith, I have had 2 c/s's. The 1st one was done 5 1/2 years ago under general anes., so I don't remember anything about that. My 2nd one was done last July. I, was VERY concerned about feeling sick because I'm kind of panicky that way. Like you, I could almost think about it enough & make myself sick. They gave me an epidural, don't know what the difference is between it and the spinal, but mine worked wonderfull!!! I only felt them tugging 1 time & that's when she came out. It didn't hurt, but it kind of almost took my breath, if that makes any sense at all. I wasn't nausous during the surgery but I was really sleepy like. I don't know if they had given me something or not but I felt really, REALLY relaxed almost like I could go to sleep, but my husband kept talking to me to wake me up. When I was in recovery the epidural was wearing off & I asked for something for pain & nausea. They gave me phenergan (sp?) for nausea and it worked like a charm - it makes you kind of sleep too. I can't remember what they gave me for pain but it was GOOOOOODDDD stuff!!haha

You can talk to the anesthesiologist about it when he/she puts in your spinal & they can probably give you something ahead of time to "ward" off any nausea before it starts.

I also battled problems with my blood pressure with both pregnancies, so I know what you are going through.

Congratulations!! - Lee Ann (mom to Hannah & Faith)
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Thu, 06-05-2003 - 3:47pm
hmm.. I think it varies from woman to woman, but I was told that nausea is just part of a c/s because of the layers they cut through-- some of them make you nauseous just b/c of where they are (??) or something like that?

anyway, I was pretty darn nauseous during the c/s. I had a spinal with (I think) duramorph, and no pain meds afterwards (because strong pain meds make me throw up in general). I threw up afterwards for probably 12 hours off and on. I tend to get nauseous relatively easily- migraines, motion sickness, morning sickness- so my experience may be different than yours will be.

good luck! sorry to be the voice of nausea- hopefully you won't have the same expreience!


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Registered: 05-25-2003
Thu, 06-05-2003 - 11:03pm
I've heard it is common to feel sick during a c-section. If you tell them, they can give you something for the nausea, it works. Just keep them informed.

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 3:56pm
They gave me some sort of drug (had to drink it) before my C/S which was supposed to keep me from throwing up. Instead, it burned going down and then burned coming up during the C/S. It is very common to throw up when they put your uterus back in your body (the anethisiologist (sp?) leaned over and warned me when they were doing it), which is what I did. He immediately put something in the IV which controlled the nauseau but made me so sleepy I could barely stay awake to see my son after recovery. This time I will ask that they not give me either, since I'll go in with an empty stomach anyway. A little bile thrown up won't hurt anything and I'd rather stay alert and be able to see my baby right away. Ree
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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 4:51pm
I just had a c-section on 5/19 and was very concerend about getting sick-I'd rather give up an arm:) They gave me a shot before surgery and something in my iv during and I was fine. I never felt sick. So just ask and they will take care of it. I didn't feel any of the tugging this time around. I also skipped the deramorph (sp)this time becasue it made me dizzy and itchy.
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 4:48pm
I've had 2 c/s 1st was under a general 2nd they mixed phenegren in with the spinal to prevent it. Had a smal wave of nausea as they were closing but simply said so to the anesthesiologist and he shot some more into my IV all better!!