QOTW...What was the scariest part of...

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QOTW...What was the scariest part of...
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Tue, 03-02-2004 - 12:49pm

your very first c-section?

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Tue, 03-02-2004 - 12:54pm

I think for me it was truely the fear of the unknown.

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Tue, 03-02-2004 - 12:55pm
To be honest, I wasn't the least bit afraid with my first c-section. I had been up about 29 hours. I had been in labor almost 17 hours. I was tired of the whole thing. When they talked about a c-section I said, bring it on!! It was SO nice to be done!

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Tue, 03-02-2004 - 2:31pm
I was the same way. I was relieved to hear the words c-section after about 17 hours of hard labor (induced) and only being dilated 5cm. The only part that was scary to me was getting the epidural and worrying that I'd still be able to feel things. Of course, I didn't feel much (no pain at all) just some strange feeling like someone was pushing on my stomach or something. I was pretty out of it though, but it was all worth it. Also, I'm glad I ended up getting my stitches where I did (instead of what would have happened with a vaginal birth) because I've heard about how itchy and unpleasant it can be (sorry if TMO). I must say, though, that if I have a choice (if I have another child) I would welcome another c-section.

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Tue, 03-02-2004 - 2:35pm
I was scared of the epidural long before we starting talking c/s. Like the others I welcomed a c/s after 28 hours of induced labor (only made it to 4 cm). I was nervous, but my dr. is amazing and was great, as was my aneistiologist (sorry about my spelling). I just did it again, and to be honest I will do it a third time, God willing.

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Tue, 03-02-2004 - 4:16pm

To be honest, I can't say I was afraid at all. I didn't find any of it scarey. I trusted that the right decision was being made, and it was being done in the best interest of my child. Then with dh in the room talking about how cool it all was, lol .....


I just tend not to allow fear to rule my thoughts.
I truely believe fear is 99.99% of the time a choice - weird, I know ;o)




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Tue, 03-02-2004 - 5:14pm
The scariest thing for me was that it was an emergency c-section.I went in fully expecting a vaginal delivery,my water broke,i dialated to 4 cm,and then they couldn't find my baby's heartbeat.They tried an internal moniter,and his heartrate was very low.So they rushed me in,just like you see in the movies,to the surgery room,in what seemed like 5 seconds.i was terrified,scared to be cut open,scared because i couldn't do anything but lay there as they put oxygen on me,asked me if i could feel anything(they had just upped my epidural because my contractions were getting stronger),scared because they were putting this blue drape up and i could hear them talking,feel them pulling as i just cried,praying that me and the baby would make it through ok.The best part was hearing him cry as they pulled him out of my belly-mind you i was still scared out of my mind,cause i had never had a surgery before,and hadn't prepared mentally for it at all!But i am so grateful for my doctor in making the decision,because i dread to think of what could have happened had he waited.I remember being wheeled into the room,crying and my mom saying to me, "you told me how much faith and trust you have in your Dr before,well trust in him now,he is doing what is best for you and the baby,honey",and that really helped me.

This was a really good question to ask,by the way.I want to read what the other posters have to write. Stephanie w/vincent born 1-25-04
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Tue, 03-02-2004 - 6:04pm
the scariest part was knowing i was gonna have to have it. it wasnt planned and ive never had an operation before. not even tooth surgery. i had no idea what to expect. but no it wasnt that bad-the pain i had after the surgery was rough, but all in all, it wasnt as bad as i thought it was gonna be. and afterward, you have the greatest gift of all-a new lil baby.
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Tue, 03-02-2004 - 6:11pm
because I've heard about how itchy and unpleasant it can be (sorry if TMO)

yeah and it was so much more messy with a vaginal birth.(TMI-be forewarned) i bled steadily for almost a month. here i am 2 weeks after my c section with a tiny bit of spotting. i definitely like this. i think i may opt for another c section if/when i have another child...(right now thats the furthest thing from my mind, but maybe in a few years...)all in all, the staples werent that bad-and theyve been gone for a week. this numb feeling on the incision is a new thing too, but not entirely unpleasant...like i said maybe i would go for another one when the time comes...

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Wed, 03-03-2004 - 9:39am

For me, it cam after 32 hours of labor and 3+ hours of pushing. When I heard

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Wed, 03-03-2004 - 11:04am
Well, my 2nd and 3rd were scarier than my first, because I had seen one too many episodes of a baby story and pictured what they were doing. So my advice is cover your eyes during those parts! Don't get a mental image of what's happening. It was my very first surgery ever and I was scared from that. And the pain afterward. And I was scared to move, thought I'd rip myself open. DOn't be afraid to move afterwards. Your body is stitched up and healing, walking and things like that are good for you.

Best of luck to everyone! It's scary but I figure it can't be any scarier than pushing the baby out yourself! LOL

Julie

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