I'm scheduling my 3rd repeater...Here's my advice..my twins were early due to pre-ecclampsia (totally unavoidable), my DS was born 9 days before due date, still had resp distress even though he was 8lbs 12oz and "full term."
According to my new ob (we've since moved) they've discovered that 38 weeks is still too early. He is ordering an amnio at 39 weeks to test for lung maturity. If they aren't mature, he will not deliver until I go into labor (unless I don't go into labor by 41 weeks). I strongly suggest you don't schedule delivery before 39 weeks...I'm sure an amnio isn't necessary (I'm just super paranoid because I've had 2 kids on ventilators) but the newest studies are showing babies need as much time as possible to bake...
Welcome and Congratulations on #2...
Thanks for replying Heidi!
Hi, you may want to go start your own conversation thread, just b/c I'm not sure anybody will read your questions on this thread.
I have yet to have a repeat c-section so I'm not totally sure what to expect!
One: don't let them schedule for less than 39 weeks (unless you have an underlying medical condition or multiples or go into labor...) newest research says anything before then is just too early.
It's definitely a calmer experience. You will arrive to the hospital about 2 hours before your surgery time. They will start an IV, take some blood, monitor you and the baby. The nurse will shave you. The anesthesiologist will come in, go over the spinal medication with you (or general) you will have to sign the little waiver. Your ob will likely pop in, go over the procedure again...You might be asked to drink Reglan..(I always ask to skip this step, it's not essential, and I puked it all up the first time...)Depending on where you deliver, you can either walk to the or or you will be wheeled in. The nurse will get your "birthing partner" (DH, family mbr, etc) in their scrubs and have him wait in the hall. They will do the spinal, get you prepped and draped...they will bring DH in (or whoever) and sit him next to you. The anesthesiologist typically will give you a play by play of what is going on. (I had two diff ones and they both gave me a verbal breakdown). They'll pull baby out, show him to you, clean him, weigh him, evaluate him, etc..bring dh over to take pics, etc...
Does that help?? If you have more questions, concerns, I welcome e-mails :)