I will be having a repeat C/S in December.
It is my understanding that most hospitals do a spinal with a planned c-section. You usually don't have a choice from what I hear.
I had an epidural because my baby was breech and I had the version procedure done that day
Most hospitals do spinals for planned CS.
I'm "technically" due Jan 7...very close to you!
Hi Heather, Welcome!
Wow - those are some great questions. You know, with both of my sections I was given a spinal. My understandng of the difference is where the needle and medication is placed inside your spine. The "spinal" goes in further while the epi is in a different layer of the spine - does that make sense? I do believe that they do both for sections, but typically they prefer a spinal -- it's a good question to ask your doctor if you have a choice!
As for your second question - my spinals were also after long labors -- so I was really ready to have them and dont' remember much pain. I'm sure that someone here will jump in with better BTDT advice around planned C sections and how the spinal feels.
When is your due date in December? I think my January baby is going to be born December 29th!
I just had my 3rd c/s at the end of August. My first was general because he was an emergency c/s. With my 2nd and 3rd I had a spinal and had no spinal headaches. My hospital does not do epidurals for what reason I don't know. But I know alot of women on the board here will recommend spinal some have had the epidural and say that it started to wear off during the c/s. Talk to your dr about the duramorph spinal they put the morphine in your spinal so you don't have to have it in a pump after the surgery. It