Tuesday Talk: How much c-section research had you done?

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Tuesday Talk: How much c-section research had you done?
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Tue, 07-12-2011 - 11:46am

Before your delivery, how much research about c-sections had you done?

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I would say I was REALLY prepared.

With my first pregnancy, I doubt I even skimmed the pages and such regarding c-sections. But, after that birth, I did start reading up on them to see how much more difficult it would be than what I had went through in that delivery.

Ever since, I have been on constant search for new information, and got really into the research after finding out I was pregnant this last time since I was very sure that I was most likely going to have a c-section this time. I asked the doc a ton of questions and just wanted to know as much as I could before that day.

I watched tons of birth shows and web videos of c-section deliveries. Read through lots of c-section birth stories, and questioned every c-section mother I found.

So, I felt very prepared for my c-section, and I think that helped make me feel much more positive about everything that happened. I knew what to expect, and I took to heart the advice that people who had been there before had given me. The biggest being to stay on top of your pain. Take the pain meds even before you feel like you really need them. I never got in a place of real bad pain because I was making sure I took those meds like clockwork. And then I also got a belly binder too like was suggested by others, and that really helped too.

I just took all that knowledge in there with me, and I really felt good about the whole process. It was controlled and organized, and I really needed that!!
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I did some. I refused to watch any videos though, lol. Since I knew I wouldn't see it happen to me, there was no reason for me to watch it happen to someone else. ;) Plus it would only make me worry more.

All in all I think I was pretty prepared. I had asked friends who had had a section about their experience and I find that helped prepare me for different aspects. One friend has her arms strapped down during the surgery. So I was prepared in case that happened. (It didn't.)

I think what I wasn't prepared for was the after effects of the morphine (or whatever it was they put in the spinal). Also the fact that the spinal wore off before the surgery was over. ;) I don't think there could have been any prep for that because who really knows how your body react to something it's never been in contact with, kwim? And I didn't even think to ask about that stuff.

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Well, the videos I watched weren't really from THAT perspective. LOL I did see one or two more in-depth like that. But, mostly it was a mom's perspective video. It prepared me to know that my dh wouldn't be in the room when I had my spinal. That the arms may be strapped down (mine weren't either). To know that I wouldn't be able to see the baby while they were cleaning her up. I just felt the more I knew going in, the less chance of surprises to get stressed over.

But, yeah, there are always things that you don't expect, like the meds wearing off! *shudder*

What helped me the most was seeing that these women weren't screaming in horrific pain during the c-sections! I thought "it must be pretty manageable, if they are still under control." That is much different than how my vaginal deliveries went. I was most definitely "one of those". :P
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I used to do intercollegiate competitive speaking, and one of my topics was c-sections. So I would say I was very prepared. And having had abdominal surgery before, I had a pretty good idea of what my recovery would be like. It was still a big bummer the first time. The second time I hoped for a VBAC, but my situation was bad enough I'd already given up on that before we started seriously talking about delivery.




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Yep, that's how I was with my first baby too. The thought of a c-section never entered my mind. LOL I was naive enough to believe things would go quick, natural, & easy. I had a lot of learning to do. LOL

Thanks for for check us out, Marie, and WELCOME to the board!!

You definitely have lots of c-section experience to share!!
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I was completely unprepared! I had planned an unmedicated, natural birth and had read lots of books on that but I never imagined I'd need a c-section, so I barely skimmed those chapters in the books I read. I had researched interventions like epidural, forceps, etc, but I never thought I'd need to know about anything more drastic. What I did know I had learned from TV which was mostly about the actual procedure so I didn't know anything about the aftercare and recovery. I still don't know if I took care of myself right because I hadn't read about it and the nurses didn't tell me if I needed to do anything special besides keeping my incision clean and dry. I guess I did ok though because it's now almost 9 months later and I'm still alive! Hehe

Manda :)

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One of my favorite shows I watch is called "Bringing Home Baby" on TLC and I would get REALLY interested when they would have the c-section moms on there. The premise of the show is that they focus on the first 36 hours after coming home with the baby. So I was interested to see how were the c-section moms really handling life at home and how well were they getting around and able to do stuff.

I know in a lot of ways, there's not much preperation for the reality of it cause everyone does have such a different experience. But, I do think the doctor/hospital should give a little more information to moms after their c-sections.
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