What are some common misconceptions...

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What are some common misconceptions...
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Sun, 07-03-2011 - 7:45pm

about c-sections?

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 07-05-2011 - 1:49pm
A c-section is easier.

Not true! A girl I knew from high school said to me (when planning an unmedicated birth) "what are you, crazy? A c-section is so much easier! That's what I'm doing. Just let them cut out that baby and you never feel a thing." Also, I overheard one of my aunts talking about my cousin's wife and how she was tired of her complaining-two days after her c-section! You may miss the pain of delivery, but a c-section is major surgery and it lengthens your recovery time by weeks for most women. For the first 3 weeks, I could not do more than carry my baby from our bed to the couch without having serious pain and soreness to deal with later. When my husband went back to work (after 2 wks), I decided he needed to sleep at night, so I got up with our colicky, cranky baby for one night and paid for it for the next 3 days. Recovery from a c-section, even an uncomplicated one, is anything but easy.

Ditto on the sex thing! It was 6 months. SIX MONTHS before I didn't cringe at the thought of doing it.

Manda :)

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Tue, 07-05-2011 - 3:14pm
mandak78 wrote:
A c-section is easier.


That's someone who's never had a baby right there.

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Tue, 07-05-2011 - 3:21pm

Another one I thought of:

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 07-05-2011 - 4:11pm
On the pee and poo topic: I could not feel the urge to pee for like 2 weeks! I just kept going to the bathroom every hour cause I was terrified of getting a UTI, so I knew I needed to keep my bladder emptied. Even when all the nerves decided to start working again, I still don't feel the urge like I used to. By the time I feel the urge, my bladder is usually REALLY full. I know there's some nerve damage down there still. Oh, and my belly swelled up huge with gas and the nurses kept nagging me about "just let it out" finally I got all b!tchy and was like "well if I felt the urge I would but I don't so I don't know what you want me to do!" They threatened to not let me leave the hospital until I had passed gas and pooped but neither happened and I finally convinced them that it wasn't gonna happen as long as I was in the hospital. I left with instructions to go to my dr if I hadn't gone by the end of the week (released on a Tuesday). Luckily 2 days after we got home, it finally happened. It's so hard to convince medical professionals that some of us just don't go every day and some of us don't go if we aren't at home either!

Manda :)

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Tue, 07-05-2011 - 4:17pm
They were constantly asking me if I "passed gas", and were even asking in front of visitors. That's not exactly something you want to announce for everyone to know. LOL But, it took a while for that too. I did poo after the suppository, but it was the smallest bit ever, and barely could be counted as going. LOL
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Registered: 06-17-2007
Tue, 07-05-2011 - 8:33pm

I think that having difficulty having a bowel movement after a c-section is pretty closely related to the morphine you get in the epidural and in the IV drip afterward. Opiates and opioids notoriously cause constipation. So it's a good idea to take stool softeners after most any surgery, but especially one where you have a morphine drip for hours afterward.

I don't have problems peeing even after having a catheter. But I think that's a side effect of having had many UTI's, after which I can pretty acutely feel my urethra at any time. When my son was born, I had a foley catheter from midnight on Wednesday until about 2 pm on Thursday, so about 38 hours. I had no trouble eliminating after that.




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Registered: 06-06-2001
Thu, 07-07-2011 - 12:39pm

One thing I experienced with my second section was that the gas pain was excruciating.

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Thu, 07-07-2011 - 2:53pm
jennh1230 wrote:

Another one I thought of:

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Thu, 07-07-2011 - 3:09pm
jennh1230 wrote:

about c-sections?

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Thu, 07-07-2011 - 4:10pm
compyquin wrote:

One thing I experienced with my second section was that the gas pain was excruciating.

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