What *IS* cesarean birthing? (m)

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What *IS* cesarean birthing? (m)
Wed, 06-25-2003 - 5:00pm
For me it was just fear and anxiety and although the CS was good (healed quickly and well) I had a terrible reaction to the meds that made me itch and barf and then the stuff to relieve the itching and barfing made me paranoid and they had to call my DH back tot he hospital in the middle of the night and I couldnt have my daughter and it was awful!

I know about lamaze and bradly and all of that (DS was born vaginally no meds) but how do you 'prepare' for a C/S?

I'm having a repeat CS this September with my newest DS and I'd like to be better prepared and hopefully able to cope better afterwards.

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Fri, 06-27-2003 - 1:36pm
NO ONE has any advice?
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Fri, 06-27-2003 - 2:09pm

I think nobody really knows how you can prepare, unfortunately.

The CS for my first was quick and painless, but the medication made me hallucinate and I just hated it.

This time, I'm trying for a VBAC, but am trying to prepare myself for both scenarios. I have thought and thought about how to prepare for the C-section, and I just don't know how. I just get anxious just thinking about it. Mine's not until December.

The only thing I wonder is if you can ask the doctor to look at the medicine you were given before, and see if there's different medicine they can give you?

Sorry, but looking down the road, I'm in the same position if I end up with a c-section :(

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Fri, 06-27-2003 - 2:37pm
Sorry for the delayed response - this board does not move as quickly as your average expecting club! ;)

What is cesarean birthing? Well, the quick definition to me is delivering a baby surgically.

How do you prepare? Well, if you are one of the lucky ones who get time to prepare (ie: usually a repeat or planned c-section) my advice is to get organized, and get lots of rest. Look ahead to your recovery and start lining up who can help do things for you for the next 2 to 4 weeks. Rest is the key going into surgery, and helps speed up the recovery. It also is a good idea to watch your diet those days proceeding the surgery - gas pain is a pain!

How do you prepare mentally? The best thing I did, even for my "emergency" c-section was to have an open mind. With my first child, we obviously didn't realize I'd end up with a c-section until it happened, but I was mentally prepared that this could have been an outcome, so I was emotionally ready to deal with it. For my second c-section, I had my doubts about why I was having another c/s, but what helped me deal with the emotions was to talk to my doctor and understand her reasons for insisting I delivery surgically. I was at great risk for uterine rupture, and the risk of a VBAC was just too great for me to consider.

Hope that helps somewhat - best wishes to you!


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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 7:56pm
You know, a lot of the folk who DO want a VBAC, and prepare for it, seem to get a good experience from it, even if the baby does come out surgically. Usually that means they were more active in the decision, and understood the reasons better than the 1st time Also, they are not so surprised. ("It can't be happening to me" just isn't what you feel the second time.)
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