What did/do you fear the most about a c-section?

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What did/do you fear the most about a c-section?
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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 4:15pm

C-sections bring a lot of fear to so many people, and I wonder what was/is your biggest fear before your c-section?

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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 4:19pm
For me, I obviously feared the pain, but the biggest fear was for my baby's health. I was so afraid that by not pushing the baby out that the mucus wouldn't get squeezed out good enough and the baby would suffer early breathing struggles.

She did good, but I noticed that in the first few days she gagged a lot on the mucus. I had to keep the bulb syringe close at all times. By the time we left the hospital, she wasn't even doing that anymore though. So, it really turned out much better than I had feared it might.
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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 7:39pm
My c-sec was unplanned/emergency, so I didn't really have time to fear anything specific at the time. Now though, having had the experience, if I have to have a repeat (want a vbac when we try again), I'm most afraid of 2 things: the pain afterwards and the care of the baby. With our first, I felt completely out of control of my baby. I was not asked or notified of any of his treatments (feeding tube, oxygen, antibiotics, fluids) all of which turned out to be unneccesary. I wasn't allowed to hold him for 24 hrs (when the nurse decided to do it against dr's wishes) and was not even allowed to attempt breast feeding til the 3rd day. It sucked. I'm so afraid of a repeat of the same thing.

Manda :)

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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 10:57pm

I was terrified of two things: the urinary catheter (I have nerve damage in my urethra that caused a lot of pain last year and was afraid the catheter would aggravate the condition and cause me much more pain) and the spinal.

The spinal was HORRENDOUS. LOL Seriously, that pain was worse than my son's vaginal delivery without any drugs! ;) I also didn't expect it to wear off before they were done with the surgery. Luckily it was just the end, but sheesh.

The catheter wasn't bad at all. I spoke to my doctor before the surgery and she said we could take the catheter out first thing the following morning, rather than waiting 24 hours (my surgery was at 2:30, finished at 3:30).

All in all, I don't think I had a bad experience and if I decide to have another baby, I won't be upset if I have to have another section.

The next time I'll have to remember to bring up the spinal and also check to see if it was indeed morphine in the iv that I had a reaction to (itching and dry heaving).

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Thu, 06-30-2011 - 11:08am
mandak78 wrote:
My c-sec was unplanned/emergency, so I didn't really have time to fear anything specific at the time. Now though, having had the experience, if I have to have a repeat (want a vbac when we try again), I'm most afraid of 2 things: the pain afterwards and the care of the baby. With our first, I felt completely out of control of my baby. I was not asked or notified of any of his treatments (feeding tube, oxygen, antibiotics, fluids) all of which turned out to be unneccesary. I wasn't allowed to hold him for 24 hrs (when the nurse decided to do it against dr's wishes) and was not even allowed to attempt breast feeding til the 3rd day. It sucked. I'm so afraid of a repeat of the same thing.

I wouldn't like that at all either!!

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Thu, 06-30-2011 - 11:15am
ubergeek wrote:

I was terrified of two things: the urinary catheter (I have nerve damage in my urethra that caused a lot of pain last year and was afraid the catheter would aggravate the condition and cause me much more pain) and the spinal.

The spinal was HORRENDOUS. LOL Seriously, that pain was worse than my son's vaginal delivery without any drugs! ;) I also didn't expect it to wear off before they were done with the surgery. Luckily it was just the end, but sheesh.

The catheter wasn't bad at all. I spoke to my doctor before the surgery and she said we could take the catheter out first thing the following morning, rather than waiting 24 hours (my surgery was at 2:30, finished at 3:30).

All in all, I don't think I had a bad experience and if I decide to have another baby, I won't be upset if I have to have another section.

The next time I'll have to remember to bring up the spinal and also check to see if it was indeed morphine in the iv that I had a reaction to (itching and dry heaving).

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Thu, 06-30-2011 - 3:33pm
jennh1230 wrote:
You send fear through me just reading that!!
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Thu, 06-30-2011 - 4:07pm

I also feared the epi! I hate needles and the idea of the epi just freaks me out! I was so upset when DH could not be there for that. I could have used his strength. I did have a really nice student nurse helping me though. Poor girl was just starting to show and I'm sure she was freaking out inside at having to hold my hand through all of that! I hope I didn't scare her too much about what she might have in store for herself! My cath was also put in after the epi. I asked specifically for that because I've had several done and it hurts like a b!0tch. I was assured that it was standard practice to do it after the epi anyway. I had itching too, but I had PUPPS (a really itchy rash you can get in 3rd tri). I figured the itching was from that, but the drugs probably explain the increase in itching for the rest of that day.

I've never heard so many first hand experiences from other c-sec moms, so this is great. I've never been sure if my experience was normal or not.

Oh-I just remembered something else that I didn't expect-the leg swelling. I actually got stretch marks on my thighs AFTER my c-sec just from the swelling. Grr! Luckily they are finally going away enough that I can wear shorts again. I won't look forward to that if I have to have a repeat.

Manda :)

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Sun, 07-03-2011 - 6:58pm
So strange that some hospitals place the cath before and some after. When I had the epi's with the vaginal deliveries, they placed catheters immediately after that. I don't know why a c-section would be done differently where that is concerned, but for some reason and my hospital it is.
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