Intro & Short Version of my C/S Story

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Registered: 03-06-2012
Intro & Short Version of my C/S Story
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 3:25pm

Hi ladies,

I'm scheduled for my 2nd c/s this coming Monday, March 12. I've been browsing this board, looking for hope that the 2nd c/s recovery is a BREEZE compared to the first!!

After going through a couple of pregnancy losses, I was a nervous wreck during my entire pregnancy with my daughter. During the entire pregnancy I was convinced that something would go wrong. I did develop high blood pressure during the last 8-9 weeks, which wasn't shocking considering I was so anxious all the time.

I had to be induced when the BP got out of control, then after 12 hours of labor, rising BP, and absolutely no progress, I had a c/s. Honestly, it was wonderful. I had a perfectly painless epidural that worked the first time. My doctor talked me through everything that was happening in a very calm voice. And when they pulled my daughter out and she cried, I could finally relax and enjoy life!

The recovery was a bit difficult and painful, but I also think I didn't do a good job of asking for pain meds when I needed them. You live and learn, and I will do a better job this time.

If anyone has advice on breastfeeding after a c/s, I'd appreciate any input. I've asked the same question on the BF'ing board today. I was in so much pain after the first c/s, I just decided not to try at all. I wish it had been different, but I did the best I could at the time.

Thanks ladies!

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Tue, 03-06-2012 - 4:44pm
Hi, and welcome! I answered your post on the bf/lc board (and linked you to this board, not realizing you'd already come here).

I'm very sorry you had to have a c-section due to hbp. I ended up with pre-eclampsia with my daughter, but I wasn't diagnosed with it until I showed up with my due date, in labor. I ended up with a c-section then because of a cord prolapse. With my son, I was looking to have a VBAC but when my pre-eclampsia got so bad with him at 35w, I was not a good candidate even for induction.

Have you been having problems with hbp during this pregnancy, as well?




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Registered: 03-06-2012
Tue, 03-06-2012 - 5:23pm

Hello again! Thank you for the wonderful advice on the breastfeeding board! Really helps to have advice from someone who has been there.

I have had absolutely no problems whatsoever with blood pressure this pregnancy, thank goodness. I've had no serious issues this pregnancy, when last time it felt like one problem after another.

I initially planned to do vbac, and my doctor is very supportive of that. But after researching and really thinking through it, I just couldn't get comfortable with it. I'm not even sure I can explain why I don't feel comfortable with it, but I feel really good about the decision for repeat c/s so I'm sticking with that.

I'm so sorry you had to deal with pre-eclampsia in both pregnancies. It's hard to have something like pre-e that's really out of your control.

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Registered: 03-05-2012
Tue, 03-06-2012 - 5:35pm

I can't say my second c-section was easier than my first, but my 5th section, which was my only scheduled section, so no labour before hand, was the best one of them all! (I have had 6). When you haven't spent all your energy labouring and then have to recover from major surgery, your body does a much better job of healing itself!

I have bf all of my babies as well. My first I had troubles with for a combination of reasons, one being that I had to learn how to breastfeed and my DD did not have a good latch. She stuggled with the natural reflex to open her mouth all the way.

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Tue, 03-06-2012 - 9:30pm

I had a c-section & a preemie at the same time. The nice nurses gave me a lot of handouts on how to breastfeed, but the problems we had were more the prematurity than anything else. All I really remember about the c-section was "football hold", which would keep the baby off the healing incision (but 4 lb of baby, I could ignore a lot of standard advice like "don't lift anything heavier than..." and "never hold the baby with one arm while trying to fix a bottle of expressed milk")

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Tue, 03-06-2012 - 9:40pm

WELCOME and CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming arrival!! We will almost be birthday buddies, cause my birthday is March 11!! :)

I have only had one c-section, and it was kind of scheduled. I was scheduled for the Friday, but went into labor a day early, so they bumped it back. But, it was still done in a calm fashion, the way I expect scheduled c-sections typically are.

My experience was really good, but you are right you HAVE to stay on top of that pain!! Don't be afraid to take something. If it hurts, it hurts!

I was nervous about the breastfeeding after a c-section too, but it actually went really easily. Not much difference compared to my vaginal deliveries. I probably fed her for the first time about 2 hours after her birth, and I just propped her on a pillow over my belly.

I had my husband hand me the baby when she needed to feed that first day, but really I didn't have any extra pain while breastfeeding just because I had c-section. My milk came in full on my last day at the hospital, and we are still nursing MANY times day and night now, and she just turned a year old March 3rd!!

I will be praying that your delivery goes smooth, and your baby is perfectly healthy and happy!! I hope you have the easiest recovery and that breastfeeding is a breeze. Make sure you get someone to help get you started if you need it!! Do not feel silly to ask!!

Even with my last baby (my 4th!!), I had to ask the Lactation Consultant to come cause I had some concerns that I wanted to discuss with her. That is what they are there for, so USE them while they are easily available to you!! GL!!!!

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Wed, 03-07-2012 - 12:39am
I have to say, as far as pain, I love percocet! I was mostly on 600mg ibuprofen by probably the 5th or 6th day though, reserving the good stuff for night and the rough days.

As for breastfeeding, as I'm sure you've been told, see an LC in the hospital, but also have her on speed dial for when you get home. I was most comfortable semi-reclined, with the boppy and baby either in cross-cradle or football hold. I could not feed him laying down for probably about a month and a half, since laying on my side pulled my incision, plus his little feet were level with it and every little squirm landed a foot in my belly! Ouch! Once side-lying was comfortable though, it was a lifesaver since he liked to eat at the all-night buffet! He nursed all night, and I could still sleep! When you are just learning, the cross-cradle and football are great cause you'll have a secure hold on baby as well as good access to your breast to hold it steady for the little one. Also, remember the c-hold to mash your boob down to a more baby friendly shape and size. Kellymom.com is a great resource. Good luck! Let us know how you do! Take it easy and give it a few weeks. Resist formula if you can since that can sabatoge your efforts, especially if there's not a medical reason for it.

Manda :)

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Registered: 03-06-2012
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 9:41am

Thank you all for the advice and encouragement! I'm really encouraged to hear that people have been successful with breastfeeding after c/s. I will definitely take your advice to stay on top of the pain this time, and hopefully it will be an easier recovery. Just the benefit of knowing what to expect is helpful.

Thanks so much for the kind words and support!

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 9:43am

Maybe I should add one more thing, from my experience -- it's NORMAL for babies to lose up to 10% of their weight before gaining again. The doctor carefully explained to me that they chose not to feed my 4 lb baby the first day "to give her a rest before her digestion has to work". If a 4 lb baby can handle a day's fast, a 7 lb kid isn't going to have any trouble waiting for your milk to come in.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 11:18am
That's a very good point Ca_dreamer!!

My c-section baby was 8 lb 3 oz, and she lost down to 7 lb 6 oz when we were released from the hospital. The nursery nurses had me stressed that she was losing too much and that we may need to supplement, and that is why I called for the lactation consultant to discuss this with. She encouraged me that as long as the baby was having as many wet/dirty diapers as however many days old she was (in that first week) that she was getting exactly what she needed! That gave me enough courage to keep at it without the supplement, and by 1 week she was back up to birth weight and has done fine since!!
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Thu, 03-08-2012 - 8:56am

Thanks for the heads up on the weight loss! And I appreciate all the positive comments and support. I'm actually really thrilled about this birth. I think it will be much more calm and enjoyable than the first.

Thank you all! I'm scheduled for Monday, so I'll check in next week.

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