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December 15th, 2011, 07:47 AM
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My first csection was an emergency after 27 hours of labor. My cervix was stuck at 8 cm and was swelling (due to William's position in the birth canal), and I started running a high fever. They were worried about infection, so was taken back to the OR. William was born with a fever as well, and a double pnumothorax in both lungs. He had to spend in the night in the critical care nursery, but was released 15 hours later. I stayed in the hospital for three nights after my csection.
My repeat csection went as smoothly as you can expect in a surgical situation. I actually prepared a birth plan, and it was followed to my wishes. The only real issue was placing my spinal, which took about 15 minutes to place. Once I was numb, I just felt claustrophobic and had the shakes really bad. They delivered Patrick within 20 minutes and I got to give him a kiss. I was nursing in recovery, and by the time I was wheeled into my postpartum room, the spinal was pretty much worn off. I only took 800 mg of Motrin and was released 50 hours after surgery (csection was on a Friday and I was released on Sunday).
Comparing my two csection recoveries... my repeat was a lot easier to recover from (I was walking night of surgery, and didn't take any pain meds stronger than Motrin) compared to the one where I labored (I was very sore for over a week, and it hurt to move).
With this baby, I'm attempting a VBA2C. However, I will be scheduling a repeat at 41 weeks pregnant, because my doctor's office is against inductions in VBAC patients. So, depending on what I get to first will determine how things will pan out for my delivery. With this being my last baby, I would really like to experience a 100% natural birth, and all the emotions surrounding that birth.
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