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April 24th, 2013, 08:24 PM
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All I've heard are all the reasons you don't want one and I'm scared to have one, so tell me the good things about having one so I can think about that instead of the horror stories I've heard.
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April 24th, 2013, 08:27 PM
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Fast! A co-worker of mine went in to have her second child and he turned into a full breech and got stuck in the birth canal. They had to do an emergency c-section and within a matter of minutes he was out. She said it was surreal but it was nice that it happened quickly.
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April 24th, 2013, 08:32 PM
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There are some beautiful c/s stories and pictures on birth without fears blog.
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April 25th, 2013, 02:01 AM
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When you are dealing with a high risk situation, c-sections can be nice because it is very systematic and controlled... if that makes sense. Plus it is fast and NICU staff is ready and waiting. I have had two of them and while they aren't ideal, I have no horror stories of them. My spinal went fine. I heard my baby cry and got to kiss him and snuggle as soon as I was stitched up and baby was checked over.

Recovery is harder, yes, but it is manageable with pain meds and taking it easy. The thought of the surgery is scary but honestly, I think that your mind can make it seem like it is going to be so horrible and in most cases, it isn't. Try to breathe and remember it is not going to be as bad as you are imagining it to be, I am sure. Most c-sections, like natural births, go off without major complications. You only hear about the horror stories because they are told so much. Normal c-section stories don't get passed around because frankly, they are boring.
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April 25th, 2013, 04:42 AM
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The post partum bleeding was a fraction of what it was after a vaginal birth. Also, no stitches to your lady bits....no fear of pooping...and you can "wipe" without fear of mussing up stitches.

I'd rather have a sore belly than a sore vagina any day of the week.

recovery from c/s wasn't the horror everyone made it out to be either. Plus, I would imagine, with as many kids as you have, you have got to be one tough chick and this, my dear, ain't nothing.

You got it.
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April 25th, 2013, 05:51 AM
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I pretty much second everything all PPs have said. It wasn't ideal but it did the job and it did go quickly and smoothly. My main trauma was how disappointed I was to be having one bc I wanted the vaginal births so much. Other than that, there were no complications with any of my 3 c/s's. You'll do great!
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April 25th, 2013, 06:11 AM
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I agree with the other ladies. The recovery is not the long drawn out horror you hear from some ladies if you get up and get moving quickly (and you don't strike me as the type to milk it or carry on and on and on.....

NICU team is on Stand-by in the OR and you get pre-plan the date, which makes arrangements for you other kids much easier. My mom has already put in for her PTO because we know the date, unless he gets anxious.
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April 25th, 2013, 08:41 AM
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My mother had both her kids via c-section because she's missing a pelvic bone that allows a woman to give birth naturally. She is terrified for me to have a natural birth because she says that the c-section was so easy. My older sister also had 2 c-sections and she's a total whiner and a wimp and she did completely fine. She only used pain meds for couple days. My mom didn't use anything stronger than tylenol or advil. Of course, I don't have a story of my own, but from what I can tell from my mom and sister...it's really not bad. As another poster said - You got this! You're a very strong woman and no c-section is going to keep you down!
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April 25th, 2013, 09:58 AM
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Thank you all. It's strange being so afraid of a c-section after 7 inductions and 2 of them without an epi. I had complications from an epi and after that, they didn't work right. I'm afraid the spinal will be the same. With my other kids, as soon as I could move I was off to be with them. I guess I'm afraid of being away from Jocelyn and not knowing how she is.
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April 25th, 2013, 12:47 PM
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I actually really like spinals because they work FAST. With my first, I had a resident anesthesiologist who only numbed half of my body. So I had to get poked again, that stunk. But the second time around the anesthesiologist got it on the first shot and I had no problems. They make sure you are completely numb before they get started. In the absolute worst case scenario, they will put you completely under if its not working but I think that is pretty rare.
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April 25th, 2013, 12:49 PM
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Spinals aren't fun. They do seem a lot scarier when you aren't actually in labor. However, it takes seconds, really and it's over and done with.

I'm actually afraid of it too. But I just keep focusing on the end game.

In the grand scheme of things, it is only minutes out of your entire life with the most rewarding prize directly afterwards.

When you think back to the moments, it isn't the epidural you are going to be focusing on, but bringing Jocelyn into the world.

That is what I am focusing on. I refuse to be rattled by it. (I actually have a needle phobia and scoliosis...even having my blood drawn is a big thing for me....and the IV needle...ugh).

I'm going to be a warrior. You will be too.
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April 25th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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I prefer spinals over epi's. They seem to numb better. OB agrees that it does a more thorough job. But I've noticed each woman has her preference on this bc everyone react differently. It does suck to have a needle in the back but it is over pretty fast. Maybe they'll let me bring in a stress ball to squeeze during that part.
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