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June 10th, 2011, 06:53 AM
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Hello, Mommies! I have been reading posts on this site for months mostly to gain peace of mind about my upcoming repeat elective c section.

I am 33 years old, a mother to one precious little six year old boy with another boy on the way next week, and married to a wonderful man for over seven years. With my son, I labored for almost 24 hours when the doctor decided it was time for a c section due to failure to progress. This time, after getting many opinions, I've opted for a scheduled c/s. I'm very nervous about the spinal, being numb again, and all that goes along with the recovery. It's not that the recovery was bad with my first little boy, it's just now I know that the c/s WILL be happening and the anticipation is a little nerve racking.

I guess I just want some encouraging information letting me know that it's not so bad and I should calm down. And I'm sure I need to stop googling information on the internet which always worries me.
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June 10th, 2011, 07:03 PM
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i've had 2 sections and will have my thirds in feb2012, there is nothing to worry about, just keep thinking about the precious little boy you will get to see very soon.
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June 10th, 2011, 10:03 PM
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I was in a similar situation. In labor for a very long time with my first daughter with no progression. H/B kept dropping. Went for an emergency c/s and turns out she was completely tangled in the cord.

With my second....just born 2/24/11, I also opted for an elective c/s. I wanted to have a tubal done after delivery, and she was also frank breech.

I COMPLETELY made myself sick thinking about the spinal. I was more afraid of the shot in the back than anything else. I didn't have a bad experience or recovery with my first....I just remembered the SPINAL.

Mine....was fantastic! I never felt a thing. The doc administering the spinal was amazing. I freaked myself out over nothing. The whole procedure was so calm, relaxing and enjoyable. You can look my birth story up in the posted birth stories. I also added a link to the video of my daughters birth. My husband recorded the whole thing. LOL

Good luck....and stay off the internet! Or Google...that is!

Oh....recovery....

My recovery was so easy! I never even dove into the percocet. My pain...which was uncomfortable sometimes...was completely controlled with the Motrin they prescribed. I was up and moving around as soon as the spinal wore off. I had the catheter removed in just over 12 hours....and was discharged from the hospital on day 2. I was ready to go home....and my butt was getting sore from laying around the hospital. The morning after the c/s...I was rolling around the halls of L&D with my daughter in tow...walking, walking, walking. I swear getting up and moving around really helps with recovery. I'm not a doctor or nurse....but I highly recommend as much movement as tolerable. At the end of the week....about 7 days, I was almost back to normal. My incision was completely closed and looked great. By week 2....I was walking 2 miles a day, slowly.
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June 11th, 2011, 07:11 AM
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Just remember, the spinal takes about a minute and is over before you know it. The c-section itself is over before you know it. Everything will be great, especially since you won't be laboring for so long beforehand! I have a friend who just had her second c-section and she was nervous too, but now she is holding her baby and all is well. Try to relax and enjoy the day you meet your child!
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June 11th, 2011, 03:45 PM
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I was in a similar situation. In labor for a very long time with my first daughter with no progression. H/B kept dropping. Went for an emergency c/s and turns out she was completely tangled in the cord.

With my second....just born 2/24/11, I also opted for an elective c/s. I wanted to have a tubal done after delivery, and she was also frank breech.

I COMPLETELY made myself sick thinking about the spinal. I was more afraid of the shot in the back than anything else. I didn't have a bad experience or recovery with my first....I just remembered the SPINAL.

Mine....was fantastic! I never felt a thing. The doc administering the spinal was amazing. I freaked myself out over nothing. The whole procedure was so calm, relaxing and enjoyable. You can look my birth story up in the posted birth stories. I also added a link to the video of my daughters birth. My husband recorded the whole thing. LOL

Good luck....and stay off the internet! Or Google...that is!

Oh....recovery....

My recovery was so easy! I never even dove into the percocet. My pain...which was uncomfortable sometimes...was completely controlled with the Motrin they prescribed. I was up and moving around as soon as the spinal wore off. I had the catheter removed in just over 12 hours....and was discharged from the hospital on day 2. I was ready to go home....and my butt was getting sore from laying around the hospital. The morning after the c/s...I was rolling around the halls of L&D with my daughter in tow...walking, walking, walking. I swear getting up and moving around really helps with recovery. I'm not a doctor or nurse....but I highly recommend as much movement as tolerable. At the end of the week....about 7 days, I was almost back to normal. My incision was completely closed and looked great. By week 2....I was walking 2 miles a day, slowly.
Thank you so much! I will look your story up. This makes me feel so much better!!!
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June 13th, 2011, 12:14 PM
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If it is any consolation, I barely felt the spinal as well. And recovery was a breeze. For me, a c-section was no biggie (and I was nervous beforehand) - I know some women have horror stories, but I think those are the exception, not the rule.
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June 14th, 2011, 09:13 PM
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First of all, STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER! I know, easier said than done, but seriously. You are gonna make yourself bonkers. The repeat C/S was the first thing my OB and I discussed at my 6w appt. She actually said she would encourage a vbac for me since my C/S had nothing to do with me but fetal distress. She said if I had had an issue such as "failure to progress" (and that IS the example she used) she would have never suggested a vbac because chances are, it WILL happen again and I will go through all that just to be back in the OR again anyhow.

I have been told by MANY people that the 2nd recovery is MUCH easier than the first. I am really hoping for that to be true. We will see in Sept. G/L
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June 14th, 2011, 11:35 PM
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I've had 2 c-sections.. Didnt have any problems.. I got a little scared of course knowing that they were going to cut me open. But i got worked up for nothing.. Dr's were great. Had speedy recovery although i did bruise very BADLY around my incesion.. Its been 12 weeks since i had my c-section.. I feel great although it's still numb in the area which is normal.. U will do great!!
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