This is a discussion on caesarean birth..any mommies have any experience to share? within the Third Trimester forum, part of the Pregnancy Forum category; Originally Posted by NursMama here's my 2 different experiences: 1st Girl Emergency Csect (Aug 2006) Waterbag burst at home, Fully ...
Shivering is quite a common side effect of the epidural. I think I reacted especially badly to it. I also had dry retches shortly after the epi was administered. The 1st time round, I had itchy patches all over my body, particularly around the neck and torso. Was also told it's a reaction to epi.
I delivered through c-sec in Dec 2008. I decided to induce 2 weeks before my due date of 25 Dec. Tried for natural birth but didn't dilate enough so had to do c-sec. after going through it, I think the c-sec is not that bad and you could also get to see your baby immediately after giving birth coz you would be "awake" during the whole process. They will only numb the bottom half of your body with epidural so you can hear and still "feel" a bit when the gynae is doing the procedure but you won't feel the pain. You will be on the pain killer during your stay at the hospital. Within the first few hours after being wheeled from the operating room to your own room, you can start breast feeding your baby already . I can't quite remember how painful it was after the ops but I do remember that after the first day I have already started walking about but can't really stand up too straight :P.
As for the malay massage, I did have that but not immediately but only after 2 or 3 weeks then I started on the massage for 7 sessions. The massage lady knows about the c-sec and she is experienced so will not touch our wound. The massage was done above my tummy and more gently and then herbs applied and then she wrapped me up.
The external wound heals much faster than the internal wound so that is one thing to note and take care. After a few weeks you would feel well enough but honestly, to feel back to normal and to regain the usual strength of the tummy area, it takes at least 6 months.
Hope you have an smooth delivery whichever option to decide and enjoy your baby soon!
yup.. open wound (just some small part) ... coz i didnt really clean it up and keep the wound dry... yup, did wearing the binder...
For epi, there shld be only 1 injection to your back to insert the tube that delivers the anaesthetic. Unless the anaesthetist had repeated tries to get the needle inserted correctly. dont't think it's GA cos they'll give you the gas mask to make you sleep.
I had an emergency c-sec (gave birth in Switzerland so no hospital specifics per se).
It all started when my water bag broke but I didn't have any contractions so after waiting a full 24 hours, they induced me twice. After the 2nd time, my contractions came and when I was 8cm dilated (I didn't know how much at that time, just that I was in a lot of pain), the midwife came to check and discovered a problem. After an ultrasound, they found out that Eva was a complete breech so I had to go for a c-sec. I went in the OT alone as my hubby is afraid of passing out halfway coz of the smell of bleach and all.
I was still having contractions although they gave me something to calm the contractions down so trying to stay super still while they were doing the spinal was very hard. One of the side effects was shivering so I got some very nice warm/hot towels to cover me throughout the surgery. I was awake throughout the whole thing and heard my daugther cried TWICE and everyone getting all excited and coo-ing about how big her eyes were. They showed her to me, let me smooch her and she was off to my husband who was waiting outside to dress her up. My BP dropped a little so they gave me something to boost it up. After they closed me, more hot/warm towels, a nice thick quilt, they wheeled me out to a recovery area for me to wait till I could feel my legs. They also sent my hubby and Eva to me and I latched her on then for her first BF session.
After recovery, I was sent back up to my room with her in my arms. She was roomed in with me but even though the midwives all said I could buzz them if I needed their help to carry Eva out of the bassinet, I ended up asking them to leave her in my arms instead so it would be easier for me to BF her, and calm her down. Best decision I made. The next morning, I was dying to get out of bed and the midwives came, remove the catherer and off I went to pee! I was walking around by the next day and carrying Eva. Even snuck in a shower! ^^
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The area was sore but I wasn't in pain. In fact, I didn't take the pain medication they gave me (four pills per day) except on some days when it feels tight and such. I figured that sooner or later, I'd have to get up and walk to the toilet, might as well start now.
I wasn't walking very fast - more like an old lady. :P
For epi i felt 3 injections i think , on different spot but thats when i still in induction ,later they only add on to make it more numb when i am in the operation room