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scared as hell

Elizabethtown, KY

#1 Nov 11, 2008
Ok so i wanna know if anyone can tell me about c sections...i mean i have read online about it, but i would like some info on it from someone who has had one...i might have 2 have one in march..
Had two

London, KY

#2 Nov 12, 2008
I think they are better in the long run you know when your going in. The only thing is just like any surgery the more you get up and walk the easier it is..
Promise you will be fine and once you hold your child you will forget the pain...

Since: Nov 08

Elizabethtown, KY

#3 Nov 12, 2008
C-sections aren't that bad. I had one 27 years ago and 10 years later had a normal birth. You need to do what the doctor says, don't baby yourself and spend recoup time with the baby. You'll be just fine!
Mom of 2

Elizabethtown, KY

#4 Nov 12, 2008
scared as hell wrote:
Ok so i wanna know if anyone can tell me about c sections...i mean i have read online about it, but i would like some info on it from someone who has had one...i might have 2 have one in march..
I had both of my children by c-section and then had a hysterectomy less than a 3 weeks ago. So I have been cut in the same spot 3 times. You have a small scar, and were they have to cut sometimes you never regain the feeling in that part of you pelvic area. The recovery is not bad, the more you walk the faster you recover. The only part that I did not like about having them was when they numb you before they actually do the c-section. I could not stand the part of not being able to feel my legs. It is a weird feeling when you legs are moving and you cant feel it. Personally I would have one any day over being in labor for hours.
Labor and delivery nurse

Bardstown, KY

#5 Nov 12, 2008
C-section are becoming more common these days. in fact, some are electing to have primary c-sections. the only thing to remember that the recovery is worse than a vaginal delivery. you will have major abdominal surgery, i think some fail to see this. But if a c-section is best for you and baby, i would say don't give it a second thought. some babies do not tolerate labor. why do they think you will have to have a c-section?

“kassi hour 25/7”

Since: Oct 08


#6 Nov 12, 2008
i had my first child 1yr ago sat. and i went through 12 1/2 hours of labor and i was 9 cm. dialated before they decided to do a emergency c-section! I had the epidural, and then her heart rate kept droping out, then when i was almost ready to push her heart rate got really high it was up to 210 beats per min., they rolled me back there doped me up i couldnt feel anything! And i didnt even get a chance to look at her before they rolled me back to recovery,but i do remember hearing her cry and realizing i was a very lucky mother to have my beautiful baby girl alive and healthy.
Trust me there is nothing to be scared of when you go in for that c-section, the recovery will be kinda rough but the sooner you get up and walk the better it will be!

“...yup...I'm Brandy,..”

Since: Apr 08

not Raywick, but I live here

#7 Nov 12, 2008
scared as hell wrote:
Ok so i wanna know if anyone can tell me about c sections...i mean i have read online about it, but i would like some info on it from someone who has had one...i might have 2 have one in march..
I had my first child naturally and my section via c-section. With my first I was in labor 26 hours and exhausted by the time I finally delivered. With the c-section I never had to go into labor and I recovered a lot quicker. I actually think the cesarean was less painful. You'll be fine. I was scared too, especially since, like Kassi, mine was an emergency c-section so I was freaking out because one minute I was fine and the next minute they told me they were gonna cut me open. My panic was for no reason. Everything turned out great!

Louisville, KY

#8 Nov 12, 2008
I had one at 17 years old...i was scared to death, but like everyone on here says, you forget the pain...the first couple of hours afterward my have discomfort but once they help you walk, keep doing it because it does help...and I will have you know that after about 4 years, i don't have any visible scar...its there i know but it has faded tremendously...
Also mom of two

Louisville, KY

#9 Nov 12, 2008
Had the first natural, second emergency C-section. The nurse is right, for MOST, the recovery from a vaginal delivery is much easier than the c-section. I was up walking with little pain almost right after birthing my first child, with the C-section, I thought the pain from the incision was horrible and never going to end. Do whatever the doctor says is best for the baby, but don't get a Cesarian because of fear.
the 80s baby

Mount Sterling, KY

#10 Nov 12, 2008
First child was vaginal and was an awesome experience. The labor was hard but tolerable after the epidural kicked in and yes, I wussed out going natural. But to me it was a miracle -words can't describe it for me. The minute she was born and they placed her on my chest, I don't remember feeling any pain - just pure joy!!!

My twins were by emergency c-section due to one being breach. It wasn't a bad experience at all. I agree with the weird feeling of your legs not moving and didn't like the bright lights in my face... it was a bit "surgical" for me - didn't seem as personal and/or private.

Overall, it was in the best interest of the twins, so it just had to be done. The incision is barely noticable. I do remember feeling pressure not pain while the doctor performed his cutting. I was very tender for several days but the C-section saved my daughter's life as she probably wouldn't have made it through the birth canal.

Just relax because everyone has a differnt experience during delivery.... some of my friends had me scared to death with their horror stories, but it wasn't as bad as I had imagined!

Just think about the ending and holding your baby! RELAX! Good luck to you!

Chesterfield, MO

#11 Nov 12, 2008
I had a c-section which was my first surgery. I was going up and down stairs 3 days afterward, and driving shortly thereafter. The incision hurt for several months after I had my daughter, and even today (nearly 3 years later), it can give me discomfort. A friend of mine who is a nurse said that is normal. You'll be just fine. Good luck!
Mother of 3

London, KY

#12 Nov 12, 2008
I have had three c-sections. My first son was born 6 weeks early via emergency c-section, therefor I had two repeat. The first one scared the hell out of me, and I refused up until the last month with my second son, I didn't like it and I was so sure I could have him natural. If you have to have a c-section, the surgery doesn't take that long but recovery takes a while, so that's what I hated. I wanted to hold my children as soon as I could but you have to wait until they clear you from the recovery room, and another thing they wouldn't let me stand up for 24 hrs, and I really just wanted to get up and take a shower, but everytime I get pregnant, I know that is what will happen, and I plan for one more, still trying for that Daddy's little girl, I have 3 beatiful Mama's Boys. Good Luck and Congrats and the bundle of joy!!!

Campbellsville, KY

#13 Nov 12, 2008
I had a C-Section with my baby 6 months ago. It is a longer healing process but just like everyone else said the sooner u get up and walk the better off u will be. C-sections are not bad at all, but still after 6 months I am still having a little pain if I stretch really hard or make a sudden hard jerky move. Don't let this scare u because it may not be with everyone. Overall my c-section went very well.

“kassi hour 25/7”

Since: Oct 08


#14 Nov 12, 2008
oh yea i still have pains every once in awhile and its been 1yr and its still tender to the toch ever once in awhile as well...and if i get real cold it goes kinda numb i dont know if this is normal though

Lexington, KY

#15 Nov 12, 2008
I had a c-section about 15 months ago... I am glad I opted for a c-section. Remember it doesn't matter how they are delivered as long as they are delivered safely into the world.

Gradyville, KY

#16 Nov 13, 2008
This may sound weird to you all, I had a c-section and then a hysterectomy 8 months ago to deliver a breach beautiful girl I had 2 vaginal deliveries prior to that. I didnt mind the inpersonal surgical delivery, nor the incision afterwards. My biggest complaint was the spinal injection they gave me made me itch like crazy! I guess that I was so occupied with the itching that the incision didnt really bother me. they gave me some medicine to help with it, but they really only took the edge off. It only lasted real bad for about a day and then it went away. But in the end it was all worth it!

United States

#17 Nov 13, 2008
I never had a c-section I have got 3 kids had them all natural.IT'S NO PICNIC IN THE PARK.THE PAIN IS UNBEARABLE!BUT WHEN U HOLD YOUR SWEET BABY IT WAS WORTH IT ALL.

“...yup...I'm Brandy,..”

Since: Apr 08

not Raywick, but I live here

#18 Nov 13, 2008
Kassi wrote:
oh yea i still have pains every once in awhile and its been 1yr and its still tender to the toch ever once in awhile as well...and if i get real cold it goes kinda numb i dont know if this is normal though
I think it is normal, I still have tenderness at the incision site every once in a great while and my baby is 7. I also had surgery on my knee 8 years ago and that scar will cause pain sometimes too. Especially if I kneel at work or to scrub the kitchen floor.(*hint, hint* hubby)

Since: Sep 08

Andrews, TX

#19 Nov 13, 2008
I've had three c-sections. The first was and emergency after 22 hours labor and the recovery was hell. I think it was just so bad because my body was already worn out and I was a big baby and refused to get up and move around the next day.

The second wasn't as bad because I didn't go into labor at all. The recovery was a lot easier.

With the third, I was pregnant with twins and went into labor. I got the c-section 9 hours after labor started, but it wasn't heavy labor. The recovery was so easy. I was up and walking the hallways the next day and by the time I went home 5 days later I was fine.

One bit of advice - take a small pillow with you. Something about the size of a couch pillow, maybe 12 inch by 12 inch or something like that. It makes it easier to get up and down if you hold the pillow over your incision. It also helps if you have to sneeze or cough.

Good luck and congrats!
the 80s baby

Mount Sterling, KY

#20 Nov 13, 2008
The pillow idea is great and it does work!

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