I've had 2 c/s-the first a real emergency/crash c/s due to poor positioning of DD(30 hours labor, 3 pushing only to have both DD and myself start to crash) due to DD's being pushed so far down, and so stuck I have a T-incision on my uterus which made a VBAC a no go ever, due to a high chance of rupture(15-25%-learned that from the NMW who admitted us for DS c/s last fall.
DS was planned, I had the same team I had for DD's. I came on here often, I really researched about my options and for my situation with the T it was pretty obvious the choice was another c/s.
Anyway-I like to know what is going to happen with DD's it was an emergency, I was out of it, it was a surreal thing-very weird. This time it was rather zen, I know you here of all these horror stories, but it was a very nice thing honestly. I mean I'd rather have a baby naturally, but my body just has some issues, so this was fine.
I advise meet with the anesthesiologist before for sure, ours was AMAZING. He was a wonderful jovial guy and he was the man in charge, he let my DH in quickly after my prep and told him when to take pictures(yes take pics, it is your babies birthdays). A spinal is the way to go, although I did get poked with the friggin needle on the bone(my vertebrae don't like to separate). OMG that still feels a bit weird, that was a bit uncomfy. For us the whole OR was very excited due to the fact we didn't know what the baby was, they all said they couldn't remember a baby where the parents didn't know gender. That kinda made it fun, for what it was.
I know that many people say you can't eat, and I couldn't from 9pm the night before, but I came out of that OR starving
, like I was gonna die starving. They told me I could have jello, so I ate it, then they said I could have juice-I drank and asked for more jello. The thing is that many people's bodies react unfavorably to the spinal block and it makes them sick. Throwing up and c/s=not good. I am not that person, I don't have any reaction, I get numb and then it wears off. My nurse was a family friend, so I basically told her that I was going to freak the f*** out if I didn't eat-like now, she gave me a puke bag and said I better use it
. It was lunch by this time and so she brought me lunch, all the nurses and staff kept saying that I would puke, I never did. I actually ate SO much that day, lunch, Subway sandwiches, dinner, snacks-I probably ate 6000 calories that day. In all honesty once DS was out I felt so much better, his pregnancy made me ill.
We did have a list of procedures we did/didn't want done:
No Hep B
No eye goop
We did do vit K
No circ if boy(our hospital doesn't at birth anyway)
I also did let a med student observe my c/s, many people are not comfortable about this, but my Dr had him as an intern or resident near the end of my pregnancy, so I had been around him. Plus I feel that it is necessary for someone to be willing to help people learn, he wasn't doing the procedure, so I was comfortable with his learning through observation. Many aren't comfortable with that and I completely understand this.
Keep up with the pain meds, prep a bunch of food now.
Start soon telling kids that mama will need help and you can't be jumped on(DD had just turned 3 so this was a biggie).
I packed all my own clothes and changed as soon as the let me, I didn't quite get granny panties, but I did get some black Hanes Hipster briefs that I could careless about and wore those.
Try to get up as soon as they'll let you. Walk a bit if you can, if you can't that's fine too.
Not sure but has anyone else ex[erienced those weird hot flashes through your spine after the spinal or epi-I get them a few days later.
Sorry so long winded, I could keep thinking of things