I have my third, and second planned, cesarean scheduled in a week and a half. I'm really happy that I had such great medical care. My first birth was a really bad combination of all sorts of things (I was sick and really dehydrated, started spotting heavily on my due date, they induced, then it turned out I have a genetic heart condition and every time I contracted my heart stopped, they pulled that baby out of there as fast as they possibly could get her! I barely remember any of it.) and I was REALLY upset to have a C. But it was definitely for the best, and by the time DS's section happened I was okay with it. This time, I'm downright looking forward to it. 4 days in the hospital sounds downright luxurious!
I think a lot depends on your hospital. I'm lucky that I have a really great one that (I've heard) makes all their money on maternity, so it's like the 5 star resort of maternity wards... wood floors, paintings on the walls, huge private rooms, full page menus that you can choose everything you want, 24 hour room service, a fully stocked kitchen, every nurse a licensed LC, dedicated LCs who come visit a few times a day, really nice nursery. And it's just my local hospital! The rest of the place is kinda grotty, to be honest. I hate their ER.
I want to second what a few people said about how you really have to remember that it's major surgery! And abdominal surgery no less. I think I really pushed myself too hard after DD's birth, trying to prove that I was just as good as anyone who birthed vaginally. I ended up popping a few stitches picking up heavy things, and really just ran myself ragged. With DS I really tried to take it easy and let other people pick up the slack in the initial period. I found this recovery to be much easier.
Originally Posted by palmgal
This time I am planning on pre-pumping colostrum prior to delivery. I would of course, rather nurse him right away. Did any c-section mamas get to nurse immediately (i.e. while they were still completing the operation), and was it difficult positioning the baby?
I am not an expert on this, but I think that might be very hard. You do have to be on your back while they sew you up, and I imagine that any pressure put on your chest (even a little 7lb-ish baby) would push down on your organs while they're trying to to get everything back inside of you.
While I was being sewn up, after they did the Apgar and whatever else it is they do in there, they swaddled the baby and gave her/him to DH and he held the baby right next to my head. So I didn't feel like we were separated, even though there wasn't immediate skin to skin. I think Babies and I did rub cheeks
My hospital is extremely pro-BFing (I've heard lots of complaints about it from women who couldn't or didn't want to BF), and they make it a priority to get the baby nursing ASAP. For both of my Cs, they sewed me up while DH held the baby, wheeled me to the recovery room (baby in bassinet... hospital policy that baby is in bassinet when moving from room to room... I guess I can't really fault that because I am still woozy at this point and BOY would I feel bad if I dropped the baby from my bed!), and immediately started working on getting the baby to latch. In my medicated state, I can't tell you how long all this took but I've talked to DH about it and he thinks it was within about 1/2 an hour.
I really don't know for sure, but I really like and trust my hospital and I do feel like if they thought it was a good idea to get the baby nursing even earlier, they would.
Originally Posted by JTA Mom
Seriously though, the scar area is dynamic. I don't know if you are planning more babies, but if so, know that during the next pregnancy, having pain, aching and pulling sensations in your scar area is also totally normal. Creepy and kinda scary at times, but totally normal.
Also, it ITCHES as the skin stretches for future pregnancies! DH keeps making fun of me because I'm wandering around scratching myself. 'Everything okay down there? Feeling not so fresh?' "IT'S MY SCAR, I'M SCRATCHING MY SCAR. Leave me alone!" LOL.