I had a planned c-section at 40+1. My guy kept going from footling breech (fun! tried to kick his way out) to transverse and back again despite an ECV, Webster, etc.
what was your planned c section like?
Uneventful. Arrived at the hospital at 8:00, had a baby by 12:30. The only nasty thing was that the spinal made my blood pressure drop and when they were sewing me up, I threw up a few times. It's the weirdest feeling knowing you're going to vomit and not be able to feel it until it's coming out of your mouth while you're lying down. If this baby's breech/sideways, I'm not looking forward to this again although it was over with fairly quickly.
-how long were you in recovery after and were you able to be with the baby right away?
I was in recovery for about 1-2 hours. I got to be with DS about 45 min after DH took him to the nursery. I wasn't too happy about this, but after the vomiting, I was actually glad to have a few minutes to clean up and brush my teeth and shake off some of the wooziness.
-did it make breast feeding harder?
No experience to go on with a vaginal birth, but moving about and picking up the baby wasn't the easiest after the spinal wore off. However, we got things going and kept nursing for 18 months.
-was managing the pain difficult?
No, as long as I kept on my percocet and then advil. But, I don't like taking drugs, so I'd often let it go and then things would get tough for a few hours. This only lasted a week or so.
-how long did it really take you to heal?
I was 70% in a week, 90% in two weeks, and probably back to 100% in 4 weeks. I had some migraine issues that weren't fun, but those didn't appear to be related to the section.
-was it harder to bond with baby?
Nope. What did make it difficult was just being completely exhausted all the time. I don't think that's something that c-section deliveries have a monopoly on.
-how long was your hospital stay?
3 nights. In on Thurs morning, out Sunday morning. Not a fan of the hospital interruptions or the tiny room I was in. This go-round, the rooms have been renovated and bigger and I'll be more assertive in kicking people out. It's one thing to be interrupted by the baby. It's another to be interrupted by the baby, nurse, doctor, pediatrician, etc. in 20 minute intervals all day and night long when everything's going well.
I'm hoping for a VBAC this time, but I'm not going to go all crazy if it's another c-section. The only major difference is that I think it'll be 100x harder to be at home with a newborn and a very active, snuggly almost-4 year old DS and a c-section incision.