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post #321 of 339
Iriemama96 - actually your age probably DID have something to do with it. Women in their very early 20s or younger with their first child are at higher risk for pre-eclampsia. I had my son at 21 and also had pre-eclampsia. We both almost died and he was born my emerg c-section at 34 weeks. I didn't have it with my second child and hope I won't have it this time. Oh I was 23 when I had my second child and I'll be 26 when I deliver this one.
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Originally Posted by OnTheFence
Great info Beth, thanks for joining us. ...Kim
Kim, thanks for the welcome. We are not TTC yet, but will be in a few months. We were told to wait 6 months minimum to allow time for my UR to fully heal. But next time (knock on wood, since I am 37 and also have a history of early MC) we will be having a planned CS, probably at 36 or 37 weeks. I have already found this thread (and the previous ones) to be super helpful.
post #323 of 339
I thought pre-e was an undescriminate disorder. Atleast that is what i have read, where did you read about it being related to your age??
post #324 of 339
Regarding pre-e, my OB told me that "women at the extremes of age" (as she put it) are more likely to get it - ie younger mamas and older mamas.

Thanks all for input on my earlier post.

I will have to talk to my doctor - I still have so many questions especially re anesthesia and timing a c/s right, as well as things related to trying VBAC.

DH thinks I should have the c/s - he thinks it will be easier on me, and that way we can arrange for a family member to fly in and be here to help since we'd know the date - with a VBAC that part would be a lot harder to plan.
post #325 of 339
Any word from Storm???
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I just got a tip that I hadn't yet heard in this forum, for post c/s healing.

One of my colleagues, who had two c/s babies in the late 70s, said that her best tip from one of the nurses was to get a light girdle (like a control top pantyhose, that light) to keep everything tucked in after the c/s.

I hadn't heard that one before, and thought I'd check in with all of you experienced folks to see if you had, and if you think it would help. (I remember it really hurt to laugh after my c/s, so having some extra support might not be a bad thing.)
post #327 of 339
I held a pillow up to myself for the first few days, not only when I laughed or coughed, but pretty much ALL the time I moved!! I liked the support and pressure on my incision.
post #328 of 339
Hello, all!

Evan Walker made his entrance on Tuesday morning (the 26th) at 10:05, via c-section. He weighed in at 10lb, 8oz. He's healthy as can be and hasn't lost much weight, because he eats constantly. And, so far he seems to be the most sedate of my kids.

My section didn't go very well, but I seem to be recovering faster than I did from the last two. At the very least, I'm more mobile. I had a bad time with nurses and haven't slept much since Monday night. I'm feeling really ambivalent about this one - not kicking myself quite as much as in the past, but still not sure why I stopped fighting when I did, and wishing I'd held out for my VBA2C. My daughter is hell on wheels right now and I can't do anything with her...she tries to climb on my lap, and plants her hand in my stomach, pushes on my legs (straining the incision), etc...this is one of the things I was most afraid of, and it's even worse than I expected.

Anyway - I'm going to try to get some sleep, without worrying about nurses busting in my door to check my blood pressure just as I doze off. I'll post a few more details tomorrow.
post #329 of 339
Glad to see Evan is here Lisa and Congratulations! Sorry it wasn't the healing birth you wanted though
Can't wait to hear more about that big strapping boy
post #330 of 339
I'm so glad you and Evan are home! He is a big boy! Glad to hear he is a good nurser...and calm

I'm sorry your experience was far from what you had hoped for and I hope your recovery continues to go quickly.
post #331 of 339
I'm actually not quite as badly off as I sounded last night. I just got more sleep than I've had in the last four days combined, so my morale has definitely improved. I still wish I'd held out for the VBA2C, except if a real emergency had arisen. However...I still see three victories in standing my ground as long as I did.

1) Evan didn't have the breathing problems in his first few days that Emma had. I don't know if that's because I had labour, but I'm inclined to think that it was. So...holding out for labour seems to have helped him there.

2) My milk came in as quickly as it did with Kelly. Emma lost over a pound in hospital, but Evan only lost 7oz, even though he started out slightly heavier in the first place. He was definitely getting more milk more quickly, and I attribute that to the fact that I went into labour first, as well.

3) Because I did hold out that long, and it seems to have helped my little guy, I'm not feeling quite as bulldozed as last time. I wish I hadn't given in at the last minute as the contractions were really happening at that point (about 5 minutes apart, couldn't talk throught them, etc.). But, I didn't, so I'm trying to focus on the positives.

And, for whatever reason, I've definitely bounced back much more quickly than with either of my others. I still feel like death warmed over, but I was walking the ward on the first day - at a point where I could barely make it to the bathroom with Emma. So, something's better.


My incision was oozing and gaping slightly yesterday. I was afraid they were going to keep me another day and I'd already called my mom to pick me up, and my daughter knew I was coming home. That would have broken my heart. But, my OB just told me I can page him if there's an increase in bleeding or if I experience any unusual pain. He'll call me back and meet me at the hospital, if necessary. He may have made me a bit mad at the end, but I definitely appreciated that...another day in that room would have broken me, I think.
post #332 of 339
Congratulations Lisa! Welcome Evan!!! Enjoy your baby and be easy on yourself!!


Chantal
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Thread Starter 
Lisa congratulations on the birth of your son!

Enjoy your baby moon!
post #334 of 339
duhhh, i didn't even see this thread as i was going through pages, i started an August one here: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=322266 but the mods can delete that one i guess.

congrats, Lisa! it sounds like you've got a really positive mindset. keep it going! and take good and gentle care of yourself

i'm still having adhesion problems. my OB said my only option is a laparoscopy, and she can't guarantee i wouldn't get more scarring/adhesions, in fact it'd be likely. surely that can't be the only option! is there any natural supplement that helps with the reduction or softening of injury scars, like keloiding on the outside? a tablet or capsule, i mean. maybe it'd do the same on the inside? no way i'd get another surgery, this was my first and hopefully my last. every time i bend to pick up something from the floor, no matter how carefully i position myself, i get a tearing pain just below and to one side of my bellybutton. it reminds me of the tearing pains during pregnancy, when the uterus was growing upwards, except its WAY worse. i'm worried about internal bleeding in small amounts, and more scarring if i keep tearing the adhesions. it just freaks me out. and it hurts worse during menstrual cramps.
post #335 of 339
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Originally Posted by mellybean
i'm still having adhesion problems. my OB said my only option is a laparoscopy, and she can't guarantee i wouldn't get more scarring/adhesions, in fact it'd be likely. surely that can't be the only option! is there any natural supplement that helps with the reduction or softening of injury scars, like keloiding on the outside? a tablet or capsule, i mean. maybe it'd do the same on the inside? no way i'd get another surgery, this was my first and hopefully my last. every time i bend to pick up something from the floor, no matter how carefully i position myself, i get a tearing pain just below and to one side of my bellybutton. it reminds me of the tearing pains during pregnancy, when the uterus was growing upwards, except its WAY worse. i'm worried about internal bleeding in small amounts, and more scarring if i keep tearing the adhesions. it just freaks me out. and it hurts worse during menstrual cramps.
Just poking my head in here , you might want to consider lymphatic drainage. It's a type of bodywork that's really helpful at improving the mobility of tissue, including scar tissue and adhesions. Anytime an incision has been made the flow of lymph gets disrupted and has to reroute itself. After I had my surgery for fibroid removal and uterine repair (incision similar to c/s) I found it invaluable for my recovery. Pulling into my scar when standing was gone after 1 session, my scar changed texture and color (for the better), and my abdominal shape changed. You can search for a practitioner at Upledger Institute by typing in your city/state or zip and then specifying the modality as lymph drainage. I'd look for someone who's had at least 2 levels and preferably is certified. Good luck

Lisa
post #336 of 339
Hey.. did we ever get an August thread going.... kim??

How is everyone doing?

Chantal
post #337 of 339
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Originally Posted by chantald
Hey.. did we ever get an August thread going.... kim??

How is everyone doing?

Chantal
i started an August thread, it's prolly lost in the forum though, http://www.mothering.com/discussion...ad.php?t=322266 b
post #338 of 339
Meli
The link didn't work....?
post #339 of 339
I just wanted to put my story out there: I had an emergency c-section after 26 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing. I was planning for a home birth in water... well that didn't work out. I was extremely traumatized that I had a c-section and feel that my entire birth experience was chaotic and terrible. I suffered from ppd as well, I think a major part of that was due to how my labor turned out. When I look back at it now however I am SO greatful for modern medicine because without it my dd and I would not be alive today. She was posterior and was NEVER going to come out on her own, and boy did I try!!! I think there are waaaay too many c-sections performed these days but I am also very greatful for the fact that they can be done relatively safely when they are neccesary! I am planning for a VBAC the next time, and I am going to try my hardest to make it happen
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