For those of you that experienced RCS, how did it compare to the first one? Was your recovery easier?
My first C/S was after a very long labor with no epidural and with pitocin. I was sore and wiped out for days. My RCS was a little more planned. I went into labor, but within hours delivered via C/S, so I wasn't as wiped out. I don't feel that I used as much pain reliever for the RCS and I definitely knew the ins and outs of the recovery more (i.e. splinting with a pillow when you cough, dealing with the feeling of having the catheter in for a period of time and knowing to stand up straight as soon as possible and resist the urge to slouch over because it feels better) and I feel like I bounced back a little quicker. HTH!
My first c/s was a nightmare and it took me forever to recover. My second, although still unplanned, did not follow 3 days of induced labor... so I was much better off going into it. I left the hospital in half the time and healed much more quickly physically and emotionally.
My first c/s was after 34 hours of induced labor. I left the hospital less than 24 hours later. I took all of my pain medication that had been prescribed. It took about 2 months before I felt normal again.
My 2nd c/s was at 27weeks because of severe pre-eclampsia. I was in icu for 9 days afterwards. I never took any pain medication after an initial does of toradol. I never had any actual pain, just discomfort. I'm not sure what all contributed to the much much better experience this time. I know my OB did an excellent job closing my incision. I laid in bed for 8 days and didn't move much, so I didn't overdo myself like I did last time. My son was in the NICU so I didn't have to focus on taking care of anyone but me. I felt completely normal by 3 weeks PP.
My first two sections were unplanned and after long labors, being fully effaced. My second section was harder to recover from. I had mastitis and felt like crap. My third section was planned two weeks before the operation and it was my best recovery. Could be because I hadn't been in labor for days before...could be because I wasn't fighting infection...could be lots of reasons, but my scheduled section (3rd section) was the best recovery.
My first csection was 9 years ago, that one was scary. I actually felt them cut, and they had to put me under pretty much. I remember feeling so out of it when I woke up, didn't get to see my baby for a long time my husband had to ask them to bring him to me, so out of it, so much pain. The hospital also wasn't supportive of BF, they put a bottle in my oldest son's mouth which ruined my BF expirience.
My second csection was on Dec 31st. 2011 and it was so much better, I was better prepared, relaxed, I didn't feel pain, I got to hear my baby boy cry and see his sweet face right away. It was all in all better expirience, better hospital, i had immediate skin to skin contact with my baby boy and BF right away.
I had my first CS in 10/09 after a 36 hour induction that hardly progressed at all. It was beyond painful and exhausting. I didn't meet my daughter for 7 hours. I was under general anaesthesia so I wasn't even awake for the birth. It was so traumatizing! We tried for a VBAC but I had a RCS on 12/30. We planned it 2 days ahead of time, which was a little surreal but kind of cool because I was able to prepare. It was my biggest fear, and I had to face it. It was a beautiful birth this time. I was awake, present and praying, looking into my husband's eyes. My midwife was there, and held the baby for me so I could nurse her on the operating table!
Physically, the initial healing was way better and faster. But once I got home it took longer than the first time. I've heard from many others that the second is faster and easier, so my experience might because I had a bad cough the week before and after my daugher's birth. I tried to be strict on resting as much as possible
PS- I know you didn't ask this, but for anyone in this situation: it really helped me to work through my birth trauma throughout my second pregnancy, particularly the exercises in Birthing From Within. :)
first was easier - i had a footling/kneeling 33wker and made it to transition with his right leg in my birth canal before being wheeled in. took no pain meds at all after, not even acet/ibup
second was a uterine rupture (36wker) - was broadly cut into and everything was rushed so a lot of utis and long time to heal. took pain meds.
both were unplanned c-births. both considered emergencies, but the 2nd was definitely more so.
I just want to make sure that all of you are aware of this new group:
Unplanned c-section after Long Labor Support Group
Here's the link:
The group is open to anyone and has a few threads already started.
happyblessedmama ~ CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! We need a place to share our birth stories :)
HappyBlessedMama - thank you for sharing your story. Congratz on the newest addition to your family.
Thanks for sharing, Happyblessedmama! I will be having an RCS in six weeks and am happy to hear it went well.
I recently had my 2nd cesarean. It was so much better all the way around this time, maybe because i felt so much more in control of the situation. i really didn't want to have another cesarean, and when i went for pre-op i pretty much broke down in front of the (crunchy) l & d nurse who was doing the visit. she reassured me and told me i would find it to be a very different experience, and she was right. i was able to make a birth plan that included the things i felt were important (skin to skin, help with breastfeeding in recovery, reduced meds/duramorph in the spinal). i was more relaxed about the whole thing and able to leave the hospital in two days, too. best of luck to anyone going through this-- ime having a birth plan that includes the way you want things to happen makes a huge difference.