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January 15th, 2009

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I'm having a c-section tomorrow, but surgery is not happening until 1:30pm. They told me not to eat or drink after midnight, but that is an awfully long time to go without any water, I've been waking up absolutely parched, will a few sips of water at 7/8am really do that much harm?

December 9th, 2008

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For the past few days I've been having pain in the pelvic region both with and without bowel movements, but not from the actual act, but rather, pain in my pelvic area while going. It also hurts when I'm walking, or move certains ways. I'm concerned this is either a complication with my Mirena (inserted in August) or something to dow ith my C-section (I'm 20 weeks pp).

No bleeding (vaginally or rectally). Has anyone experienced something like this?

Crossposted a few places.

August 18th, 2008

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the community and joined because I wanted to know if any other mams out there had similar symptoms. I gave birth to my son on May 1, 2008 (about 3.5 mos ago) and for the last week I've had aching right behind my incision scar. It's almost as if I pulled something - like how you'd feel the day after a big workout.

Has anyone had something like this so late after the surgery?

August 8th, 2008

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I am currently pregnant with my third child. I had my first two children in England, my first was an emergency c-section after 4 days of labour. My second was a VBAC. This time I am in the US, and I have been told they don't do VBACs at my practice and I am ok with this - I tore horribly during my vbac so I am really not upset about having to have a scheduled c-section this time.

My main question is how you get stitched up. After my emergency c-section I was sewn up with thread and was told by the doctor he was doing some sort of special technique that used one long piece of thread and I didn't have to have any stitches out, it just dissolved. It came out incredibly neat, all the nurses were very impressed and I healed very well with no complications. Now, it's not like I'll be aiming to be in a bikini anyway, I didn't have the body for it before I had children so certainly don't now. The thought of staples though, kinda squicks me out. Is there a general code of practice as to what method doctors use in the US, or is it generally up to the doctor? I have an OB appointment next week so I can ask then, but wanted some insight before hand.

Also, is there somewhere where there is tips on recovering better from a scheduled c-section? Really, I was told nothing after my emergency one, was not warned about the gas issues. I was in pain, and decided I wanted to scoot down the bed and try and breastfeed my baby because I couldn't sleep in the position they had put me in. It took me ages to get myself down there, and finally I passed gas, and the relief was immense...I had no idea that's what was causing me such pain. Is there anything I can do to prepare for this the next time, or relieve the pressure easier/quicker?

July 5th, 2008

I figured this community was the best place to ask this question. None of my friends had a c section so they didn't know how to answer my question.

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Thanks!

July 3rd, 2008

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This community is not very active. I guess that's a good thing.

So, it's been over 4 years since our daughtter was born and my last c-section, and almost 4 years since she died.

We've finally decided we're ready to try again. we've been trying for a month. I'm a little surprised at how overwhelming I'm finding everything (though I should've expected it, really) and one of my chief concerns is possibly facing another c-section. I am hoping against hope that I'll somehow manage to have a VBAC, but with having had a vertical incision that's unlikely. I'm also going to be high-risk and I may end up with a c-section-happy doctor.. my risk of pre-E might increase my risk of needing a c-section, because if I develop severe pre-E again there is no way they cna induce me safely.

Anyway.. how was your second c-section? Stories of both planned and unplanned c-sections are welcome. I just rmemeber lying on that table-- my first thought was 'I'm never doing this again', and then 'If she dies I'm not having anymore' to 'No, if she lives I'm not having anymore', to 'I'm doing it again no matter what'. Well, we've gotten to the doing it again no matter what place and I just don't know what to expect this time. My c-section was just so horrific. I'm going to avoid the drugs I know I react badly to this time, and demand that my baby be with me in recover if she's healthy, and be more proactive about pumping in recover if she's not. I also have a pretty good idea of how I want to deal with family and such visiting. I posted about my unease with our family seeing our next baby before me and we've decided that if she's healthy they can see her after I've had some time to see her in recovery or with me in recovery, but if she goes to the NICU they can only visit if it seems she might not make it. Everyone and their brother came out last time (well everyone and my brother-- literally his sister, mother, grandmother, father, my uncle, my brother, and his friend, and then my mom later.. she got the first flight out that she could).

I am just hoping my next c-section wil be planned and not an emergency.

The weird thing about my c-section is the most painful thing about the recovery is the damned gas from surgery.. it killed my shoulders and I could barely sit up straight. They forced me into a shower the second day and it was just this little piss-shower and I could barely wash myself.. I had to sit down to do it. They acted all befuddled.. said it made most women feel better. Yeah, not when you can't stand up straight! And the first time I went to the bathroom this teeny tiny NA helped me.. I swear, I almost went down (DON'T look down!!)-- I would've squished the poor thing and torn all my stitchs.. not wanting to rip my stiches out was the only thing that kept me up. I was begging them to take the catheter out ( and I hate caths), but I just wanted them to put it back in! It wasn't until like the 3rd day that the c-section pain even started to phase me. I was on morphine during the c-section and was just shaking from the shock and the drugs they give and I also vomited which was just not fun. It's hard to differentiate about me feeling sick because my daughter was probably going to die and because I was ill and in surgery.

Anywho.. thanks for any help!

June 25th, 2008

Hi Everyone -

Well, my second son was born on 5/15/08 via c-section (the first was an emergency c-section). Everything went well except for an issue of a hot spot that hadn't numbed completely as they cut into it. Luckily, I was able to tell them just how much pain I was in. :)

Yet, I'm having an issue with my back now. With my first son, I never had this so I'm just wondering what others might say or if you have experienced this...
My back is hurting at the site where they did the epidural. At first, I didn't think much on it because I figured it was supposed to smart alittle. However, as I said we are 6 weeks out and it's more of a pain now, sharp though it doesn't happen all the time.

I forgot to ask my doctor about it last week but I figured I would try here before I contact them in case it's something so simple.

Thanks!

May 5th, 2008

Hi All -

So I will be going in on May 15th for my scheduled c-section; this is my 2nd c-section as well since my first was an emergency about 2 years ago. (If you need more information, will answer)

Anyway, my doctor and surgeon both informed me that I should be able to bounce back better than I did the last time. I was wondering for those who have had to go through two c-sections or more if this might be the case. I haven't gained alot of weight and my first c-section wasn't a horrible experience, just alittle painful and irritating.

Does anyone have any tips, especially while having a 2 year old running around? My husband will be home with me for 9 days while my mother stated she will come over to help when she can.

Thanks!

x-posted to parenting101

February 15th, 2008

This happened at the same hospital where I gave birth twice. (This was not my doctor, however.) Warning, it's a sad story.

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-malpractice2feb09,0,4678606.story

ETA: I Googled and it seems this particular Ob-Gyn was into alternative therapies as well as traditional medicine: aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, meditation.
http://scnispecialsection.kattare.com/marketplace/gtindex.php?article_id=162§ion=140&zone=g&group_type=article

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