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What to expect just prior and during a c-section?

The little stinkbug is still breech and I've got a csection scheduled for next week. I've been reading and reading and most of the info out there is all about the basic idea of the csection (the incisions, what healing should be like, etc.). But I'm wondering from a personal point of view - what happens when you get to the hospital until you leave the hospital (generally). I was told to be there 2 hours before my scheduled time. What goes on in that two hours (aside from being admitted, lol)? What should I expect after the surgery? Is there anything you would recommend doing to prepare for the csection? How about after while in the hospital, anything you wish you had with you that you didn't?


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Hi Erin,

I had a C-Section with my daughter Emma on May 4th. From what I can remember, the preparation for the surgery takes about 15-20 minutes. in this time they are prepping your back for the shot they give to numb you from the waist down - they give a Spinal injection now rather than the Epidural - it is safer for the baby. they clean the injection site first, then give a shot to numb the area, then the spinal injection mixed with Morphine for any pain during & post surgery. they will immediately lay you down and start the prep for the surgery itself. during this time - you are completely numb from the waist down and cannot feel anypain, however, you will feel alot of pushing, pulling, and pressure. once they take the baby, you can see him/hernthen they take him/her to get cleaned off, weighed, measured while you get stitched up. they will bring the baby back to you once you get to your room. there is pain once the injections waer off, but they give pain meds as needed and will give you a prescription for something - yes - you can take the pain meds if you breast feeed and will not cause harm to or affect the baby. it has been 5 weeks for me now and Istill have some bleeding/spotting and am still sore at times. But it is not nearly as bad of an experience as I thought it would be.

 

I hope this helps - and if you have any other questions or concerns - please let me know. I am more than happy to help you out with anything I can :)

 

Maureen Roberts

rbrtsmo1968@yahoo.com is my personal email

Thanks so much, Maureen! This is my 2nd kiddo, but it's been 10 years and I can honestly say that this pregnancy is the complete opposite of my first! He came 13 days early and we were at the hospital 3½ hours and he was born. No epidural, nothing. LOL This one, she's hell-bent on making me experience what I "missed" the first go. ;)

You provided great information...more than even friends I've asked! So thank you so much!


Maureen Roberts said:

Hi Erin,

I had a C-Section with my daughter Emma on May 4th. From what I can remember, the preparation for the surgery takes about 15-20 minutes. in this time they are prepping your back for the shot they give to numb you from the waist down - they give a Spinal injection now rather than the Epidural - it is safer for the baby. they clean the injection site first, then give a shot to numb the area, then the spinal injection mixed with Morphine for any pain during & post surgery. they will immediately lay you down and start the prep for the surgery itself. during this time - you are completely numb from the waist down and cannot feel anypain, however, you will feel alot of pushing, pulling, and pressure. once they take the baby, you can see him/hernthen they take him/her to get cleaned off, weighed, measured while you get stitched up. they will bring the baby back to you once you get to your room. there is pain once the injections waer off, but they give pain meds as needed and will give you a prescription for something - yes - you can take the pain meds if you breast feeed and will not cause harm to or affect the baby. it has been 5 weeks for me now and Istill have some bleeding/spotting and am still sore at times. But it is not nearly as bad of an experience as I thought it would be.

 

I hope this helps - and if you have any other questions or concerns - please let me know. I am more than happy to help you out with anything I can :)

 

Maureen Roberts

rbrtsmo1968@yahoo.com is my personal email

Congratulations Erin!

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