Sahmof3 Or Any One Else Re 2nd C Cecstions

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Erynn21 - January 25

Hey there I know that you and I were kinda in the same boat w/ our labor and deliveries, I dialated, but my pelvis was too small for my dd. Anywhoo, I was wondering if your subsequent c's were harder to recover from or if the scarring/pain was any worse. I know that if we choose to have anymore children that we'd have to wait a year, the doc wants to make sure I am completely healed since I have the secondary cut. I guess I'm just wondering how was it the second(third) time(s) around? Oh and did they have to monitor you any more than before. I'm great at being pregnant it's the delivery that was hard for me. I just have some questions and concerns and your input would be helpful. Thanks.

 

sahmof3 - January 25

OK, now I'm p__sed (not at you Erynn)... I just wrote practically a book and when I went to submit it said only registered users can submit and I was even logged in. GGRRR! Anyway, I found my 2nd and 3rd to be better recoveries. 2nd even more so than the 3rd because w/ my 3rd I was under general anesthesia and I don't react well to it, plus I was given Pitocin to shrink my uterus faster (had a big baby). But, my daughter was a scheduled C with a spinal and the recovery wasn't 1/2 bad. I had to be up and at 'em pretty much as soon as I had feeling in my legs to go see my dd in NICU, which was difficult, but probably good for me in the long run! I was put on monitors, but I think allscheduled Cs are. The one thing that they did was to check my scar at each visit from about 36 weeks on (I think they did at each "first" visit, too, when I first found out I was pregnant). After my daughter I had some puckering around the incision, which I guess would eventually have gone away on its own, but I got pregnant again when she was 8 months. But, after he was born and I had that C, the incision area was back to normal. Anyway, I felt and definitely looked better after my 2nd and 3rd. It was still painful at times, but nothing like going through labor and then the c-section! I was ashen in my pics after m oldest for about 8 weeks, but after my 2nd and 3rd I had color back within a week. If you do decide to have another, I'd say make sure to keep on top of your pain meds... its harder coming home to anolder child and newborn and not being able to nap when baby does, so remembering pain meds on time helps a lot. What is a secondary cut, BTW? Is that a vertical cut?

 

Nerdy Girl - January 25

I have had two c-sections, and both surgeries and births uncomplicated. My 2nd recovery was more difficult for two reasons. First, it's just naturally harder to rest when you have an older child around. When the c is for your first baby, you can sit around more because you are only caring for a newborn. But with my 2nd C I was caring for both a newborn and a high-energy 3 year old. The second thing that made my repeat C more difficult is that the doc did a terrible job with the incision. My incision was open for 7 week post partum. After seeing a plastic surgeon, I was told that my OB didn't totally "hit the mark" when trying to utilize my old scar as the incision site. From what I understand, they should actually excise out the scar tissue so that they are suturing fresh skin to fresh skin, and not fresh skin to scar tissue. This is why my incision would not close. After going thru what I did, I would seriously advise you to ask your doc about the old scar and understand what his approach will be.

 

Erynn21 - January 25

A secondary cut is a vertical cut, I have T incision inside on my uterus, on the outside a reg. bikini. My dd was so far down in the birth ca___l she had her shoulders where most c-babies heads are, so they had to push her back up and make an incision to get her out. I actually looked really good for 28+hrs of labor, then a c-sec, my doc was very surprised. I got up pretty quickly after, my doctor did an amazing job on my incision, I healed really quickly . I was just curious if you had to have any special monitoring or anything, but it sounds as though it was ok. And thanks Nerdy Girl too, I need all the info I can get. I don't want to get pg, but I just wanted to know for the future.

 

sahmof3 - January 25

I've just been thinking about some of the posts I've written recently and it hit me... I'm thinking that the reason I looked and felt like death warmed over after my first was, yes, the labor and c-section, but we also moved 2 weeks after he was born, went to a picnic with dh's family 3 hours away (so basically an all day affair) when ds was 3 weeks old, went to a friend's wedding (4 hours away) with ds when he was 4 weeks old and drove from PA. to MN. (and back a few days later) for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary when he was 5 weeks old. I never thought of it that way before... all together like that. Good grief... no wonder I had a rough recovery LOL!!!!

 

sahmof3 - January 25

... I was also obviously much younger than I am now ;-) I'm exhausted just thinking about that now.

 

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