Im Terrified

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clair - January 1

i have to have a c-section done and im so scared something will go wrong.Are c-sections usually safe?


Jbear - January 2

C-sections are usually safe. They're really common now. I've had two, so I can give you some idea of what to expect. Since yours is scheduled, you'll go to the hospital at the time they give you, they'll start an IV, ask some questions, and have you drink an antacid (drink it fast like a shot). Then they'll take you in the operating room and start the anesthesia. It's done through a needle in your back. They numb your back first. Once the anesthesia is working, they will insert a catheter, to keep your bladder drained and out of the way during the procedure. They will probably hang a curtain to block your view of the actual surgery. You'll feel pressure and tugging during the surgery, but it doesn't hurt. Your partner will probably be allowed to be with you through most or all of the surgery, and to hold the baby once he or she is born. Your incision will be just above your pubic hair, about 5 or 6 inches long. It will either be closed with st_tches or staples. I had staples for both of mine. Once the incision is closed, you'll be taken to a recovery area for a while. The baby may be with you, or taken to the nursery to get cleaned up. It will take a while for feeling to return to your legs. You will have v____al discharge, just like a woman who had a v____al birth. Until you're able to get out of bed, the nurses will be changing your pads and cleaning you up. The catheter will stay in until you're up and around, and the iv may be left in for a while. You'll probably spend a total of three days in the hospital. It will hurt a lot getting out of bed at first. The sooner you get moving the easier it will be. You may itch a lot from the anesthesia, and you will probably have bad gas pains. They can give you medicine for both, but might not think of it until you ask. You will be on a liquid diet for at least 24 hours after the surgery...juice, jello, broth, tea, etc. When you laugh or cough, hold a pillow against the incision. Make sure you take the pain meds they give you...they're safe for b___stfeeding, and pretty much necessary for you. Before you leave the hospital, they'll probably take out the staples. It's not as scary as it sounds. Once you're home, it would be good to have someone to help you for a couple of days...I did it on my own, so I know it's possible, but in terms of comfort it's nice to have someone there to bring you the baby, so you don't have to get up as much. You will be fine...try not to worry about it. It's true that you see a lot of posts about bad c-sections, but when you think about it, people are more likely to complain if they've had a problem. If you have any more questions about c-sections, my email is [email protected] I can answer them for you.



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