i also have to have an elective section with my 2nd, as i had an emergency section with my son which i was wide awake with. it really isnt bad at all. i barely felt the epidural ( this was my 3rd day of labour though so i didnt give a damn lol)
harry was a big baby and i have narrow hips so he wasnt descending and they decided to get him via caeserian. so anyway the spinal block was a sinch, just made me sit up straight and put like a sticker on my back with a hole in and felt the teeeeinest scratch and then like a cold water trickle running down my back.
then they dry shaved me (i would advise you do that yourselves first, much more didnified)
then put some iodine where there planned to to the inscision, put the curtain up, and then the anaesthatist went through a series of tests to check i was fully numb, i wasnt sure and i actualy felt the first cut, so if your not 100% tell them and they will dose you up more
they were cutting for about 10 mins as there are lots of layers of fat and skin to get through, and they used liema laser pen to to the cutting as it clots the blood straight away, kind of cauterises is it as it goes along,
then they take the baby out, and all i can describe the feeling is like when your bags full of crap and your rooting around trying to find your phone or your purse! lots of digging and rooting about, its a very odd feeling. if your waters arent burst they will burst them, then out comes the bundle of joy! they cut the cord and lifted him over the screen for me to see then went and checked him over. they will score the baby a mark out of ten for the apgar score chart, checking his colour respitory responses etc.
then they wrapped him up and put him next to me. i did want skin on skin which i didnt get which did dissapoint me, but after 3 days of labour i didnt tell them. it didnt enter my head to. if you want this, then tell them! then they spent 20 mins sewing me up, that was annoying cos i just wanted to hold my boy and take it all in, i was weeled off to recovery and then i started to shake very badly, i wasnt expecting it and it s a perfectly normal reaction but i didnt know so i was scared. this went on for maybe an hour, and i was shaking too bad to hold harry, but they insisted it was normal, and when i warmed up it went away.
my spinal block didnt wear off for a few hours and in the morning i realised i had been catheterised, as i hadnt had a we in 14 hours, which was unexpected but ok. when i tried to move i did feel like i had been hit by a tram, but as soon as i held my biy i ddint care. they will encourage you to get up and walk arounf which seems harsh but nessesesary unfortunaltly. then your fist wee is a bit hard too. i wont lie it all hurts the day after, but after the first day i was up and around fine.
i would take lots of disposable pants as you will do alot of bleeding that usually goes everywhere but the maternity pad!
honestly it rreally isnt too bad i promise, and they save lives! thats the most important thing. xxx
Posted: 15/11/2007 at 14:14