About 1 in 3 births in the US result in a C-section
Most likely you are here because you have a high chance of having a C-section and you want all the information — that is great!
Whether you’re planning on having a C-section or not, things don’t always happen as we want and it is best to be prepared for all possible scenarios.
I have had 3 C-sections, all of which were very different from one another. During each of my surgeries, I have learned something new.
You will begin the day in a triage room. In this room, your nurse will hook you up to a heartbeat and contraction monitor for the baby, heartbeat monitor for you, and I.V to begin your fluids. You may be here for a few hours before surgery beings. Rest up, and if you want, do your makeup like I did.
What To Expect
You will walk into a very cold room with a lot of people. They will ask you to sit on the bed and lean over so that your back is curved and the anesthesiologist will perform the spinal (unless you already have an epidural in).
They will lay you down and you will feel everything from your ribs down become numb. The nurses and doctors will start to prepare by putting in a catheter, draping you and whatever else goes on (I am not sure because I could never see or move).
Speak Up To Your Anesthesiologist
You may start to feel cold or shake — this is normal. Ask your anesthesiologist for a warm blanket and they will drape one over your chest and shoulders to make you more comfortable. Tell him or her if you’re ever feeling any pain, getting nervous, or feeling sick. The anesthesiologist will by your head before and during surgery and are extremely helpful!
Around this time your husband, or whoever is with you, will be able to come in.
You may be! They don’t want to risk you moving and possibly hurting yourself. I was strapped during my 1st entire surgery. I had no idea I didn’t necessarily need to be, the 2nd and 3rd time I requested no straps and my doctors agreed. Depending on what make you most comfortable you can request this too.
You CAN Hold Your Baby
This is your C-section! As long as your surgery is not an emergency and you and baby are healthy, you can tell your doctor that you would like to hold your baby as soon as they’re born and while you’re being closed up. You can request to have skin to skin contact or even nurse if possible! Some refer to this as a gentle c-section.
Staple Or Stitches?
I have had both. I prefer the dissolvable stitches. They were more comfortable during recovery and didn’t require to being removed as they dissolve on their own. Each doctor typically has a personal preference. You can request to have one over the other. Be sure to speak up before surgery.
You will be in a recovery room for about an hour or until you can start to feel your legs and move them again. During my first C-section, which was an emergency, my daughter was in the nursery during the end of my surgery and recovery. Not being able to hold my daughter immediately was extremely difficult and I was very sad to not be with her right away — unfortunately, I didn’t know my options and wasn’t able to advocate for myself.
As mentioned before, you have the option to hold your baby during the end of your surgery and even into recovery. During recovery is a perfect time to rest with them on your chest for more skin to skin and nursing. I hope that my experiences help you to prepare for your birth. Here is my last baby’s birth story!
If you have more question on c-sections, what to pack, recovery, or even scarring..leave them down below or email me.
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