7 Things No One Told Me About Having a C-Section...
It may not be how you planned it, it certainly wasn’t for me, but having a c-section is not the end of the world. I remember the day I was told I was not going to have a natural birth. I was scared, nervous, and full of so many emotions. After arriving at the hospital, I still had no idea what exactly was going to happen once I arrived in the OR. I wish someone had told me what the procedure was going to be like and what to
expect. So it is my goal to help all the c-section mamas out there know what to expect.
After you arrive at the hospital, you will be placed in a room, where they will ask you to slip into the very attractive hospital gown. They will then place a strap around your tummy to monitor the baby’s heart rates and any contractions you may have. You will then have an IV put in and will start receiving fluids while you wait. The nurse will give you the opportunity to take some pre-nausea medication along with some pain relievers to help during the procedure. Your partner will then be given scrubs to change into in order to go back to the OR with you. You will go back first, and then your partner will be able to join you about 15 minutes later.
Everyone always thinks of the epidural first when it comes to giving birth. I was so scared and worried about this step. Rest assured, it’s not as bad as you think. After you have been taken back to the OR, the nurse will have you sit on the edge of the bed with your legs dangling. They will have you arch your back and drop your shoulders and relax. They will then place the epidural. I won’t lie to you, it definitely hurts, but it’s not unbearable. I had no idea how fast the epidural would start to kick in, but it was very quick. They will immediately lay you back and add leg compression cuffs. These cuffs will help keep the blood circulating through your legs since you will not be able to get up and walk around right afterwards.
Before my c-section, I had never had a catheter put in. I had no idea what to anticipate or how it would be placed. I honestly never felt it. Since it was placed after I had my epidural, I wasn’t able to feel anything. Once they took it out, the following day, there was a slight tug, but no pain.
Now that you are all set up and ready to go, it is time to meet your sweet little baby. You have waited so long for this, and you are probably feeling hot, nauseous, and anxious. The epidural will ensure that you do not feel any pain, however you will feel pressure. As the doctor delivers the baby, you will feel several hard tugs. Within about 10 minutes, you will be holding your little one in your arms. As you admire and cuddle your sweet one, have the nurse take your First Family Photo together. You will look back on this picture and be so glad you were able to caption this special moment.
I am not a licensed medical professional, these are simply my recommendations after my personal experience. After the procedure the epidural will start to ware off and the soreness will start to set in. One of the best pieces of advice I received was to stay on top of the pain medications. Whether it’s ibuprofen or Tramadol, make sure to bee taking them round the clock. Do not wait until you are hurting. I did this a couple of times during my stay, and later regretted it. If you wait until you are in pain, then the medicine will take longer to work.
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Along with your pain medications you will more than likely be given stool softeners. I cannot stress enough how important these are. After your surgery, the first time you have a bowel movement, it will be quite uncomfortable. After leaving the hospital you will want to continue to take stool softeners and drink lots of water. I
did not do this, and I remember sitting in the bathroom crying, because it hurt so bad. Trust me, you will thank me later for this tip.
As soon as the doctor has examined your incision and allows you to get up and move around, do so. The sooner you get up and start moving, the better. You will also want to get a shower a once you can move around. You will still be very sore, so take it slow, but you will definitely feel a lot better to clean up and change into some comfy clothes. Some women choose to stay in a hospital gown, but for me, I felt more comfortable in my leggings and giant t-shirt.
So now it’s time, you’ve got this mama! You have read and done your research and are ready for your c-section. It will go by a lot faster than you think and you will be holding that sweet little baby in your arms in no time.