I struggled with high blood pressure throughout my pregnancy. I had pre eclampsia and a hemmhorage with my first baby, so we were on high alert this time. This second baby was also measuring very, very large. The decision was made to do a scheduled c section at 37 weeks. I was worried to have major surgery on top of delivery and worried about taking baby so early. My last pregnancy was an induction/vaginal delivery at almost 41 weeks.
We arrived at the hospital at 730 and surgery was scheduled for 930. All went smoothly and we took care of all the pre-op paperwork, IVs, blood draws, and doc visits.
Around 930, I walked to the operating room. I sat down on the bed to have the spinal placed. I felt a tiny sting where they numb the skin before the actual needle is placed. That was the last thing I felt before my lower half went basically completely numb. I could feel a little skin sensation and pulling/tugging but zero pain.
The surgery got underway and my only negative symptom was on and off nausea. The anesthesiologist did a good job of managing it for me when it got bad.
Baby was born at 10:03 AM weighing 10 lbs, 8 oz, and was 21 inches long. DH got to cut the cord and I got to look at him while I got stiched up. We were in the recovery room snuggling by 11am.
The postpartum recovery has really been a breeze. My bleeding has been lighter than a period since about day 5 and by day 10 I didn't need any pain meds any more. My incision is basically painless at this point.
Mentally, I had three days where I felt really, really bad. Crying, dark thoughts, etc. But I feel better now. I was taking anti depressants before I got pregnant and started them again the day I delivered. I'm glad to have them back again.
I'm so thankful to feel so normal at this point postpartum, because last time it took months. I'm not breastfeeding this time around so having my body back to myself already feels so good.
I found this whole birth experience to be so healing! Who knew?!
nectarine / 2690 posts
I'm so glad you had a great experience!!
pomegranate / 3355 posts
Great update! Congrats!
persimmon / 1233 posts
So wonderful! I love hearing positive C-section stories.
honeydew / 7235 posts
That is SO wonderful! Congrats!
wonderful to hear you had a great birth experience!
clementine / 935 posts
Congratulations! I loved my (unscheduled) c-section. I'm so happy yours was healing for you!
wonderful cherry / 21504 posts
That is so awesome! Sounds like a wonderful experience all around. Congrats!
Also wow- over 10 lbs at 37 weeks?! Sounds like they made the right call scheduling it early, right?
pomegranate / 3391 posts
Congratulations! I love hearing people speak of a healing second birth experience!
nectarine / 2461 posts
Yay, great update! Congratulations, I’m so glad it went great and he’s here safe and sound. And that’s one of the first times I’ve heard of the predictive size testing being accurate—maybe they’re getting better?
GOLD / eggplant / 11517 posts
@Foodnerd81: @LCTBQE: at 36 weeks they had him at 8 lbs, so they were probably underestimating him! So crazy
persimmon / 1365 posts
Thank you for sharing a positive c section experience! And congratulations!
apricot / 271 posts
Love this! My (scheduled) c-sections were similar. Congrats!!!