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10/06/2012 at 10:35
10/06/2012 at 20:24
Hi, i had my c-section with a spinal, even though it was an emergency. My friend gave birth about a month after me and had to have a section under general anaesthetic. She was very disoriented afterwards, and upset that she didn't get to be the first to hold her baby, or see him straight away, but it was the best for them both. We've both recovered equally well, but for some reason she was stitched with stitches that needed removing, whereas mine were dissolvable - this was at the same hospital so we found it a bit strange!
Have you had to have a section?
10/06/2012 at 23:57
11/06/2012 at 13:19
Will you be given the option for a general?
While I was pregnant I wasn't at all worried about labour and the birth, except for the thought of having to have a section. But I also never expected to need one, so it was a complete shock to me! I was terrified because i was concerned i'd be able to feel it, and i never wanted an epidural because of the thought of the needle in my back.
Ryan was facing sideways so after pushing for an hour they decided they had to get him out, and i was hysterical because i was so unprepared for it. However, my second midwife was ace, she calmed me down, they let me continue with the gas and air while they did the spinal (not sure if this is the same as epidural, or if it just goes in the same place) and the anaesthetist was really reasurring too. I didn't feel a thing, and he was out in no time.
I had him at 4.45pm, and they had me up and about the next day at 11am. Had no problems with my stitches. Didn't really have many afterpains, just a bit achey. They gave me dichlofenac (sp.) and paracetamol, and had to have clexane injections to avoid DVT. Didn't take my full course of painkillers as I just didn't need them. Recovered really well, was driving at 4 weeks, but out and about walking before that, although i knew about it if i over did it.
If you do have to have one at least you will be prepared, and can talk through all your fears beforehand. I feel really positive about it as it all went well and I have my beautiful baby safe and sound! Also left us with a funny anecdote - hubby tells me the surgical team all gasped when they pulled him out as he was 9lb 12oz, big baby!
Let me know if you'd like to ask anything else about it, or for more reasurrance. Hopefully though your placenta will have moved by your 20 week scan so you won't have to worry!
16/06/2012 at 20:26
16/06/2012 at 21:57
12/04/2013 at 16:07
14/06/2013 at 09:23
Hi even with emergency sections there are three categories of emcs.
Category 1 means thu need baby out ASAP and there is a risk which means a GA would be safer for you both. This tends to bOdin case the mother might need a longer surgery afterward or the experience might be unpleasant.
Category 2 is when all baby has gotten distressed so baby needs to be out as soon as possible but there is no apparent risk to mother and it baby of other complications.
Category 3 is very common and this is usually to do with failure to progress. This could be due to position, exhaustion, small pelvis but baby would usually be ok. Maybe starting to show signs if distress.
Only category one is usually a general anaesthetic but technically all would have the potential to go to a GA if this is in the best interests.
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