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25/07/2013 at 16:17
My son gave me a totally 'perfect' pregnancy. I joked to the MW that it would mean a dramatic birth, which, of course it was. Blue lights, an EMCS, baby in NICU for a couple of days etc.
Anyway, baby #2 will be here soon(ish) and we have gone for an elective as I want the whole shebang to be as controlled as possible. Obviously I could go into labour naturally before then, but would rather not risk the unknown, or be in a position where I try vbac and then end up having an EMCS again.
So, date is booked, and I have seen the consultant, but they only really go through the process and not much more.
What I'd like to know is do any of you have any tips or advice for before/after? I got one of those bumbag type belts last time that have a plastic insert, which I didn't buy until a couple of weeks after when a friend recommend it, and I will definitely use it this time. But is there anything else I need or could use? Someone said arnica tablets can be good?
Also, how did you heal after 2 sections? My scar from first one healed beautifully and if I was slim (ha!) I'm sure it wouldn't be too noticeable. But I hear you can get bad belly overhang with sections , or should I just expect that anyway after 2 kids?
Any tips, hints, etc gratefully received!
25/07/2013 at 16:23
I took arnica after both of mine and have it ready again this time, but I couldn't say whether it helped or not having not tried without it - worth a go though. Best tip is to keep on top of the painkillers, even if you think you don't need them anymore and don't rush the recovery, take your time and rest plenty. Healing was okay for me, I do have a little overhang but I never had a flat tummy before anyway. It definitely got better with weightloss and exercise afterwards though.
25/07/2013 at 16:24
I have had 2 emcs. Took a bit longer to heal second time around, aggravated by buggy pushing 2 weeks after so take it easy is my top tip! I have no more of an overhang than i had before tbh. Arnica is meant to be good but i forgot to take mine most days. Erm what else.....big knickers! Cook in advance and freeze so you dont have to worry about cooking. If its still hot put a sanitary pad over your scar to keep moisture out. Cant think of much else....x
25/07/2013 at 17:50
I have just had my second section. First was a crash section under GA and this one was planned. It was an amazing experience. I thought it might feel very medical and "every day" given the staff would be doing them all the time, but they still made it feel like a really special occasion. As for recovery, well mine didn't go to plan so I needed a blood transfusion so I guess that has slowed things down a bit. I was expecting to feel better sooner from what others had said but I'm getting there now. I'm 7 days post birth and have managed to go out for lunch but much more than that and I am uncomfortable.
I bought one of those pouch things for this time as wanted one last time but couldn't get it, although I haven't used it. I'd suggest some kind of feeding cushion for feeding baby as I found it difficult holding her against my tummy, but this might partly be because i am short.
25/07/2013 at 18:06
I recovered so much better after section 2. I took arnica for two weeks before, which I think may have helped. Definitely keep taking pain killers. I took them for two weeks and felt fab.
I was lardy before but my overhang is pretty grim :(
25/07/2013 at 18:50
I had a crash section under ga and was feeling like I'd been hit by a bus till about 16 weeks post birth, I was booked for and elcs but went into
Labour, he was transverse so I would have still had to
Have section anyway but if he wasn't I'd have been demanding one.
The second was classed as an emergency but it wasn't as it was very calm. My scar was awful first time and they had to use staples this time because I'd so much scar tissue from first time but its better than it was.
I was home day 2, felt a but tired but other than that was absolutely fine, actually wanted h to go back to work as he was getting under my feet
What are these bum bag things?
25/07/2013 at 21:30
They call it a support belt, but to me it was more like a bumbag, lol.
26/07/2013 at 10:21
I had two sections, first one was an EMCS, which i ended up with a major infection and then back in hospital for a week on IV anti-biotics. The second one i healed brilliantly after, but i made sure i got as much rest as possible, having learnt the mistake of trying to do everything too soon after the first one.
The second section was planned but my waters went before the section date and so i was taken in a couple of days early, and it was classed as an EMCS, but it wasn't anything like the EMCS the first time around, it was calm, i was aware of what was going on in theatre where as before i'd been high on gas and air.
I had to be careful lifting my daughter after my section the 2nd time around (she was only 12 months old), and i do have belly overhang, but i'm big anyway, and was never going to be wearing a bikini, so it doesn't bother me too much.
26/07/2013 at 12:52
My first was EMCS, in hospital for 5 days really knocked me for 6.
Second was elective, they had a slight problem with the catheter, first time failed and there was blood, so the second one had to stay in for 48 hours, to let whatever had been nicked to heal, but was out of hospital within 4 hours of it being removed - basically had to have a normal wee, keep the painkillers regular and even if you feel well keep going for as long as recommended - don't wait for the pain, I felt so well that I overdid things, I had A Thursday am, was back home Saturday pm, and doing a Sainsburys shop Sunday morning. I don't have a flat tummy, but I didn't before kids either, trying to get fit and tone up now.
26/07/2013 at 16:52
Thanks everyone. I am really hoping its plain sailing, and same for recovery after. I remember being very uncomfortable but not in masses of pain (although I did keep on top of all mess).
Fingers crossed all goes well, will update after D-Day (or C- Day!)
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