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06/04/2013 at 09:35
So it looks like this one is a whopper and currently belly proportionately very big compared to head. That along with now having GD I guess will mean I'll probably either be induced or have a section. If I have an induction and struggle to get this one out would the recovery be much better than a planned section? My worry is it'll get stuck and need an assisted delivery or emergency section. But then I also worry about the recovery of a section!
so is there actually much difference between the 2?
06/04/2013 at 09:42
I took 6 weeks after assisted delivery (well just episiotomy) before I was allowed to drive, walk Etc and my stitches only just healing now so from a horror story pov I think that's similar to a c section recovery. But my case is unusual I think.
Never had a c section though.
06/04/2013 at 09:50
Well both my birth have been sections, first ailed induction, second planned. This one will also be planned. To be honest there wasn't much diff in my recovery. Home after 36 hrs with 1, 48 hours with 2 and hoping fir 24 hours this time. Up and about the following morning, stitches out on day 5 after which normal life resumed. I drove at 4 weeks both times - felt I could have sooner but this felt a sensible amount of time.
From some of the stories I've heard my CS recovery was much easier that many assisted deliveries x
06/04/2013 at 09:53
06/04/2013 at 10:13
N was an assisted delivery in theatre with forceps. I had an episiotomy.
After the spinal I was up and about within about 4-6 hours once they had removed the catheter. Aside from needing to sit on cushions / v pillows and using a LOT of padding in my pants in the first week or so I've never noticed any issue following the episiotomy.
I was driving within 4 days and could have done so sooner but thought 'why bother' as H was there. The first time I drove was to co-op for milk as I just needed to do something normal.
I would always discuss the rational for an assisted delivery before hand but I'm very keen to go this route again over csection if necessary.
Sex wise it took us 9 months to get back on the saddle BUT that wasn't the episiotomy, more a block in my brain which I had to overcome.
06/04/2013 at 10:39
L was assisted by ventouse and I had a 4th degree tear which meant i needed 3 hours surgery afterwards. I was very uncomfortable for ages due to the scar, not the stitches, which healed in 6 weeks, my midwife was impressed with how quickly they healed.
Like hep, sex wise it took us 10 months to get back, I was terrified about my scar but a mental block didn't help either.
This time around I am considering an Elective csection.
06/04/2013 at 10:50
C was assisted by ventouse, and although it was "only" an episiotomy and extended 2nd degree tear, it did take me quite a while to recover. I've no idea how many stitches I had, but the doctor seemed to be stitching me up for ages! I was able to drive within about a week or two (my first drive was also to the co-op!), but the pain and general uncomfortableness was there for quite a while longer than that - certainly in the first couple of weeks I struggled to comfortably sit or lie down. We did attempt sex within about 4 months, but it was a bit painful for the first few months.
Although the general recovery after a section is usually longer, and you can't drive for a longer period of time, I'm seriously considering and elective if we were to have #2 as mentally I don't think I can go through that again - but then the whole experience led in part to my PND and PTSD.
06/04/2013 at 11:01
I haven't had an assisted delivery but had a crash sec with J and a natural delivery with 3rd degree tear with B . Initially i felt bettet for the first week or so after having J and was out of hospital quicker with J but after 10 days or so after having B I started to feel much better and was quite upset that the consultant said i woyld have to have a section again if we had a 3rd!
06/04/2013 at 11:04
Mixed views then. Will wait and see what consultant says in a few weeks once I have another scan! I just think having only delivered a tiddler last time even an 8lber would be a shock to the system let alone 10lb plus!
06/04/2013 at 12:43
TBH though, B was a 10lb VBAC and I think she would have been fine but her shoulder got a little bit wedged and the midwife had to manouver her round and then she started to get distressed so I had to push her out quickly, otherwise I don't thibk I would have torn as badly
06/04/2013 at 12:55
I have been told by several midwives that it's the circumference of the head that matters for ease of delivery, not weight. The head is obviously the most difficult part to deliver and not necessarily related to the weight. You can have small babies with big heads and big babies with small heads, the latter being easier to push out. My friend had a 6lb11oz baby but had an assisted delivery as her daughter had a big head! Another friend who had GD was estimated a huge baby, he popped out just under 10lb but relatively easily as his head wasn't too big.
Not sure that's remotely helpful and i don't have any helpful experience as P was 6lb1oz! Just another perspective though, sounds like chatting with the consultant is the best option. I've a feeling they won't section you just because baby is big anyway, they'll want you to try and deliver naturally i'd have thought.
06/04/2013 at 13:46
I think one of the advantages of a C-section is you would KNOW the recovery in advance - you'd know how long before you could drive or lift water buckets etc (!) and be able to put plans in place for that in advance. Of course, you could put the same plans in place from a known induction date and then if recover was quicker, either enjoy the time off other jobs, or take them back over sooner than anticipated.
06/04/2013 at 13:53
I only have experience of a planned section. Maybe I was lucky but I found it so much easier than I expected. As soon as my catheter was out the next morning I was in the shower and walking around as normal. I was much more mobile than other women on the ward who had had vagibal births (but I assume they had had complications for them to be transferred to the ward). I could stand, sit, walk easily and drove after a week and a bit I think.
06/04/2013 at 14:19
I would agree with AR, I had to have the episiotomy due to Hs head and its angle as he twisted it round. Without that he'd have come out no problem and he was almost 9lb
06/04/2013 at 15:04
I've had two assisted deliveries - ventous and forceps. In both cases I had an epitostomy and was up and about within hours (actually more quicker with foceps as the epidural had worn off!). The ventous delivery was less traumatic due to the position of the baby. In the forceps delivery, I actually begged them to try forceps as I was so scared about the recovery needed when I had a toddler, as they were about to take me to theatre. They then manually turned her and pulled her down. Dreadful at the time, but you do forget! Obviously a planned C section would be preferable to an emergency one, but you never know what will happen. I think the position of the baby will have more impact than the actual size (unless absolutely massive!) as S was sideways and didn't move down on her own accord. I'd told them all along it was going to end with assistance or a C-section! If everything looks favourable, then a straightforward assisted delivery should make recovery much quicker I'd presume.
06/04/2013 at 16:18
I had forceps in theatre, 3rd degree tear. Recovery took a good few weeks, mostly the bruising/scar was sore/achey. I also had a pph and had to have a transfusion. That slowed my recovery more than anything, the scar was just uncomfortable but otherwise I would have been able to get about (slowly!). Blood loss/pph is a possibility either way though so I'm not sure if that helps! One final thing though, it was my first 8lb-er that needed assistance. My 9lb-er was straightforward.
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