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What it feels like to have a scheduled c-section

What it feels like to have a scheduled c-section


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I have carried and given birth to two children – but I've never been in labor. Both my babies were born via scheduled c-section, and I'm really glad for that.

As someone who is extremely averse to pain, when I discovered I was pregnant for the first time, all I could think about was what it would be like to be in labor. Looking at online labor videos terrified me. I had no idea how I'd be able to go through with it.

Fate intervened. Due to the position of a couple of large uterine fibroids, my OB informed me that I'd have to have a c-section. I was a tiny bit disappointed that I wouldn't experience labor, but I was way more thankful that I didn't have to experience labor.

At the time, I don't think I had any idea what a serious procedure having a c-section is. I'd once had an outpatient procedure that kept me out of work for a few weeks, and I figured it'd be similar. It wasn't.

A lot of c-sections use bikini-line incisions that can make VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) possible. Due to the position of my fibroids, however, I have a large vertical scar. Even though I was afraid of the pain of labor, I considered trying a VBAC the second time around. But after seeing my scar, my new OB advised against it. She thought I would be at risk for uterine rupture, so I decided to go ahead and schedule another c-section.

The best part of having a scheduled c-section is knowing exactly the day your baby is going to be born. For both of my c-sections, my OBs and I determined the date of surgery during the first trimester. They wanted to make sure I was at least 37 weeks pregnant, and didn't want to risk that I might go into labor naturally. I gave birth to both of my children via scheduled c-section during my 38th week.

Leading up to my first c-section, my appointments were normal. My doctors didn't give me any additional instructions leading up to the surgery. I was hoping for more guidance, but when I asked if there was anything I should be doing to prepare for my delivery, they said no.

A couple of nights before my scheduled c-section, I received a phone call from a delivery nurse who let me know what time to come in. The nurse told me to shower before I came, and to wear freshly washed clothes to help prevent any sort of infection. She also let me know they would be shaving the top portion of my pubic hair, so if I was able to do that at home, it would be a help. I was also instructed not to eat or drink anything after midnight.

My first scheduled c-section was first thing in the morning. I went to the hospital, checked in, and was led to a room where I changed into a hospital gown. A nurse came in and scrubbed my stomach for a full three minutes with soap and water. Then, although I had shaved, she did a quick once over with a razor.

After that, I was led into the operating room and met with the anesthesiologist. He explained how the epidural would work, and then administered it while I was sitting up. Then he helped me lie down and strapped me onto a bed.

The actual c-section was uneventful. I was numb, so all I could do was lie there. The doctor explained that I would feel some tugging, and I did, but there wasn't any pain. About 20 minutes later, I heard my baby crying.

A nurse carried the baby to me so I could see her, and then took her away to get clean while I was getting stitched up. Afterwards, I was taken to a recovery room and got to hold my baby in my arms for the first time.

All that said, while a scheduled c-section might seem easier than having a vaginal birth, it really isn't. While it was nice to know when my baby was going to be born and to plan my life around that date, recovering from a c-section is no joke.

Having a c-section is a major surgery and it impacts your body tremendously. After having my oldest child, I had back issues for years. It's been two years since my last c-section and I'm still dealing with challenges that come from having a weak core. I may not have had a vaginal birth, but I still worked hard.

A scheduled c-section isn't for everyone, but if you have to have one (or choose to have one) you should know that it's just as much of a life-changing experience as going through labor. You're still strong, brave, and deserve to be celebrated for bringing life into this world.

Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.


Watch the video: ObGyn Mom 5 Tips for C-Section Recovery (May 2022).


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