My C-section Experience

Did you know that it is C-section Awareness Month? I didn't until very recently. 
It's got me thinking about Blake's birth where I had to have an emergency C-section and about what people actually know about C-sections. 

When I had Blake back in December 2014 I wrote his birth story  but I haven't really wrote about my experience of having an Emergency C-section. Like what happens before, during and after having one. 

Why I had a C-section:
 C-sections are normally had for many reasons such as complications during labor,  a multiple birth, the baby is too large, HIV, if you've had a previous c section ( however this isn't always the case) etc. 

For me it was because my labor wasn't progressing I had been in labor for almost 23 hours when the decision was made to have an emergency c-section. 
Blake was stuck and in fact I split when they got his head out during the C-section. 

What a C-section Involves:
A C-section birth involves major abdominal surgery where an incision is made just above your pubic bone on the bikini line area, several cuts are made through skin, tissue and muscle to get to the baby. This is usually be done with a type anaesthetic such as an epidural or spinal block which allows you to remain awake if you want to.The baby is then delivered safely and you get stitched back up. 

Before my C-section
Everyone's experiences are of course different. 
For me the first step when they made the decision was for me to sign a consent form. 
At the time I was so exhausted that I didn't really read it as I just wanted to get my baby 
here safely and that was all that mattered. 

I was then sent down to theater where was prepped for surgery whilst Stuart was getting into scrubs in another room. As I had already had an Epidural all I needed was to be topped up with a higher dosage and then  they used a cold spray to make sure that I was numb enough. A small catheter was then inserted into my urethra, this is to help drain any urine during the procedure and also for the 12 hours after/ until the numbness has gone.

Because I was already on a drip to be induced and to also prevent dehydration, I already had an IV drip which was then used to administer antibiotics after my c-section. 

After My C-section 
After the c-section I was sent to recovery and was able to have some toast. 
At this point even though I had our little boy with us all I wanted to do was sleep. 
I had a nurse check up on me every so often during the night but one of the things 
that bothered me the most was that it was such a long time after giving birth that 
I was given the option to try and breastfeed. So Blake hadn't had anything from when he was born at 12:16 am until just before lunch time when I asked to be able to try and have help in doing so. This was approx 12 hours after he was born so he must have been so hungry  and I do believe this may have been why we struggled so much with latching. 

After attempting to breastfeed and having difficulty I was sent up to the ward where I
was given some compression stockings to prevent blood clots which Stuart helped me into. 
After having visitors I was told that I needed to try and get up and walk about. 
I can still remember the pain and thinking about it makes me wince. 
But I am glad I tried and walked a little bit around the room we were in. 

The nurses throughout my stay kept checks on me and gave me pain meds when I needed them. Another thing was I was given an injection for the first 7 days to help prevent any blood clots. When I went home after 3 days after I had to do the injection myself which wasn't too bad after the first few days of doing it. 

C-section Tips: 

-Pack large comfy knickers you will need them to prevent your scar from rubbing. 
Plus they are better than the horrible knickers they give you in hospital to wear. 

-  Make sure you pack comfy clothing maternity jeans and leggings were 
a staple for me for making feel comfortable and not rub on the scar. 

- Air your scar, this is important I made sure that I did this for 5 to 10 minutes to prevent infection a few times a day. 

- Try and rest I was lucky to have Stuart do a lot for me afterwards as I was in so much pain. 

- I have heard that its a great idea to get a c-section belt as they can keep the tummy lifted. 
I never tried one after having Blake but probably would if we have anymore children. 

I hope some of this information is helpful to anyone who maybe want's to know
more about C-sections in case they have to have one. 
Remember though that each person's experiences maybe different. 

Did you have a C-section? 
If so was it planned? or like me an Emergency? 

As I always I love to read your comments. 

Would you like to comment?

Gigglesinloveable said...

I think the idea of a c-section scared me when I was pregnant as I wanted to have a 'perfect birth' which I now know there is no such thing.

Brewtiful Fiction said...

I was lucky enough to get a natural labour with all of mine, although I was close to a csection first time round for the same reasons as you. Some helpful tips there!

Erica Price said...

Your experience was very similar to my own. C section after long labour and I didn't try to feed H (I was exhausted and had been left with a student midwife). He ended up in special care, but all was good in the long term and we breast fed successfully after a bumpy start.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes said...

Thankfully I had a natural labour with my little boy, but if I had to have a c-section I would have one in a hurry if my baby was medically compromised.

Unknown said...

Some great tips. I was also lucky to have a natural labour with Rosalie but you never know what will happen with the next one. Xx

Unknown said...

I had an emergency c-section when my daughter's heartbeat was slowing down. Turns out her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, just glad things turned out well in the end :)

Unknown said...

Wow thank you for sharing, I had no idea of the details of a c-section. Sounds quite scary, well done for getting through it! Xx

A Mum Track Mind said...

I actually begged for a C-section after 16 hours of labour but I'm glad I didn't end up with one because the recovery is so much longer

Emma T said...

I had an unplanned c-section too due to non-progression (we didn't even make 4 cm after only going from 1-3cm in 13 hours on a drip!). N was born in the afternoon so we tried feeding straight away afterwards, then I had a wash, some toast, and then tried feeding again. It didn't work for us because he wouldn't suck and that was a disappointment, but otherwise everything went really well. Surprisingly so.

Sounds like you knew a lot more about what was happening in the CS than I did

Unknown said...

That's quite a scary story. Happy that everything worked out well in the end. Good advice too!

Kara said...

After 5 natural births I never expected to have an emergency section and have to admit it is the most terrifying experience of my life as I felt so out of control. Recovery takes an awful lot longer too

Helen @ Fuss Free Living said...

I think that awareness is such a good thing, as I am sure that being in the position of needing an emergency c section must be terrifying. Hopefully this will help others.

beautyqueenuk said...

Ive never given birth, but I admit a c-section scares the life out of me x

Joanna Victoria -x said...

Yes definitely I felt exactly the same I wish I had known more about it at the time.

Joanna Victoria -x said...

It's scary when u don't know what's happening I wish I had been lucky to have had a natural Labour but at the end of the day its what's best for u and baby

Joanna Victoria -x said...

Good to know I'm not the only one. I couldn't breastfeed in the end had to go on to formula.

Joanna Victoria -x said...

Definitely at the time I didn't care about anythjng else but getting Blake here safe with us.

Joanna Victoria -x said...

Very scary

Emma Lambert said...

I love reading other people's birth stories and about c-sections as I haven't experienced a a c-section birth and it may help if I have one in the future. Great tips and I'm glad Blake eventually arrived safely xx

Fiona said...

I didn't have a c-section, I had a vacuum birth and that was after a 31 hour long labour. I have great admiration for women who have c-sections because the thought of one absolutely terrifies me.

Joanna Victoria -x said...

I must admit I didn't realise the details til I had it done. Which I had researched more.

Joanna Victoria -x said...

Yes definently

Joanna Victoria -x said...

Yes definently

Sonia said...

I've had three sections now, great tips especially about the large comfy knickers. ;)

Unknown said...

this is a great post for awareness and some fab tips. I've had two children through assisted V delivery but not C Section. xx

Evelina said...

Thanks for sharing such a personal story. I am glad to hear that everything worked out well in the end!

Steph said...

I had one for my twin birth, it was nice and calm and I recovered really well. I always tell people that if they need one there was no need to worry, as I had a really positive experience.

Zena's Suitcase said...

Having a c-section either in an emergency or planned for whtever reason seems like such a big decision to make. As you say it's major surgery, which is a huge deal for the body to go through.

Lilinha said...

I had no idea it was c-section awareness month. I also had an emergency c-section so it was very stressful for me and for the baby!

Steph said...

I haven't had a section but admire those women who have. It's the one thing I was petrified of having to go through during both my pregnancies but I delivered both my babies via forceps.

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing your story, it's really helpful to read. I had a very straightforward delivery with Toby but now at 39+2 I obviously have no clue what the next couple of days and weeks may bring! I like to read articles like this so I feel prepared for any eventuality xx