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Hello, so I may or may not need a caesarean but I’m needing some reassurance from good stories so my head is in the right place if this does need to happen.
This baby is very low and I’ve been told my placenta is low and I may have to have a caesarean if it doesn’t shift.
This is the last thing I wanted to hear. I’m scared of the procedure, the healing, and also healing while looking after an 18 month old and a new born at the same time. Please any reassurance

Posted by Danicastefanie, 5th October 2021

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  • After having 3 normal deliveries my fourth bub was born via an emergency c-section which was very scary as I was in a low risk hospital who were not equipped for an emergency c-section everything went pear shaped and I had no choice I didn’t even have time to be flown to a bigger hospital but in saying that I was knocked out completely I don’t remember a thing I woke a few hrs later with a new bub but under all that the hospital did a great job my pain wasn’t to bad, I had no complications I was up walking the next morning, I went home the following day, I healed great and can hardly see my scar so I would have a c-section again.

  • @mumof3 I’m 21 weeks. My placementa has moved up 3 cm so they said I will be ok in that area… however the cord has implanted on the side of the placenta so this may cause other issues now

  • How far along are you? I have no experience with c-sections but I also had a low placenta I think it was called placenta previa? However it moved out of the way in time and I was able to give birth naturally. I hope the same happens for you, but I’m sure either way you will be fine.

  • Thank you for all your responses to my question. I really wish there was an option to reply to answers. But all these stories definitely help me to feel more relaxed around it, if it does need to happen. My main concern was healing with an 18 month old and how I go about not running around after him and picking him up etc. But it sounds like alot of mums manage ways around this

  • A planned C-section may not be in your original birth plan, or how you expected birth to be, but having gone through two (one for twins and one for the next singleton), I can say that my experience was not at all a negative one. Yes there is some healing which is different to recovering from a vaginal birth, but the C-section is very low (my scars are just above the pubic bone), and not really a long recovery. It may be difficult to pick up your 18 month old, but you will find things will change anyway- you have a newborn to pick up and carry now as well, so sometimes the older sibling has to wait or find new ways to be close to you. Having twins the first time around, my kids have always had to wait their turn!! I probably lost a day or two immediately after the birth when I wasn’t able to get around freely, but after that, I think things were generally pretty good. Enjoy building the bonds between your children, the birth is such a small part of the process, almost like the wedding to the marriage!!

  • I’ve had two c-sections.
    First was an emergency and second was elective. I was so traumatised by the first pregnancy, trying to have a normal birth but couldn’t and the doctor yelling at me saying I wasn’t pushing properly that I was so glad I got an elective one second time around.
    In all honesty I didn’t find the recovery period that bad. I was still able to do things as normal, just not carry heavy things and not being able to drive but you can’t really go anywhere that far these days!

  • My first bub was a face presentation when I went into labor& he couldn’t be turned so he ended up been a cesarean & then my other 2 bubs were delivered by cesarean also. I was a little in shock with the first one but knowing he was delivered safely made me thankful they picked it up early. The following 2 cesarean’s my bub’s came out without any of the bruising my 1st child went through, so you should be happy your Dr is watching out for you & bub. Hopefully you will have the help of your partner in those first few weeks when you shouldn’t be lifting anything heavy & just give yourself time to heal. All the best.

  • Lovely to read the different responses. I hope you’re reassured by all these positive stories Danicastefanie !

  • I had a caesarean and recovered well and quickly with not much pain afterwards.

  • I haven’t had a caesarean, but I had emergency abdominal surgery which left me with a very similar “wound”, and I had three kids to look after while recovering. The first fortnight is the worst; try to organise some support for that time. After that your healing will probably take a big leap forward, and everything will start to get easier.

  • You need to remember that its for your own good and safety of your baby. Good luck

  • I had 2 C-sections and healed very quick with both. Start eating and drinking as soon as you’re allowed too and walk around asap, it will quicken the healing process. I wasn’t in pain and refused all pain meds after the sections.

  • I have had two Caesars. The first was an emergency and the second was planned at term. The first was okay, When it was happening I was mostly concerned about my baby being safe. She was 31 weeks at the time. I healed well. I was up and walking around the next day for both of mine. You’ll be okay.

  • I’ve had 4 scheduled c-sections & each one was a totally different experience. It is daunting at first as there are so many Dr’s & nurses around but they are all very kind, calm & reassuring. Afterwards the recovery does take a while but just be kind to yourself & take it easy. My first 2 are 17 months apart & I had no support at home during the day. I got my oldest to stand on a stepladder to get on the change table so I didn’t have to lift her & I just left most of the heavy stuff, like washing, until someone could help me. I wish you all the best & you can do it!

  • I had 2 emergency caesarians about 2 years apart. Yes the recovery is slower and yes it is a bit painful afterwards but nowhere near as bad as you are probably imagining. You will need to go a bit slower for a while. The worst part for mewas the 24 hours after the strong drugs wore off, so Day 2. The first getting out of bed, first shower etc. After that things settle down. Take painkillers as needed and look after yourself. Have extra hands around to help you when you can. It is nowhere near as bad as you’re expecting though! xx

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