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My ELCS experience

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Firstpregnancy2014 Tue 09-Dec-14 19:25:56

I wanted to share my experience as i was terrified before mine so wanted to give people my views ! Feel free to ask any questions but here are main points I think are important-

- I had an elcs for anxiety- PUSH for it if you want it. I did and I don't regret it one bit

- I developed pre- eclampsia which resulted in my c section being moved from 39+ 6 to 38 weeks.. So don't think cause you have a date set that's it.. I only finished work 4 days before! Babys have a mind of their own!

- the procedure is fine- no pain at all other than the spinal going in, but it wasn't unbearable. I had the screen up for mine - the noises put me off viewing what was going on

- I was wheeled back to the ward at 12.30pm after my 11am c section - then plenty of cuddles with baby and felt fine for visiting time at 3.30

- midwives changing a sanitary towel for those first 24 hours .. URGH. I hated that part but it had to be done

- next morning at 9am I asked for my catheter to be removed, they removed it and the midwives helped me out of bed so I could go shower

- if I'm honest the pain I felt when I first stood up was unbearable. My stomach burned and I felt like I was about to rip in half. That burning sensation got better with every time I got up and stood up straight - but be prepared for the pain because I wasnt

- affer that first time getting up every day I felt better. I left the hospital after 2 nights on the wednesday. The first few days I was sore- but it wasn't unbearable just keep on top of pain meds.

- a week after op I was out with pram, still only little walks but abit each day made me feel better

- it was 3 weeks yesterday since my op- I have spent a day Christmas shopping, numerous meals out and I walk with the pram every day. My scar still twinges when I sneeze or cough or twist in a weird way.. But honestly no where near the sort of recovery time I thought it would be. My friend had a 10lb baby naturally the week before and she's still in a worse state than me !

After about 9 days I stopped all pain releif... Honestly the best experience of my life apart from that first time getting out of bed ! Also i took arnica tablets and peppermint oil capsules everyday which I think helped and I expeirenced no trapped wind!

Happy to ask any questions if anyone wants to know anything inparticular!

Stealthpolarbear Tue 09-Dec-14 19:28:25

Congratulations grin
Lovely to hear your story

Booboostoo Tue 09-Dec-14 20:38:15


I've had two wonderful ELCSs as well. I found recovery from the second one to be even easier than the first one.

EstRusMum Tue 09-Dec-14 23:44:47

Great. Congrats. flowers

Mine is coming up in January. So have a few questions.
Did you take Lactulose? Or anything else for constipation?
Did they shaved you or you did it yourself?
How was the aftercare on post-natal ward?
If you are breastfeeding how long did it take for milk to come in?
Any essentials that I should take with me? Something that you wouldn't imagine surviving without?
That's a start. I can't think of any more. At least for now. grin

StrangeGlue Wed 10-Dec-14 15:07:20

Really useful! Would love to know answers to Qs above and also: I assume partners can't cut the cord, is that right?

Booboostoo Wed 10-Dec-14 17:18:40

I didn't take anything and was not constipated at all.
They shaved me.
I was in Greece so probably not relevant but aftercare was brilliant.
Two days both times.
Tablet for MN updates!

I can't see why partners can't cut their cord. DH stood up at the right moment and saw both children being born.

Whenwillwe3meetagain Wed 10-Dec-14 17:32:48

I had my ELCS 19 days ago and I was really pleased w mine too. DH cut the cord and I was off pain meds after 10 days.
Mine actually turned into an emergency due to cord round ds's neck and dropped blood pressure but it wasn't a panic which kept me calm.
I'd absolutely have another section and my recovery has been easier than some nct friends who had a 'normal' birth. I really don't think they are anything to be feared and also I really don't feel I missed out on the birth experience.
We left hospital after a night and milk was a but slow but I got pumping so I managed to get quite a lot of colostrum.

Whenwillwe3meetagain Wed 10-Dec-14 17:35:13

I took arnica before and after.
Care was excellent until post natal ward hence why we only stayed a night. Too noisy, hot and not enough staff. Was much more relaxed at home.

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