I had my ideal birth mapped out… A water birth I had my labour playlist ready, my fairy lights for ‘mood lighting’ and my humongous bag of my fave snacks for when I was feeling peckish. 13 hours later and my baby was stuck. I had never imagined a c section and when they told me there was no other option and my baby was in distress my words were ‘please anything just so she is here and safe’. I had done NCT classes but I was not prepared for an emergency c section or the recovery and I wish I had been so here goes… Here are the things I wish I had known…
- The scar is so low you can’t even see it wearing knickers or a bikini!
- It really isn’t a big deal – the scar is so neat and tidy I hardly notice it. I was so scared of a massive hideous scar for life that I would have to hide and be ashamed of but this is so far from what it is.
- Ask for stitches not staples- I didn’t even know there was a choice! Some doctors may staple out of pure laziness. Thankfully mine stitched! 🏻
- The tugging you can feel in surgery is normal and even though you can feel it in your high tummy you don’t need to panic.
- You may find it hard to pass wind or go for a ‘you know what’ afterwards for a few days; don’t panic like I did. I wish someone had told me this was normal post stomach surgery. I spent the following 3 days thinking they had put my intestines in wrong. For this reason, only eat plain foods for your first few days post birth because I learnt the hard way by putting a kebab in there for my first meal.
- Lactulose will be your best friend for the next few weeks.
- Do not miss your meds – keep on top of the pain of surgery recovery.
- In hospital during your recovery, do not be afraid to USE THE BUZZER – don’t do what I did and try to act all brave by getting up and doing things. The quicker you heal the faster you can be back to normal so take it easy!
- Your uterus will contract each time you breastfeed which will therefore cause pain in your scar – meds meds meds!
- Breastfeeding- you won’t be able to hold your baby properly for a few weeks. I found the best way to feed without hurting your scar because of putting pressure on your tummy is by holding your baba like a baseball
And there you have it, top 10 ‘I wish I had known’ for an emergency c section. #alwaysbesttobeprepared