Cesarean Section

Recovery After C-Section

Birth not to Plan

October 10th, 2012 Posted in C Section Birth Stories

Most of us want the all-natural birth and that’s how we start off on our birth plans…..

But things happen and then the birth plan changes. It takes us a long time to come to terms with the changes.

I had 3 vaginal births and felt that I had never given birth at all. It took me a long time to come to terms with all the interventions in my vaginal births. I finally had a planned c-section with my 4th baby (due to the extremely difficult birth of my thrid baby) and everything fell in place. I gave birth by the method that everyone deems is the worst birth possible and yet I was happy and holding my healthy baby!

A far cry from my third vaginal birth where I was holding a blue baby for a few moments before he needed oxygen and possible removal to the high care baby unit. My husband was in tears from worry.

I don’t know the answer between a natural birth plan and the reality of our birth experiences – but, for me, antenatal classes just didn’t seem to prepare me for not follwing the natural birth plan we dreamed of.

The following article is great for mothers coming to terms with their births – when they have not gone as planned. Best wishes with finding your own way of coming to terms with your birthing if it doesn’t happen as planned – it’s your own personal journey.


Third, Fourth or Fifth C-section?

August 28th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

Birth after c-section?

You may be able to have a vaginal birth in the future, depending on the underlying cause of your caesarean.

There’s no evidence that ‘once a caesarean always a caesarean’. There are a variety of recommendations about the number of caesareans that can safely be performed. The current thoughts seem to be that after three C-sections the surgical risks must be weighed carefully against the desire for subsequent pregnancies.

This is no doubt true after any pregnancy and birth – even the first. I always weighed up the risks my next pregnancy and birth after each of my births. I knew that after my third vaginal birth that any other births would be by c-section and given my birthing history this was also recommended by my health professional.


C-Section after previous Caesarean

August 4th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

The BBC have printed a story about an australian study based on choices after already having a c-section:

:Women opting for a C-section after a previous Caesarean delivery are less likely to suffer severe complications, two
studies suggest.

Australian researchers found the risk of stillbirth was lower in women who had a planned repeat C-section rather than trying for a natural labour.

Meanwhile, a UK study found the chance of womb rupture was reduced when mothers had an elective repeat section.

But risks are low for both natural birth and Caesareans, say experts.

A woman should discuss their individual options with their midwife or obstetrician, said the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists….”

To read the full story go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17353803

Breastfeeding after C-Section

January 29th, 2012 Posted in C Section

Health professionals recommend breastfeeding within the first hour after giving birth. They believe this for a few reasons:

  • It helps with the bonding of you and and your baby and helps increase your confidence as a new mother.
  • Your baby gets to drink your colostrum (the first liquid you produce after birth), which provides protection against infection and disease.
  • It will help stimulate your baby’s digestion system.
  • It enhances your birthing experience for you and your new baby with closeness and skin-to-skin contact.

The above is generally recommended after nearly all birthing methods….. so what is different after caesarean section?

  • After a caesarean section your first breastfeed may occur in the operating room, while your incision  is being closed. More commonly, it is in the recovery room, as soon as possible after delivery. If you do not feel comfortable or confident in these locations – then just enjoy skin-to-skin contact with your new baby and complete your first breastfeed, a short time later, when you are back in your room. Remember one of the reasons for early breastfeeding is for you to gain confidence.
  • Your baby may be affected by the anaesthetic and this may affect the feeding behaviour of your baby. Your midwife should stay with you during breastfeeding if you are on intravenous drugs to relieve pain. Your midwife should be able to let you know if your baby is feeding well.

I will add my personal experience for your information only.

For me – my first breastfeed was in the recovery room. This worked well for me and for my new baby. I felt relaxed and confident. However, my milk did not come in until 3-4 days later – as compared to 2-3 days after my previous vaginal births. However, the colostrum I produced, was enough to keep my baby happy while we waited for the milk – and she was a big 9lb 9oz girl.

What to Look-Out for After C-Section

September 23rd, 2011 Posted in Problems after cesarean section

Detecting Infection after Caesarean Section

I have spoken lots about getting things checked out if you are unsure after your C-Section – but what symptoms must you do something about?

Contact your GP straight away if you:

1. Develop flu like symptoms

2. Get a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius

3. Have pain or difficulty passing urine

4. Your bleeding becomes heavy and you pass clots or have a smelly vaginal discharge

5. You experience redness/pain or increased abdominal wound ooze

And as I have said before, check out anything else that concerns or worries you as well.

3 Tips to Prevent Infection After C-Section

August 22nd, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized

Preventing Infection After C-Section

  1. If you have been prescribed antibiotics prior to leaving the hospital – please finish all the tablets
  2. Use sanitary pads rather than tampons until the bleeding/discharge has stopped
  3. Do not swim in spa pools and swimming pools until all the bleeding/ discharge has stopped following your surgery 

Guess What Just Blew In?

August 5th, 2011 Posted in Problems after cesarean section

Wind pain

Now I wasn’t expecting this … but apart from the pain … the size of my post-partum tummy, being so full with wind, meant I still looked pregnant! It took about 2-3 weeks to relieve and I was so pleased with the “size loss” and pain relief.

Wind pain after gynaecological surgery is common and is caused by interruptions in the workings of your gut caused by the surgery. Unfortunately it can cause discomfort.

Good ideas to help relieve wind pain:

  • Keep Active – Walking around can often help encourage your digestive system to start working again.
  • Peppermint tea is helpful and can soothe abdominal discomfort due to wind pain.
  • The physiotherapist may be able to help with exercises
  • Warm Pack placed on your stomach area to relieve the pain.

These tips may help relieve your abdominal discomfort and encourage your gut back to proper working order.

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July 2nd, 2011 Posted in C Section

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Worried about numbness around your incision?

June 3rd, 2011 Posted in Problems after cesarean section

Are you worried about a numb spot or area around your incision?

A c-section is abdominal surgery. You have had major changes to your body. Your body protects itself by noticing any changes. Your body alerts you through pain and the nervous system if there is anything different happening to your body. So yes, your body will be trying to let you know about the c-section and all that changes that have happened to it. In fact your body will be so aware – that you will need painkillers straight after the operation.

But what about at home? You will notice changes around your incision. The first time you touch your incision it will feel strange. In fact, my husband was the ‘brave’ one, who touched mine first. It is very normal to be worried about changes in your body.

You may find you have numb areas on or around your incision. They feel different and unusual. If you are worried about anything to do with your incision, however minor, please get it checked out. You have a new-born baby to care for and you don’t want to lose more sleep worrying about your incision.

If you are in doubt about anything to do with your incision, or if you are worried, please get it checked out and let yourself get some rest… you deserve it!

For me, the numberness surrounded only the last 5 cms on the right-hand side of my incision and stayed like that for months. Thankfully, it eventually went away. All I can let you know is my personal experience – a medical professional will be able to let you know what is happening with your body. There is no substitute for getting the right help for you when you need it.

My 3 Must-Haves after C-Section

May 10th, 2011 Posted in About C Section

My three must-haves after C-Section

1) Help – easily my number one ‘must-have’ – but I don’t think it matters where the source of help comes from – ie partner taking time off work, to mother coming to stay and even paid cleaning help.

2) Comfortable Underwear – both for personal comfort and to help recovery. I would not have a c-section in the future without a supply of C-Panty underwear.

3) Knowledge – understanding whether the pain and tingling sensations around the incision were normal or whether they required medical attention. I had some worries, only to be told all good. Luckily I never had any complications, but if you are unsure of anything – get it looked at! I had a great book on c-section recovery and also used the internet for information. Both were invaluable.