Babies are great, and we would do anything to get them out safely. With that being said, having an emergency c-section was horrible. You don’t get to follow any plan or make your own decision about what you want to do… you HAVE to do it in order to get your baby out safely. It’s scary. It’s an emergency. Nobody wants to have an emergency where their child is concerned. However, it happens to lots of mothers and children. It happened to my son and I. He got out safely… after pooping inside me before he left. That was fun to find out later. Luckily, I didn’t get any infection because my doctor is amazing.
Everything happened really fast.. I remember that. My husband was told to go put on some sterile clothing before he could meet me in the surgery room. I hated being apart from him even if it was just for a few minutes. I remember being wheeled into the room on my bed and not being able to move because I had already gotten an epidural earlier. I hated that I couldn’t move and help get myself onto the operating table. Once the doctors had me down on the table, they made me put both of my arms out like I was about to sit up and take flight. Then they pumped me full of numbing medicine and pretty much everything below my boobs felt like air. Once my husband was in the room, they started. There was a lot of pressure and tugging, but it was painless. Then we heard the first sounds of our baby boy and all the scared and worried feelings I had were gone.
My husband went with the doctor to see the baby get his first bath and get weighed and everything. I missed that… and that sucked. I was wheeled to a recovery room and didn’t see my baby for about two hours after the operation. After the first hour in the recovery room, the numbing started to wear off and I got horrible searing pains from my c-section wound. It just kept getting worse and worse even with the heavy pain medicine they gave me. But I didn’t care… I just wanted to see my baby. When I finally got to see him, I felt no pain.
The next day was pretty tough. They took out my catheter and peeing pretty much hurt for three weeks after. The part that hurt the worst was when the nurses first make you get out of bed. They told me I needed to walk to the bathroom and try to go. It took me literally 10 minutes to walk 10 feet, but I did it. A nurse walked in with me and helped me go to the bathroom. Then, 10 more minutes to get back into bed.
I thought for sure I wouldn’t get to go home for another couple of days, but I was healing great and they let me go home two days after my surgery.
But, I hadn’t pooped yet. Let me tell you, THAT is the worst pain post c-section by far. Pooping and sneezing are the absolute worst. I cringe just thinking about it.
C-sections suck, but they’re completely worth every second of discomfort to have that beautiful baby in your arms. I would do it over and over again for my kids.