10 Things every mom-to-be should know about having a C-Section
I had two C-Sections already and I am about to have my third one very soon.
I’ve learnt that C-Sections can be different and your body doesn’t react the same every time.
I don’t regret my C-Sections because it was the best option for me however I wish I prepared myself more for what could happen in the theatre. I wish I paid more attention during the C-Section discussions at my antenatal classes.
My first C-Section was an emergency and only half an hour before I went to the theatre, I realized that my dream of having normal birth was slowly fading away…
I went inside the theatre clueless and scared… I looked around and started hyperventilating. It was a cold room filled with people who were waiting to do their job… operate on me!
Tip: My advice is to always research and read about what could happen during an emergency C-Section so you can prepare yourself mentally.
1. It’s just another working day at the office for everyone in the OR.
- I remember my first experience… I was so excited to see my daughter but the Gynae didn’t even know the sex of my baby or the history of his patient (me). The procedure was done by my gynae’s brother who was emotionless. That dampened the mood in the room and it is something I will always remember about my first.
- You have a say in the music you listen to during the procedure. The first time around it was 94.7 (didn’t know I had a choice) but the second time we had classical music which I loved thanks to my Gynae. It calmed me down and my son definitely had a dramatic entrance. 😉
- Your body will be exposed on a table but no one cares about it except you – I used to be really shy about my body but after my C-Section, I learnt that you need to leave your ego at the door before entering a hospital because everything will be exposed during/after birth and everyone will be staring at your vagina but not for the reasons you think.
2. Your partner might not be allowed cut the cord.
Not every doctor gives your partner the opportunity to cut the cord during the procedure especially if it is an emergency. My husband wasn’t allowed to do this during both my operations which is a bit disappointing.
3. You will have a catheter inserted before the C-Section begins and it will tingle.
I’ve always heard that it is painful when inserted. Thank God they do the spinal block before this so you don’t really feel pain because your body is starting to get numb but you do feel a tingle. It will be done before you even blink.
4. Spinals are scary but they work fast.
I remember staring at the needle and feeling dizzy immediately (I hate needles) but the Anesthesiologist was there to help and calm me down. My Gynae and Anesthesiologist were extremely sweet and asked me how I felt throughout and even entertained me so I wouldn’t think about what was happening (inserting it in).
5. You may feel itchy.
I got the itches during my first C-Section. My face, nose, arms and chest was itching (where I could feel). This had something to do with the spinal block.
6. Your mind can play games with you.
It felt very strange not been able to see OR feel my entire lower body. I kept telling my Doctor to put my leg straight even though it was. My mind was playing games with me and at one point, I felt like I was floating.
7. You might feel emotional.
During my second C-Section, I broke down in theatre and ended up encouraging all the doctors to sing to comfort me. It was funny and it made me smile again.
8. You could get “the shakes”.
The theatre is cold, so you may want to carry a blanket with but you can also end up with “the shakes” where your body can start shaking uncontrollably from head to toe because of the medication.
9. You might vomit.
A spinal block can make you feel nauseous and light-headed. This happened during my second C-Section but it went away after a while.
10. You can Breastfeed after a C-Section.
After they moved me off the operation table, I was given my son immediately for more skin to skin and breastfed as soon as I reached my room.
Instead of being scared of having a C-Section, enjoy the experience and savor the moments because these are the moments you will remember for the rest of your life. The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly, unfortunately.