C-Section What To Expect (From a Mom of 4)
Okay, You have been delivered to news that you are going in for a c-section. If it’s an emergency c-section some things will be different from a scheduled. My first was an emergency and it happened fast. It was a blur and surreal. I personally don’t remember a lot from that experience. But with my other 3 children they were all scheduled c-sections and boy was I totally unprepared for that experience. Below is what to expect on a scheduled c-section also keep in mind everyone’s experiences can vary depending on the situation and your own personal medical background.
C- Section Delivery Steps
1. Pre- Operation – You will arrive about 2 hours before your scheduled c-section so keep that in mind when you schedule it. When you arrive you will check in, and then they will call you back to the pre-op room. Note : You have to fast the night before (something around 6 hours before your c-section).
2. Change into gown and be prepared to have a nurse shave your private area – Personally I always shave and take a shower before we leave for the hospital. I also blow dry my hair etc. Note : It may be up to 2 days before you get to shower again.
3. Hooked Up to Monitors – After you all changed they will disinfect your stomach area and incision area then place monitors on to measure heartbeat and whether you are having contractions.
4. Blood Work & IV fluids – The next step is the nurse collecting information and then all your blood work. They will try to put the iv in your non dominant hand so that you can nurse afterwards if that is your plan. They will numb your hand and then begin to take blood and get your iv started. You have to have 2 to 3 iv bag fluids before they can do your c-section. Note : you will have to get up and pee a lot before going in.
5. Then you wait….You will be visited by your surgeon and the anesthesiologist during this time frame. They will talk to you ask you questions, discuss any concerns.
Note : This is the time I make sure to let my surgeon know I don’t want staple if at all possible ( thankfully I have never had staples.. the thought makes me super queasy even while typing this LOL!) Also, for me personally I have a bad itching reaction to the spinal so the anesthesiologist knows to give me benadryl. It was so bad with my 2nd I thought I would claw my face off I scratched myself so bad I looked horrible.
6. Head to the Operating Room – They will take you to the operating room once in there you will be placed on the operating table. The nurses will introduce themselves and then they get the spinal started.
Note : During this Time you partner will be getting dressed for the c-section and will join you right before they start.
7. Time for Spinal – They will ask you to sit crossed legged on the operating table and hug a pillow. This is when the put your spinal in! Note : Personally this is the worst part for me I am super paranoid of needles. If you have an awesome anesthesiologist it goes really smooth. I have had experiences with both.
8. Time for Cather & Making sure Spinal is working – After the Spinal is done they will lay you back and then basically expose you from you chest down. They will place your Cather in and start testing the spinal. It always takes them rolling me and tipping me upside down to get my spinal to work.
9. At this point they will be putting up the curtain unless you want to see. They will hook you up to oxygen and bring your partner into the operating room.
10. Things to Note for C-Section Procedure – The Doctor will talk to you from time to time, you may feel tugging and pulling, it seems to go by pretty quickly. Then you will have your beautiful baby in your arms.
Note: You will see your baby for a few minutes and then the nurses do their check ups. Then they will hand you or your partner the baby back. Personally I have my husband hold our children during the rest of the surgery, and he holds them close to me. It involves my husband in the whole process.
11. Once the procedure is finished they will hand the baby to you and move you to recovery. There you will do the following :
1. Be monitored for any complications
2. Nurse and do skin to skin with your precious new baby.
3. Wait to be moved to your room.
12. Moved to Your Room – Lastly you will be moved to your room for recovery. The following will happen.
1. Meet your nurse and they will go over medications and the pain scale.
2. Put Massage wraps on your legs until the spinal wears off and you are able to get up.
3. Check the baby again and check you incision and do some compression on your stomach.
4. Give you the mound of paperwork you will need to fill out before released.
5. Let you know how to contact them if you need anything.
13. Settle In to Your Stay – You will most likely be in the hospital for 2-3 nights sometimes you have the option of the 4th night. I personally stay 3 nights. What to expect over the next few days:
1. Having your Cather removed and your fist visit to the restroom afterwards. You will be handed a squirt bottle of water to help with cleaning and your nurse will help you with this as well.
2. Moving around and slowly getting back your feet.
3. Getting to eat and finally getting a shower and into your own pj’s
4. Using stool softeners to have a bowel movement. I swear this makes you sweat the idea of having a bowel movement with your incision.
5. Getting to know your precious baby, visit from the pediatrician, and visits from a lactation consultant if you are nursing.
6. Finally getting everything set to go home.
Please comment below if you have questions or concerns I would be happy to answer them. Also, if you have had a c-section as well what are some of your experiences.
Til Our Next Adventure,