I had to have a scheduled C-section due to me having Placenta Previa. Placenta Previa is a condition where the placenta attaches itself low in the uterus, covering the cervix and blocking the exit for baby.
Boy, oh boy was I scared out of my mind!
I wanted to share with you all the raw truth about C-sections and postpartum that no one bothered to tell me! Lol (Disclaimer: every woman and every situation is different, you may not experience the same things I have)
1. Your partner cannot come in the Operating room with you right away.
I started to freak out when they told my boyfriend that he would have to wait outside until they prepped me. I didn’t want to be alone. They did bring him in before they started the actual procedure but it would have been nice to have him by my side through it all.
2. Spinal blocks HURT, a lot!
A spinal block is basically numbing medicine that they administer by placing a needle in your back. Now people were telling me that getting this done would not hurt. Many claimed i would only feel a pinch, similar to getting blood drawn. LIES. When that man first placed that needle in my back I jumped up off the table! Then he had to try again and it still wasn’t in right. I am thankful for the nurse who allowed me to squeeze her hand as hard as I could.
3. The procedure is over pretty quick!
In my mind, I thought I would be stretched out on that operating table for hours. Not the case at all. My doctor started the procedure at 12 on the dot and my daughter arrived at 12:12! I was stitched up and In the recovery room before 1pm! It happened so fast I was sure she made a mistake, didn’t put an organ back in it’s right spot, or something!
4. They make you get out of bed and attempt to walk the same day as the operation.
About 10 hours after being cut open, my nurse came Into my room and told me it was time to get out of bed. Whatttt! I was sure I was going to tear open my incision and have my intestines spilling out onto the floor. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad. Keep in mind I was heavily drugged as well lol.
5. The first bowel movement is no joke.
I never knew how much I relied on my abdominal muscles for simple things like going to the bathroom. Trying to have that first bowel movement is seriously torture. All the meds they give you constipate you (but they do give you a stool softener) and then having been cut from your skin all the way to your uterus makes pushing a task in itself. (TMI sorry). Patience and something to hold on to is what got me through! Lol
6. Longest period EVER!
I knew that just because I didn’t have a vaginal delivery I would still experience postpartum bleeding. But what I didn’t know was how long I was going to bleed! Granted so far it’s only been 3 weeks. But dammit, that’s long enough. The fact that it’s a possibility that this can keep on for another 3 weeks makes me miserable lol.
7. I thought everyone got staples and left with an ugly scar.
I assumed that staples was how they closed the incision and that every c-section mama was left with a terribly ugly scar that they cherish for what it represents. However, I was wrong. I actually got internal stitches that dissolved on their own. And as for my scar, it’s so thin you honestly cannot even tell what it is. I was seriously impressed when I saw it. You seriously cannot tell I had a C-section.