Bobbisworld: Brette's Birth Story
Thursday, May 22, 2008 12:00 PM
"During the c-section, I really didn't feel
anything, not even pressure...but I was sore all over for awhile."
Brette's special delivery
Our baby girl
Brette arrived on Cinco de Mayo by a planned c-section! When
we found out at our 37 week appointment that our baby was breech, I
wasn't a candidate for a version because of her estimated larger size
and somewhat low amniotic fluid, so we planned a c-section for four
days before my due date. I hoped she'd turn, and we did an ultrasound
five days before and the day of the c-section, but to no avail. I also
tried the various positions to get to her turn.
I arrived at
the hospital at 6:30 a.m. after not much sleep the night before. They set
me up to be monitored and I was having some contractions. Baby's heart
rate was good. They tried three times in three different places to put
in my IV -- it hurt like Hell. Then, they put in the catheter which was
awful. I couldn't believe how much it hurt; I cried out. I found out
later that even though they told me they can't do the catheter in the
OR after the spinal, this isn't really true and I should have stuck to
my guns and requested this. We then sat around for about an hour as the
OB came to walk us through the c-section procedure. I was really
uncomfortable at this time with the catheter and was already asking
when it would be coming out.
Prepping for surgery
They wheeled me in for my spinal
at about 9 a.m. That was a piece of cake, with just a little pinch and
some pressure, and then I started going numb. They laid me down and got
me all covered with antiseptic and set up the paper curtain so I
couldn't see anything happening. The weird thing was that they had the
table at a tilt so I was at a strange angle which felt weird. Then they
brought in DH to sit by my head in his scrubs. He was great; he kept
showing me pictures of our dog and other things on our camera to keep
my mind off the surgery. The anesthesiologist then tested my spinal by
putting a cold wipe up where I could feel it by my breast, and then
down further where I wasn't supposed to have feeling. I was warm,
heavy, and numb from my ribs down. I didn't have any problems feeling
like I couldn't get a breath or anything, which they had warned me
During the c-section I really didn't feel
anything, not even pressure. During the procedure my blood pressure was
really low -- I could see the machine and at one point it was
60-something over 30-something. I asked if this was normal and they
said it was within normal range, but low!
It only took about
10-15 minutes to get Brette out. She came out butt-first and she
screamed for another 10 minutes! They struggled a bit to get her out
because she was a little big. DH went with her to get weighed and
cleaned off. She weighed 8
lbs. and 3 oz. and was 19.75 inches. It took another 45 minutes or so to sew me and clean me
up. The whole thing wasn't uncomfortable, just weird; and I was really
groggy. I kept closing my eyes but then forcing myself to stay awake.
They then wheeled me into recovery for the next few hours. In recovery,
I threw up twice and ended up needing anti-nausea meds in my IV. They
said this was from my low blood pressure coming back up to normal range
so quickly after the spinal. I was also started on Percoset and Motrin
-- both of which I threw up. I ended up being sick, groggy, and in pain
for most of the day. I held Brette a few times and tried nursing her in
recovery and later in the day, but I really didn't want any other
visitors. Much of the first day is a blur. Finally, they put Zofran in
my IV at about 7 p.m. as I kept throwing up, and my nausea finally went
away enough for me to eat two pieces of toast and keep down my pain
A slow recovery
The first night in the hospital we only slept about
four hours, but Brette seemed to be nursing well so I was okay with
that. The next morning, they took out the catheter and my IV and got me
out of bed to walk around on my own a little. I showered and was up and
down all day! I even ate three full meals.
Going to the bathroom was
interesting, and they measured all my urine and the amount of fluids I
took in for the first few days. I still had some bleeding after a week
postpartum, but it was like a light-to-medium period. The hardest thing
about recovery was that I was sore all over for awhile, and my incision
area hurt if I went too long without taking the meds. Brette is doing
really well now. She's really cute and not very
fussy, and she had a beautiful head -- because it wasn't all squished!
(That's what the nurses kept saying, anyway. Who knows if that's true).
If anyone has c-section questions, feel free to ask me!
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