What to Expect During A C-Section Delivery

New Born Bed Warmer in ORA C-Section is a major surgery and can be very scary for most moms, it was for me.  I was terrified when the ultrasound technician discovered that my son was breech.  My doctor order an ultrasound to check my amniotic fluid levels once I reached 40 weeks because with my oldest son, my fluid levels dropped after I was full term.  When I saw his head in my ribs during the ultrasound, I immediately knew that I would have to deliver him by c-section.  After a discussion with my doctor, she explained that they could attempt to turn him via manual inversion with an epidural but that I would have a high risk of bleeding, since my placenta attached itself to top of my stomach instead of its normal spot behind the baby.  I felt that my best option was to proceed with a c-section for safety reasons, even though I was very disappointed that I wouldn’t have the delivery that I had been planning for months.

Disclosure:  This is post is for informational purposes only.  All opinions in this post are based upon my own experience.

Try to Relax and Rest as Much as You Can Before Your Scheduled C-Section

After leaving my doctor’s appointment, I headed to the hospital to have pre-op blood work done.  I was very nervous and excited at the same time.  I was able to get all the last minute things done before I had to head to the hospital.  I was happy to know that I was coming home with a baby and that I no longer would be a miserable pregnant lady in a few days.  If you have a c-section scheduled, try to relax as best as you can and try to rest as much as you can.  Once your baby is here, you will be busy taking care of a newborn and nurses will bother you in the hospital every few hours checking on you and the baby.

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2 responses to “What to Expect During A C-Section Delivery”

  1. Elizabeth McGeee Avatar

    Hi Christy,

    Your C-Section was so similar to mine with the exception of the spinal. I had an epidural which they did in my room before going to the OR. Epidural is a continuous flow of anesthesia vs. a spinal that works only so long, so administering it in the OR makes sense.

    Anyway, it’s good for women to hear our stories because the point is to know what to expect. I didn’t know what to expect when I had my first C-Section and there’s definitely an element of fear with the unknown, so post like these help a lot.


    1. Christy Avatar

      Thank you for sharing your experience too. I know that I looked for information online about c-sections when I got the devastating news that I was going to have to have one, I was unable to find very much information on what to expect. I wanted to share this information so that women could understand and know what they should expect.

      I was also fearful because I didn’t really know what to expect even though my own mom had several c-sections. My older kids were born vaginally so when my youngest decided to turn breech I knew right away that I would have to have a c-section if he didn’t turn by the time I had to report to the hospital.

      My doctor did offer to try to turn using a special technique with an epidural. At the time, I felt that it was best to go for the c-section because I had an anterior placenta and the risk for rupturing the placenta was much higher. I didn’t want to risk it.

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