To say it was the best day of my life is an understatement...
Of course as most women do, I had a birth plan in the beginning, and of course that plan usually doesn’t work out as mine didn’t. I had planned on having a natural vaginal birth with no epidural or medication. But when I was diagnosed with placenta previa 4 months into my pregnancy that plan started to become unrealistic.
[Placenta previa is when the placenta is low lying and covers part or all of your cervix. If the cervix is covered it’s dangerous, hard, and sometimes not possible to give birth vaginally. With placenta previa you’re at risk of bleeding out any time during your pregnancy. As my doctor would say, if your placenta previa isn’t symptomatic it’s easier to forget you have it. Luckily I never bled but it was still stressful knowing something so serious could happen. I just was not able to do impact workouts or drive out of the county so I could be close to my hospital and doctor.]
Although I knew my placenta was low, most previas resolve themselves by the given due date so I was still planning on a vaginal birth. Skip to 5 months later, my placenta hadn’t moved enough so we decided the safest route for me and baby was to have a c-section.
I had to wrap my mind around an all natural plan shifting to the complete opposite.
Before the surgery
The positive part about having a c section was having it scheduled. There was no element of surprise. We woke up the morning of, drove to the hospital, and 2 hours later we met our daughter. We had to arrive at the hospital at 5:30am to prep for surgery and by 7:54 our daughter was born.
The surgery itself was a whirlwind but all in all it lasted about 45-50 minutes. I went in first and the team started my spinal. It just felt like from my belly button down was asleep. It wasn’t like I couldn’t move my legs or toes it just felt warm and tingly as if they were asleep. 20 minutes later they laid me down and brought in my fiancé. The second he came in the surgery started and 10 minutes later baby P was here. The remainder of the surgery was stitching me back up.
The day of the surgery was a lot. I never was on pain medication or narcotics. Because anesthesia can make you nauseous they give you anti-nausea medicine. The anesthesia can also make you extremely itchy so I was also given Benadryl. We stayed in the hospital a total of 2 days. The first night is very tiring because the nurses will come in every hour to check your vitals and baby's. The second night it's every four hours. As far as pain, I never wanted to take the pain medicine that was prescribed so I just took Tylenol and Motrin- that did just fine for me. I also made it a point to walk a little bit around the hospital floor. If you can’t tell, we were ready to get out of there.
The recovery at home for me was easy! My scar will be numb for about 6 months and my incision or stomach never gave me pain, but my back killed me. It just overall felt like a soreness. I was never in excruciating pain. I also like to attribute this fast recovery to my doctor, he truly is the best.
This is not to say everything was so easy and swift. It hurt to laugh for a while but I wasn’t crying in pain. I almost passed out after standing up the first time from surgery but I survived. Taking care of a baby, plus breastfeeding, plus recovering from surgery is hard as hell but I wasn’t bedridden and life wasn’t over. Each day gets easier. You can walk further, lift heavier things, and slowly rebuild your strength. It wasn’t a walk in the park but it wasn’t the worst thing in the world. If I had to do it all over again the same way I would and wouldn’t think twice about it.