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Old 08-28-05, 10:11 AM
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Oh my gosh that's awful about your friends baby
 
How sad for them! Are you glad you are having a vaginal birth? Did you think you wouldn't be able to? I'm actually secretly hoping for a c-section. I know vaginal is better, but a c-section seems so quick and painless (until after). Sorry you didn't go with your hubby this weekend. I hate getting left behind. Did the dr think you would play too rough if you went
 
I actually should have taken it easy this weekend, but I didn't and now I'm feeling it. When I over-do it, I get crampy and achy and it doesn't feel very good. My nephews 1st birthday party is this afternoon, so I'll be over there for most of the day (it's alot of work playing with 1 year olds). Well, I have to go finish making pasta salad to bring. Missy
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Old 08-28-05, 11:42 AM
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Missy, I'm not sure how I feel about the vaginal birth because we've always been told it was going to be a c section. I know it's healthier for the babie because they pick up essential bacteria on their journey down the birth canal but now I have to prepare and think of the PAIN! I wasn't even going to do birthing classes. All I can think of is the Friends episode when Chandler thought Monica bought him porn for Valentines Day but it was a friends birth video and how they screamed! AND he was all booged out. I'm not one of these women that feel they will be inferior if they don't do a natural birth. AT ALL! All my "girlfriends" say natural birth is beautiful but I remember visiting at the hospital and none of them drinking water because they were afraid to pee. That does not sound good. Plus I'm a HUGE whimp. I scream just getting waxed there!! Have fun at the party but take it easy, remember last weekend how scared you were about falling? TAKE IT EASY!!! Leslie
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Old 08-28-05, 12:31 PM
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Go for the waxing before you give birth. They will shave you for the c-section and you might not like their handiwork
 
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I knew from the get go that I was going to have a c-section with the twins. It freaked me out for the entire pg even up to delivery day. I don't do anesthesia! I've done several IVF cycles and d&cs due to m/cs and all I ever let them give me was a local. I have this irrational fear of anesthesia. When I heard I would have to have a spinal for the c/s, I was worried about the needle missing the spot and being paralyzed. On D-Day, I threw the first anesthesiologist out of the room. You have to know me. If you did, you could see me asking "how long have you been doing this? Answer: 3 years Me:you need to leave now". My friend who was with me just looked at me. I said he doesn't look old enough to shave.

As I thought, the spinal was the worst part of the procedure. It's the one time I screamed and tears streamed down my face. I was like "I want to leave now". They gave me an anti-nausea antacid which immediately made me nauseous. I was paralyzed from the chest down and couldn't vomit. Somehow, I eventually did and I was fine and calm after that. I was lying there making small talk, watching the monitors etc. I was so rapt up in all this that I was caught offguard when the silence turned into baby screams. It is so surreal when you suddenly hear a baby cry taking its first breath of air. Music to all our ears.

Sorry, I got off track. You can't drink water with the c/s either. It's major surgery so you don't drink or eat from the night before. My delivery was in the afternoon and I wasn't allowed out of bed until the next morning. They put morphine in the IV drip after and it stays in your system for 18 hours. They also put in a catheter. That was the first thing I wanted ripped out the next morning. I was up and about immediately. They said they never had a post-op patient like me. I had always heard to start moving so you recover. I heard horror stories from women that it took them weeks to recover. I wanted none of that. I was roaming around the hospital looking for the coffee shop carrying around my IV stand. There was pain after. I took motrin and percocet. I took the percocet for an additional 3 days after I left the hospital. At my 2 week post appt, my dr said the stitches look fine and I don't go back until next month. The stitches will dissolve on their own.

However we end up giving birth, we know any discomfort is worth it.
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Old 08-28-05, 02:55 PM
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What a story Glinda! You love your coffee huh? You sound like me. I sent my anesthesiologist out because his name was different than the one they told me at admitting. Plus he looked dirty and kept yanking my IV arm around, which hurt. I'm a big baby and have been known to throw things at nurses and break IV bottles (not a smart move by the way). In "real" life I'm a massage therapist and very compasionate and loving but get me near a Dr. and WATCH OUT! So what you're trying to say is that the epidural hurts? Leslie
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Old 08-28-05, 05:56 PM
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Glinda you make quite a case for having a vaginal birth! Although I have to say it is something I really look forward to - fear, pain and all. I so want to know what it feels like to have that experience, even though I'm probably romanticizing it.

I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one who has an irrational fear of anesthesia! You know how people say that part of fear of flying is about fear of giving up control? Well I wonder if fear of anesthesia is similar....? You have to trust the anesthesiologist to give the right amount, trust everyone with your body while you're out of it, trust that you'll wake up, and all of it is out of your control!

BTW, why do many places use general anesthesia for retreival? It sounds like a pretty quick procedure, and I thought the usual practice was to use local whenever possible because it is safer. Can you request local? Is that what you did, and what was the retrieval like?

And - how are those babies????
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