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Jul. 18th, 2008


kmelion

Pregnancy after c-section

My son is 14 months old and I just found out I'm about 6 weeks pregnant.

For about a week already I've been having cramps, almost like I'm about to get my period.

Although I have an OB appointment on Sunday, I was wondering if these cramps can be caused by the scarring from the c-section - even though I'm only 6 weeks along.

Mar. 3rd, 2008


kmelion

Cramps?

I've found that ever since I had the c-section, there have been half a dozen times when it feels like my uterus clenches up and locks in the cramp (kinda like when your calf muscles cramp up...). Every now and again it even feels like it twists.

Or some organ is doing this.

And it hurts like a bitch.

I was just wondering if anyone else has had this.

Nov. 7th, 2007


kmelion

Cramps?

I'm almost 6 months postpartum from my c-section. For the past month or so I've been feeling really crampy, like I'm expecting my period. Last week I had several days of off and on cramping which felt like ovulation cramps.

But there's no period to show for it. Besides, I have PCOS and before the pregnancy (via IUI) the only way I'd get my period was while I was taking Glucophage/Metformin and the only way I ovulated was with hormone injections. I figured the ovulation-like cramps could have been a cyst.

I'm also nursing full time and other than the 5 week postpartum bleeding I haven't gotten my period at all.

I've been thinking it's probably time for me to visit the GYN soon anyway, but I was wondering if menstrual-like cramping is a normal thing 6 months after a c-section.

May. 25th, 2007


kmelion

He's Here :)

Netanel (Nathaniel) Simcha, born Tuesday, May 15th at 7:43 a.m. via c-section. Birthweight was 3 kilo 300 grams (about 7.5 lbs).

Birth story here

The why and how of his name here

Of course, when I posted this to a different community, I got some woman up in my face about how I really didn't have to have the c-section just because the baby was breech, etc., yadda yadda... If I'm ok with it, why can't she be?

May. 10th, 2007


kmelion

(no subject)

I was wondering if someone could recommend a site which gives helpful advice for caring for the incision site.

While I fully expect the nurses and doctor(s) to give me a clue, the fact that my Hebrew isn't that great and I've been warned that the older nurses are mean, I'd like to get as much info beforehand as possible.

For those of you who gave me words of encouragement, I'd like to thank you. I guess I needed a few days to process things, and this heatwave we've been hit with makes me a tad happier that I won't be this hugely pregnant for much longer. And as I've been told by friends... We plan, God decides.

May. 8th, 2007


kmelion

Greetings from the newbie

Well, I haven't had my c-section yet. I'll know on Sunday if it will be on Monday or Wednesday. Right now I'm 38 weeks and the baby is frank breech and the only way I can get a vaginal delivery is if I go to a private doctor.

Which we can't afford.

So it looks like a c-section. I'm not happy with the descision, but I'm becoming ok with it, resigned to it and for the life of me, I cannot understand why it depresses the hell out of me.

At 37 weeks we attempted an ECV, which obviously failed and since there's only a 10% chance a second version would work, after discussing things with my OB, we opted for a scheduled c-section... which in Israel is considered 'elective'. Regardless of why the woman needs the section or how far along she is.

The trials and tribulations of trying to get the c-section can be read here.

The 'crap' I mention at the beginning of the post is in reference to the version.

With the descision made, I emailed the various family members and called my mom... then got into the shower and sobbed uncontrolably for 15 minutes. As I said... I don't know why this is upsetting me so much.

I'm 35 years old, married 3 years this August the second time around to a great guy. Went through a bit over a year of fertility treatments (I have PCOS) and we're finally going to have our miracle to hold... and I'm crying because it's a c-section. It shouldn't matter how he is born... all that matters is he be healthy...

Man, I hate hormones...

Apr. 12th, 2007


heels_on

Birth Story...

Aidan's Birth Story--LONG with a little TMI, perhaps. Cut for the extraordinary length.Collapse )

Whew! That was a little longer than expected! ;-) If you actually read all that, you definitely get a cookie or something.

Apr. 6th, 2007


heels_on

Hello, and welcome to section_support!

Note: I've made my two entries public so that anyone who stumbles upon the community can read what I've written. If this community ever gets any members, I'll lock my entries accordingly at some point. :-) Thanks!

Let's clear the air first, okay?

I personally support:

* vaginal, VBAC, and c-section births
* natural and medicated labors and deliveries
* homebirths, hospital births, and birthing center births
* breastfeeding and formula feeding
* crib and co-sleeping
* cloth and disposable diapering
* exclusively organic, homemade, and "regular, store-bought food" feeding
* choosing to vaccinate or choosing not to vaccinate

And so on, and so on...you get the idea, no? :-)

It's not about choices that make someone a "good" or "bad" mother--it's about following your heart and caring for your baby to the best of your ability. I've found a lot of negativity in some (not all) parenting/pregnancy communities. That's not what I believe, or what I'm about, and I DO NOT want that sort of junk in this community. I can support you and your choices, even if they're not MY personal choices. The long and short of it? Due to size and positioning, it was medically suggested that I schedule a c-section to deliver my son. After researching the subject, I scheduled the section. On May 1, 2006 at 4:10 PM, my son was born via c-section--healthy and vibrant. I had a speedy recovery and an overall excellent birth experience. I am not ashamed my son came into the world via c-section, but at the same token, I wouldn't have chosen an elective c-section (but that's just me). He's my miracle, my everyday sunshine--and how he arrived matters less to me than the fact that he's actually here. <3

I will post my birth story today or tomorrow, and I hope that if you find this community in some way beneficial. I was terrified of having a c-section since I was able to find so few positive accounts. I hope that this community is one step closer to changing the notion that most section births are terrible experiences. As I said before, it doesn't matter to me whether my son arrived in a hospital via c-section, in our home, in the backseat of a taxi, or in a rainforest--all that matters is he's here, wonderful, and all mine. :-)