Nervous about upcoming C-section :-(

I found out today that I'm having a C-section due to medical necessity. I won't go into the medical necessity portion because it'll take away from this post...BUT I'm bummed, a little anxious, and relieved at the same time. I'm bummed because I was looking forward to hypnobirthing and feeling somewhat robbed of the experience. I'm anxious because I have a fear about being cut open and having surgical instruments left inside of me AND possibly feeling being cut open. I'm relieved that I didn't spend the money to learn about breathing techniques, etc because it would've upset me that I spent money that I didn't really have on something I can't use (at this time).

Trying to feel positive about the C-section. Can you please help me make a list so I can meditate on this. So far I have: baby's head won't be cone shaped and she'll look absolutely beautiful, bypassing long labor hours, not having to deal with the unknown of how long labor will be, my vagina won't hurt.

Which of you have had a C-section? What was your experience like? Were you nervous, scared?

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    I had an emergency c-section when I first had my son. Of course, I wasn't happy because I want to experience the natural birth. My son was not able to tolerate the induction and caused his heart beats dropped a lot. My doctor felt it would be better for me to have c-section. I was scared and nervous at same time even I had two CIs surgeries before, but when it comes to a real living thing inside of me... I am scared and want to know if my son is OK after he gets out of my womb. Once he came out and I felt the overwhelmed of relief because he s OK. Every woman has different reaction toward to c section. You'll be OK and your baby will be OK too!

    It was not bad that you won't need to deal to push baby out of your vagina. It is faster to get baby out of your womb. It takes doctor around 10 mins to get her/him out, but it MAY cause you feel nauseous due to move a lot (the doctor may try to get baby out from your womb even though you won't feel pain at all). After the c section is done and you'll feel sore and it takes longer to heal than women who had natural birth.

    Hope I help you a bit to make you feel little better a bit!

    Good luck!
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      07/29/14
      I was nervous about all of those things as well. Especially the being able to feel them cut me open. I have a pretty high tolerance to anesthesia and it doesn't last very long on me typically. But this stuff worked. And my c-section lasted a little longer than most. I think it took a half hour to get baby out. Because of the catheter my vagina DID hurt, I'm sure not as much as natural child birth though. Lol I would suggest still taking a birthing class because your body still goes through all the things it would go through if you had a natural birth. I was so unprepared for that. Just remember that in the long run whatever is best for baby! If you and your doctors feel that you and baby are safer having a c-section then that is the best choice for you. Whatever gets baby here healthy and happy :-)
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      07/29/14
      I think that's what I'm most nervous about - being able to feel them cut me open...Eeek! I've had anesthesia administered before when I was in surgery, but so much different because I was completely out. It was pretty successful, and I woke up when they said I would. I'm not looking forward to the catheter. I've never had one put in. Do you recall how long it took your vagina to heal? I took a cheap child birth education class through my OB clinic in which it was pure overview and nothing nitty gritty about breathing techniques, etc. I'm praying there's a chance I can still have a natural child birth. I see my OB in a couple of hours.
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      07/29/14
      It only took a few days. The first time I had to pee I wasn't expecting it to hurt and I screamed a little lol but there is a lot of clotting and just ick that comes out (not to be gross lol) my biggest problem was that I'm very stubborn and thought I could be super woman and go home and just cook and clean like normal...I was wrong. If you have to have a c-section make sure you rest like they tell you. It is super important. I ended up falling a few times and opening the incision because I was being stubborn. If it wasn't for that then recovery wouldn't have been as bad.
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        07/29/14
        I'm sorry you won't get the birth you wanted. I'll be praying for a smooth delivery and healthy baby and mama afterwards. Keep us updated!
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        07/29/14
        Just saw your response on the childbirth class... YouTube it, darling. The classes did me absolutely no good at all, the YouTube videos were priceless..Just be prepared for stuff you may not want to see.. Some people zoom in...... :D
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        07/29/14
        That's what my midwife told us because I didn't want to hypnobirthing for religious reasons, but she wanted us to know what we were getting into. I watched a few, but hubby had to stop because of the zooming in..seriously...if you're gonna keep it to yourself, then whatever but why you would want to show your wife's parts on YouTube.... I will never understand lol. I'm sure there's c-section ones on there, too.
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          07/29/14
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          Pregnant back to back. I have a baby girl and another on the way. I'm also a pseudo-step mom to 2 tweens.