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I had a c-section but I was having contractions the week before - not frequent enough to go in, but I felt really terrible. It was kind of like horrible period cramps? Nothing sharp, but my back and abdomen would ache so badly and I wouldn't be able to get comfortable at all. If I remember right, I had diarrhea and definitely nausea. I actually pulled out my pain meds left over from surgery (baby-safe, of course) to get through that week since it was right before my scheduled c-section.
Also for the record, this was my first delivery so I have no metric for what it might have felt like sans J-pouch.
If I were you, I would definitely go right in to your OB to have them check on you, especially since you're only 37 weeks.
Since c-section I have had some GI complications- persistent watery stools with some incontinence and vomiting, which ultimately required a scope and NG tube. Not what I had hoped for, but baby is perfect and healthy and I would much rather me than him. Working I getting healthy enough to breast feed, but NPO for the time being and not able to produce anything because of it.
Congratulations! I'm interested in hearing about your recovery if you have time. I'm 25 weeks pregnant now and still trying to decide between c-section and vaginal birth (leaning towards section at this point). Thanks!
Thanks for telling me about your recovery. I'm glad to hear you are doing well now. I wish someone would tell me what I should do for delivery. My high risk OB says I can do either vaginal or c-section as he says evidence is mixed with respect to long-term outcomes either way (I took a look at the scientific evidence and agree with his assessment). So, basically he has left it up to me after having explained the risks both ways . . sigh. I am still uncertain about which way to go.
Enjoy your little one!
I couldn't help but notice you had surgery for your jpouch in 2008, this was the same for me :-) I just recently delivered a healthy little girl 4 months ago. I too had the same discussion with my OB about C-Section or Vaginal delivery. I remember feeling so torn on one way or the other. I remember coming on to this site to see what women had experienced with vaginal vs. c-section. I thought I would share with you that I opted for a vaginal delivery and to my surprise everything went really well! I was worried about what would happen to j-pouch, could things tear.. etc I was really surprised to find that the delivery created no additional problems for my pouch. And in some ways I felt that I had built up a mental tolerance for riding the waves of contractions/pushing because of my experience with Colitis pre surgery. Just wanted to give you a bit of encouragement as you make your decision! All this to say, whatever YOU choose will be the best decision for you and your little one.
Thanks Lisa! I'm still on the fence, so this is very helpful. It is nice to know others delivered vaginally and it went fine. I wish there were more long-term studies on us j-pouchers and delivery.
We have been home for a few days now and I am happy to report that my J-pouch hiccup didn't ruin breastfeeding. While he had to have formula during my NPO/NG ordeal, he has taken to breastfeeding and is thriving and gaining weight well. No nipple confusion or any issues! I am also feeling pretty great, not much pain compared to the big GI surgeries and my gut seems to be on track and digesting everything well. The issues seem to have resolved fairly quickly. I can't say that I regret the c-section, though a part of me does wonder if I could have done it vaginally or whether it would have made a difference given I was already experiencing GI symptoms from labor. At the end of the day, a healthy baby is all I was hoping for and we definitely have been blessed with that. Hoping the same for you!!
Sorry, I haven't meant to take over your thread . . .
Yes, they are tracking her size as I make small babies (my husband is Asian and I'm pretty small boned), so baby being too big definitely isn't a concern. That being said, it took me two hours to push out my daughter 9 years ago and she was only 5 pounds (she had to be induced early). I asked the ob but of course he just said it could be the same this time with a full term baby or I could push her out in 5 seconds flat -- there is just no way to predict. Certainly smaller makes it that much easier though
I have to decide one way or the other soon as they are pressuring me to book the c-section if that's what I choose. I swear I change my mind by the day now . . .