I had a secret when I was pregnant. I talked the talk about wanting a vaginal "natural" birth, but secretly I wanted to feel the labor pains and experience a natural delivery for a little bit then have a c-section. : ) Ironically that is exactly what happened. Now, the pitocin (sorry for the sp error) was a horrible drug and those were some extreme contractions, so I was very thankful to end the attempt and have the surgery. However, I was also very scared and pissed beyond belief because everything from that point on was out of my control...funny how control issues are heightened when you're in labor...so I was pretty mad mama until I was back in my room with my baby. : )
Now, for you and your questions regarding the scheduled c-section, I also feel it will be in your best interest. Any unnecessary strain on the UC and your body in general will be the best. Everyone heals differently from surgery, as one lady I met during the labor classes had one and she was at the store the day she was released from the hospital. I, on the other hand, was miserable and could barely walk for two weeks. The plus about having a scheduled c-section is that you know your baby will be okay...we had to have one b/c the chord was wrapped around my son's neck three times and his heart rate went down with each contraction. Never again do I want to experience that, nor would I wish that upon anyone.
You are faced with big decisions, and as a first-time Mommy we do kind of have a preconceived notion regarding how the labor will be. However, as long as you keep in mind that it doesn't matter how your baby gets to you, as long as he/her arrives safely. The entire experience is so overwhelming in and of itself, nothing can prepare you it. : )
I am currently gathering information regarding pregnancy after the step 1 of the j-pouch surgery. We have options of keeping the ileostomy during our pregnancies or trying to conceive post surgeries. I'm very nervous b/c the possibility to conceive greatly lessens after both surgeries.
I've decided to not take summer classes and we're hoping to schedule the surgery immediately following the end of this semester. We're meeting with the surgeon the 27th of this month, so we have lot planning and prepartion to do!
Ooo...also, if you do have scheduled c-section you can plan for meals, help around the house, help with the baby, etc. Before my surgery I'm going to freeze loads of meals for my husband and son. We're also going to stock up on paper plates and bowls, as my husband does not maintain dishes and I get very irritated. So, better to avoid conflict during a time of recovery! : )
: ) Robin
Dx-May 2007 Asacol-2400mg bid Prednisone-20mg Remicade-4 Tx
Paxil-40mg Prilosec-bid Multivitamin Moderate/Severe Pancolitis
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and a Wife for almost 2 years!
Life has never been so sweet! I appreciate the small things in life...the little joys that occur every second of every day. Though we struggle and have crazy complications, nothing can over ride our love and happiness.