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Prepping Before a Scheduled C-section? Two Princesses 2 kids; Long Beach, CA, United States 7203 posts
28th Apr '13

I'm scheduled for a repeat c-section on May 7 at noon PST. My OB told me to come in two hours early to be prepped.
My first c-section wasn't planned so I don't know what to expect this time. Just that I'm being completely sedated this time because of a reaction I had to the spinal last time.
Can any of you ladies tell me what I can maybe expect during the prepping stage?
Thanks. :)

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7116 posts
status 28th Apr '13

They ask you a bunch of questions. You wait. They come in and talk to you about what they will put you under with. You wait. They shave you. You wait. Sometimes they put the cathider(sp?) in before or after. You wait. Then they take you back.

username1 1 child; Chicopee, MA, United States 30921 posts
28th Apr '13

pretty much youre getting hooked up to monitors, getting your iv's in.. and then just a bunch of sitting around and waiting while they check your vitals here and there

Shannon +4 Due February 16; 52 kids; Beaumont, Alberta 7839 posts
28th Apr '13

I went in they got me to a room (I did my paper work the day before at my pre op ) they gave me an I V put the heart monitor on my belly catheter and then I waited for 1.5 hours lol

Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
28th Apr '13

Well I've never been through a scheduled C-Section (though both my kidlets were born via C-Section) but I just had a tubal on Tuesday.



I got to the hospital and registered then went to the Day Surgery waiting room. I was taken back to a room where I talked with a nurse, waited, got an IV, waited, then was taken to the OR waiting room and waited.



I went to the OR and got on the bed. They put a few things into my IV and then put the mask on and I was out. I woke up in recovery like an hour or so later.



Things will likely be different with your C-Section, but I think that's the basis of it.



Good luck!

Two Princesses 2 kids; Long Beach, CA, United States 7203 posts
28th Apr '13
Quoting nothinuneed2no:" They ask you a bunch of questions. You wait. They come in and talk to you about what they will put you ... [snip!] ... wait. They shave you. You wait. Sometimes they put the cathider(sp?) in before or after. You wait. Then they take you back. "


So mostly just waiting around, just like with my d*C then?

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7116 posts
status 28th Apr '13
Quoting Two Princesses:" So mostly just waiting around, just like with my d*C then?"


Pretty much. That's how they did it at all 3 of mine. I watched tv in between them coming in asking bunches of questions. it helped time not creep by so slow lol I was anxious to see my son!

Two Princesses 2 kids; Long Beach, CA, United States 7203 posts
28th Apr '13
Quoting Married with children AIO:" I went in they got me to a room (I did my paper work the day before at my pre op ) they gave me an I V put the heart monitor on my belly catheter and then I waited for 1.5 hours lol"


They'll put the catheter in before the surgery this time? Last time I got it after.

username1 1 child; Chicopee, MA, United States 30921 posts
28th Apr '13
Quoting Two Princesses:" They'll put the catheter in before the surgery this time? Last time I got it after."


i got mine after i had my spinal block

Two Princesses 2 kids; Long Beach, CA, United States 7203 posts
28th Apr '13
Quoting Love Wedge +2:" Well I've never been through a scheduled C-Section (though both my kidlets were born via C-Section) but ... [snip!] ... like an hour or so later. Things will likely be different with your C-Section, but I think that's the basis of it. Good luck!"


I'm having a tubal during my c-section.
I'm really nervous but this info helps. Thank you.

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4660 posts
28th Apr '13

Ask your personal history, get you in the gown and such, take your vitals, I was checked before hand at my last one to see if I was dilated(but I think it was only because I had been telling them I was in excruitating pain that felt like real labor and not braxton hicks and they needed to know in case I needed to be taken immediately into surgery), they put your catheter in, they shave you, the dr will come in and ask how you're doing and tell you how long it's going to be before they take you back and what to expect as well as ask if you have questions, the anestesiologist comes in and asks some more questions regarding previous history with medication, they may give you something to stop the nausea if you're experiencing any and then they take you back.



ETA: Noticed you said you had problems with spinal....so have I. I'm honestly considering asking to be put under this time but Idk if they'll do it because of the risks with general anestesia.(sp) I sure hope they're able to do something else though bc my last reaction almost killed me.

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7116 posts
status 28th Apr '13
Quoting Two Princesses:" They'll put the catheter in before the surgery this time? Last time I got it after."


Do you have the same dr this time around? If so then it'll be after. Some dr's do it before some do it after.

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4660 posts
28th Apr '13
Quoting Two Princesses:" They'll put the catheter in before the surgery this time? Last time I got it after."

It's been my experience during my emergency one- they put it in after. Both my girls were scheduled and they put it in before hand. So I would say they'll put it in before this time.

Two Princesses 2 kids; Long Beach, CA, United States 7203 posts
28th Apr '13
Quoting nothinuneed2no:" Pretty much. That's how they did it at all 3 of mine. I watched tv in between them coming in asking bunches of questions. it helped time not creep by so slow lol I was anxious to see my son!"


If you were completely sedated for any of them, how long did it take you to wake up and see the baby?

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7116 posts
status 28th Apr '13
Quoting Two Princesses:" If you were completely sedated for any of them, how long did it take you to wake up and see the baby?"


I've never been sedated but my best friend was and it took her about a half hour after baby was born to wake up.