I admit, I love celebrity gossip... I just saw that Tori Spelling is hospitalized due to complications from her c-section. It also says she was hospitalized with her last child because of migraines.
My first child was born via c-section. I didn't need to be hospitalized, but I did develop a horrible infection around the incision. My daughter was a VBAC. Again, I didn't need to be hospitalized, but I almost needed a transfusion. I hemorrhaged after delivery and became severely anemic. They said if my hematocrit didn't rise I'd be transfused. It went up a little. I was white as a sheet for a week or two, but was lucky that I recovered on my own.
So, did you have any complications? If you're pregnant with your first, are you really scared of anything in particular? And, for those who are interested, here's the article about Tori Spelling: http://www.tmz.com/2012/09/18/tori-spelling-hospitalized-pregnancy-...
Wow! I do know of another person who went into congestive heart failure following delivery, but I haven't heard any updates on her in a while. I'm sure she's fine, you know, no news is good news. I'm glad to hear that you've recovered so well. I can't imagine how it must have felt to hear the words "heart transplant."
My first pregnancy was crazy. I had high blood pressure pretty much the entire pregnancy, and had to have an emergency C-section at 35 weeks. My pressure was 180/120 when they took me in. After I had the surgery, I developed TTP, I don't know the exact name (lol) and had to have platelets, and then 4 days of electrophoresis and finally got out after being in the hospital a week. My second pregnancy was fine, although I had to take steriods to help with the TTP. My third pregnancy turned out to be twins. I had no problems with the TTP this time, and I thought no blood pressure problems until 2 days before I was supposed to deliver. My pressure went up, and my doctors admitted me. I deliverd fine, and was sent home with blood pressure medicine. A week after, my pressure shot up and I went back to the hospital. It was 200/120, and I had to be put on magnesium, which for anyone who has had it, it is awful. My doctor was bringing in students to show them how swollen I was. He said he hadn't seen anyone so swollen after delivery. I lost 26 pounds of water weight in 2 days. It still took awhile for my blood pressure to regualte afterward.
Man, you sure went through a tough time! I've had friends on magnesium. I know they said it made them feel like they were going to run a zillion miles an hour and kill everything that got in their way (slight exaggeration, but not by much). I had a magnesium drip before I had my gallbladder out, but it was such a low dose the only thing I noticed was how much it burned going in. They only had me on it for an hour or two, so I can only imagine.
It made me burn up! I was freezing the poor nurses to death. The dose they had me on made my arm feel like it was in a vice. It felt like I was being squeezed where my IV was. It really helped, but I hated every minute of it. I think I was on it for 18 hours.
I had a perfect pregnancy, birth, and everything w/ my first. Then, about 2 hours after birth I began hemmorhaging really badly, blood was literally falling out of me in clumps. It really scared me, they had to call the dr in for an emergency. They said all the placenta did not come out and if left in it's like poison to the body (actually called retained placenta). I had to go in to the OR and they had to go in (after already being stitched up after vaginal delivery) and get the rest of the placenta out... I was put to sleep, but the pain afterwards was the most terrible thing I have ever experienced in my life. I never really found out if they had to restitch me after that, but it sure felt like it. They thought I would need a blood transfusion if my blood count was even 1 point lower, but thankfully after checking blood count after the surgery it actually went up 1 point so my body was quickly trying to recover on it's own. I had no energy whatsoever afterwards... I was anemic so I had to take an iron supplement for a couple months. It actually took me about 2 months to get all my energy back, at the beginning I could not even stand for longer than a minute b/c I was so weak. Because of that experience (and after lots of research) I decided I would do a C-section for the following pregnancy b/c retained placenta is likely to occur again... and I never want to experience anything like that again! During my 2nd pregnancy I did lose a lot of blood during the C-section delivery, but not near as much as the first time and recovery was a breeze.
The only complication I developed after delivery was the flu the day after I delivered via c-section. The worst part was that I received a flu shot the evening I delivered, and about 12 hours later, I was deathly ill. My head was so congested I couldn't breathe, and my doctor refused to give me any type of nasal spray for immediate relief--only Sudafed (which wasn't working). When he finally came around the next day on rounds, he looked at me and suggested I stay for another two days. I told him "No thanks, I'm going home!" Received a script for antibiotics, picked up some nasal spray on the way home, and fought the flu battle for two weeks! Luckily, my little girl was fine in the long run. I talked to a few people who said the same thing happened to them when they delivered after receiving a flu shot. That's the last time I'm getting a flu shot!
i hear some people react badly to flu shots even though drs say it's dead virus. i know for me every time i had a flu shot as a kid i became sick for weeks. so i refuse them all together.
i recovered from my csection like a dream! up and walking hours later. reallly didn't even need the meds after a couple days. i took them for less than a week only when i felt i needed it and not every so hrs like prescribed. i hope i do that good this time too. dr doesn't recoommend a vbac and frankly i don't want one. i know what to expect and vag del didn't happen for me last time. so i just figure why mess with success imo.
Like you, the pain after the C-section wasn't a problem. I'm allergic to Tylenol, so I'm pretty limited on the pain medications that I can take anyway. I took Motrin 800 after my surgeries. My blood pressure was always the problem for me!