With my first Cesarean section, I already had an epidural put in for pain so when the anesthesiologist asked if I wanted to switch to a spinal (which was recommended) for the surgery I informed them that they would not be putting another needle in my back. Can you tell that I don’t like needles? This time around, I don’t think I am going to get the option and that scares me! I have been doing a little bit of research comparing and contrasting the two. While they are a lot alike, they do have some bigger differences. An epidural and spinal are both regional anesthesia. The spinal is when medicine is injected into the fluid in your spinal cord. An epidural is when medicine is injected just outside of the sac of fluid around the spinal cord.
I have always been a little resistant to change or as I like to put it one that says, “If it ain’t broke, then why fix it?” Therefore, if an epidural worked for my first C-section, why shouldn’t it work for the second C-section? I think the reason I am most scared is that I have heard that you have to lay flat for 12 hours afterwards in order to avoid a spinal headache. Apparently the fluid from your spinal cord can leak from the hole that they punctured to insert medicine in and therefore, lead to this unbearable headache.
It is things like this that make me really wish that I was going for a VBAC. I know that realistically I won’t want to move much after delivering anyway, but I remember that within 4 hours of my surgery that they had the catheter out and I was walking the hallways. They told me the sooner I was active, the sooner I got to go home. Nobody had to tell me twice! I may have been slow moving, but I wanted out of there. The thought of being required to lay flat, with no pillow, and not being able to get up and/or hold my child is killing me.
Did anyone else have a C-section have a spinal? If so, how was it?