"Nobody gave me advice about minimising risks"
Posted by Feelingabitbetternow (as ),
I was instructed to push when I had no urge to push on a full bladder. When my pushes turned out to be ineffective and my contractions began to wane I was advised to lie down. I felt like a piece of meat on a conveyor belt. It was brutal. I agreed to a forceps delivery because I didn't realise the risks involved but they didn't mention them. Nobody gave me advice about minimising the risks of prolapse after delivery even though it felt like my bottom was falling out of my body the first time I stood up. I didn't realise that I should avoid carrying the car seat and shopping. I thought it was normal because of the episiotomy. I now have severe multiple pelic organ prolapse and developed PTSD as a result of the delivery and a horrible encounter with a callous gynaecologist. From speaking to other women I think it may be common practice to ask you to push before you're ready so they can get you out quicker, but in some cases like mine it can be damaging because you use your energy up prematurely.