Advice for 1st Time C Section Moms?

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Advice for 1st Time C Section Moms?
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Tue, 03-02-2010 - 12:34am
What advice would you give a 1st time c section Mommy? What do you wish you knew (or are thankful that you knew!) before your first C?
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Wed, 03-03-2010 - 8:13pm

Things to know that weren't in the books....It hurts the first time you have sex post partum...

Advice...Don't have a lot of people at the the hospital until you are in your room and feeling up to it...I had a very large audience who got views of the nurse changing my pads, me puking into a bucket repeatedly, trying to nurse for the first time...it was embarrassing and annoying that they wouldn't leave so I could sleep....

Ask the hospital for an abdominal belt...it'll help with recovery...and they give it to you free rather than having to pay for it...


Sarah
Wife to Kevin
Step-mom to Justin (11)
Mom to twins Grace and Isabelle (3)and Boyd (21months)
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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 3:18pm

Hi. I am having my first c section March 17th because of a breech baby. It is scheduled for 9am. Even without having been through this before, I agree with you that one should wait to have visitor's. How long after the surgery do you wish people waited to visit.


I ask this because without my knowledge, dh told his mother she could get there around 2pm and that just seems way too soon.

 

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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 5:14pm

Depending on what time your section is would determine for me if 2pm was too early. I really wasn't ready for visitors until around 3 or 4 when my c-section was at 7am. If you could get away with it, I'd suggest no visitors the first day. You have a catheter in, an iv in, your bottom half is numb, sitting up can be difficult (i get really woozy), you're on narcotics, etc...that, and you have a new baby...

If you can't, I'd kindly ask that they come around 4 or 5..dinnerish time...ask them to bring you a yummy fruit smoothie (or some other treat) so you can enjoy it while they play with baby...

If you have the kind of relationship with your visitors where they will be more than willing to let you sleep while they hold baby, then I'd say it's okay for them to come earlier. If they want to talk and visit with you, I'd ask them to wait so you can rest up.

Of course, I've requested this both times, and no one cares about me anyway because they ignore my requests and show up...so I hope your family is more considerate than mine..


Sarah
Wife to Kevin
Step-mom to Justin (11)
Mom to twins Grace and Isabelle (3)and Boyd (21months)
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Sat, 03-13-2010 - 2:23pm

Hi, I just found out I'm pregnant again and I know I'll be going in for my 2nd csection. The one piece of advice I got the first time around that was great was: keep up with the pain meds. Make sure you are taking them every 4 or so hours (whatever your dr recommends) to avoid feeling the peaks and valleys of the pain. Once the pain is out of control, it's harder to get back to being comfortable. I took the percoset they gave me the whole time I was in the hospital, then for a couple more days at home (only half dose), then went to just the ibuprofen after that.

Erica
Mom to Grace, Aidan, Jonas, & Daniel


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Thu, 04-22-2010 - 12:32am
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Thu, 04-22-2010 - 9:51am

Write out a birth plan...for example, if everything is okay with baby, ask to hold baby as soon as possible and keep baby with you.

Get up and walk around as soon as you can...not a lot, but it'll help get your bowels moving and relieve any "gas" you might develop. I think will totally help your recovery, and I'm convinced it will reduce your pain. (Both my previous sections resulted with babies in the NICU so I was up all the time...I'm allergic to pain pills, so I was only taking 2 ibuprofen every 6 hours...and I felt fine...a little pain, but nothing too serious).

I'm hiring a post partum doula this time around to make sure I have an advocate for me/with me all the time. Should something go wrong with baby again, I don't want to be left alone. DH had to go to the nursery and be with the baby, fill out paperwork, etc, while I was all alone in recovery and the room until he came back. If things go well, I'd like to get started on nursing as soon as possible, and she'll help me do that..even if I am a woozy mess.

Also, if your doctor prescribes reglan prior to surgery, ask him (before your date) if you can skip it..it tastes awful, and I ended up puking all mine out the first time. My doctor said it isn't "necessary" so we didn't do it the 2nd time, and I had a much better morning.

If you're feeling naseaus post-op, ask for something right away...I suffered all day throwing up after my first one before my doctor gave me something. The 2nd time, he just added it to my IV as a "standard" order, and I didn't get sick at all and felt great. So not worth being sick...

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Tue, 06-01-2010 - 10:40pm


I would say read everything you can about c-sections, and prepare yourself for everything.

Be prepared for the emotional stress..

Be prepared for the physical stress...

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Remember to pack extra clothes/diapers for baby because with sections you are in the hospital longer.

Make sure your PJ's are extra comfy, you wont want anything pressing on your stomach,

Also, GRANNY PANTIES Are your best friend.. anything low rise rubs on the scar area, and is very painful.

Pack your own pads, the hospitals are sooo big and uncomfy.

Bring extra pillows, you will need them!

Have your hubby/someone spend the night with you to help with the baby.. I couldn't lift my guy for the first 2 days.

Remember that you are doing this for your perfect baby. And once you hold them in your arms, it's the best feeling ever!

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Tue, 06-22-2010 - 8:42pm

I had 2 vaginal births and then 1 section and I am about to go for my second section in about 7 weeks (I got pregnant 4months after the 1st section so no VBACing for me).

Ok, the one thing I was freaked out about for days after the surgery was "the removal of the staples." I have no idea why but I was terrified, maybe my hormones were already out of whack or I just kept envisioning these staples being pulled from my skin. I know, graphic, sorry. SO, onto my advice....do not fear this AT ALL. As everyone said, and will say to you, you will not feel a thing and they were right, it was the easiest part of the entire stay!

As a previous poster said, do keep up with meds, do get moving, do try to do as little as possible when you get home.

Good luck,

Trish

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Thu, 06-24-2010 - 10:42pm
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Sarah-busy mommy to Justin, Grace, Isabelle, Boyd, and expecting another miracle in August.
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