C/S -next week - Questions???

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C/S -next week - Questions???
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Tue, 08-26-2008 - 2:40pm

My baby is measuring big and the doctor recommended having a C-Section instead of being induced because of risk of shoulders being stuck once the head comes out.

Dianna
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Registered: 02-11-2008
Wed, 08-27-2008 - 1:07am

I had the same situation except I labored for 12 hours first.


I didn't feel pain, but you can feel tugging. It's kind of hard to explain.


I did have a slight bit of pain when they had to mash above the point where my epidural had not numbed me.


That shouldn't be a problem with you though because my child was stuck in me, and they had to mash on my ribs to get him out.


The next day, I took a shower.


I'd recommen sitting in the shower and not facing it to make sure the spray doesn't hit your section incision and hurt you.


I got up about 14 hours after I had the surgery. They removed my catheter and I peed. Then I walked around the hospital looking at baby wreaths.


I have a one story house, but I have a high bed. I had more pain at home than I did at the hospital. I think it was due to the exertion from having to crawl into and out of the bed to feed my DS.


I would move it in there, just in case.


In about two weeks I drove (which is what they say to do) I probably could have driven sooner, but I took it easy.


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Wed, 08-27-2008 - 8:37am

Can you feel anything during the surgery?

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Thu, 08-28-2008 - 1:35am
  • Can you feel anything during the surgery?

  • You really shouldn't be able to. I was completely numb during both of my C sections. People talk about feeling pressure or tugging, but I didn't really have that experience.


  • Can I take a shower after?

  • I showered the next day or the day following. (depending on birth time)


  • How long until I can get up and move around?

  • Nurses will typically want you up a few hours after your anistesia wears off. Again, it depends on your time of birth.


  • DH wants to put DS's full size bed in our living room for a few weeks so I don't have to walk up the stairs to go to bed...Is that necessary?

  • It wasn't a problem for me (14 stairs to the top and a very high bed) but each woman deals with the pain of recovery differently.


  • How long until you were able to drive and get back to normal?

  • 2 weeks although really the "healing" period is really 6 weeks. The incision is still occasionally sensitive.


  • Are there any foods I should avoid?

  • Anything that will give you gas! (Ouch!)

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    Fri, 08-29-2008 - 10:14pm

    I wanted to add to the not drinking carbonated things because of the gas! Don't use a straw!!! It adds a lot of air to your stomach and it WILL make the gas pains horrible.


    GL!
    Mary

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    Registered: 02-11-2008
    Fri, 08-29-2008 - 10:48pm

    Why is that a little long to be in bed? I had my section at 5:30


    It was night by the time I would have gotten up.


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    Sat, 08-30-2008 - 4:06pm

    Lol! I'm with you! I don't think it's to long to be in bed! I usually have my scheduled CSections at 8 or so AM one morning and get the catheter out the following morning and start moving around. Nothing like trying to get in and out of the bed a ton in the first few hours to go to the bathroom after they have pumped you slam full of fluids via the ivs. I keep that catheter as long as I can because I know whats coming!


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    Sat, 08-30-2008 - 9:16pm

    Welcome to the board and congrats on expecting soon.....

    * Can you feel anything during the surgery?
    no, you should feel tugging and pressure but no pain no discomfort.

    * Can I take a shower after?
    yes, usually the next day you will be permitted to shower.

    * How long until I can get up and move around?
    you should be encourage to get up and move as soon as you can, after anaesthesia wears off and you will be helped out of bed by the nursing staff, do not attempt to get up without help the first and even second time you get out of bed. I started off by hanging my feet over the side of the bed and then got up slowly from there. The sooner you get up and move around the sooner your bowels will start working again and the sooner you will have solid foods permitted.

    * DH wants to put DS's full size bed in our living room for a few weeks so I don't have to walk up the stairs to go to bed...Is that necessary?

    No not necessary but it may be a good idea, I slept on the hide-a-bed in the living room for about a month, it was just easier to get in and out of bed, lower to the ground then my bed.

    * How long until you were able to drive and get back to normal?
    driving is not permitted for 6 weeks, you will need to be cleared by your doctor to drive. In the event of a accident your insurance "can" deny you coverage so check with your insurance company if this is their policy.

    * Are there any foods I should avoid?
    gassy foods and as mentioned carbonated beverages, it will depend on the baby really. I found that my 1st son didn't like it when I ate garlic, my second didn't like salads. It seemed to make both my boys gassy after breastfeeding so i avoided those things during the first few months post delivery.

    I hope this helps some. I would also suggest you take a read through the birth plan section on this board it may help you find answers to other questions you hadn't thought about yet and give you more insight into what worked and didn't work for other moms from this board.

    http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppcsection&msg=6458.15&ctx=0

    Keep us posted and best wishes on a uneventful birth and recovery.

    Dionne

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    Sat, 08-30-2008 - 9:46pm

    I don't know if it's just at my hospital, but they told me they didn't want me up until my catheter was out.


    Maybe it's a hospital policy kind of thing.


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    Wed, 09-03-2008 - 11:22pm

    I don't know if you've had your baby yet or not...but here are my answers:



    • Can you feel anything during the surgery?

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    Thu, 09-04-2008 - 1:59pm
  • Can you feel anything during the surgery?