Dumb Q: eating after c/s?

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Dumb Q: eating after c/s?
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Tue, 09-16-2008 - 2:02pm

I'm getting hung up on the tiniest details lately-- on my hospital tour, the nurse mentioned that there's a "celebration dinner" for me and DH where we order from the hospital menu and they set up a little table for us, complete with tablecloth and flowers, and now I'm wondering when is the soonest I can eat normal foods? For previous surgeries (laps to remove ovarian cysts), I was on a bland diet for the first few days and didn't even feel much like eating, but I don't know how a c/s compares to that.


So, do you think I'll get to have my celebration dinner? I'll be in the hospital for 4 days and we can have our special dinner at any time. LOL, this is probably one of the most trivial questions ever asked on this board.




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Registered: 08-13-2006
Tue, 09-16-2008 - 3:06pm

Sounds like a nice hospital, that's nice that they do all that for you. My hospital had good food, but they didn't go that far :-)


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Tue, 09-16-2008 - 5:16pm

It's a pretty small hospital in a small town and I've been pleasantly surprised by how progressive it seems to be. The celebration dinner is definitely a nice little perk. I'll have to ask about their policy on eating solid foods after surgery when I have my pre-testing appointment and anesthesiology consultation, because I'm sure you're right-- it must really vary from hospital to hospital. But it sounds like there's hope at least that I'll get to have that dinner before I leave :0)


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Tue, 09-16-2008 - 6:24pm

When I had my second DD, I had her around 10:30 am, so I missed out on lunch....but really didn't feel like eating to much then.


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Tue, 09-16-2008 - 8:52pm

Welcome to the board no question asked about major surgery is ever trivial they all have to be asked at one time or another. Most hospitals will allow you to eat solid foods once you have passed gas. This tells the docs and nurses that your bowels are working fine. I had solids the next day after the surgery.

hope that helps. Keep us posted.

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Tue, 09-16-2008 - 9:38pm
I also had a celebration dinner at my hospital. We had up to 30 days to come back & have it. I did not eat 'solid' food for 3 days. I had ds at 12:15 p.m. I had a soft diet a dinner the next day & was on it all day the next. Then I was allowed more solid food & went home that afternoon.

 

 

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Tue, 09-16-2008 - 11:11pm
My hospital does the same thing.



















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Tue, 09-16-2008 - 11:53pm
You will get your celebration dinner... (what an awesome hospital!) but probably not the first night. I am always STARVING after birth and I end up with a liquid diet for the first 24 hours... it kills me!!!!!!! I'm always so glad when they finally let me eat real food!
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Wed, 09-17-2008 - 3:19pm

I'm not sure when my surgery is scheduled yet because I have to call the day before to get the time, but I doubt that I'd feel much like eating a full meal that same day. You must have recovered really well to be eating a regular dinner afterwards! I hope I feel that good, although I'll probably plan to have the special dinner on our last night, just to be safe.


Wine and champagne? That sounds really nice. LOL, it's been a loong time since I've had any alcohol-- since before we were TTC... I didn't even know hospitals could serve alcohol. How surreal to be having a nice dinner, in a hospital room, because you've just had a baby. It's hard for me to even picture at this point. Ah, I'm so excited I can't stand it :0)

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Wed, 09-17-2008 - 3:25pm

Hi Dionne,


Well, I felt kind of dumb asking, but you ladies are so sweet! It's just that there are definitely more serious issues when it comes to major surgery, but here I am, obsessing over the details. I think I actually feel pretty comfortable with the surgery itself, though, from what I know of it. We'll see how books and video compare to the actual experience ;)


LOL, so I have to tell someone I've passed gas in order to eat solids again? Or do they actually have to be there in the room to verify it? This is making me laugh now. I'm a little punchy today anyway from not sleeping, and now I'm picturing myself trying to pass gas on command for a roomful of medical staff. Is that how it works? This is definitely the kind of stuff the books don't mention!

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Wed, 09-17-2008 - 3:36pm

Rachel,


You must have been starving! 3 days of 'soft diet' foods would make me crazy. Right now, I can't even imagine it because I'm at that hungry stage where I can only eat a bit at a time but I'm starving every couple of hours (really, every hour sometimes!). I guess my whole system will be different after the c/s, though. And at least you were back to solids before you went home. Sounds like it doesn't take long, which makes me feel a lot better.

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