How long did you have to fast before c/s

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How long did you have to fast before c/s
Wed, 03-24-2004 - 9:06am
This obviously isn't a major crisis. I'm curious though. My c/s isn't until 3pm on 3/31 and I know I can't eat before the surgery. But for how long? I keep forgetting to ask when I am at my appt.


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Registered: 10-31-2003
Wed, 03-24-2004 - 9:28am
Hi Dawn,

Definitely ask your doctor. I am also scheduled for a c/s on March 31st at 11am and I have been told not to eat or even drink water after midnight. I am going to be one cranky person at that hospital. I could not imagine going all the way to 3pm without anything. Maybe they will let you have something very early like 6am. I would push for it. 3pm is a long time to wait with no food or water.

7 more days to go! :-)


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 03-24-2004 - 10:29am
Mine was scheduled for 5 pm and they said nothing but water after midnight. I was planning on eating a really light breakfast of toast that morning because there's no way I'd make it that long without causing serous harm to someone! With my gallbladder surgery, i had to fast from midnight on, and it was at 10 am, and I was STARVED to death. Thought I was dying of hunger....

I ended up going into labor with both scheduled sections, ate at lunchtime and was in labor by supper time, and it was just long enough that the doctors would progress with surgery.


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Wed, 03-24-2004 - 11:38am
I'm pretty sure they like it to be around 8 hours.
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Wed, 03-24-2004 - 5:42pm
I was told 8 hours. I got up at 3 in the morning and took myself out for breakfast. I ate as much as I could without getting sick ;-) It was a 'last meal' of sorts as I knew I'd be dieting right away after the birth and I HATE being starved before a surgery, so I did it right! Good luck! Melisa
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Wed, 03-24-2004 - 6:41pm
When I had my csection they told me nothing past midnight the night before. My csection was scheduled at 12:30 pm. It did seem like a long wait since I never go without breakfast, but for your safety so you don't throw up during surgery they like for you to fast for atleast that long before any surgery. I was afraid of vomiting so I listened to my OB. Turned out good because I was not nauseus or anything. Thank goodness. I had one good dinner the night before. Treat yourself to something really yummy the night before.
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Fri, 03-26-2004 - 7:00am
my surgery was supposed to be at 1pm and I was told by 6am I had to start fasting. I was in the hospital and the nurses got me up at 5 so I could eat! LOL! Now, when somebody came by some hours later they asked if I had been fasting since 6:30am...I felt gipped by missing that half hour.

Morgan, mom to Daniel, Andrew, and Katie


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Fri, 03-26-2004 - 1:08pm
FWIW, they didn't seem to take any particular precautions with my emergency surgery (I'd never been in labor, and they didn't KNOW that I'd been fasting any longer than the 4 hours since I walked in the ER. (Actually, at that time I was nauseous but TRYING to get lunch down, and was told to stop.)

I agree, make the last meal a GOOD one. No doubt, the doctor will assume no limits on quantity when he gives you the time, and I was regretting skimping on breakfast for days afterwards.

Cthulu Crochet