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Mon, 03-01-2004 - 9:14am
I have a c-section scheduled for march 11th and was told I am not to eat anything from 12 the night before. Well what if I go into labor before my scheduled time and I have just eaten? I have had two c-sections previously but I was in labor for many hours prior with both.

I am so nervous and excited about this c-section. I cant wait to see my baby but I am scared to go through another c-section. I am so not looking foward to all the pain. There are also so many what if something goes wrong going through my mind too. With my other births I was not nervous because I did not know I would have c-sections and I could have cared less what they did to me when I was in so much pain.

So anyway thanks for listening and if anyone has any words of wisdom please share.

Thanks

Mela

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Registered: 01-01-2004
In reply to: skeegs
Mon, 03-01-2004 - 9:38am
I think they ask you not to eat so that your stomach is cleared out. That way if you do get sick it is just bile. If you end up with a c-section before your scheduled one, they would just deal with it.

Ann EDD 9-28 #7

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In reply to: skeegs
Mon, 03-01-2004 - 10:18am
That's my understanding too - just less to throw up if you don't eat.

Kelly & Mikah Rose (4/3/03)

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In reply to: skeegs
Mon, 03-01-2004 - 10:40am
I don't agree with the other posters. I believe it is something more serious that has to do with the anesthetics they give you and how they react when you have food in your stomach. I had an emergency C-section and before I knew I was having one I had a couple of Cheetos while in labor. IWhen the doc asked me if I had eaten anything she wanted to know precicely what I ate and when and she seemed disturbed when I told her I had a couple of Cheetos and then she okayed the CS and asked me not to mention the Cheetos to anyone!

I think if your stomach was full they would try to put off the CS as long as possible.

But I wouldn't let it worry you - I am sure others have done worse and come out alright.

Raphaella

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In reply to: skeegs
Mon, 03-01-2004 - 11:00am
My neighbor (who was in the hospital already) had just eaten some ribs from TGI Fridays when the doctor decided they had to do a c-section. They gave her some morphine before to help keep the food down. So there are definitely ways of dealing with it.

Linda

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In reply to: skeegs
Mon, 03-01-2004 - 11:05am
I went into labor with both my sch sections, but luckily hadn't ate in over 6 hours so it was a non issue. I wish I could tell you what they'd do, but they did ask and seemed relieve this last time when I was heading into active labor that my tummy was empty and we could proceed asap.

Julie

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In reply to: skeegs
Mon, 03-01-2004 - 11:48am
That's a good question and here is my experience. I had a scheduled c/s for Nov 5 at noon 6 yrs ago. My mother came in to town the day before and I told her that I wanted a good home cooked meal since I wasn't allowed to eat anything after midnight. She made an awesome pot roast with biscuits and then we followed it up with a little dessert. This was about 8pm. At 9pm, my water broke and the doctor told me to go to the hospital ASAP. I was not suppose to go in to labor as I had a prior surgery so no labor for me. When I got there, they told me that I was going to be having the c-section as soon as the doctor on call could get there. They asked me what I had eaten and gave me something to drink to settle my stomach. That was it. I was given an epidural and my son was born at 1am. No problems with my stomach and I never threw up. I am allergic to Morphine (makes me throw up) so I was just given demerol and that does not affect my stomach. It really wasn't much different than my 1st c-section that was also scheduled and I had not eaten anything for that one.
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In reply to: skeegs
Mon, 03-01-2004 - 3:21pm
Well . . . I will add this. When I went in to have an emergency c-section, they wanted to know what I had eaten that day. It was 6pm and all I had eaten was a few crackers at lunch. Because it was an emergency, they gave me general anesthesia. I know they were very concerned about what I had eaten and wanted to put a tube down my nose. Eventually they didn't but there was some concern there.

Ann EDD 9-28 #7

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Mon, 03-01-2004 - 8:22pm

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In reply to: skeegs
Tue, 03-02-2004 - 4:51pm
Thank you all for your replies. I had a doctor appt. today and i asked her this question. She said that if I go into labor they would monitor me for a few hours to make sure I was dialating and by then the food thing would not be an issue. She said if my water broke first and had the surgery I would just throw up. So anyway hopefully I won't have to worry about this but it is nice to know.

Mela

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In reply to: skeegs
Tue, 03-02-2004 - 5:22pm
For what it's worth... I just had that happen to me...

(read Miracle Miranda's Birth Story)...

I honestly didn't think I was in labor... I figured I 'd better eat something around 2 pm, I hadn't eaten all day and felt,I swear, what I thought was a gas pain in my upper left abdomen, under my ribs...

I was at the hosp by 4... and they asked if I had eaten anything... I told them some chicken noodle soup around two, and they didn't make any big deal about it... The crap they make you drink before an epidural is common practice and it's to help you not be sick ( and if you don't heave when you drink that stuff you're in the clear, it was pretty icky)... I felt a little nasuea when they strapped me down and then again in recovery but they gave me something for the nausea... and I am allergic to Morphine so I can't even tell you what it was. I told the anesthesiologist(sp??) I felt sick and he put towels around my face and I felt the cold rush of drugs going into my back... and it went away...

My c-sec I thought was wonderful... try not to stress... Try to remember these people are professionals and they have lots of continual training ( I know we do here) Don't be afraid to say exactly what's on your mind during the entire thing... I talked through it the entire time and the anesthesiologist was great and the Dr.'s too talked with me telling me exactly what they were doing and explaining anything I asked...

GL to you... and keep us posted...

Chelle

Miracle Miranda 2/18/04

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