What planning would/did you do to make your c-section easier/better?

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Registered: 01-11-2012
What planning would/did you do to make your c-section easier/better?
Fri, 04-20-2012 - 12:00pm

Hello all--I am having my last baby by what will probably be a scheduled C-section unless something unexpected happens inbetween now and then.

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Registered: 07-21-1998

Best thing I can figure is some kind of household help for the first 2-4 weeks. Also as much camera as you're comfortable with. My c-section was unexpected emergency. I got 2 weeks of "rest" with the baby in NICU and can't imagine caring for a baby while recovering. And I really missed getting pictures; there was 1 poloroid by a very kind nurse in the first 24+ hours.

Don't know if it's important, but DH was encouraged to cut the cord, and they made sure to bring the baby around to my head (very briefly) immediately. Some folk really regret not being first to hold the child. (Which I didn't get to do, but that's kind of in the back of the queue mostly because there was too much else going on.)

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 01-19-2008

I think knowing what to expect really helps a lot.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Definately know what to expect. I did not as mine was a surprise and I was very distraught. I think it could have been better if I at least knew what to expect as far as procedures for baby, pain, self-care, etc. Contact your dr and a L&D nurse and find out how a normal c section goes with your dr and hospital. Find out what practices they use so you know what to expect and what to ask for if they don't already do it (like rooming in w baby or pain management or breastfeeding).

Manda :)