To think you can still eat food with salt in it after a c-section?

(82 Posts)
Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:02:22

Prepared to be told I'm wrong. So, is food with salt allowed after a c-section? Assuming there are no hypertension problems or other problems.

WelshMaenad Mon 26-Nov-12 02:35:22

I was encouraged to use salt in the bath. That said, I took a jar of manuka honey into hospital and was slathering it all over the wound as soon as they took the pressure dressing off and whipped the wound drain out so maybe they felt I was lost cause!

I'd have ripped your arm off for some fresh home made soup post C section. Will you adopt me, Fakebook? I'll be your sibling. I'm even trained in personal care to muck in with your dad.

Monty27 Mon 26-Nov-12 00:22:51

Injesting salt and bathing in salt are two very very differint things

BuddyTheChristmasElf Sat 24-Nov-12 22:17:11

I was told how to make my OWN "normal saline" solution by the MW (1tsp salt 1 ltr water) when I had my CS

i think it must be bath salts

Cory no it was definitely salt, not bath salts.

I was told water only for the first five days, and then Badedas (which was fabulous - who knew?!) But definitely not salt. Maybe it's potential cross contamination - open wound, salt cellar with bacteria on? I have no idea, I was just told not to.

Yes they use saline in hospitals but that is sterile and in a sealed container.

Fakebook Sat 24-Nov-12 13:13:55

My brother is an arsehole too. He can't see beyond his wife or cares for his side of the family. My dad is seriously ill. He spends his time between my sister and I. This brother has never offered to help me even when I had my baby in January. My DS was 6 weeks old and I was dealing with my dad's fecal incontinence alone. He just took him to the doctor and then we never saw him again. My husband helped as much as he could but he was working long hours too and I didn't feel happy with my DH cleaning my dads mess because it was embarrassing dad.

I made her soup because she did make me some food when I had my son. I thought I'd repay the favour. It was hot in a thermos. No chance of food poisoning.

I gave her the clothes because she was desperate for them. Her sister gave her neutral coloured clothes and she wanted blue Boyish clothes. It's like I'm not going to have any more children, even though I'm still young and we're planning our third hopefully for next year. Tbf, some of the clothes in the bag were £1 and £2 clearance items from Next Clearance that she'd bought for DS when he was a baby. She'd taken the money from me to pay for them. DS was born very underweight and none of the clothes I had bought fitted him so I had to ask her to buy him one or two bits like sleep suits but she went and bought things that had parts missing and were slightly soiled from Next Clearance. DS didn't wear a lot of them so those things were in the bag too. Maybe that pissed her off? There were loads of other things aswell though that were really good quality from gap and m&s that I'd bought.

Meh. I can't be arsed. My life is hectic with dd and DS and dad already. I can't deal with her shitty behaviour aswell.

littlemisspoppy Sat 24-Nov-12 12:17:37

I was never told about the salt thing either, I couldn't wait to eat peanuts again I think I would have cried if they said no salt!

Your SIL sounds rude, even if she can't have salt you weren't to know, she could have just said thank you, in future I wouldn't do anything nice for her, save it for someone who appreciates it!

Earslier than planned c-section date plus no salt makes me think pre-eclampsia and you sil has high BP which needs to come down. Home made soup is much better than shop bought for salt levels but sil may not know that.
Personally if you'd offered me chicken soup after giving birth I would probably have thrown up. No excuse at all for not saying thank you anyway.

JessieMcJessie Sat 24-Nov-12 08:48:36

Ah yes, sorry it's not the OP's DH who's the stirrer, it's her brother. Question still stands though OP, don't you think he's enabling his wife's rudeness by passing on her message and returning the soup? Easiest thing in the world for him to eat it or chuck it and give you back the thermos. Sounds like he wanted to make you feel bad too.

AbigailAdams Sat 24-Nov-12 08:43:20

My thoughts exactly Lougle.

cory Sat 24-Nov-12 08:42:42

"Because when I had DD last year I had 2nd degree tears and was told NOT to bathe in salt water or anything else, plain old water only, as it might cause infection in my stitches...."

Surely those instructions refer to bath salts (which are full of perfume and all sorts), not to plain old sodium? When I had tears I was told to avoid bath salts. Perhaps that's what the SIL has been told too?

Lougle Sat 24-Nov-12 08:37:47

Why does the brother get off here? He didn't have to say 'wifey won't eat it...salt, blah blah.' He could have said 'thank you so much, that was lovely of you.'

At any rate, it's odd to send something like soup in for someone you are not on good terms with. Yes, if she's your best friend and she spent the last 10 weeks going on about the fact that all she'll want to eat is soup, but not because you've decided that soup is a good idea.

Again, with the clothes. Is the baby not your brother's child also? Could he not have given thanks on her behalf? The woman has just had major surgery (being commonplace doesn't stop it being major) and you think her main concern should be thanking you for clothes she probably hasn't even had the energy to look at. How do you know she didn't show thanks, but the message just hadn't been passed on?

CSIJanner Sat 24-Nov-12 08:14:34

I'll put my hands up here - I told my family the wrong date for my c-sectioned despite it being LO2. I didn't want my family to fret & LO1 was due to be in nursery that day anyway. Plus it meant that family members didn't invite themselves to the labour theatre as they did with SIL, much to her distress. But as soon as I was upstairs on maternity ward, I rang every family member personally. I didn't do it to be a cow, but for peace and TBH you have to treat both sides of family members the same.

I've never heard the salt line, but if my SIL had sent around food or cooked for me after coming home, I would had profoundly thanked you. it's a v kind thing to do. She was BU. even if she didn't want it, thank you's should have been sent and your brother could have eaten it!

HoneyDragon Sat 24-Nov-12 07:53:51

Yes. Manners cost nothing.
SiL may not have wanted the soup but could've returned an empty receptacle and thanks.

Not been a nasty grabby indulgent cow baggage. A C-Section is an operation to take out the baby. Not your manners.

ipswichwitch Sat 24-Nov-12 07:52:27

She might have got the clothes before the baby was born if she hadn't lied about her cs date (told op it was 28th)
I had a cs last year and nobody mentioned anything about salt- was hard enough getting food in me given the problems we had never mind scrutinising for salt intake.
fakebook you made a lovely gesture, and wether she appreciated it or not she didn't have to be rude about it. I've had issues with my DB (ad exSIL) before and I ended up taking them to task about it before backing off. On that occasion it was wan out the assumption they could borrow my car to drive to Eastern Europe and the complete indignation when I said no hmm

Finallygotaroundtoit Sat 24-Nov-12 07:40:10

So home made chicken soup that can't be heated to avoid food poisoning
and
bags of clothes (that I suspect the SIL wanted before her baby was born) should be gratefully accepted by someone recovering from surgery to spare the ops feelings? confused

MammaTJ Sat 24-Nov-12 07:35:35

I have had two C sections, not told not to have salt at all. Told to bath in salt water though, to help heal the wound.

What a bitch!!

Chubfuddler Sat 24-Nov-12 07:30:00

I would imagine it was in a thermos. And her sister asked for the clothes.

Chubfuddler Sat 24-Nov-12 07:29:17

Why did you send her this stuff? You're just giving her ammunition to kick you in the teeth (mixing my metaphors but you know what I mean). You don't have to give her your baby clothes just because she demands them. Tell her no.

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Sat 24-Nov-12 07:28:53

Oh yes, that's right, it's the OP's fault that her SIL is an ungrateful cow.

Honestly, what with MN lately? The POs are taking over and bringing the terminally stupid and ungrateful with them.

Finallygotaroundtoit Sat 24-Nov-12 07:15:30

You were being kind but sending soup in to hospital is a bad idea - no where to heat it up.Food is provided.

Also sending bags of unwanted clothes onto a ward is worse - she doesn't have time to 'sort through' and they will just get in the way.

cjbk1 Sat 24-Nov-12 07:02:12

mrsjay please don't "gargle with salt water after having a tooth out" unless you want a painful infection; you need to
wait 24 hours then bathe the area with salt water ie hold it in your mouth over the socket no rinsing or gargling action at all or you'll remove the blood clot and prevent healing. registered dental nurse with ten years experience on maternity leave

JessieMcJessie Sat 24-Nov-12 04:37:19

And why did your DH present it back to you and not throw it out to preserve your feelings? Sounds like he's a stirrer.

Wheresmypopcorn Sat 24-Nov-12 03:54:14

Why didn't she just throw it out to spare your feelings? Why send it back?

Monty27 Sat 24-Nov-12 02:31:55

I'm a non med person but have had 3 cs's.

From memory, salt is to be avoided to keep all swellings down.... ie fluids and feet should always be kept up.

(it was a while ago)

differentnameforthis Sat 24-Nov-12 02:29:27

Tell her the idea was she ate it, not poured it on her scar. Stupid women. Her, not you.

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