c-section questions

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php2731 Wed 02-Jul-08 11:29:52

Few questions about c-section:

>Regarding recovery, how long did it take for the pain(i mean abdomen ect pain due to surgery) to go away? How long were u stuck to IV etc and what pain medications did u take?
> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around? How long did they leave catheter in?
>How long before you were allowed to eat? (i heard they allow food only after passing gas, is it so? sorry timid).
> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? is it painful
> Were you able to nurse right away?

Thanks for your help!

ShowOfHands Wed 02-Jul-08 11:36:54

I had an emergency c/s with spinal block. I had a drip afterwards for rehydration which was then removed before being wheeled to the ward. I had tea and toast about 1.5hrs after leaving recovery. This was late at night and nobody asked aoubt passing gas.

I was on the ward over night with dd. I didn't need any painkillers at all. It took a while for her to latch as she was sleepy and a bit jaundiced but she did eventually and we are still bfing 14 months later. I got up in the morning and could walk normally.

I was discharged 12 hours post section after proving I was weeing enough and never took any painkillers. My tummy was a bit itchy and tender if I stretched upwards but nothing too problematic.

First bowel movement after 48 hours, didn't hurt at all.

notjustmom Wed 02-Jul-08 11:51:04

well my section was an emergency one and there were many complications but that was for other reasons so don't let that worry you. afterwards, i spent 48 hours in intensive care totally out of it.

but, when i was moved onto the ward i was fine. walking is uncomfortable but not painful and you may feel like you are being stretched upwards at first when you try and straighten up - this is fine and regardless of how you feel, you will not split in two wink

you can eat and drink straight away, you can pretty much get up and about within an hour, all drips and such should be removed once you are up and about if you are passing enough water so a good tip would be to drink plenty.

if you do not tolerate pain very well, please keep taking the pain killers prescribed and take them on time. there are no medals for matyrs and ultimately, you want to enjoy your new born, not suffer in pain and there is no need for you to if you take proper pain relief.

saying that, i didn't have any pain killers after the first two days. WRT bowel movements, i think it was about a week for me. if you don't go within a few days, take some lactulose to soften and help and eat a good high fibre diet to help you along. if it helps, place a clean pad over the wound when going to the toilet, with feel more secure for you if nothing else

i didn't BF, but there is no reason why you can't just make it clear to your car team that you would like your baby to feed as soon as possible

and good luck and congratulations smile

booksgalore Wed 02-Jul-08 11:53:25

Hi

Pain; I didn't get pain as the pain medication was well managed. I was on self regulated morphine plus given a suppository during the op. Afterwards had co-codamol and something else which slips my mind.

My IV was in for a while as I was on IV antibiotics. Catheter is usually removed the following morning. Once mine was removed I was pointed in the direction of the shower. Encouraged to move to stop clots etc. Remember to stand upright even if it does feel like you might split in twosmile - you won't.

I breastfed in the recovery room after calling parents to tell them about their new grandchild grin. Used rugby ball position so baby not on my tummy.

Passing gas; haven't heard this before.

Allowed to eat; I don't remember sorry!
1st bowel movement; 3 days I think and no pain at all.

Hope this helps.

kitstwins Wed 02-Jul-08 12:40:46

Had an emergency csection (so pretty sh!te experience) so mine would probably be worse-case scenario. My answers: -

>Regarding recovery, how long did it take for the pain(i mean abdomen ect pain due to surgery) to go away? How long were u stuck to IV etc and what pain medications did u take?
Well the first three days were pretty rough - very limited movement, etc. and it was a struggle to walk to the end of the corridor/sit up, etc. But I did have quite an aggressive caesarean (twins, forceps, etc.) and no epidural (under GA) so no pain relief from that. By day 4 I had a huge surge and was able to walk slowly around the place - to the car, etc. At three weeks I still couldn't walk to the end of the road without resting and struggling but by week four I was totally back to normal. Could walk anywhere for any distance.

I was on an IV all day. Section was at midday and they took me off at around midnight. But I was quite poorly after mine (blood loss - common after twins). I had voltarol suppositories and also tramadol as, again, I didn't have the epidural pain relief.

> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around? How long did they leave catheter in?
They came in the next morning at 7am (I'd been left to sleep all night for seven hours to allow me to recover - my babies were in the nursery with a paed and a midwife as they were 35 weeks) and took my catheter out and made me go to the loo. Once that was done I was encouraged to be up and about. It helped a lot. My tip: STAND TALL. You want to hunch over but actually that makes things worse. Nothing will tear open or hurt and actually standing tall really helps with healing, etc., as does gentle movement. It gets the blood flowing.

>How long before you were allowed to eat? (i heard they allow food only after passing gas, is it so? sorry timid).
I had food after I woke up from my anaesthetic - at about 3pm. I was starving and so was given a bread roll but someone on the HDU who took pity on me.

> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? is it painful
The next day. Not painful at all. I had no problems whatsoever, although once I needed to go I NEEDED to go. Your pelvic floor is a bit shattered, even after a caesarean so it's good to be close to a loo! The midwives banged on about how they needed me to go to the loo and were singularly impressed that I managed it so quickly. We aim to please.....
My top tip for post-caesarean loo trips is moist loo roll (those andrex moist wipe thingies). When your stomach hurts then these are a FAB way to clean up quickly and easily. They were a godsend! That and giant disposable paper knickers and then giant M&S granny knickers. You won't want anything near your scar so high waist ones are the bees knees!

> Were you able to nurse right away?
I tried the next day when I was well enough. Neither of my babies had a suck reflex as they were born early, but we tried and I had LOADS of milk. Colostrum for the first three days which I expressed into their feeding tubes and then I poured milk. So the caesarean had no impact on my feeding. However, I've had friends who also had caesareans and the baby was given to them to nurse straight away. If you'd like that then there is no reason why you shouldn't have it. The baby can lie on you and nuzzle away. Lots of pillows for feeding can help, as does feeding in the rugby position.

Hope this helps and best of luck.

Thanks for your help!

>Regarding recovery, how long did it take for the pain(i mean abdomen ect pain due to surgery) to go away?

About 3 days.

>How long were u stuck to IV etc and what pain medications did u take?

2 days on drip. had painkillers to take home. took them for about 10 days after birth.

> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around? How long did they leave catheter in?

Took out catheter on day 2. Walking a bit after that.

>How long before you were allowed to eat? (i heard they allow food only after passing gas, is it so? sorry timid).

not heard this. you can't eat before and they give you something to take a certain no. of hours before the op. don't know what/why! i was offered sarnies once in the recovery room. sadly threw them up as was sick from extra anaesthetic i had to gave (DS2 was stuck and took longer coming out than they thought.)

> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? is it painful

2 days, and no.

> Were you able to nurse right away?

YES!

Other thing is that until you are mobile you have to wear support stockings in case of DVT. i got incredibly itchy (a possible sie effect to the anaesthetic) and they were murder! couldn't wait to get them off!

good luck!

Niceychops Wed 02-Jul-08 12:51:37

Hi! My section was an incredibly positive experience all round.

The pain lasted a few days but was very manageable. Just keep on top of your pain relief.

I was allowed to walk around that evening, but had been nagging them to let me get out of bed since lunchtime! My partner said I appeared to be walking more easily than in the latter stages of pregnancy!

They brought me tea and toast about an hour after the op.

I think catheter was in about 24 hours. It isnt painful, or even uncomfortable, and didnt hurt when they took it out. You don feel them put it in either, as they do the spinal first.

Think the bowel motion took 2 days but the codeine bungs you up apparently.

I had no dramas breastfeeding, baby just sort of taught herself about 30 mins after the birth. Midwife said to just carry on!

sophiewd Wed 02-Jul-08 12:58:53

While this is tsill fresh in my mind.

Was on IV drip for extra fluids only as was throwing up so 2 hours, pain relief was diomorphine and suppositry and then paracetomol and volterol, pain was OK just hurt for a few days when sitting up so roll over on side before you do that.
Catherter this time was taken out 24hours later first time was 12 hours, done in the morning and then up and in shower. Take things easy but a regular walk around the maternity floor gets things moving and you will fell better quicker.
I was starving, and scoffed sandwhiches which DH brought in. Never had a problem with gas.
48hours and not painful, its the thought that is scary.
I FF.
I am 13 days post op and feeling really good. Up cooking breakfasts for guests and generally feeling fine. I haven't walked far yet that does take time to build up.

sophiewd Wed 02-Jul-08 12:59:29

And like niceychops, I really enjoyed the experience.

minster Wed 02-Jul-08 13:02:24

I've had two, one emergency, one elective.

>Regarding recovery, how long did it take for the pain(i mean abdomen ect pain due to surgery) to go away? How long were u stuck to IV etc and what pain medications did u take?

I didn't need painkillers at all by the end of the second week. For the first 3-4 days I took paracetamol & voltarol but after than paracetamol only. Pain was never that bad. They put diamorphine into the spinal which meant I had no pain at all for the first 24 hours. With the em-section I had an epidural so had oromorph for the first 12 hours (I think I had 2 doses).

I had an iv for fluids only which was taken out 3 hours after the section (they would've taken it out sooner but I was still a little sick & they wanted to be sure I was getting enough fluids).

> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around? How long did they leave catheter in?

Had the catheter taken out 24 hours after the elective & 12 hours after the emergency. Was up, out of bed & showered at lunchtime on the day of the section (about 4 hours after surgery).

>How long before you were allowed to eat? (i heard they allow food only after passing gas, is it so? sorry timid).

Ate in recovery - toast & tea - less than an hour after section.

> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? is it painful

24 hours after section. Not painful at all - made sure I ate high fibre food before & after section, also used senna. I held a towel over the scar.

> Were you able to nurse right away?

Yup - had skin to skin contact while I was being sewn up (baby naked under my gown with a blanket over both of use), then fed properly in recovery - ds was about 20 minutes old.

My experience with an emergency section was pretty much the same - I felt more tired afterwards (been in labour for 3 days & had a pph) but no great pain. No problems breastfeeding either time.

TuttiFrutti Wed 02-Jul-08 14:03:26

As you can see from people's responses so far, there is a huge variety of experience! There is a big difference between emergency and elective c-sections in recovery times, but also a lot depends on the skill of the individual surgeon.

I've had 2, one elective and one emergency, and the emergency one was quite rough. I couldn't walk until midday the next day (the op was done in the evening) and even then I needed a midwife holding each arm.

With the elective which was also done late evening, I had my catheter removed the next morning and got out of bed on my own and walked around the ward just after breakfast - which I know doesn't sound like much, but I was amazed with my mobility compared with the previous time!

Never felt a minute's pain with the elective and only needed paracetamol. A bit different to the emergency cs when I was in agony and needed morphine!

Pinkjenny Wed 02-Jul-08 14:09:09

I had a planned cs for dd's breech birth.

I don't remember ever being in significant pain at all, but I was careful to ensure that my painkillers never wore off too much in the first two days.

My IV was taken out about 5 hours after surgery. I had one lot of morphine, and then only paracetomol, I only took it for 4 days in total. (No medals though, take what you need)

I got up the next morning. The catheter was taken out the next morning too.

I had tea and toast at about 10pm - was the nicest meal I've ever had.

Bowel movement about 3 days later, didn't hurt at all, and I didn't have any painful wind either.

I struggled to nurse, but hospital were very unhelpful indeed. Wish I'd persevered.

I was terrified, honestly, I could probably find the thread I started which was almost identical to this one, but it was totally fine, and a completely pleasant experience.

ChopsTheDuck Wed 02-Jul-08 14:17:21

I stopped the morphine the day after because it made me sleepy. carried on with ibuprofen for about 10 days to a fortnight. Wasn't really painful provided didn;t make sudden movements.

catheter came out the next morning, so about 12 hours. iv stayed in a bit longer, but i had a couple of transfusions.

I ate the next morning I think. Never heard the gas thing! can't remember first bo, but it didn;t hurt.

bfed in the recovery room, so as soon as I was stitched up.

wasabipeanut Wed 02-Jul-08 14:23:19

My recovery wasn't great - I could move, very slowly the next day but took a lot of painkillers every 4 hours - codeine, paracetomol, brufen etc.

For weeks I had to have dh pull me upright in bed so I could feed ds and turning over in bed was difficult for a couple of weeks. It was a case of gritting my teeth, bringing knees up and then swinging over.

Managed to bf straight away though after going back to recovery room and got it established fairly easily by laying ds on a pillow across me.

First movement - not painful really (anticipation worse) but I had been given senna to counteract the codeine!

MrsMattie Wed 02-Jul-08 14:25:48

Hi there. Here are my experiences, although as you will start to see, you're going to get some quite different answers I think!

I didn't really suffer with any 'pain' after my c-section. I was on really strong painkillers for about 3 weeks, and when I came off them I felt weak in my abdominal area rather than in pain. I had to be careful not to bend too much or lifty heavy stuff or I would get a dragging, pulling feeling and feel weak and need to sit down.

I was off the IV within 48 hours I think? I was given painkillers immediately after the op and then regularly until I left hospital, when they sent me away with a packet of prescribed painkillers. Also had anti co-agulant injections to stop blood clotting (just a precaution)

The hospital I was in encouraged us to get up as soon as possible and walk around in order to avoid blood clots. I had my son in the afternoon, and was walking around the next morning. However, I felt very weak and resented having to get up to be honest!

The catheter was removed within 48 hopurs, too, I think?

I didn't eat for more than a day after my son was born, but that was purely through the negligence of the hospital who mistakenly made me 'nil by mouth' (long story!)

Had first bowel movement on day 2.Didn't hurt, but I was scared about busting stitches, so took it very slowly!

I wasn't able to breastfeed until about 90 mins after my son was born, when I was in the rceovery room and they'd stopped faffing about with him and me.

Bundle Wed 02-Jul-08 14:27:15

>Regarding recovery - on iv meds for a day i think, then injections of morphine, then oral meds - do take them BEFORE you need them rather than wait for pain to kick in

> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around? encouraged to move around the next day. took catheter out myself in shower after 2nd c/s (first one nurse took it out - ouch!)

>How long before you were allowed to eat? when I was hungry - next morning
> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? about 2 days. not painful.
> Were you able to nurse right away? yes after first c/s - had epidural. but after 2nd c/s - had general anaesthetic - i was pretty drowsy. dd2 did latch on when i tried though and seemed pretty happy. went on to bf for 3 yrs!

reethi96 Wed 02-Jul-08 14:37:33

Recovery and Pain - I only felt pain for about 18 hours and it wasn't extreme anyway, I took the painkillers that were adminstered, after 24 hours I was just on paracetemol and once discharged I didn't take anything.

I had my c-section at 3pm and the following morning at around 10ish they removed the IV and cathetar.

I didn't eat until I got home which was about 50 hours after the c-section because my food never arrived and the toaster was broken. I was too caught up in everything else to worry about it.

I had a bowel movement about 5-6 days after I didn't feel the need before. It didn't hurt but I did suffer terrible constipation for a few weeks, I think this is supposed to fairly common after having a baby.

I bf about 90 minutes after ds was born as he was taken to special care, the first feed went really well but once it came to the evening I found bf really difficult especially when I was still attached to the cathetar & iv. It was difficult because I physically needed help and I had real issues with the night staff.

MrsSprat Wed 02-Jul-08 14:44:22

>Regarding recovery, how long did it take for the pain(i mean abdomen ect pain due to surgery) to go away? *Don't know, took pain-relief for 2 weeks; although there were times when I was gasping for next dose. It was an emergency section.*

How long were u stuck to IV etc and what pain medications did u take?
*Anti-B's and rehydration for about 36 hours post op (waters had broken >24 hours before labour)*

> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around? How long did they leave catheter in?
*On a busy ward, so nearly 48 hours, which I think made mobility a bit tricky in short-term, very painful first walk*

>How long before you were allowed to eat? (i heard they allow food only after passing gas, is it so? sorry timid).
*No-one told me I should be nil by mouth, so I scoffed a load of biscuits I had with me! blush*

> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? is it painful
*Over a week for me and yes, worse than labour. Improved after getting some lactulose*

> Were you able to nurse right away?
*Within 30 mins of giving birth, but was v.drugged up so couldn't tell if latch was okay, but ultimately BF dwindled as baby was very sleepy, lost weight and was forced onto top ups. Support very patchy and normal positions were very uncomfortable*

Haylstones Wed 02-Jul-08 14:57:22

I too had an emergency c section 18 weeks ago
Regarding recovery, how long did it take for the pain(i mean abdomen ect pain due to surgery) to go away? How long were u stuck to IV etc and what pain medications did u take?
- It was extremely painful for a few days, sore for a few weeks then the odd niggle (even now). Definitely take painkillers when due, don't wait until it's agony!
> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around? How long did they leave catheter in?
I had ds at 4pm and was up the next morning showering. I think thye removed the catheter later that night but I had to measure how much I weed until i left the hospital by doing it in a jug then writing the amount down.
>How long before you were allowed to eat? (i heard they allow food only after passing gas, is it so? sorry timid).
I was starving but they wouldn't give me anything until the next morning, meaning I didn't eat for 36 hours.
> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? is it painful
This took a few days and I was pretty bunged up. Wasn't awful but would recommend lots of fibre!
> Were you able to nurse right away?
Yes, when got to recovery and had no problems whatsoever

frootloop Wed 02-Jul-08 16:35:26

i had an emergency c-section and the painkiller codine gave me horrendous constipation (so bad that i was eyeing up the weaning spoons we had inblush)and as i was kept hospital for 3 days i couldn't eat much fibre.
when i got home i had to send mum out to get glycerine suppositories(sp?) as i was in so much pain, and i had made the mistake of taking senokot, i was having poo contractionsblushblush.

i would deffo get glycerine suppositories in just in case.

OatcakeCravings Wed 02-Jul-08 20:01:55

Regarding recovery, how long did it take for the pain(i mean abdomen ect pain due to surgery) to go away?

I can't say that I was ever in that much pain - it certainly wasn't excruciating - make sure you take the pain medications.

How long were u stuck to IV etc and what pain medications did u take?

No IV at my hospital, was on morphine tablets for 48 hours and then codine, paracetamol and ibuprophen.

> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around?

Encouraged to move around as soon as, but it was the next morning I got out of bed so about 15 hours later

How long did they leave catheter in?

I think it was 24 hours

>How long before you were allowed to eat? (i heard they allow food only after passing gas, is it so? sorry timid).

I got food the next morning - there was no mention of gas!

> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? is it painful

48 hours and no not at all

> Were you able to nurse right away? I can't answer this as I didn't breast feed but yes you can if the other women on the ward were anything to go by.

Shooflypie Thu 03-Jul-08 22:51:16

I had an el cs 14 weeks ago:
Recovery - fine. Felt quite sore for the first 24 hours, codeine and paracetamol very necessary but didn't need them after a few days.
Up the next day, catheter out after 24 hours.
First bowel movement was 48 hours, didn't hurt but hosp gave me laxative as I was on iron tablets + they make you constipated.

Nursing - you don't have to wait till the recovery room. I asked to BF in the theatre and fed DS while I was being stitched.

fruitstick Thu 03-Jul-08 22:57:39

Can't remember all the exact timings as it was an emergency section and now all a bit of a blur.

However, I will say 2 things
- having a section is a good reminder to everybody that you need to take it easy for a few weeks and not try to do too much. "I have been sawn in half you know!". I think you are more inclined to over do it after a natural birth.

- the pain killers they prescribe you are a real boon to get you through the initial pain of breastfeeding and I kept taking them until the very last one had been emptied out of the packet.

Dottoressa Thu 03-Jul-08 23:01:45

Few questions about c-section:

>Regarding recovery, how long did it take for the pain(i mean abdomen ect pain due to surgery) to go away?

Quite a while, if I remember rightly. I pushed both DCs around in our Phil and Ted's for a day after about 4 weeks, and felt it afterwards! The really bad pain lasted a good week. I'd imagined I'd be able to walk round the block on day 3 or so - but no way!!

How long were u stuck to IV etc and what pain medications did u take?

IV - not long at all. I was given a big dose of something immediately following the operation, then Voltarol, paracetamol and codeine (codeine only twice - once quite soon after the operation, and then again because I demanded it!! It's fantastic stuff...)

> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around?

I had my section at about 10.30 am, and was told off at tea-time because I hadn't got up (though that was because they told me not to!!)

How long did they leave catheter in?
12 hours?? Or so??

>How long before you were allowed to eat? (i heard they allow food only after passing gas, is it so? sorry timid).

I don't think they gave me any rules about that. My Mum brought a tiny bottle of champagne soon after DD was born!!

> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? is it painful

Either the same day as the operation, or the day after. They gave me a double dose of Lactulose to speed things up - which it did to spectacular effect. Don't be tempted to accept if they make the same suggestion to you!!!

So no, it wasn't painful - just rather unpleasant. I don't recall bowel movements being a problem post-cs. The thing that hurt me most of all was walking down the stairs!

> Were you able to nurse right away?
Yes

Generally, my experience is that a cs does hurt - but nowhere near as much as a drug-free back-to-back labour followed by ventouse, forceps and reconstructive vaginal surgery. Compared to that, it's bliss!

The thing I hated most was that pesky thing they stick into the back of your hand. I have the word "calendar" in mind, but it's not that - it's something else that begins with "c". I think I have sensibly repressed all knowledge of it.

One weird thing is that you have no sensation around the wound for ages afterwards. I still don't feel completely normal in the scar area four years on (though I will stress that it's not in any way painful - just slightly weird if I poke it, which of course I do all the time...)

Thanks for your help!
You are v welcome. Good luck!

MrsPickles Thu 03-Jul-08 23:04:34

Few questions about c-section:

>Regarding recovery, how long did it take for the pain(i mean abdomen ect pain due to surgery) to go away? How long were u stuck to IV etc and what pain medications did u take?
I found it pretty bloody painful for about a week afterwards but maybe I just have a low pain threshold. Also they forgot to give me painkillers in hospital because the hardcore ones were written on the reverse of my notes which nobody saw! I don't remember being stuck to an IV at all but was pretty out of it for about 12 hours afterwards because had three day labour with no sleep. I think had codeine & then an antiimflammatory drug & something else for drugs - can't remember. Just take everything and make sure you get it all!

> How long after your section were you allowed to get up and move around? How long did they leave catheter in?
Had section 6pm, catheter removed 8am or so next day. That was the first time I got up. That was OK - bent double but did manage shower by myself that day. It was on about the third day when they forgot the pain killers that I found it very painful & also I didn't get out of bed too long - you need to keep moving if you can I think.

>How long before you were allowed to eat? (i heard they allow food only after passing gas, is it so? sorry timid).
Had tea & toast about an hour later in recovery room - was STARVING after long labour before. I was quite gassy but no problems or pain actually passing gas.

> How long before u had 1st bowel movement? is it painful
OK, it was a week, it was not painful at all, but it was the biggest frigging poo I have ever done in my life. Was hilarious, had to call DH to come and have a look, silently lifted toilet seat to cue a loud "F***G HELL" from him and both of us wetting ourselves with laughter in the loo unable to move. MIL calling from downstairs in our tiny house asking what was so funny. Sorry for the TMI but it cheered me right up.

> Were you able to nurse right away?
About 30 mins or so. I had asked for skin to skin straight away but didn't get it, I think as DD was a bit blue and needed a bit of work when she came out. She latched on straight away though, normal hold. Lots of help from the MWs in hosp with the feeding so it was sorted by the time we left. I was planning a home birth - had that gone to plan I suspect I would have found the bf-ing a lot trickier as the help in hosp was invaluable.

Good luck!

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