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Hospital bag for c section??

(33 Posts)
Excited2meetmyprincess Fri 23-Aug-13 10:31:03

Sorry in advance that this has probably been done a million times but just after some advice as I don't have a clue where to start.

I am having a c section so just wondered what I need to pack in my hospital bag? And how many outfits do I need to take for baby? All my friends have given birth naturally so we weren't sure if it was different with a c section.

Thanks in advance xxx

DameFanny Sat 24-Aug-13 09:40:43

Um. I had no trouble pooing after my section.had the trapped wind - but I think that's more to do with the air that stays in you when they sew you up iyswim. So my top tip for avoiding problems is lots of fruit and veg over the next few weeks. (am vegetarian)

BikeRunSki Fri 23-Aug-13 23:22:41

First poo post section.can be alarming as you will e straining on very sore muscles and skin.

PoppyAmex Fri 23-Aug-13 21:01:24

I agree with poster upthread about M&S granny knickers - they're fab for this purpose and accommodate bulky maternity pads.

This cooling spray was one of the best things I took with me the first time. The post-natal ward was horrendously hot and I had to stay 3 nights.

I also took Peppermint Oil (put some drops in your drinks) to prevent the dreaded gas, but didn't have problems with that - not sure the oil had anything to do with it.

r3d3 Fri 23-Aug-13 20:22:12

Liquid for pooing is lactulose. I drank a whole massive bottle over the week I was in and that was about right.

I had to ask for it though! Umm I haven't eaten in 3 days and now I'm on opiates, what do you think is going to happen!

1944girl Fri 23-Aug-13 19:05:27

Yes yes to the poo advice!.
I last had a c-section 41 years ago and in those far off days no one told you anything.I did not poo for a fortnight and it was so bad I was screaming on the loo.
I hope this has not scared you, as I said this was 41 years ago when you got no advice at all.Take notice of what the other posters have advised and you should be OK.
I was pram pushing after two weeks with a longitudinal scar as well.But, no one told me not to back then.
Enjoy your baby.You have a lovely time coming.

Excited2meetmyprincess Fri 23-Aug-13 18:52:50

We don't live too far away so I was thinking maybe 6 changes of clothes for baby plus a going home outfit and one pack of nappies. Then 2 pairs of PJs for myself. As if I have to stay any longer DH can always bring me more stuff. Xx

olivo Fri 23-Aug-13 17:50:14

I took just one bag for both of us, a hold all. But DH brought me things from home as we wee only minutes away.

olivo Fri 23-Aug-13 17:49:29

Oh yes, peppermint tea was my saviour both times. First time, I also had such bad pain in my shoulder they had to call a consultant during the night, blush

HeffalumpTheFlump Fri 23-Aug-13 17:46:18

(Long post alert)

This is my list:

For me -

Big knickers
2 or 3 packs maternity pads
1 pack breast pads
Baby wipes
Nappy sacks (for used pads etc)
Lip balm
Shampoo and conditioner
Shower gel
Deoderant
Hairbrush, hair ties and clips.
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Washbag
2 flannels
Make up
Carrier bags (dirty washing)
Moisturiser
Slip on slippers and flip flops
Nipple cream
Going home outfit
Dressing gown
2 nighties
2 pairs pjs (high waisted trousers)
1 bath towel
1 hand towel
Socks
Snacks and drinks
Bendy straws (so I can drink laying down)
Breast feeding pillow

For baby:

10-15 baby grows and vests
6 bibs
2 hats
3 or 4 pairs of scratch mits
Going home outfit
Muslin squares
2 packs nappies
Cotton wool
Sudocrem
Carseat

(Some of this may be kept in the car, then I can send dh for it if I need it. We live quite far from the hospital so it's not easy to just pop home and get things.)

I'm still hashing out the numbers of things for the baby, not sure what I will need!! Hope that helps. Good luck with your c section. smile

dadditlass Fri 23-Aug-13 17:18:39

Also good to take anti bac wipes, if you are using a shared bathroom and nice toilet wet wipes for yourself.

PseudoBadger Fri 23-Aug-13 17:06:19

Thanks for this thread. What size bag did you all take? I'm thinking a hand luggage size suitcase for me and slightly smaller bag for baby? Is that extreme?

Panzee Fri 23-Aug-13 16:44:14

I didn't have much problem with poo.

Thurlow Fri 23-Aug-13 16:21:37

Oh, yes, the wind! I thought I was having a heart attack as I had shooting pains in my left shoulder and upper arm - turns out it's just referred pain from too much gas grin

Lots of food that will keep you moving, but however you give birth, those few days afterwards are not ones to much around with in regards to poo. Ask for that liquid constipation medicine (mind has gone blank!) if you don't get it, though we were given it as standard, as don't be afraid to ask for a suppository if you haven't gone in a day or so or feel particularly bunged up. If you do need to strain, hold your tummy gently while you do.

Vajazzler Fri 23-Aug-13 16:01:32

No need to be alarmed its just one of the side effects of a section. I've had 5 sections and the first time was an emergency so found out too late about the poo thing and ended up constipated. The midwife recommended the apricots and said if I ever have another (ha!) that I should eat them as soon as I felt able to eat.

Vajazzler Fri 23-Aug-13 15:56:48

The anesthetic plus the trauma of the operation sends the bowel into shutdown mode. It takes time for it to come back to operational mode. There will be wind in the meantime and plenty of it! The post natal midwives will be asking you at every opportunity if you've done a wee and opened your bowels as its a good sign that your body is recovering. The apricots really help to get things moving but I can't stress highly enough that you should keep eating them. The last thing you need when your tummy is stitched up and even more so after your stitches have been removed is to be trying to strain a constipated poo out <taps nose knowingly>

Excited2meetmyprincess Fri 23-Aug-13 15:40:34

Why is the first poo after a c section so bad?? I have never heard this before! I'm getting scared now x

Thurlow Fri 23-Aug-13 15:32:16

Pants with a really high waist. Yoga pants were wonderful, I lived in them in the house for weeks after my c-sec. Shoes you can put on without bending.

Vajazzler Fri 23-Aug-13 15:28:49

With regards to the dried fruit- as soon as you feel able to eat something eat some apricots. I'd say at the very least 8-10 a day. That first poo will be tricky otherwise. However don't make the mistake of thinking that once the first poo is out your problems are over! Your digestive system will take a week or so to recover especially if you get prescribed co-codamol for pain as that will make you constipated! Keep eating the apricots!

Panzee Fri 23-Aug-13 15:18:25

Flip flops. Bending to get into,shoes with backs is not easy.

DameFanny Fri 23-Aug-13 15:16:59

Yy to granny pants, especially as the paper ones some people use press into the scar at just the right height. Ow.

For going home, I'd go for over-bump trousers of some sort, or yoga type trousers where you can fold the waistband up.

And when you get home, put a basket of change stuff including babygros on every floor of the house (of appropriate) so you don't have to carry the baby around too much and just enjoy snuggles.

Excited2meetmyprincess Fri 23-Aug-13 15:06:29

Thank you for all your replies. They have been really helpful. Still got 11 weeks to go so a while before I need to pack but want to make sure I have everything I need xx

BonaDea Fri 23-Aug-13 11:30:57

Giant pants. Forget primark - they are too stingy with fabric. M & S granny points 3 or 4 sizes larger than usual.

Buy a flask and get DH to bring ice from home to keep in there. You can then have lovely cold drinks all day and night!

aloysiusflyte Fri 23-Aug-13 11:21:39

Definitely recommend big knickers (primark did some massive ones that were really comfy and you will be wearing them for quite a few weeks post section) Trousers that are loose over your scar (jeans were a no go for me for a couple of months) A big cushion will also be handy for propping yourself up in bed with, nobody told me that I would struggle to lie down flat for six weeks after the op!

As for baby stuff, take as many outfits and nappies as you can, newborn wee/poo was far leakier than I thought it would be and I was changing babygros quite frequently.

dadditlass Fri 23-Aug-13 11:05:41

I was also told to wash stomach with antibacterial soap for a week before op and eat natural yoghurt ( you might want to research that a bit ). When you have your first bm hold a sanitary pad onto the scar it gives you extra support.

dadditlass Fri 23-Aug-13 11:00:31

I've had 3 sections. Would recommend loose nighty, big pants not too tight, extra maternity pads to place between scar and knickers( stops rubbing and soaks up moisture) liquid talc for under boobs ( if you can still buy it) peppermint capsules/ tea bags to help with trapped wind after op and I had a breast feeding beanbag cushion that kept baby off my wound . Hope that helps

Oh and the hospital shower didn't have a shelf for shower gel so I would tie string to some so you can hang it up. Painful to get it off the floor. And lots of extra snacks.

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