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If you are having a caesarean....

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danceswithmonkeys Fri 22-Sep-06 07:54:18

I've just made up a 'hints and tips' list for my friend who is having a caesarean soon (I've had two) if you want me to e-mail it to you let me know!

Pitmountainpony Fri 30-Mar-12 01:32:17

Just bumping this as lots of useful stuff.
My tip .get your dh to bring in a bag of chilled chopped fresh fruit each nice.....and iced water in bottles.

Anchorwoman Fri 30-Mar-12 19:17:17

I has elcs two weeks ago - my tips:

Take flip flops, easy to get on and off and it doesn't matter if they get wet in the shower. Some hospital showers are like wet rooms so slippers could end up soggy.

Keep an eye on the time and make sure you ask for your pain relief when it's due. Often the midwives will be running late and you don't want it wearing thin.

Drink twice as much water as you think you need. Hospitals are hot, you will be dehydrated and even if you don't feel thirsty your wee will be like marmalade. Ask anyone who happens to be passing to refill your jug.

Put clean sheets on your bed at home, it's lovely to come back to your own clean fresh bedding after hospital bed. Put extra cushions and pillows on it for bfing and support when sitting up. Stay in bed and make the world come to you for as long as poss.

Tena pants are v comfy, absorb everything even when you're lying down and can be ripped off - no bending over to remove.

If you have visitors in the first few days, give them little jobs to do. Cuddles with baby granted only when job completed!

DashingRedhead Fri 30-Mar-12 19:23:56

Sorry as I haven't read thread, but YES to big pants. And remember if you are planning to BF it can take longer for your milk to come in. The first time (first dc and first section) it took the full five days.

And a v-pillow is your friend. Especially second time around when your toddler wants to climb on your lap for cuddles.

And if you have emergency sections (which happened to me both times) give yourself DOUBLE the recovery time.

DashingRedhead Fri 30-Mar-12 19:25:02

And with my first I got into a complete state because I didn't know I could ask the staff to change her nappy blush

Piemistress Fri 27-Jul-12 22:49:23

How soon after op can i start massaging the scar? Have got some arnica massage oil can i use that?

Thanks, P

Billy11 Mon 30-Jul-12 00:53:36

Thanks soooo much ladies...i got 2 days left...very nervous now

elizaregina Tue 09-Oct-12 11:05:01

bumping this thread for any mums due c section soon and new to site

bonnerbebe Thu 18-Oct-12 12:10:10

This thread is absolutely incredible. I'm 30 weeks pregnant and have just been classed as high risk with an elective c-section looking highly likely (baby transverse and low lying placenta). I won't know for sure for a good few weeks yet but reading this thread has made me feel so much more prepared, especially as I really wanted a natural birth in a midwife led unit. So, the list for the hospital bag grows: big pants, maternity pads (totally didn't realise I would still need these!), nightie not pjs, arnice tabs, etc etc etc. I now know that I CAN have skin to skin contact straight away and breastfeed, and I know all about lochia - how lovely! - even the gory details help!

Thank you everyone, i'm not so scared anymore. thanks

mmmmsleep Thu 18-Oct-12 17:52:47

Hair dryer on cool setting useful for drying the scar after bath.

Squirty water bottles...impossible to lift the jug to refil the tiny water cups. Water bottle in bed with lid on much easier to manage

Flash wipes for the hospital bath....not sure what the cleaner did in there but the scum etc in the bath convinced me it wasn't cleaning.

starjules Thu 18-Oct-12 22:06:29

Yes yes yes to the Arnica tablets, I had a super good recovery and I am sure it was down to those, I was told to take them a week before and a week after.
Most theatres will let you take a cd in so you can have your favourite songs playing, my PFB was born to Frank Sinatras christmas album! (was a christmas baby)
Take lots of little cartons of Apple juice and sports water bottles as I was very thirsty and they didn't come round with drinks often enough for me. They don't recommend orange as its too acidic in the tummy and can make you sick. Lots of cereal bars too as you cant eat before so I was starving by the time we were done!
A black nightie and black dressing gown is best as it wont show any leakage (yuck)
After just remember its major surgery and just do as much or as little as you can.
I had a rubbish pregnancy but the ELCS was the beginning of the best bit really relaxing and calm!

bluefroggy Fri 19-Oct-12 21:40:47

Can I just ask a stupid question? People say it's important to get upright asap after the surgery but why is that? I would have thought rest until you feel ready...?

WitchesTit Sun 21-Oct-12 09:46:06

Bluefroggy, you need to get the blood moving around your body to help recovery and because dvt is a risk if you don't move about.

The midwives will encourage you to get up when the spinal has worn off, and although you might feel a bit shaky, after being stuck immobile for hours, it feels really good to be upright. Keep on top of the pain relief and it wont hurt, it'll just feel weird and tight around your wound. It's nice to be able to hobble slowly to the bathroom even to just to have a hand wash.
You will need to rest again on returning to your bed but it'll make getting up the next time that little bit easier.

bluefroggy Sun 21-Oct-12 19:45:12

oh yes, forgot the dvt. thanks

Rowanhart Sun 28-Oct-12 11:03:48

I'm having a casaerian in 10 days and this is the best thread ever. Thank you all.

elizaregina Wed 31-Oct-12 18:46:44

re getting up - its very common to faint or feel light headed when you first get up - so do make sure you have your DH and a care assistant or two really helping you to a chair first. if you can do that - then aim for bathroom.

they tried to push me to bathroom and i said i wasnt ready - so instead got a chair right by bed for me - good job, seconds later i was passed out.

please dont push yourself on moving, wiggle toes in bed -raise up legs rotoate ankles....sqeeze all muscles you can - wave arms around.

a MW came round to me and got me to turn on my side - i tweaked something and got horrific side pains since...other ladies on ward all had really nasty deliveries - emergency sections - they were more mobile and in less pain than me ebcayse of this stupid woman,
there is encouraging movement and stupid movement.

move gently in your bed - but dont attempt a fulll side turn!

the babies that cried all night on the ward were the ones that werent fed. if baby cries - feed feed feed.

if you can wedge pillows round you - bars up on bed, sleep with baby if you feel safe to do so...much much much easier - not offically recomened but loads of MW saw us and said nothing. i got myself into a postion where literally neither of us could move an inch.

check what medication they will give you if breast feeding a few people have been told can only have certian things ,....

oramorph is available for break through pain, its not the same as the other drugs they give you - so you can have it in between the other drugs.

be aware - often one mw will come round and tell you one thing then another will come round and say excalty the opposite!!!

tinkletinklestar Thu 27-Dec-12 21:04:18

Bumping this for anyone due soon.

I'm having a section in 2 weeks, its very handy x

Tucktalking Thu 27-Dec-12 21:18:17

a light diet afterwards helps. I survived on having 2 pieces of brown bread with frozen boiled vegs with loads of spinach added to it. I had it together with the water it was cooked in. anything heavy gave me a tummy ache.

Melody3boys Fri 28-Dec-12 14:58:25

Lots of great advice here already. I've had three C-sections, here are my tips. .
Water bottles with sports caps to drink from whilst laying down.
Buzz, buzz, buzz that buzzer. Don't try to stretch to lift baby from cot. I even asked mws to change baby's nappy when no relatives were there to help me.
After a few days, a dressing gown cord tied to the end of the bed to help you pull yourself up to sitting.
Don't rush to go home. I recommend pushing to stay a third night.
I'm seriously thinking about paying for a cleaner if there is a next time. Like an earlier poster, I really struggle to leave little jobs and actually can't relax very well.

The day of the surgery is a shock but spinal and top up drugs, as well as not being allowed out of bed, make it ok.
Day 2 is always the worse for me, the day they get you up.
Each day after that gets slightly easier.
The first week is pretty hellish so just do nothing. Improved slightly once stitches are removed (approx day 5).
The second week is still tough but after that it gradually begins to improve.
After about five weeks I feel back to normal.

Hope that adds some helpful tips to the already great advice on here.


Nataliejane88 Sun 12-May-13 12:14:42

Brilliant thread with some invaluable advice! I'm unsure if I'm having a c section but it is looking more and more likely so after being adament about a natural birth all along this has really helped me to plan and prepare!!

redwellybluewelly Wed 15-May-13 19:38:12

Some of this info is out of date. For example my recent CS info pack says NOT to shave beforehand because this can be a cause of infection.

ella0 Sat 29-Jun-13 12:32:38

It must vary by area redwelly, as I had a c-section a few weeks ago and was told to shave beforehand.

AmIGoingMad Mon 01-Jul-13 20:32:05

Thanks so much for bumping! Have my section on weds due to baby being breech. Had pre op today but these tips are invaluable! Thank you!

CheeseandGherkins Mon 30-Sep-13 15:17:14

Bumping for others as I've found this so useful, might be needing a section in a couple of weeks and terrified!

Dylanlovesbaez Mon 30-Sep-13 17:33:04

Thank you so much for this. I'm 6 weeks pregnant with dc2 and it's quite likely I will be opting for a c-section. I've really struggled to get my head around it but this has really helped. Thank you.

AngelinaBalerina Thu 07-Nov-13 10:33:30

Thanks for this thread. I am 4-5 weeks away from my third Cs, and though some things are different where I live, this thread is helpful esp. for things I've forgotten (like massive lochia in the shower). (Differences include hospital bags, for instance - the hospital where I give birth provides nighties, pads, plush bath gowns, slippers, baby nappies, clothes, etc.; you can only bring toiletries, if you wish. Plus no food except a couple of biscuits, tea, apple juice and prunes for 2 days, which is tough, and you can't bring in food from outside. Hospital stay is 5 days w/ a Cs, and only on the third day do they bring you food, which is actually very nice. The baby is only brought to you a little at a time in the beginning, unless you ask otherwise. Etc.)
Anyway, I cannot stress enough the importance of walking as soon as possible, and as much as you can afterwards. Cs1 was tough, I barely got up, stayed in bed a lot and only fully recovered over a month later. Cs2, got up some 9 hours after, kept moving, showering, etc. (resting as well, of course), and it hurt infinitely less (only paracetamol after day 3), plus I was practically normal 5 days later.
Cannot emphasize this enough, the experiences were worlds apart. No depression the second time around, no crankiness, joy galore even though baby No.2 was/is as demanding as they make them.
As cheesy as it sounds, not feeling scared and sorry for yourself makes a massive difference as well.

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