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Just been booked in for a csection on Monday!!

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Sheptonmum12 Fri 14-Nov-14 22:54:23

Visited midwife this week who was concerned about swelling and my blood pressure. Been up at the hospital and they want to do a c-section on Monday as baby is breech. I was expecting c section anyway cause I didn't think he was for shifting but now I know it's happening I'm terrified. So I have a few questions if anyone can help?!
- I'll be 38+1 , will baby be ok? He has measured quite big throughout so not expecting him to be small
- any essentials I should pack in my hospital bag?!
- how long did u stay in hospital?
- I've heard trapped wind is really bad what can I do to help it?

Basically ANY advice is appreciated as I'm now terrified !!! Also posted this in pregnancy unsure where's best to ask!

MrsHoolie Fri 14-Nov-14 23:51:17

Peppermint tea (take your own tea bags in) is good for trapped wind.

Accept all painkillers after,and take it easy when you get home.

I think I stayed in for two nights.

You can't have too many sanitary towels!

You'll be fine...how exciting that you'll be meeting your baby ON MONDAY!

MrsHoolie Fri 14-Nov-14 23:51:46

And please update us when you can.

SassySugarCane Fri 14-Nov-14 23:53:22

never mind updating mumsnet, you look after yourself. hmm Mrshoolie

Showy Sat 15-Nov-14 00:01:04

I'll copy and paste a long reply I once posted on a CS thread but in brief...

Peppermint capsules will relieve trapped wind and the midwives will make them into a peppermint drink for you. They're MAGIC. I had mine at 38 and 37 weeks respectively and they weighed 7lbs 12oz and 6lbs 13oz. Both fine. Discharged after 12hrs first time round and 36hrs second time round.

Looooong post C&P from earlier thread....

"A cs is nothing to worry about. Really, it's not scary. More than anything it's just weird. You'll have brilliant staff around you who do this many times a day. Their priorities are you and your baby and keeping you safe and healthy. A cs is not the poor cousin of a vaginal birth. You have choices within what's happening and it can be as positive and life-affirming as a vaginal delivery. You can choose your music, you can have the screens lowered at the point of delivery, you can have skin to skin straightaway. My DH even watched my second cs from beginning to end. It was a quiet, calm and very positive experience.

Everything will be explained to you first, you'll meet the surgeon and the anaesthetist well beforehand and they'll let you ask any questions but a quick run through...

Like I said, it's more weird than anything else. You'll be trussed up in support stockings, cannula in place and then you'll have the spinal put in. You sit on the side of the bed, hunched over a pillow, sort of pushing out your lower back. They'll give you some local anaesthetic which is like little bee stings and then they'll do the spinal. You can feel some pushing and pressure and the actual spinal taking effect feels like somebody pouring water down your legs. You'll then have time to lie back on the bed before the numbness sets in and you won't be able to move from about your chest down. You can still move your arms though, but they'll tuck them in under a sheet to keep you still and warm. Your anaesthetist from this point stays above your head, will talk throughout and will generally, ime, be lovely.

You'll be wheeled through to theatre where they'll check you're totally numb and do a little bit of prep. They will talk to you and tell you what happens next and then they'll start. They'll put in a catheter too but you won't feel that. There is no pain whatsoever but you can feel what is happening during the actual removal of the baby. Somebody once told me it feels like you're a handbag and somebody is rummaging in you for some keys. This is SO true. You do feel pressure and pushing, right inside you and up into your chest. From incision to the baby being out takes a couple of minutes. Really, it's very quick indeed and soon that baby is appearing over the top of the screen. You'll be so preoccupied with the new baby, you can have cuddles and skin to skin, you won't really be aware of the rest of it. It takes about half an hour to finish stitching all the layers but it whizzes by. You might feel odd, intermittent pressure on your legs. They put these self inflating boots on them and they encourage blood flow and circulation. It just feels like somebody squeezing your lower legs a bit. Apart from that, you'll feel v little during the stitch up.

Then you'll be wheeled into recovery and you will be looked after by a member of recovery staff but your anaesthetist will stay for a while too, just to check you're okay. You'll have the baby tucked in with you at this point and you can bfeed if you want. They'll give you some water too. You'll have a drip up rehydrating you (you'll have been nil by mouth for a while) but that first drink is lovely. You'll find too that you can move around by now. You can wriggle your feet and bend your knees and normal sensation returns really, really quickly. No pain though. They usually give you some morphine into your cannula and a suppository once you're stitched so you're painfree once feeling returns. Of course, if you have any discomfort, ask and they'll sort you out. I found I was quite chilly in recovery and also the spinal/morphine can make you a bit shaky. Plus all the adrenalin is rushing through you. Don't be scared if you feel shaky at all. It will pass and the anaesthetist can give you something to stabilise your blood pressure then too. You may be fine but it's worth knowing that you can feel a bit wobbly.

Once they're satisfied you're okay, they'll wheel you back to the ward. All this time your baby won't have left your side and it whizzes by so, so quickly.

They will encourage you to get up fairly quickly. Few hours post op if you can. I had ds at 3.30 and was up and sitting in a chair for dinner. It is best to get up and move around a bit as soon as you feel able.

What else?

You might have to self inject blood thinners for 7 days as a precaution. They're rolling this out in all hospitals but it isn't everywhere yet. It's fine, they'll show you how.

If you need pain meds (I never did), take them on time and don't let yourself get uncomfortable first. They'll probably give them to you and you can administer them yourself instead of having to call for them.

If you get pain in your shoulder, like you've slept oddly, it's trapped air from the op. It's common and your bowel will be a tad sluggish at first so you won't pass wind normally on day one. Peppermint capsules in water will remove the discomfort SO quickly. Just ask the staff.

They will monitor urine output before you can be discharged. You'll have to do your first 3 wees post catheter removal in a jug and record the amounts (you don't have to show anybody).

Catheter was in for about 6hrs post op for me both times. Soon as you can get up and use the loo, they take it out. Totally painless.

The earliest they tend to discharge is day 2, with day 1 being the day of the op but most places keep you in 2 nights as routine.

When you stand up at first, it'll feel like you're going to tear. It's just an odd sensation, not painful. Do stand up straight though and try not to hunch and shuffle. The feeling will pass.

Wear big cotton knickers which don't sit on your knicker line and sometimes a sanitary towel in your knickers against the wound can help you feel more comfortable.

Type of stitches depend on the surgeons preference. I had one long stitch with a bead at each end, removed at home on day 5 by the midwife. Again, this just feels weird.

Careful coughing and sneezing. They physio will show you how to brace yourself so you don't strain your incision. Physio will come and see you the day after the op to talk about recovery.

You will be advised to not do any exercise until 6 weeks and then only v gentle stuff. Proper cardio stuff will have to wait until 12 weeks. When you sit up too, use your arms, not your stomach muscles. Roll onto your side and push up on your arms and swing your legs off the bed. It just avoids you straining the muscles too soon.

Lots of fruit afterwards. Bowels will be a bit sluggish at first, so encourage everything to be soft and mobile as much as possible. Don't be afraid to poo though!

Nothing in the bath at first. No bubble bath. Bit of tea tree or salt fine though. Let your wound air dry or v gently pat.

I think I'll shut up now. If I think of anything else, I'll post again.

It's really not frightening at all"

MrsHoolie Sun 16-Nov-14 00:08:42

Surely nothing wrong with asking for an update Sassy?!We all love a birth announcement on here smile

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Wed 19-Nov-14 18:22:42

The baby can often be a bit mucousy and sound like a wheezy old smoker for the first few days because they havent been squeezed out the birth canal. This will scare the crap out of you when you can't get out of bed to get to them. Talk to the midwife about how to manage it.

He/she will look perfect when born and not have a funny shaped head which is nice. Lots of beautiful newborn pics smile

Measurements can be deceptive so you might want a few newborn outfits for a slightly early baby.

Essentials - phone charger, glasses if you wear specs [my eyesight was shot from tiredness], change for the vending machine.

Get your partner/parent/PIL's to visit with nice food. Freshly squeezed fruit, a nice chicken salad, hot chicken and noodle soup etc. You will crave nice food and hospital food is v stodgy which doesn't help with the bowels.

Don't leave without decent painkillers so don't be a hero. Even if you only need them for a day or two, going home and finding you are in agony 8 hrs later is too late.

Get it sorted quickly in case you have to go in before Monday.

If you don't, enjoy the Sunday Times and breakfast in bed on Sunday. It will be a while before you do it again grin

Best of luck and enjoy all the beautiful cuddles.

MyDarlingClementine Wed 19-Nov-14 19:25:23

www.mumsnet.com/reviews/nursery/cots-cribs-cotbeds/9963-arms-reach-universal-co-sleeper-bedside-cot

I had normal delivery, then section ( ELC) and I did my research and got this cot, it was brilliant and far better than the moses had with first.

i hope these catch on for all women. they help in so many ways ( not just this model BTW any co sleeper) they mean YOUR not woken up so much baby isnt, baby is right next to you etc etc etc.

ELC was scary walking into theater but...it was scary for ten mins, until spinal in, laid down and all going...very quickly baby is out and all the time your over whelmed and crying and so on,they are stitching you up....so its all over very quickly, compared to labour starting, then the pain of est labour and the on going never knowing when it will end labour..this is nothing trust me.

if something goes wrong, your there with specialists all round you. its a wonderful way to have a baby! it really really is.

after, take it easy even if you think you can pick that heavy ish thing up, for two weeks, don't do a thing, except lift baby ( oh and get a v pillow, again in valuable for feeding etc)...no big twists, do nothing for two weeks, air scar every day.

MyDarlingClementine Wed 19-Nov-14 19:25:55

My baby had no chesty mucous. I was prepared but there was nothing.

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Thu 20-Nov-14 09:52:53

Sitting down into a low chair or sofa hurts post CS and it's as awkward as levering yourself into one now while heavily pregnant. ie, you will need two hands to do it. Whats great, especially if you are feeding [bottle or boob is irrelvant] is to sit down and get yourself into a bolt upright position to have the baby handed to you. You can then slide into a comfier more relaxed position but it does hurt quite a bit to adjust your position once you have a babe in arms as your natural reaction is to tense your stomach muscles. Does that make sense?

If you've ever been to a gym class, had a serious ABS workout and been in agony for about two days, it's like that. Hurts to laugh etc, so keep the painkillers topped up for the first week and you'll be fine.

As per previous post, don't be a hero and take it v v easy. Like anything else, once you start doing the normal stuff people assume you are ok. The consequences of infection or ruturing your stitches can be serious and the last thing you may want is to end up on anti-bio's or return to hospital leaving your baby at home.

AdorableAbbie Thu 20-Nov-14 10:08:42

Don't be afraid dear, all will be fine with you and your little angel, relaxed yourself, don't think too much and just pray for God's guidance to both of you.
Prepare your things to bring for yourself and for the baby.
Good luck and Congratulations.

WrappedInABlankie Thu 20-Nov-14 10:24:24

I had a Cat-1 C-Section I had my ds on a Wednesday morning and was home Thursday morning. Hurts a bit but the sooner your up and walking straight and not hunched over the better. Take your pain mess and take it easy, make sure all your stitches are disposable! I had two non disposable either side and they went unnoticed so I got an infection.

GL you'll be fine I prefer a c-section over normal birth tbh

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