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Help me prep for scheduled c section friday

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CucinaBreakfast Tue 01-Oct-19 07:18:28

I'll be having my second dc on friday by scheduled c section. Had a protracted and difficult delivery with dc1 which ended in emcs, so my obstetrician wants to get this one out a bit early as it's back to back and not engaged at 38w.

This is obviously a little different to the first time given i know what's coming, but I can't remember what I need, any helpful tips would be great please!

I'll be fasting from midnight as my surgery is booked for 7.30am. I'll be in hospital for 4-5 nights.

Some questions:
- What did you pack that was particularly useful?

- What should i eat for my dinner the night before țo ease the first bm?

My bag has:
- maternity pads plus tena lady pants things similar to the ones i used last time
- nursing bras, nursing pads, nipple cream, nursing pillow
- comfy clothes that i can feed in that will sit over my scar (mat ones)
- nighty that opens and dressing gown
- flip flops
- phone charger
- toiletries
- snacks - breakfast cereal and muesli bars
- baby clothes, nappies, cotton wool, muslins
- water bottle

Thanks all, much appreciated

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DameSylvieKrin Tue 01-Oct-19 07:24:54

Something to attach the phone charger to the bed, a cable tie or something. My phone kept dropping on the floor and I couldn’t get up to pick it up.
Fenugreek to help your milk come in?
If I had another section I’d bring a couple of cotton totes to tie to the bed to put things in so I didn’t have to get up to get them.

MissOrganisedMe Tue 01-Oct-19 07:26:10

Peppermint tablets for trapped wind. Mine was awful. Good luck.

CucinaBreakfast Tue 01-Oct-19 07:27:01

Damesylviekrit these are EXACTLY what i'm looking for! Thank you!

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CucinaBreakfast Tue 01-Oct-19 07:27:56

Missorganisedme do you reckon peppermint tea works as well or should i go straight for the pills?

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CucinaBreakfast Tue 01-Oct-19 07:28:28

I was so bloated last time I reckon I'll need to sort out trapped wind pretty pronto

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moobar Tue 01-Oct-19 07:39:47

Peppermint tea worked for me.

Arnica tablets for bruising.
Vest tops as I was so hot and they worked well for feeding and snuggling.
Kindle with back light I was in a side room but DD did not sleep so helped me a lot.

I was quite wound up the night before and just had a baked potato. Something plain but to get food in me.

Good luck OP, hope all goes well for you.

Mine was an elective and I recovered well and without issue. I did enhanced recovery so was in shower within two hours. Up and walking that evening, slowly.

Sipperskipper Tue 01-Oct-19 07:44:15

I had an EMCS and I had packed my own paracetamol and ibuprofen to self administer, as I knew realistically I would not get it promptly after asking. I just let the midwives know when I had took it & they were happy with this.

ameliathomas84 Tue 01-Oct-19 08:16:10

Hi can
I asked by you will be staying 4/5 days?

blackcat86 Tue 01-Oct-19 08:17:56

Paracetamol and ibuprofen is a must. We had a cushion in the car that I could put between my scar and the seatbelt which really helped the journey home.

CucinaBreakfast Tue 01-Oct-19 08:37:55

Amelia its in a private hospital so they tell you how long you'll be likely to stay in the maternity/postnatal ward. Just to get extra support, help and rest before heading back home.

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CucinaBreakfast Tue 01-Oct-19 08:39:09

Nice one blackcat

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ameliathomas84 Tue 01-Oct-19 08:43:38

@ thanks x

CucinaBreakfast Tue 01-Oct-19 08:49:54

(I'm not in the uk like i was for dc1 so it's not that fancy going private here, as health insurance is the norm)

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CloudPop Tue 01-Oct-19 08:57:17

A couple of extra pillows

blackteaplease Tue 01-Oct-19 08:58:11

A water bottle for easy drinking and snacks like dried fruit to help get you moving afterwards.
Lightweight clothes as hospitals are as hot as hell

Sally7645 Tue 01-Oct-19 09:10:59

I took some of those Windeze gel tablets in my bag and took them once I was in recovery- think they are breastfeeding safe if you intend to- I bf on them with no issues anyway!

I didn't get an ounce of the dreaded trapped wind and I actually get it fairly regularly in normal life so put it down to those.

Oh also start taking some sort of stool softener ASAP after recovery. I didn't go for 5 days due to the codeine but when I did it was absolutely fine

Black nightie (in case there's blood stains!) Some nice wipes for you as you might not shower immediately and can all get a bit gross after being in bed for ages

Second taking a pillow for the journey home!!

I had an elective with my daughter and just to add it was really a lovely experience. Calm and peaceful and I was home the next day and driving again 2 weeks later (you'll be sore and take it easy obviously, but just added as a lot of people like to tell you how hard a section recovery is in my experience!)

DameSylvieKrin Tue 01-Oct-19 09:19:00

I have only had one section so can’t compare it with an emergency one, but I had a planned preterm section with vasa previa so was no where near labour. Compared with friends who were near labour the first two days after were harder for me as my uterus didn’t contract etc. Just something to be prepared for. Hopefully they are generous with the pain relief.

Fridakahlofan Tue 01-Oct-19 09:26:35

Best thing I took was a black towel. Quite hobbley after first shower and I dropped a lot of blood so was grateful a black towel was more discrete as I couldn’t really dry myself off.

I really enjoyed my planned c section and found recovery quick. Good luck!

ameliathomas84 Tue 01-Oct-19 09:33:30

@DameSylvieKrin how was thAt treated?

DameSylvieKrin Fri 04-Oct-19 13:53:03

With a drip that provoked contractions for 24 hours. No fun.

CucinaBreakfast Fri 04-Oct-19 13:57:04

Thanks for all the suggestions folks. Baby breakfast safely delivered by c section as planned this morning. We're besotted!

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Billballbaggins Fri 04-Oct-19 14:00:08


Tini17 Fri 04-Oct-19 15:47:52

Yay. Congratulations!
Speedy recovery x

CucinaBreakfast Sun 06-Oct-19 07:46:41

I took all your advice and just had my first bm, and it wasn't that bad! Sorry tmi, i feel like celebrating it but don't think dh would be that excited to hear it 😂

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