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Hospital bag for c section - what to include and not include?

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mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Wed 27-Aug-08 21:32:38

Had an emergency c section with ds so wasn't organised at all with what to pack and didn't have lots of things.
I need reminding - what will I need? And what things are pointless? Having an elective with baby 2.

EasyRider Wed 27-Aug-08 21:34:27

high waisted knickers/pjs

mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Wed 27-Aug-08 21:36:54

Yes, good idea some comfy big pants!

IAteDavinaForDinner Wed 27-Aug-08 21:42:01

Go to Matalan, buy huge, huge pants. Also buy high waisted trackie bottoms in dark colours, and vest tops.

Take Arnica.

Loads of giant pads.

You should drink lots after the op so take squash if you dislike water. A straw is good if you're all stiff and sore. Eat fruit! Peppermint tea is meant to be good for the wind.

Can't think what else .... er, a v-cushion is good, lansinoh if you're BFing, and breast pads.

mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Wed 27-Aug-08 21:43:56

What is Arnica? A herbal thing I am guessing! Will be looking for tracky bottoms to pack. Squash is good idea, and straw. Thanks!

IAteDavinaForDinner Wed 27-Aug-08 21:44:46

Arnica is homeopathic remedy for bruising. Am v sceptical about homeopathy but have to say it seems to work.

mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Wed 27-Aug-08 21:48:41

Hmmm will look at that. Anything is worth a try!

MrsSprat Wed 27-Aug-08 21:53:28

Two bags (one for pre-op and immediately post-op; one back-up bag with everything else for hosp stay post-op left at home or in car for partner to bring later - the logic being: avoids clutter and hassle for partner as you're shunted from room to theatre to room)

Big pants
Nice toiletries for a longer stay
Clean dressing gown and nightie/pjs
Flip flops for shower and loo trips
Pads
Camera
Magazines/MP3 player
Make-up to make you feel human (bronzer excellent!)
Baby stuff for x3/4 days (but can be topped up by visitors)
Some fruit/biscuits

dizzydixies Wed 27-Aug-08 21:53:56

def second arnica - has helped me greatly this time round with elective after emcs smile

mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Wed 27-Aug-08 21:58:38

Thanks MrsSprat, never thought of the 2 bag idea. Footwear is a good idea as I had bare feet last time (eeww!)Mp3 is good idea to drown out the screaming babies at night! lol.

mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Wed 27-Aug-08 21:59:08

How would I take Arnica? Is it a cream or a pill?

dizzydixies Wed 27-Aug-08 22:00:18

nelsons arnica tablets - boots or tesco stock them

dizzydixies Wed 27-Aug-08 22:01:14

if you're having an elective and hence know when your op is - start taking them 5 days prior for maximum effect

mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Wed 27-Aug-08 22:01:54

OOH! Thanks, will give them a try. Cheers smile

dizzydixies Wed 27-Aug-08 22:07:30

nelsons tablets

needamiracle Wed 27-Aug-08 22:10:35

a 'cushtie' to sleep with around your tum. Helped the pain for me....

here

mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Wed 27-Aug-08 22:15:29

Thanks for the links, and that cushion looks lovely...will be shopping till I drop now lol!

MERLYPUSS Wed 27-Aug-08 22:28:57

Take a sports cup / bottle. Not only it does away with a straw but you can fit in more than an eye full as opposed to hospital cups.
earplugs and eye mask - The cow next to me had her light on all night and was texting her DP and not being at all quiet.
MP3 player with radio.
CAnt remember what else.

eidsvold Wed 27-Aug-08 22:36:56

i found peppermint tea really helped with the trapped wind problem - had a cup with all my meals and at morning and afternoon tea.

Tea tree oil - few drops in warm water to bathe/clean wound.

roll of paper towels I them wet paper towel in warm water and tea tree oil then held it against my stitches. Then pat dry with more paper towel.

squash to drink too. Have to keep fluids up.

another vote for cheap big knickers you can chuck.

definitely take arnica tablets.

dizzydixies Wed 27-Aug-08 22:38:21

I hated the peppermint tea but had peppermint water which I mixed with a little hot water - much easier to take lol

EasyRider Wed 27-Aug-08 22:57:05

peppermint tea, yep,

lipbalm, a good option,

nipple cream, lansinosh,

your own pillow/blanket, my best hospital item (ended up in for 12 days) was like home, well as best it could be,

mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Thu 28-Aug-08 07:05:17

Sports cup is a good idea, will remember that one.
Some helpful ideas, cheers!

MrsJamin Sat 30-Aug-08 22:15:32

- chocolate and/or percy pigs - why not? also snacks to keep you going through the night - I didn't sleep much from an adrenalin high
- squash - encouraged me to keep up with drinking water
- comfortable earplugs to watch tv in night while BFing - used noise reduction ones which cut out the sound of the other babies crying!

Amberc Sun 31-Aug-08 09:28:06

I had an Em CS and I didn't bring enough baby clothes! I didn't use the big pants I bought because I found the giant paper knickers really comfy! If you are thinking of breastfeeding, one of these is good to protect your wound while the baby feeds...

support cushion

MrsJamin Sun 31-Aug-08 09:46:19

oh yes, I'd say leave most baby clothes at home, perhaps make up little bags per day for your DP to bring in, otherwise you have to spend ages saying what you'd like him to bring in. extra plastic bags to take home dirty clothes is a good idea, also have plenty of nightwear as it can get dirty hmm and you want to feel your best especially with visitors etc.

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