Has anyone ever not had to stay the night after a c section?

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cantthinkofaname2021 Sun 13-Jun-21 15:48:42

My c section is on Wednesday morning, I'm panicking about having to stay the night (which might sound ridiculous) I did want to get a private room but still not sure if it's possible. Has anyone ever gone home the same day after having one? X

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Moonshine11 Sun 13-Jun-21 15:50:30

Why are you panicking for op?

NcagainNC Sun 13-Jun-21 15:50:57

I have no experience as I had my DC vaginally but i have several friends who have had c sections and they all had to stay overnight and be monitored
Best of luck for Wednesday, that’s so exciting!

Sometimesfraught82 Sun 13-Jun-21 15:52:11

I wanted to stay longer!

Loved being served food and just being able to be with my baby!

As soon as home - so full on!

NavigatingAdolescence Sun 13-Jun-21 15:52:39

I had to stay following an early morning forceps delivery. A c-section is major surgery. I’d be amazed if they didn’t want you to stay in for 1 if not 2 nights.

Ihaventgottimeforthis Sun 13-Jun-21 15:53:34

I had to stay so they could make sure I could go for a wee properly, and also to have injections.
It's a pretty major operation! Don't panic about staying over, it's the best place to be.

LubaLuca Sun 13-Jun-21 15:53:52

I really wouldn't have been able to go home the same day after either of mine (one planned, one emergency). I wasn't strong or mobile enough. I think I had two nights in hospital after both, and it was absolutely fine, nothing to worry about.


spaceghett0 Sun 13-Jun-21 15:54:44

I'm fairly certain you'll have to stay overnight so that you're able to get up and down yourself and go to the toilet. I had three sections and just stayed one night with each. I can't see them letting you leave the same day

spaceghett0 Sun 13-Jun-21 15:56:15

My last section was in an afternoon and I went home the following morning so that was pretty quick. I don't think I'd have been up to going home the same day though, once your spinal wears off it's pretty painful.

Countrylane Sun 13-Jun-21 15:56:19

You have to have a catheter (well, I did) and it stays in for quite a while (my c section was at midday and it was removed at 9pm) and after that you need to urinate a certain number of times so they can be sure it’s all gone ok. Even if you had first slot of the day, I’d be surprised if they could let you out that day, I’m afraid.

updownroundandround Sun 13-Jun-21 16:03:04

You may well find that you have a drip, a catheter and a wound drain insitu after your c section.

You will be in no fit state to go home, because at home you will need to be active to care for baby as well as the usual household chores (unless you're lucky enough to have an excellent husband who will be at home all day and night, or a relative staying to do all the housework, cooking etc)

Usually, anyone who has had a c section is allocated a single room (but not always, depends on whether they are already full etc).

I'd expect you to wait until you were actually active enough to care for baby at home (usually 1-3 days) before being happy to discharge you.

I know the very thought of staying is not what you would like, but they will not keep you any longer than is necessary.

Curiosity101 Sun 13-Jun-21 16:26:34

I've not heard of anyone going home same day from a c section. One or two nights is standard. As others have said you need the spinal/epidural to wear off and then you need your catheter out and to demonstrate you can still wee fine.

What is it specifically that worries you about an overnight stay?

StiffyByng Sun 13-Jun-21 16:32:16

You will be in no fit state to go home, because at home you will need to be active to care for baby as well as the usual household chores (unless you're lucky enough to have an excellent husband who will be at home all day and night

I’m rather horrified that anyone prepares themselves to go home the day after a C section and pick up all household chores unless there is absolutely no partner on the scene, or family, or friends. All men should be able to take paternity leave (assuming UK) and indeed be around all day and all night.

Newnamefor2021 Sun 13-Jun-21 16:37:12

You'll have to stay over night I think. I pushed my way out the next day on my last pregnancy, my previous section I'd been in 7 days (due to strep b) and that was not happening again 😆 ... I just got up, showered, refused meds and asked to go home, I was dressed and packed and so they said sure, I refused to get medication so I could leave earlier too 😂 I took painkillers when I got home.

Mama1980 Sun 13-Jun-21 16:48:29

I've not known anyone not have to stay at least 1 night, usually 2. There are injections that have to be given, and after the catheter they need to check that you can pee etc. And they don't remove it until all feeling is back in your extremities.

PerspicaciousGreen Sun 13-Jun-21 17:06:31


Why are you panicking for op?

I would be. The postnatal ward is hell on earth. I'd rather get up and walk home dragging the placenta behind me than stay a night there.

cantthinkofaname2021 Sun 13-Jun-21 17:22:44

@PerspicaciousGreen said it sad
Had a terrible time on the ward last time after vaginal birth for many reasons
I just have really bad anxiety, feel really exposed on the ward and want some privacy sad
What injections do you have to have?
Thank you for all the replies x

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Nat4392 Sun 13-Jun-21 17:28:28

Very unlikely you’ll be allowed home same day OP. I had my section at 4:05am and went home 3pm the following day and that was very quick (I had no issues post surgery). You’ll have to stay at least long enough to wee after your catheter is removed - it took me ages!! Plus you will be thankful for the staffs help. Honestly you will want to stay in, you can always request a private room if it’s available. The injections are blood thinners, you’ll have to do them everyday for around 10 days post section.

ignatiusjreilly Sun 13-Jun-21 17:31:19

A friend of mine had to beg to be allowed to stay overnight after her second C-section. They were trying to send her home the same day (very busy London hospital) but she didn't feel ready, especially as she had another child at home. So I guess it is possible but it sounds like it's rare.

Mama1980 Sun 13-Jun-21 17:31:22

Injections are blood thinners.

HumunaHey Sun 13-Jun-21 17:34:52

If it's any consulation, postnatal wards might be very different at the moment due to Covid. Most hospitals are still only allowing one visitor (birth partner) during set hours. I've heard many stories of how it's a much nicer, calmer experience.

I appreciate that might have no bearing on your bad experience though x

queennotififi Sun 13-Jun-21 17:35:11

NICE guidelines are to discharge 24 hours after a c-section if recovering well. I think that's the minimum.

If you have anxiety it may be worth asking if you can speak to the perinatal mental health team to see if they can help you manage it. It might mean higher priority for a private room?

Screwcorona Sun 13-Jun-21 17:35:47

3 weeks ago weds I had an elective at 9am. Was out of theatre at 11.30 ish I was not able to walk until after midnight. So it wasn't realistic to be out same day. I insisted in discharge next day I also dislike being in the wards

99redspottedducks Sun 13-Jun-21 17:36:13

I could of gone home day of my c section as I recovered really well
Was up as soon as spinal wore off
Unfortunately like for the 9 months of pregnancy I spent all day throwing up
So became dehydrated and the catheter had to stay in a bit longer
I finally had it removed midnight and was weeing fine 5 minutes later
Technically you can discharge yourself all being well as long as baby is fine and has been signed off my doctor
I had the same fear bad experience first time round with baby was dreading staying
However I had a really lovely time this time ward to myself as person opposite went home late that evening
Staff were brilliant and I was home by 11:30 next day
Try not to worry op smile

huuuuunnnndderrricks Sun 13-Jun-21 17:38:34

It's incredibly painful and they will want to check your stitches .

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