Could I not have a teeny weeny piece of toast at say 6am?
What happens to the ladies who have eaten through labour and ended up with a c section, they haven't been NBM?
I had to have a general anaesthetic after DD's birth and I had already eaten my toast. They gave me a special drink <<boak>> and constricted my throat as I went under. So I know its possible to eat and have GA.
So would I be foolish to have a small snack 8 hours before my op? (spinal anaesthesia anticipated, not GA)
No you cant eat anything. And certainly no to sweets!!
Its very frustrating for patients, especially those who have been starved from 12 midnight and then are last on the list for operating say at 4pm, when they could in theory have had a light breakfast, but if things get moved around, and patients get cancelled then that last patient can often end up being the first IYKWIM
Women who have emergency c sections will have their anaesthetic induced in a different way to reduce reflux of stomach contents, however its not ideal, carries some tisk and therefore only done in emergency situations.
God, you really musn't. Again it is risk management. With those who have EmCS then the risk of waiting for that last Hob Knob to go down is obviously outweighted by potential risks to baby and mother at the time. That doesn't mean there is no risk!
I'm not having a general though, thats why I didn't understand the nil by mouth. I was sick after my last section MrsP and opened some stitches so I know whats its like. I will listen to everyone though and not eat- but I may have a few sips of water.
a few sips of water is usually fine, people often take tablets with a drop of water before surgery. Regardless of whether youre having a GA, the possibility is there, so they are preparing for that, nothing worse than the epidural/spinal failing and then not being able to give you a GA because youd eaten