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29/07/2013 at 12:08
I am due to go in for an ELCS this time round. My first was born naturally.
Can anyone advise me or help with the following:
1. Is there anything I can do to prepare my body and myself before hand?
2. Is the post natal bleeding just like a heavy period or similar to after giving birth naturally (if you have had a natural birth)?
3. Can i ask for skin to skin once the baby is born, or does the baby get taken away and cleaned up straight away, then passed to us?
That is all i can think of at the moment, but i am sure there are more questions!
29/07/2013 at 12:16
I started an ELCs thread the other day so maybe worth digging that out for a read.
I had EMCS last time so can't answer #1 ( other than no nail varnish). #2 I'd say bleeding was probably the same as with natural, although I think it can be different for each baby anyway? And # 3 yes you can ask for skin to skin, same as natural birth -make sure it's in your notes you want that. I think you can still have the cord cutting slightly delayed too, but not 100% on this
29/07/2013 at 12:35
1, I had EMCS but i'd imagine take earplugs and get as much sleep as you can in advance, obviously avoid food, make sure everything you need is accessible for afterwards.
2. Mine was very heavy, I've not had a natural birth but I didn't wear undies/pads at all for the first 24 hours just sat on a mat as they would have flooded in seconds, bleeding lasted 7 weeks
3. You absolutely can! I did, but the spinal made me so shaky there is no way I could have done it, so H had her instead, which was lovely. Then she got cleaned up, weighed and bought back.
29/07/2013 at 12:37
I've had an emcs and an elective. For the emcs obviously there was no preparation, and they came at me with a bic razor to shave where they would be cutting me, so for the elective i did this myself. Nail polish off i think is another one.
I've never had natural, but i thought bleeding seemed light compared to what i was expecting, more a heavy period that went on for longer. I was told by the MW that this is because they are able to soak a lot of the blood up.
I think H had the option of cutting the cord, but chose not to.
I didn't get skin to skin straight away, i did have it in the recovery room afterwards though after i'd been stitched up.
Make sure you keep on top of your pain killers, they give them you for a reason, don't try and be super woman and not take them, they help.
I've got a big belly and a overhang, so it was hard to keep the wound dry and help it to heal. I made sure that when i'd showered i lay on the bed and lifted up the over hang to make sure the area was completely dry.
The first time you stand up it feels like your stomach is going to fall out of your scar. It doesn't happen though, don't worry.
29/07/2013 at 13:41
I have just had an ELCS following a crash section last time around. I have no idea about preparing your body, I didn't do anything .... well, apart from sorting out bikini area but I don't think that is what you mean :lol:
I didn't have a natural birth last time but this time my bleeding is much much less than even my section last time, this could be something to do with me losing a lot of blood during the operation but I'm not sure. I'm only 11 days post birth and barely need to use a pad.
As for skin to skin, it wasn't something that I was concerned about in theatre (and tbh would probably not have been allowed for me as things were going a bit pear shaped at that point and my blood pressure kept crashing) however I am sure I have read about people being allowed this in theatre so I would discuss it with staff on the day. If you can't have skin to skin though your partner could. As soon as we were in recovery the midwife sorted out skin to skin even though I was totally out of it.
My experience of an ELCS was amazing, I still hadn't really 100% decided when I went in for the pre-op appointment the day before, was still kind of hoping to go into labour naturally, but then they discovered Noodles was transverse so all else was off the cards. It really was an amazing experience, I had thought it would feel quite medical and mundane given the staff do it all the time but they still made it feel really special. I have no regrets at all - not that you asked that.
29/07/2013 at 15:01
I have had 2 emcs. Not really much i can think of to prepare. Taking arnica before is meant to help with healing.
Cant answer the second point really but both times my bleeding was like a period that went on (on and off) for 5 weeks.
Yes you absolutely can have skin to skin! I held P and was breastfeeding her whilst they stitched me up. It was fab!! H also trimmed the cord and helped to weigh her x
29/07/2013 at 15:10
Thank you Ladies, your advice and experiences are very much appreciated.
You have all helped a lot x
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