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26/04/2013 at 10:45
Thanks for offering help. Sorry if these are random questions, they have literally just popped in my head!
How long did it take you to recover, i.e. get back to complete normal?
I know guidelines are not to drive for 6 weeks and no heavy lifting etc etc, but are the 6 weeks mainly as a precaution or is it definitely 6 weeks you will be not be able to do anything like this?
will i have to go in in the morning and wait for a slot for my section? how long does the procedure take and can you feel anything?
can you still have skin to skin contact or will that be after they have stitched me up?
26/04/2013 at 10:50
Obviously not Margot but have been booked in for my ELCS so can tell you what I have been told.
Bloods taken on the monday. Wed afternoon anaesthetist appt and consenting. Thurs have to be there from 7 am and wait for slot.
Driving the booklet says not for 2 weeks, but after that it is ok if you can do am emergency stop.
26/04/2013 at 10:54
Not margot but thought I'd crash! I've had 2 sections previously and due another in a few weeks.
I felt fairly 'normal' once my stitches were out on day 5. I recovered amazingly well, one one section was an emergency after 3 days of labour. By 2 weeks completely normal albeit I wouldn't have gone for a run!
I drove at 4 weeks both times, felt able sooner but this felt sensible. Last time I had an almost 3 year old so had no choice but o lift her! I think it's just a case of being sensible.
Yes turn up first thing and wait. For example I have to be in at 7.30 am will see surgeon, anaesthetist (sp?) then surgery will begin at 9 am. At the moment I am top of the list but it'll depend on what else is happening on labour ward. There is a risk it won't happen at all that day and I'll be sent home.
I had skin to skin with both of mine in theatre almost immediately.
Hope that helps a bit x
26/04/2013 at 11:48
Ooh thanks ladies, that is very helpful.
I think that I have made my decision and i probably already did before i went into the appointment, but i needed to know the options. I can still change my mind if i want to, as the consultant has told me, but I think I am going to go for an ELCS - eeeek.
26/04/2013 at 11:56
Not Margot, but I have had 3 c sections. 2 of them were ELCS.
Recovery wise I was up and mobile quite quickly. With my second child I thought I could do so much. I was out forlong walks and off to the local shopping centre. In reality I was overdoing things. With my 3rd section I took things a lot easier. I got on with things normally but wasn't pushing myself. I think this really helped speed up my recovery.
I had 17.5 months between #2 and #3 soI was pretty much lifting my 17.5 month old a lot! Again in judging what you do and not being silly you'll be fine. I was able to drive before the 6 weeks but needed to see my GP to get them to say yes I was fit to drive for my insurance company.
With my 2 ELCS I went in for 7.30. At my hospital they only book 2 (sometimes 3) sections a day. My 2nd son was born at 10.30 and my third at 11.50.
I didn't have skin to skin while they stitched me it. It was never offered. My first child was whisked straight off to NICU (prem) With my second baby my H went into recovery with him. With my third child he stayed with me.
26/04/2013 at 12:35
Not margot but I had crash section under ga for Lucas and took months to feel like me, had whats classed as emergency section with Isaac as I went into labour with a transverse lie before my elcs date. It was very calm and I'd worried so much about it but it was absolutely fine. I was sore on the Thursday night (had him early hours Thursday) and had oromorph but on Friday I was ready for home, went home sat morning.
The first weak I was knackered but I'd say 9 days after birth I was my usual self, infact if have rather h had gone back to work early because he was getting under my feet lol!
I was supposed to go in on the Friday to pick up my surgical stockings and do bloods but I went into
Labour on the weds night.
I was told that if I went into labour I just had to phone and tell them and I'd go for a section
I couldn't feel anything, it was very very weird the feeling coming back to my legs though
We were very very very adamant that we wanted immediate skin to skin if all was ok, he was floppy at birth but on the way to give him oxygen they showed him to us straight away and told h to go with them over the the oxygen area then they brought him to me not long after
Another non Margot chipping in!
With M, I was already in hospital prior to my section slot. This time, I have to be there at 7.30am. I have my premed the week before.
Recovery, I was driving around two weeks after. I also did the Moon Walk in the May after having her in the February so was training for that pretty soon after.
L held M whilst I was being stitched up but we had skin to skin as soon as I was in the recovery room and again once we were on the ward.
26/04/2013 at 12:43
Here at last!
Recovery wise, I was driving after 4 weeks with both my emergency and elective sections, probably could have driven sooner but didn't need to so didn't want to push it. Walking regularly within a week or two, best advice is simply to do what you feel up to but don't underestimate how tired you may feel later on in the day.
Pre-op with Jacob was Monday, section booked for Wednesday. I couldn't eat from midnight and was nil by mouth from 7am for an afternoon slot, but there were too many emergencies so I was sent home and went back the next day for 7.30am, he was born at 9.39am. I went to get bloods taken the week before.
H held Jacob whilst I was stitched up but we had skin to skin and first feed in recovery.
IIRC it was about 10mins from the start of the op to baby out, and maybe another 30 mins to be stitched up. You can feel lots of odd pulling sensations but no pain during the procedure.
26/04/2013 at 12:55
Actually Margot I was going to ask about how much you can feel. I was thinking about it last night as am still torn between ELCS and VBAC - although probably most likely ELCS for the logistics - and then started getting a bit frightened about what it would feel like. I had a GA with Zoe so had no clue, will be very different this time being awake.
26/04/2013 at 12:59
It's a strange feeling but not painful or unpleasant, just a bit out of body if you get me - it's odd because you know it's your body being pulled about but it doesn't feel like it. Once babies were out, I don't remember being aware of the pulling then as I was too busy meeting baby.
26/04/2013 at 13:04
It feels like someone doing the washing up in your belly. It doesn't hurt but you can feel tugging a bit.
26/04/2013 at 14:52
Thanks girls. So 4 weeks is about the average to get back to 'normal' but most could have done it sooner - that is good to know, seeing as L will be starting school either the week or the week after I actually give birth.
I have heard that its like someone doing the washing Rusty, i am not really sure how I feel about that! Oh well never mind.
The dates they have given me for an ELCS is a friday or a monday, I am tempted to choose the friday so it gives us the weekend to adjust and settle into some sort of routine. Wise?
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