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19/02/2014 at 10:27
I'm going to have a section in the next few weeks and have a few questions
How quickly did you feel like you could get out of bed after the surgery?
How was breastfeeding? Was it awkward to get comfortable?
How long were you in hospital?
How long before you felt "ok" afterwards? E.g. well enough to go out even for lunch?
How long till you drove?
How quickly could you pick up your toddler?
It might be a while till I get back tp this, cheers ladies x
19/02/2014 at 10:53
S was a planned C-section, however my waters started leaking, and so the decided to bring my section date forward, so although it was planned it was still classed as an EMCS although it was totally different to the EMCS with E
I had S at 12.38pm and I stopped in bed until the following morning when I was able to have the catheter removed and have a shower.
I didn't breastfeed, so for me this didn't apply
I went in on the Wednesday and I was home by Friday evening
Don't rush it, with E who was an EMCS I was desperate to get back to normal and ended up back in hospital after a week. With S, I didn't do much at all for the first 3 weeks, by the 4th week I was ok and even drove.
With E I waited the full 6 weeks although that was because I had a nasty infection which meant I was readmitted to hospital for 5 days, with S I rested and was ok to drive after 4 weeks.
Probably about 3 weeks I think, tbh I can't remember, I had H at home for the first two weeks so he did most of the lifting with E. I also had my mum and nana at my house every day helping out.
19/02/2014 at 11:22
I had a planned section with Orla 7 months ago. It was a complete contrast to the crash section I had with Zoe and I couldn't believe how great I felt afterwards.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to get out of bed for quite a long time but this was due to some complications that arose during the c/s as a result of the previous crash section, which then led to me losing a lot of blood. I was on the HDU for 12 hrs, after that I was very dizzy when I got up but that was due to the blood loss and after 2 blood transfusions I felt absolutely fine and was up and walking about within 36 hrs.
Breastfeeding was easy. I had really struggled after Zoe but this time it was easy to get in to position. I didn't continue breastfeeding after day 3 though, although this was entirely my choice and nothing to do with the section.
Orla was born on Thursday and I came home on Sunday. I could have left on Saturday but I asked to stay for an extra night as I knew once I got home I was going to be dealing with Zoe as well as Orla.
I felt ok as soon as I was home. We went out for lunch the next day. I probably wouldn't have gone out just me and the children for another week but that was more to do with Zoe than Orla.
I drove after 2 weeks. With Zoe i didn't drive until 7 weeks post op, the recovery was so so much quicker this time.
Sorry, don't have a toddler and with a great galumphing 4.5 yr old I don't really pick her up very often. Ha ha.
19/02/2014 at 11:23
I had L at 1.16 on the wed and came home about 5 on the thurs. at my hosp you hve to have the catheter in for 12 hours, so i could get up as soon as it was out.
I drove after 2 weeks and went on a hen night 3 weeks later, however my 1st section i took alot longer to recover from, not sure if this is cos it was an emcs so more rushed or if you just recover quicker 2nd time round. I picked my toddler up after about 3 weeks if needed but try to do it as little as possible, cos it can be a bit painful.
19/02/2014 at 12:32
I had B at 9.28am, they didn't take the catheter out until the next morning so didn't get out of bed until then.
BFing was fine. I was given B to hold while I was still ion the operating table being stitched up. When I came out of theatre and went into the recovery room the mw helped pull my gown down abs get B latched. She stayed there for ages feeding so no problems.
Once on the ward at night when H had left I could buzz for the mw to come and lift B out of the cot and pass her to me to feed.
I had her in Monday morning, was discharged at 3 pm on Wednesday. I felt fine as soon as I was home to go out. The first time I did was on the Saturday (do B was 5days old) we took W to a big soft play centre and net up with friends there.
I drove after 3 weeks but only a couple of miles.
I first picked W up after two weeks to put her in her cot for a nap as H had gone back to work. I did it slowly and carefully and it didn't hurt, I was just conscious of not over doing it and being in pain later
19/02/2014 at 13:29
Lucas crash section under ga, could have stayed in bed forever, Isaac classed as emergency section as I was in labour but was booked for planned section the week later, could have got out of bed a few hours after surgery only reason I didn't as it was muddle of night, had shower first thing in morning.
L - awful but he had severe Tt and I was off my face on drugs
I - first feed mw helped, after that I did it all
L 5 days, was about to self discharge and they let me go
I 2 days
If we have another il aim for 24 hours
Lucas - about 3 months
Isaac - went to soft play with L when I was 4 days old, playgroup at 10 days old but would have gone sooner but the class was off
L 6 weeks
I 2 weeks
Months with L (didn't have toddler but picking up any weight at all)
Isaac - I'm sure L clambered over me on day one and then I think when I got home I was lifting him as usual
19/02/2014 at 14:54
Thank you ladies
JB, can I ask why you ended up on HDU? The reason for my section is low placenta which can cause excessive bleeding once removed as the uterus isn't likely to contract as it would if placenta was high, and they will be prepared for transfusions when I go into theatre. It's stressing me out like you wouldn't believe.
Sounds like once baby is here and I'm sorted that it won't be long till I can get back on my feet if you guys experiences are anything to go by. Thanks it's reassuring x
19/02/2014 at 16:43
They had a bit of an issue that they started stitching me up and once they had done the first layer they noticed a hole in my uterus. They couldn't work out why it was there or get to it properly so had to undo what they had done and also wait for the consultant to come in. HDU was actually really nice, as silly as it sounds, as it meant it was just MrJB, me, Noodles and a midwife in one room. She stayed with us all the time just monitoring my stats. I still felt a million times better than I did after my crash section.
The only thing it affected was that we didn't annouce Noodles arrival. Zoe could have visited in the HDU but we didn't want her to see me all hooked up to monitors etc so although we told my mum Noodles had arrived we asked that she didn't tell Zoe, and becasue we didn't tell Zoe we didn't tell anyone else. We had a little bubble for 24 hrs when it was just the 3 of us and it was a really special time.
19/02/2014 at 17:51
That actually sounds quite nice! Shame Zoe couldn't know sooner, although I completely understand why you didn't tell her straight away - but time just you, H and O must have been good, and a nice opportunity to have that time that you could never get again.
I keep going between imagining the worst case scenario (hysterectomy apparently) and thinking it's all going to go really smoothly....for my sanity I'm hoping they'll deliver before 38 weeks (possible given the risk of further antepartum bleeding). So I'm concentrating on thinking about once I'm home and getting back to normality....
19/02/2014 at 20:00
My sister had a planned c section just last Monday and she gave me great updates on everything over skype, so I hope this is helpful. For her, she was up walking around the following morning, but still in hospital and not doing much other than walking to and from the toilet. She said she was in less pain (and only on ibuprofen and not anything stronger) than she had been 24 hours after giving bit to her son, and she only had a minor tear from him. She felt fine to breastfeed, but her little boy had trouble latching for the first day or so, but she didn't say anything about it being uncomfortable. Her sections was Monday morning and she left hospital Friday morning.. Though she was in the US, and they tend to keep you in far longer there. On skype on the weekend I saw her pick up her two year old , but she was sitting down at the time, so not bending down to pick him up iykwim. As for lunch and driving, I don't know the answers to those, but I was amazed by how well she was doing. She was gutted to have to have a section (he was breech), as she had heard second labours are easier and she felt cheated out of her easier labour, but she amazed me by saying her recovery so far has been far easier after a annex section than after her labour.
19/02/2014 at 20:16
I was much like chids, in that I was a planned section then my waters broke early. Then as said it was classed as an emergency, but it wasn't. S was born at 35 weeks. I had my two steroid injections before the section. He was born 5lb5oz and passed straight to us as he needed no help at all. I tried to feed him in the recovery room but he was a bit tired or weak due to his early arrival. With my permission he was fed his first two feeds from a cup, this then gave him strength and within maybe 12 hours I was breast feeding him. Comfort was never a problem due to the section though. Consider the possibility of the cup feed may be there if your lo is a bit early. You may not need it but S was just that bit tired. With him being early I was also to feed him every 3 hours to build him up.
I was out of bed and moving around by the evening visit after having him at ten that morning. I slept propped up for maybe a week, I think that was more in my head though than discomfort. By three weeks I was fit enough for my mile walk to and from P's school often with S in the
Sling. I was another though that learnt from my first experience. I did too much after having P and hindered my recovery. With S I took it easy and recovered far faster,
We were just about to be discharged on our third day when the midwife decided S was too jaundice and kept us in another two days for him to have treatment, grrrrr. My main bit of advice is, if baby is born early and you will be in a few days then insist on a bed near a window and keep baby under it. Prem baby's are more prone to jaundice and so could mean you needing to have treatment for that so do all you can to get a window bed to try and prevent a longer stay!
19/02/2014 at 20:39
QS, I didn't even consider asking for a window bed to keep baby near the daylight, that's a great tip, thanks. I've had the steroid injections, nice to hear a 35 wk old can be doing well straight after birth x
Wispa, I can understand feeling cheated of the second labour, I feel that way too - my first was induced and I was constantly monitored, I'd like to contract at home, try the water pool etc but that's obviously not going to happen. Thanks for the detail of how she got on, it's interesting that she is finding recovery easier than her natural birth!
19/02/2014 at 21:44
I've had a few ;-)
For me knowing it was the safest route outweighed my desire for labour.
For me not overdoing it was the key. My first section was different as I was in HDU for 5 days following the section (A was in NICU)
I had my second section at 10.20 am and I was up walking at 9.30 pm. My third I got up the following morning..
One of the key things, I believe, is to take the pain relief. I thought I could do without it after my second. In hindsight I recovered much better with my third when I took the pain relief. I also took things a lot easier after my third and again recovered much quicker.
20/02/2014 at 10:01
How quickly did you feel like you could get out of bed after the surgery? The next morning. but was able to sit up and move about that afternoon.
How was breastfeeding? Was it awkward to get comfortable?no it was fine
How long were you in hospital?2 days
How long before you felt "ok" afterwards? E.g. well enough to go out even for lunch?out on the thursday from hospaitl and went outo n the sunday
How long till you drove?1 month
How quickly could you pick up your toddler? didnt apply to me.
i had my c-sec coz baby was breech so safest option for everyone. I expected to be laid up and incapabale of doing anything for weeks...but in all honesly i was up and about pretty much straight away. i got home on the thursday & was up making tea.i did have to take things slowly and the 2nd week i knew i had done too much so i calmed down a bit. I agree with section 4. the pain releif they gve me works. it was very well managed. i knew if i was late taking them.
It genuinely was the best experience it ever could have been. i dont feel cheated because i hadnt been worried about labour /ignorant to it, so i was just happy for us both to be ok.
20/02/2014 at 10:08
Thanks ladies Section4, you are a pro at them :)
Some great tips though. I'm going to have to be really aware of what I try to do, as I've had to take it so easy for weeks now that it'll be easy to end up overdoing it.
So: stay on top of pain relief, don't overdo it, ask for window bed if baby is early. Cheers ladies!
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