(Closed) Did you want anything after giving birth?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
1166 posts
Bumble bee

With the first, I had a c-section. All I wanted to was to be able to eat food. I was allowed ice chips! I hadn’t eaten since Thursday at 10am. By the time son#1 was born, it was Saturday at 1:08am. I was STARVING and BITCHY! But we had to adhere to hospital policies. 

Son#2 was a vaginal birth and much easier to contend with food wise, even though his birth was just as long. 

Ask your friend what she would prefer and make sure you check with the nurses on duty that day, that it’s ok.

Post # 17
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I had an emergency c-section so I was always so thirsty and my lips were always so dry. so water and chap stick were my best friend. I wasn’t allowed to eat until the day after so that sucked. I would have also liked to have a nice long hot shower and to brush my teeth as well and a really long nap. You can’t really sleep in the hospital. 

Post # 18
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Never been pregnant, but I’ve been in your position as a friend there for delivery… I remember bringing my friend cozy socks, cookies from her favorite bakery, and a few gossip mags like People and OK.

Post # 19
206 posts
Helper bee

I’m with the others: food and sleep! Also practical things, if she’s not already packed them, might be a sleep mask in case she’s sharing a bright room, and a battery-powered night light so she doesn’t have to wake the baby fully (and anyone else in the room) for anything she or the baby needs. 

Post # 20
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

All I wanted was food and ice water!

Post # 21
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wanted a nap – I was exhausted. I also remember eating a hospital turkey sandwich that evening and it was so freaking delicious. I was starving!!! 


Post # 22
44 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

Salami and cheese sandwich and raw oysters please thank you.

Post # 24
953 posts
Busy bee

I agree with the rest…FOOD. 

You can’t eat during Labour and most of the time if u ate before you throw it all up. Your body has been through so much and you are exhausted and HUNGRY!.

Immediately after..I want a shower. I just want to get all that sweat off me and feel clean. Then..food..then..sleep. Those are the priorities. 

Something nice..get her a special pillow and fluffy blanket. I never think hospital blankets are warm enough! 

But mainly..be ready to make a run for her favorite food. She will love that more than any other material item. 

Post # 25
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I wanted a diet Dr. Pepper and a cinnamon roll. They were amazing. 

Post # 26
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

While she’s in labor they may not let her eat anything so I would have loved my favorite drinks that the hospital doesn’t have – Vitamin Water, Gatorade, etc.

Right after I wanted the food I couldn’t have during pregnancy so if she wants a deli sandwich or sushi or something be ready to go get it for her.

You’re so sweet for thinking of these things.

Emotionally after I had the baby I just wanted people to tell me how beautiful he was, how well I had done, and how good I looked (lies were totally acceptable haha!). Not sure how she is but I loved that when my sisters came they brought makeup and a hairbrush so that I could look more presentable in my post-delivery pictures. I thought that was really nice.

Post # 27
9808 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Food.  I was allowed to eat at 10:30pm or so and the cafeteria was closed and there was nothing open except Mcdonalds nearby.  Something better from a good restaurant would have been nice! haha

And a shower and ice water. 

Post # 28
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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sparklesbelle:  I always volunteer to be the bad guy. New moms tend to be inundated with visitors directly after baby is born and it can be overwhelming. I always told my friends to give me the signal and I would get a nurse to announce that it was time for everyone to leave. 

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