Post # 1
One of my good friends just had an unplanned c section last night, and invited me to come visit them on Monday. I want to take a gift for my friend, and I was thinking of some little pampering items, like nice smelling lotion. But I thought you ladies (especially those who have had c section) might have some good ideas of a gift you would have loved to receive? Anything you couldn’t have lived without post c section?
Post # 2
How about a pretty, nursing friendly lounging outfit like pajamas or a nightie and robe? Comfy clothes loose around the belly, to avoid irritating the incision, are a must. I was not able to wear regular pants for a few weeks but stretchy clothes like yoga pants were great.
I would also ask her if you can pick up anything for her at the pharmacy or the store, and definitely bring food.
Post # 3
Gift certificate for a cleaning service and drop a meal off at the house- it’s hard to get around after and she’ll be busy with the baby.
Post # 4
Thanks for the replies. I should mention this is in addition to the dinner and banana bread I’ll be taking with me 🙂
Post # 5
I’d avoid anything scented because she may not want to wear that around her new baby. I love the idea of a cleaning service! Or a comfy pillow, robe, and things of that nature.
Post # 6
MattieK: I would just love you!
Post # 7
I would have loved a bagel basket after the baby came! Or an edible arrangements gift. Something you can just eat and not have to heat up. I can’t tell you how many dinners/casseroles I burned in the oven because I was nursing the baby when the timer went off.
Beer and lactation cookies if she is nursing!
A jar of motrin – I went through them pretty quickly when I first got home!
Comfy slippers or a soft robe!
Post # 8
healthy easy snacks or a new easy one handed wayer bottle would be good If she is breastfeeding. Otherwise a non-scented lotion or soap would be nice.
Post # 9
If you do jammies or lounging cloths pick something with an adjustable waist… I didnt like anything tight on my tummy ESPECIALLY on my scar area for a long time.
Most of the items I love(d) were items that were for the baby not me… boppy pillow, baby swing, pacis, etc. I liked my scented eye pillow and I liked not having to cook for awhile. The Motrin is a good suggestion too.
Post # 10
I can’t think of anything specific… I felt good after my c-section and actually loved wearing leggings (but my Dr was known for making very low incisions) afterwards so I wouldn’t have needed any loose clothing either. My recommendation is to just get something you’d get anyway (i.e. a small present for the baby). Food is always great, especially if it’s food one can’t eat during pregnancy!
Post # 11
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Ask her if she needs undies- I asked one of my girlfriends to run out for some high waisted undies, as everything I had was too low cut. She bought me granny panties with a lace design, to help me feel a little better about it. :)- Since she’ll be in the hospital for a couple days, some snacks/fruit would be nice- like clementines, or berries. Chapstick, a water bottle if she doesn’t already have one.
Post # 12
After I had my c section last time, the best and most memorable gifts were food. our good friends brought us a full dinner from our favorite steakhouse and it was seriously the BEST THING! I don’t know if more people feel the same, but cooking a nice dinner each night the first couple weeks was kind of out of the question and far from my mind.
Post # 13
If she’s breastfeeding bring her some supplies to help with that. Lansinoh Soothies are GREAT on sore nips (tell her to refrigerate them). I loved them for the first couple weeks before my boobs healed from the initial trama of BFing. Also nursing tanks were great.
I also like the suggestions of comfy yoga pants, something with a higher waist so the waist band will not rub on the scar area. I have a nice pair of Lucy yoga pants with a high waist that also helped to hold me together. At first you just feel like you could fall apart and feeling held together made me more confidant. They give you a wrap to help with that at the hospital but the pants helped too. Also, lots of my undies were low riding thongs and hit right at the scar level which was unpleasant and with the weeks of bleeding I couldn’t wear anything but full undies once I moved from hospital mesh couture to my own underware anyway, so some higher waisted full bottom undies would be great!
And yes, food/snacks/treats are always welcome. 🙂
Post # 14
rebwana: glad I’m not the only one. I called up my mum asking her to get huge granny undies in a big size. Haha so glamorous.
Dose she really like anything? You can feel very UN human and pulled apart after an emergency c section. Some helpfully gift are the best. But a littel treat just for her might be a nice surprise. it could be anything from her favourite chocolate to a nail polish.
Post # 15
I’ve had two c-sections
Basket ball shorts (though this was posted 2 days ago, so she’ll probably be heading home soon) but they were loose enough that they didn’t rub against my incision, and they didn’t even reach those stupid leg compressors.
Rice bags!!!! My all time favorite thing. My sister gave me four of them a lady from her church made. They were thin enough I could warm it up and lay it right over my incision, and then I kept using them as compresses while I was lactating and pumping!
And I totally second cleaning. My friend and mom were always offering to come clean. I could get up once in a while, but standing on me feet for a long time to clean sucked. So then Fiance didnt have to come home to a crying girlfriend and baby AND a messy house lol.