(Closed) Questions for C-Section Mama's

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m scheduled for a c-section on 10/1 (for previous major surgery on my uterus) so I’m in the same boat! Are you scheduled for a particular day, yet?

You’ll need lots of help the first week, but by week 2 should be able to get around more. Take the painkillers they give you-they will help! As far as speeding up the recovery, take it easy and don’t overdo it. I have a neighbor who did too much too soon (too much walking around the neighborhood, taking too many flights of stairs at home too quickly) and she had heavy bleeding and ended up regressing with her recovery. Don’t lift anything heavier than the baby and try not to bend over or pick things up for awhile. No heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks. Use a support pillow against your tummy for when you need to cough, sneeze, etc.

I had an abdominal myomectomy (fibroid removal) and it is essentially like a c-section because they cut a 7 inch incision at my bikini line and the recovery took me 6 weeks. (C-section incisions are usually not so long, thank gosh!)  So I kind of know what to expect this time around. The first few days are the most painful, but it gradually gets easier each day. Good luck to you! Sounds like we’ll be having our babies the same week. 🙂

Edit: As far as the hospital bag, I packed all the staples such as toiletries, baby stuff and for the c-section, a dress to come home in. You will want “granny panties” for awhile and any loose pants that come way up on your belly. You don’t want anything rubbing against the incision. Your tummy will be swollen and still big from the baby, so I recommend big underwear a few sizes bigger than your normal size. Loose draw string high-waisted pants and big pajama pants are what I lived in for the first 2 weeks after my previous abdominal surgery.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had 2 emergency c-sections and the best advice I can give you is … Listen to the doctor !!   After the first week, I noticed a huge improvement.  I used mostly Advil to help with the pain.   Do not do steps.  The doctors tell you that for a reason.  With my first one,  I had a basket with everything I would need in it, in the living room.  Diapers, wipes, outfits, blankets, bibs, burp clothes.  That way I didn’t have to go up and down.  My bedroom was on the first floor which helped.  Don’t worry about the dishes, laundry etc.  Do what you feel is right.  If you get tired, sit and enjoy your baby !  Second time around, I did not listen (babies are 17 months apart) and did steps, laundry etc.  I have had issues with my periods since then.  I ended up with heaving bleeding and clotting.  DO NOT DO STEPS !!  and REST REST REST !!  My 1st recovery was so much easier then my 2nd, because I listened the first time. 

Oh and when the nurses tell you to walk, do it.  You have an enormous amount of gas from being opened up, and the walking helps move it.  I didn’t do that the first time and had severe gas pains that I was crying.  It hurt so bad.  Second time, I walked all over and when I could.  SO much better.  So, you may want to pack air freshner LOL I did leave in a pair of elastic cotten pants, since ‘normal’ pants may bother your incision.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

This is gross and Too Much Information…warning..horror story!!

 

My advice is, if you notice any redness or swelling around the incision, call your doctor immediately. I didn’t notice anything until I was (at home) in the shower. (I was pretty dazed by the pain meds) I think after a few days you can take a shower, but I had to hold a towel over my stomach. I had those sticky stitches..like tape? When I moved the towel, I noticed some blood, so I was worried and called the nurse. She told me to just take my time and come in, that maybe a stitch came loose..not too concerned. When my Mom and I arrived at my doctor’s office, I had a full size towel around my lap soaked with…something…idk. It smelled bad. When I laid on the table, he was looking at my stomach, and like something disgusting out of a movie, it just fell open..from infection. Someone left a few feets length of gauze inside my stomach. Hooray!! And it had become infected. And painful. No, I didn’t sue. I don’t remember much of those first few months.

After four months of twice daily painful cleanings and repacking gauze into my “hole”, it finally healed up enough…(luckily my aunt was a med/surg nurse and could come to my house twice a day)..the scar is much bigger than it should be, and deeper..and has done crazy things to my stomach. I will never wear low pants, low underwear, etc, again.

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@charmedbee:  Did you use Colace? That’s my biggest fear again with this c-section. That first #2 afterwards (4 days later) I remember was SUPER painful and I was in agony.  Yes, I remember the gas buildup from the surgery..ouch!!! Walking is definitely good for recovery, minus the steps. I remember the nurses telling me I had to walk in order to heal faster and I thought they were nuts, but I know they were right. 🙂  My problem is we don’t have a powder room on our first floor (townhouse) so I’ll try to stay upstairs on the 2nd level (bedrooms and bathrooms) for the first few days as much as I can to avoid steps since I won’t have a bathroom downstairs.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@MississippiQueen:  Oh my gosh! That is just horrible! I’m so sorry you had to go through that!!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had a c-section (12 years ago).  I agree with the advice above.

WALK.  WALK.  WALK.  WALK.  As much as you can.  Go slow.  I had a ranch house, so there were no stairs… but def don’t do those!

Someone suggested loose undies and pj’s but for me it was the opposite.  My Dr recommended I get a pair of exercise shorts that fit snug – not tight…. just enough to sorta hold you with a teeny bit of pressure.  He suggested 1 size up from my pre-pregnancy size.  It was a life saver.  Now – I am plus size to begin with, not sure if that had anything to do with it.  I have had a couple other women say they did the same thing, but I’ve had just as many say they didn’t do that…. so it may be personal preference.

 

I think I was back to normal in a couple weeks.  I hired a cleaning lady that came 2x a week until my maternity leave was over.  So, I didn’t do ANY dishes or vacuum or change any sheets for 8 weeks and hubby did most of the laundry.  That was gifted to us and I really appreciated it.

I would also suggest you make ahead some meals and freeze them.  Whatever you want.  I did lots of pasta, shredded pork, hamburgers.  You can even pre-make omelettes and freeze them.  So that for like 3 weeks there was NO need to cook AT ALL, but we had REAL food, you know?

Not sure if you are planning to breast or bottle feed – but breast feeding causes your uterus to contract, which will help healing.  I was only able to breast feed for a couple weeks, so I didn’t get the full benefit of that!

Good Luck!

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Jenn23:  2nd time around I did take the colace and milk of magnesium and had my first #2 in the hospital.  It was so much easier then the 1st time around when I didn’t take it.  I thought I was having another baby the first time.  The pain was horrible.  Don’t get me wrong, the first time after my 2nd baby was bad also but no where near the pain of the first one.  I had an older nurse for the 2nd baby who gave me both the colace and the milk of magnesium and also gave me a drink of tea and ginger ale to help move things and eliminate the gas.  She said she learned it years ago and gave it to all her c-section moms.  It tasted horrible, but it worked really well.  She also left me no option on walking.  She made me get up and walk, and I am so glad she did.  Gotta love those older nurses LOL

The advice to keep checking your incision is great also.  Until reading the above, I had forgotten about what happened after my first.  When I went back for an incision check, I had noticed earlier that I had some white growth outside of it.  Here, it was tissue that came through the incision.  The doctor had to cut the tissue, reopen the incision the width of a qtip and cut down to where the tissue was coming from.  I almost threw up from the pain.  It was horrible.  Maybe thats why I had forgotten all about it. 

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Just saw my best friend today who had a c-section at 12:08.  She looked great!  She did say she hurt when the nurse came in to change the bandage and push on her uterus to get it to keep contract down.  She said they have a pain button to push but that she would push it after they were done and therefore it wasn’t effective for while they worked on her.  She said she wished she knew when they’d be coming in so she could get meds before.  So you might ask someone to remind you when they arrive or ask them how often they will come in to mess with you.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@charmedbee:  Thanks for the info on the Colace! I’ll be sure to ask the nurses for it in case they don’t offer it. The tea and Ginger Ale sounds interesting. I’m glad it helped! That is awful that your doc had to reopen the incision to fix you up. Ouch!!!

 

@vintage2010:  Good to hear your friend is doing well after her delivery!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i just had a c-section in July and I have to say, the recovery was a lot easier than I expected.  I agree with Colace, or stool softeners.  That first Bridesmaid or Best Man after delivery was horrid.  lol.  Below are the answers to your questions:

1. How long was your recovery? Ie how long till you were relatively back to normal (I guess I mean driving, light housework, baby duties etc)  – The first 3 days were a little rough, so make sure you take your pain meds on time.  Getting out of bed was the toughest.  By day 4 I was feeling much better and I was completely off pain meds by 7 days.  Within 2 weeks I was definitely back to normal but just had to take it a little easy.  I drove at 7 days (docs said one I was off pain meds and could brake hard) and was taking care of the baby and the house pretty much by myself by day 6 or 7.

2. Do you have any tips for speeding or easing recovery?  – I tried to walk around as much as I could in the Hopstial.  On day 4 I shuffled down to the kitchen to get some jello (I ate it non-stop haha!) and that totally wore me out, but the nurses were really supportive and encouraged movement since once I was home, I’d have to do it.  I also made sure to shower and I put on “regular” clothes – i.e. gym pants or pj pants with a t-shirt.  It just made me feel less like an invalid than a hospital gown.

3. Anything extra I need to put in my hospital bag that I wouldn’t need otherwise?  Not that I can think of.

 

Honestly, the whole c-section process was a bit overwhelming but it was not bad at all.  You’ll do great!

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

1 & 2. How long was your recovery? Do you have any tips for speeding or easing recovery?

I’ve had three c-sections. First was due to having twins and the second and third were repeats because drs around here will not do v-backs. In all my experiences it was a week before I could move around without pain. The first 2-3 days are the worst, get a small and firm pillow because trust me, pushing that against your incision when you go to stand is going to save you! You don’t realize how much you use those muscles to just stand till you have surgery lol. It really holds things in place and makes the pain much more bareable when getting up, also DO NOT try to stand without help.

After a week I was good for normal standing housework and moving around. NO lifting heavy laundry and stuff though for 4-6 weeks, seriously don’t do it, I opened my last one up doing this, it healed fairly quickly but now my scar is lopsided, I have weird hanging skin and I lost feeling on that side of my scar. Get up and get moving asap. It hurts but the sooner the better. Walk, walk and walk some more, I promise it gets easier.

3. Anything extra I need to put in my hospital bag that I wouldn’t need otherwise?

• That pillow! Something firm like the boppy pillow.

• Also bring your own heavy pads, the hospital pads are AWFUL, some don’t even stick to your underwear but wrap around you with this weird band, the first thing I did was send Darling Husband for pads cause… ummm… no lol!

• Granny underwear that you don’t care if it gets ruined. If you plan to Boyfriend or Best Friend your stomach will have small contractions during and you will bleed more often than if you didn’t so buy plenty.

• Stool softeners! Though your dr will probably give you some while in hospital have some at home, don’t get soemthing that is gas inducing, stay away from fast acting ones. It will take you a bit to actually have a bowel movement and when you do HAVE THAT PILLOW! I’m serious about the pillow, can you tell lol

• I hate meds so I just took regular tylenol for pain control. Really the pain is not bad unless your getting up and down, did I mention the pillow? 😉

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

1. How long was your recovery? Ie how long till you were relatively back to normal (I guess I mean driving, light housework, baby duties etc) I didn’t drive til the doctor said, but even then I waited.LOL I was fine at 1 week because my staples were OUT! Laughing with those things was horrible! Getting out of bed will be horrible. Otherwise, it’s not bad. I do have stairs and went up and down them twice a day,carefully.

2. Do you have any tips for speeding or easing recovery? Walk and sit down. Don’t try to be super woman going and doing everything. Let your body recover. The world will gone on regardless.

3. Anything extra I need to put in my hospital bag that I wouldn’t need otherwise? Granny panties

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