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Well when i had ds last year, i had an emergency c/s, and i dont know if everyone went through the same procedures, but i had an epidural and a caterer inserted. My legs were still numb until almost 24 hours after, i was soo drowsy, so basically i was in bed for the first 24 hours. It was really hard trying to lift ds from his bassinet to feed him or change him, etc. With bub no 2 im more than likely gonna have another c/s,but i dont want to be bed bound for 24 hours again. I'm just wondering how to be able to walk around few hours after (maybe half day). I read stories of mums who able to do that. Do i ask the midwive or organise it with the docs before the c/s? Also do i have to have a caterer put in?
Thanks for your help guys..:D
After I had DS I got up 10mins later, then walked around the hospital for a bit.. showered, got bored, got dressed and walked (15mins) home.
I think the only birth this is possible with is a VB.
Next birth I plan to cut out the middle man and do it at home. If you want to be fit, and mobile after a birth birth I think VBAC is the only way to go, and sadly, the best chances for that aren't in our hospital system.
Nature does offer best outcomes for mum&bub.
Hi, I had an emergancy c/s with DS1 after a 10 hour active labour, and yeah it was pretty horrific. Was doped out on morphine and the first 24 hours with bubs is basically a blur.
2nd time around I was so scared, but was something I had no choice on, but they were both 2 completly different experiences. I was on my feet having a shower 4 hours after having DS2. Couldn't believe how good I felt.
The difference - 1st time was total chaos, they basically had to rip DS out of me to save his life, 2nd time was in a controlled enviroment, cut was smaller and they could take their time.
I checked myself out of Hospy 2 days later and was on top of the moon.
With my c-section 6wks ago I was bed-bound from when he was born at 10am Thursday until 8am the following morning - this is hospital policy. You might want to check with your hospital what their policy is.
As far as I know a catheter is normally required whenever you have had an epi / spinal to allow your bladder to drain - obviously when you are bed-bound it is a necessity.
It sounds like the anaesthesist didn't get the dose right - you shouldn't be unable to walk after 24 hours.
Perhaps have a talk with your OB beforehand about this and also the anaes. - he will come to speak with you before the op is started so that is the time to speak up.
The catheter is pretty much essential with a c/s because you can't feel the urge to pee when your numb from the waist down.
DD arrived at 10.55am and I walked around about 8-something am the next day.
I had a spinal, not an epidural, and the caesarean wasn't an emergency caesarean.
I had my cathetar in the whole night... and removed just before I got up for the first time. I didn't try to get up earlier, so I dunno if I could have or not... but the next morning I was told to get up, so I did (very slowly mind you).
I didn't have a problem moving my legs or anything... the was fine. I only moved slowly because I was in pain (it was horrible).
I had DS at 7:38am and I was up and about before dinner that evening.
I did have to ask (actually beg and grovel) to be allowed up - they rang my OB to confirm this was ok. I got up with help and showered and was able to look after DS myself from then on.
i was unable to get out of bed after unplanned c-section but it was because i was in so much pain & i also had alot of drugs going thru my system from when i was actually in labour, pethadine, gas & epidural and whatever they used to knocked me out during c-section, it took me 3 months to be able to move as normal
hi with my ds after 5 days of active labour was rushed in for a e/c section i had the epidural and found it hard to to do a lot for the first 24 hours myself.
on 14th march 2006 i had another c section by my choice i opted for the spinal block it is very similar to the epidural but you control your pain medication and feeling is back with in 3 hours. my dd was born at 10.17 am and i was up and walking had a shower by 4pm that same day. i wouldn't have it any other way it was alot easier second time around. Also if there was no major reasons apart from the failure to progress or breech with your first labour you can still decide to go natural with this one it is called a VBAC talk to ur dr and midwife about it if u want to give it a try.:thumbsup:
I was up within 24 hours.
DS was in NICU, I was very assertive and got the staff to put me in a wheel chair and take me down early the next morning to see DS. Within a short time I made it clear that I was going to see my son so they had better disconnect me from all the stuff.
I think the earlier you can get up the better your recovery.
Next time I will be more assertive.
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