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    Default How do you 'prepare' for a c-section

    Knowing I'm having a c section I was wondering if I can prepare my body more? Will a better core help etc.. Its just all a bit different to a natural birth and I'm a little nervous thanks

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    Default How do you 'prepare' for a c-section

    I have no experience in preparing for a c-section as mine was an emergency c-section. I had pretty good core and I found that didn't help. Again though they say elective is easier!

    I had bub at 9.21am and they had me up walking to the shower around 11-12hrs later. The next morning they encouraged me to move as much as I could and I would do laps around the ward. Pack the big granny undies in a big size so it doesn't sit on your incision. The whole time though the dr kept saying to keep moving.


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    Default How do you 'prepare' for a c-section

    I have an emergency Caesarian first and am preparing myself for my second presently. I too have heard the healing rates are different for emergency to planned. Hospitals usually hold a 1 day Caesarian birthing class which my SIL found really helpful and 10mins before my emergency Caesarian I asked my nurse what was really involved and she gave me a booklet on the procedure. Obviously I had no time to read it prior but i have used it post care and still using it now. So see if your hospital has one of these.
    I think the biggest shock for me which I hope to be prepared for this time is as previously mentioned the undies! The higher the waist the further away from your incision. Also really good for putting bandage/padding if you need it.
    Talk about your pain relief prior to as I wasn't given anything and it was assumed I was aware of what I was allowed and the truth is after a bad day panadol and ibuprofen just wasn't enough.
    Learn your restrictions eg. Driving, Hanging clothes, carrying the clothes basket, carrying a baby bath, grocery shopping, pushing a trolley, sweeping, mopping.... These things are highly not recommended within 6-8 weeks in order for your tummy and wound to heal. If you can come up with solutions for these prior it takes a lot of stress off. I left bath time to my husband where possible and used the kitchen sink as the kitchen bench was a good height. I put a pop up clothes line near my washing machine for bubs clothes as his washing couldn't wait for assistance. I did online grocery shopping an had it delivered and only went for the occasional urgent thing so there was no need for a trolley. My family were great and drove me for the first 6 weeks where I needed to go and when they asked what they could do to help at our house I always nominated for sweeping or vacuuming. This time I have already asked my relatives if for the first 4 weeks if they can spoil my 2 yr old son as I know he'll want me to pick him up etc. and i have begun organizing my house to suit a weight limited/ healing lifestyle.

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    Take arnica before and after.

    I had a much weaker core with my second and didn't notice the difference. You actively avoid using those muscles entirely for the recovery period.

    I recommend getting a wax, you have to be hair free to a certain point anyway, but you have an adhesive dressing over it and if you've waxed it's much less painful for removal, also nicer when dealing with lochia.

    I agree with PPs about the granny knickers, but make sure they are firm fitting.

    I also organized my house to reduce lifting/using stairs, I had wipes, nappies, wraps, clothes stashed on each floor (3 floors) near where we spent the bulk of our time.

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    Default How do you 'prepare' for a c-section

    Start taking Metamucil or something like that a week or so before your c/s it helps getting the bowels working. The first bowel motion after c/s because you cant push, can be difficult but taking this before and after helps.

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    Default How do you 'prepare' for a c-section

    Quote Originally Posted by BabyG4 View Post
    Start taking Metamucil or something like that a week or so before your c/s it helps getting the bowels working. The first bowel motion after c/s because you cant push, can be difficult but taking this before and after helps.
    That's really good advice considering I have IBS! Ahh, usually milk does the trick though hahaha!

    Thanks Blissed- those are great tips I'm a bit OCD as it is, so when it comes to the washing etc i will just get DP to dp to do it and I already own granny undies... REOW


 

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