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    Default Your c section: tips for recovery

    Well my OB and midwifes are actually on the opposing team! They don't believe birth with SPD is any different or that it caused my last outcome. They are giving me a c-section because I'm adamant but they think I'm being a **** because there is no "evidence" it will help or reduce my SPD pain.

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    Default Your c section: tips for recovery

    With insurance both NRMA & AAMI told us that once the dr clears you, they cannot override a medical specialist opinion as each person heaps differently. If you do not however have clearance, then insurance will not cover you.
    My Dr said absolutely no driving before 2 weeks, preferably three. I drove at 5 weeks and putting the brake on still hurt, however I had an infection in my uterus, diagnosed 1 week pp.

    I FF but found using pillows to feed bub helped and just keeping the pillow there regardless. Other than that my incision was uncovered after 24hrs and stitches removed after 4 days.

    Laughing hurts as does coughing, sneezing etc so putting pressure on the incision helps. Also go slow getting up out of bed etc as it can hurt.

    I had trouble with my bowels afterwards so having something on standby helps.

    15 weeks pp and I'm all healed. I'm not 100% what I was but my dr says that after such major abdominal surgery I probably will never be. I felt better after 2 weeks, and by 6 weeks I felt great in comparison. I hate that I have no feeling near my cut, makes scratching hard and an it h never satisfied, weirdest thing. And if I get up too quickly my incision burns for a minute or two. All in all, at the time I hated that I had a c-section, mine was emergency and my incision quiet long as bub was stuck from pushing. Looking back, it was great and I cannot wait to have another c-section for future babies.

    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    Well my OB and midwifes are actually on the opposing team! They don't believe birth with SPD is any different or that it caused my last outcome. They are giving me a c-section because I'm adamant but they think I'm being a **** because there is no "evidence" it will help or reduce my SPD pain.
    Oh no! That's not good

    Last time, I read a lot of stuff online about people who had given birth naturally with SPD and been fine, and some of the things that you can do to help prevent damage. But tbh I knew the level of pain that I was in, how I was capable of moving/ what I could do, and I think it would have been a disaster.

    The fact that 2 OBs at my hospital advised the c/s (after lots of consultation, and one that had been very pro natural birth up until that point), and that my MIL shared some of her experiences, made me feel better about that decision.

    There is evidence that SPD pain can be made worse by natural delivery, and also evidence that SPD pain tends to reduce after the birth (whichever way you have it) of the baby. So, IMO, the important thing was to get the baby out with minimal risk/ damage to me!

    I was happy I did it, and wouldn't change anything (other than maybe not having the stupid SPD to start with). Hope all goes well for you too, Waterlily, and sorry you don't have the support you need from your OB team on this one!

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    Default Your c section: tips for recovery

    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    Girl X- I am having my c-section due to SPD!! With DD I had a vaginal birth that spilt me in half pretty much! I wasn't able to walk or get out of bed for 3 months. That's why I'm pushing for and elective.

    I'm only 18 weeks and my spd is horrid. I couldn't cope without my src preg shorts.

    Sorry for derailing Monnie.
    Just OT OP, sorry, but just wanted to respond to waterlily- I have a 19 wk old and I too had SPD as did another friend who was due at the same time. She was actually wheelchair bound it was that bad, and both of us had natural VBs with SPD causing no issues at all during the labour (my main prob was a posterior bub!) SPD really doesn't have to make a difference as far as birth is concerned, your ob/mids are correct in my experience and that of several others I know. Its all about positioning. i think damage from spd during birth is pretty uncommon. And the SPD pain goes away really fast after birth!
    That said though, three months in bed after a vb is a much stronger reason for a c-sect! If you are meeting resistance with getting an elective maybe you will have better luck with this as your reasoning, it sounds like it was really traumatic. I'm not sure if you are public or private but I know people who have gotten public c-sections due to birth trauma and emotional reasons, anxiety etc.
    all the best with it!

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    Default Your c section: tips for recovery

    Thanks Hun! I am public and getting my c-section due to emotional trauma. I'm really scared but I do not want to go through what I did my last VB.

    Sorry Monnie!!! x

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    i had my 2nd csection 5 weeks ago and have yet again healed increadibly well.
    Its really not that bad at all. Stay in hopsy as long as they will let you (3nights for me both times). Dont get up to get bubs, buzz the nurse everytime - its why they are there! Get upright and walking asap (usually after they take catherter out the next day, they allow u to shower) take every single pain relief they offer you in hospy - even if u feel fine just take the pain relief!!! eat in hospy and rest. let the nurses be at your beck and call. its their job.
    Stay on top of ur meds that u come home with, rest, rest, rest (ur gonna be tired and tire easily you have just had major surgery) - this will be a hell of a lot asier to do without any other children! so take advantage of being able to nap when bubs does!
    I was back to normal duties by 2 weeks. Lifting toddler, washing basket ect. I shouldnt have been driving but i had to.
    Remember c-setions are major surgery so its important to look after yourself so your body can heal. I'd suggest staying with ur mum for at least the first week - it can be overwhelming in that first week. The midwifes will do a couple home visits to check on ur scar/remove stitches/change dressing - just do what the tell u in regards to protecting the scar. After that forst week it's fine. Just use ur common sense and listen to your body.

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    Default Your c section: tips for recovery

    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    Oh thank you. I can't take panadine forte either haha. Lost cause..

    Can I ask what your pain threshold is like?
    I have the WORST pain threshold ever. I can't even pop pimples, DF has to do it for me lol... But I was only on panadol and voltaren and was fine and was moving around and sitting up for hours at a time by the 2nd day

    Except no amount of drugs can stop the pain that comes when you cough/sneeze/laugh!
    Last edited by callmedragon22; 02-02-2013 at 07:56.

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    Default Your c section: tips for recovery

    Bit of a general new mum idea, but getting lite n easy has really helped me since my twins arrived. I went 1800 calories as losing weight wasn't my biggest focus, I just wanted healthy food which didn't make another job for me. DH also wanted it to take to work as he did put on weight while I was pregnant. We get 3 meals 5 days a week and do our own thing on weekends. In a month DH lost 5 kgs and I lost 4 (which has been after the initial weight loss rush in the first fortnight had plateaued). You can choose just to get brekkie and lunch too if u prefer to sit down to a home cooked meal together, but to be honest the lite and easy dinners are so good and require no washing up, I think they r a great mid-week option for busy new mums!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renesme View Post
    Get up and walk around as much as you can as early as you can. You will recover faster. I was depressed with my first and it took me 2 weeks to recover properly because I didn't walk around and made people push me in a wheelchair. The second one I got up as soon as I could and walked around as much as I could frequently and I was good to go after a day lol.
    I completely agree. As soon as the spinal wears off and you can feel your legs, then hop up and walk around. Make sure you rest once your home but don't leave it to long to hop up and have a little walk.
    My OB gave me this advice and said no one usually listens to it but it really does work! I was up and walking within 2-4hours with all my c/s and discharged on day 2.
    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunksmum View Post
    Bit of a general new mum idea, but getting lite n easy has really helped me since my twins arrived. I went 1800 calories as losing weight wasn't my biggest focus, I just wanted healthy food which didn't make another job for me. DH also wanted it to take to work as he did put on weight while I was pregnant. We get 3 meals 5 days a week and do our own thing on weekends. In a month DH lost 5 kgs and I lost 4 (which has been after the initial weight loss rush in the first fortnight had plateaued). You can choose just to get brekkie and lunch too if u prefer to sit down to a home cooked meal together, but to be honest the lite and easy dinners are so good and require no washing up, I think they r a great mid-week option for busy new mums!
    I will be ordering lite n easy for first few weeks as I have a crap load of weight to lose

    All these tips are great! I'm just scared about leaving the house we live in a valley and just our drive way I'm struggling to walk up pregnant let alone with a huge cut in my stomach!! Could any of you baby wear when you had your c section? I was going to attempt this?

    I am okay with pain but ill still ask for relief! I may just stay at mums first couple weeks whiledp is at work *freaking out*


 

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