Team panda (03-04-2014)
Don't be worried first time mumma's! It can seem a bit daunting but really as long as your baby is fed, warm and given affection/cuddles they will be fine and so will you. You will all find your feet and the only thing that is a certain is that it will be different for all of us - and none of it is wrong!!
Ann, after my c section I was given Endone (which is tablet Morphine and causes constipation) and Voltaren. Then was quickly moved onto panadol and Voltaren. The Voltaren really made the world of difference.
Riss and Octoberbaby, I think all of us teachers will struggle with the lack of control. I'm really trying to get myself into the mindset of being prepared but going with the flow before baby arrives. I just keep repeating it to myself and having similar discussions with DH about realistic expectations.
Like bedlover said, as long as it's fed and warm and loved we will be fine.
Spidery, I went to a mcn workshop at a shop called "flower child" (in Glebe, Sydney). And liked the look of the pop-ins. Liked the Velcro and the compact look as some can be quite bulky. Bought a 20 pack and used a voucher I was given for going to the workshop. Got 6 night time boosters, bamboo liners and and a wet bag in the box. They weren't the cheapest but with the voucher and bonuses in the box worked out ok. Plus they can always be resold if they're in good shape once I've finished. Or will hopefully fit a second baby down the track. We'll see how we go with this 20 pack and top up along the way once we're confident with them. Planning to use disposables as a newborn for size and because we were given HEAPS at our baby shower.
Ann-not sure what generally happens at other hospitals but I can tell you the post op pain relief protocol at Mater. Usually IV morphine straight after surgery, then depending on your level of pain it's Oxycodone, Ibuprofen and Paracetamol. They actually have a pain relief brochure you might be able to find on the mater mothers website.
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Jj-HAPPY LAST DAY tomorrow, I'm so exited about it!
Ooh RT, so exciting! Sometimes I think it's just better to happen like that, not too much time tk prepare just get on with it! Can't wait for your announcement on Monday!
Let me tell you fellow teacher Bub hubbers, if you are worried about the lack of control of a newborn, wait until they are a toddler! I am a Deputy Principal and used to kids doing what I tell them. I never expected to have a very stubborn and defiant 3 year old who argues ALL the time. I have really struggled having the naughty boy in the group, I never imagined being that mother. I imagine I will be a much better teacher and administrator now at I am a parent, much more sympathetic. Parenting is such a journey, fun and exciting but most definitely challenging. However, the cuddles, the smiles, the laughter, the cuteness, I am so happy we will all get to experience this after the journey we have all been on.
Thanks Ngaiz. In the past after the IV drips were off, I had Vicodin, really sorted out the pain but pretty strong.
Australia has nothing like Vicodin anymore but what you will have available will be sufficient. One word of advice though, buy your own generic brand of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol because what you are charged on discharge is phenominal, I should know, I used to be the one dispensing the discharge drugs. And make sure you let your midwife and the pharmacist know that you have your own at home because once it has left the hospital you can't return it.
Thanks for the good tip Ngaiz! Wld they still dispense morphine/voltaren though for after you leave the hospital? Also iam guessing they still charge for discharged meds even if we private?
Yip you will get discharge Endone, no health funds pay for them anymore.
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