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    I have no pain threshold and found my emergency C-section with my son was no where near as awful as I had imagined, I'm having an elective in a couple of weeks

    I'd echo everyone else, take pain meds whenever you can rather than waiting until you need them. The pain relief available is far more effective when you use it regularly. The worst I experienced was when I was with my son in SCN for hours and missed pain relief, it took a while to get it back under control.

    The constipation thanks to the pain relief caused me worse stomach pain than the surgery! TMI- I also ended up with fissures as a result so this time I plan on taking whatever they offer me for that side of things from the get go.

    My milk didn't come in properly until day 6 and I had midwives pushing formula on me, so this time I'm expressing prior in the hopes of building a stash in case I need it.

    I used the crappy hospital pads over my wound to form a nice barrier so my clothes didn't rub, I did this for about 3 weeks and found it really effective.

    Granny undies, the ones that go up to you belly button, while decidedly unattractive were a godsend. This time I've got some in a size up to wear for a few weeks after.

    If you can get someone to watch your older kids for the night after and have your other half with you, I would! Obviously your movement will be limited and its' good to have someone right there with you rather than relying on nurses/midwives who will also be busy with other patients.

    Trying to take the bandage off sucked, I ended up getting a nurse to do it for me in the shower which I will be doing again, she ripped it straight off and it was over and done with as opposed to me getting about two centimetres off over 5 minutes.

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    You will have to fast from the night before

    Shave or wax or they will shave you

    I found the Canula hurt more than the spinal itself. I literally felt no pain during surgery just pushing and pulling. Almost like a baby kicking. It's normal to get the shakes. It's a response to the spinal.

    You will have a catheter until the next day/when you're allowed to get up. It's a little uncomfy coming out but doesn't hurt. It may not be until 12-24hrs later before they let you get up. After your catheter is out, they want to see you can wee on your own before taking the drip of fluids out.

    Take what pain meds they give you!

    The first week, expect **** sleep from not being able to get comfy

    Take your camera in. Photos of a section are amazing and so glad we took them as I initially thought id be grossed out.

    I loved high waisted leggings and big knickers comfy. I had to put a pad on my wound to keep it dry so you need undies that will cover and hold it in place.

    As a PP mentioned, be prepared to have someone come and change your pad for you lol. And help you shower for the first time. The night of my ceaser they gave me a sponge bath too.

    Depending on your situation, you may have clexane injections as you will have just had major surgery and there is a higher risk of clots. It's purely a preventative measure.

    No matter what people say, it is still a beautiful and memorable birth and does not impact on your ability to bond with your baby ( I had a bully midwife tell me that at the prenatal classes. She was pro everything natural)

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    If something doesn't feel right... Say something and keep saying something until you either get it fixed or get a rational answer. Ie:
    • if the canula spot gets sore, or red,
    • if any surgical tape is causing a rash or sensitivity,
    • if pain is starting to come back at all,
    • if your stockings are bunching on your ankles,
    • if you are needing formula brought in but get a nurse who is anti formula,
    • if you need to express but need sterilised bottles,
    • if you need to have a bung put in your drip so that you can shower,
    • if you want clean sheets daily,
    • if you need to use a portable fan because the stupid stockings are making you roast,
    • if you need visitors held back or postponed,
    • if bubs is taken away for screenings or treatment and you want to go too or be informed about return times,
    • if you were told that you would have an appt (ie circumcision, lactation consultant, wound specialist) and you haven't seen them or been given a day/time
    • if you are getting cold sweats or shivering (even if it doesn't last long).
    I know that there are heaps of CS threads on here, they are well worth reading.
    Good luck!!

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    If you feel groggy or sick during the c section ask for oxygen, omg! I suddenly felt completely lucid and right as rain! I remember everything from my last c section, the last 2 I don't remember even having my children. 😢

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    Make sure your support person isnt a fainter!!

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    Thank you ladies, lots of info to absorb

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    my tips.

    Granny knickers in black
    Pants that you can sit above your incision and you can easily pull on
    A nursing nightie for the first night. Bear in mind you may still be stuck in bed with a cathader and may not want to wear the hospy gown
    Be aware that if you get really sweaty and itchy post its the drugs and they can give you something to stop it. I sufferred a whole 12hrs!
    Keep sipping water so you are less likely to get constipated. Ask for some hydralites etc after. I took gatorade with me and it was amazing.
    Dont be discouraged if BF feels difficult at first. The iv in your hand and angle you are stuck at in bed make it more difficult. It will get easier.
    Ask to see the physio as soon as you are up so they can give you advice on transferring in/out of beds and chairs.
    When you stand up for the first time stand up properly. It will feel really wierd but you wont rip anything!!!
    Keep going for little walks.
    If its close by get outside and get fresh air/sun. You will feel 100% better.
    Def keep up the pain meds, even if just regular panadol and neurofen. Do this when you get home too. Its much easier to keep taking them than try to treat the discomfort and stiffness once it sets in.

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    And tell guests including family when you are ready. You will feel tired and possibly overwhelmed initially. I reacted to the medication and was so so uncomfortable I am glad we didnt have anyone there x

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    I had a emergency c-section first time and my midwife warned me sex may still be painful even though I didn't deliver vaginally. She was right! At 6weeks (1st time after delivery) I was quite sore. That doesn't seem to have been mentioned!


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    You will be lifted up, cleaned under and around and placed back down in the hours before you can get up by yourself.

    Your post partum bleeding could be as much as for VB. Some people find less but I had 6 & 8 weeks.

    The best description I've heard of what the surgery feels like is someone doing dishes in your stomach. For my 2nd it felt like lots of pushing on my lungs from below but that was just because that's where my feeling started.

    They might put these massage machines on your calves to prevent clots. I didn't have it with my 1st but did with my 2nd but they'd put it on while I was numb so hand no idea until I got feeling back and felt my calves pulsing.

    A midwife may need to (not really but sort of) climb up onto you to push the baby out from above while the OB pulls baby out below. They may need to use forceps to get the baby out of your pelvis.

    If your waters haven't broken you'll hear a big slurping sound when they open you up as they suck out the fluid - like at the dentist!


 

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