Just doing a bit of planning & wanted to know from those that had a c-section how much bleeding to expect afterwards. I have to take my own maternity pads to the hospital & wasn't sure how many to pack or how many I'll need once I'm home from hospital. My DH would be horrified if I sent him to the shops to buy me any type of pads so want to make sure I have enough :-)
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01-07-2012 15:16 #1
Question about bleeding after C-Section
01-07-2012 15:18 #2Senior Member
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Everyone is different but I bled a fair bit and for 5 weeks. I'd pack a few packs for just in case. And remember dark undies that sit above your undie line.
01-07-2012 15:20 #3
Subscribing. I ended up with an emergency c-section for my son after 17 hours of labour an this time I will be having an elective c-section.
01-07-2012 15:20 #4
My bleeding was really heavy in the first couple of hours then slowed down!! I took 3 packets to hospital with me but didn't use them all as they supplied them untill I was up walking around!
01-07-2012 15:22 #5
I took 2 packs to hospital, was in for 3 days. Bleeding stopped at about 6weeks. I also agree with pp about undies, I got a 5 pack of high waisted undies from target for $10.
01-07-2012 15:23 #6
I have had 2 emergency csections. Bled heavy in hospital for 4 days so used maternity pads (supplied, probably 5 or so a day?), then the ultra thins for heavy flow for another 2 weeks, then onto liners til about 6 weeks after birth. Maternity pads are so uncomfy so I recommend the ultrathins.
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01-07-2012 15:24 #7Senior Member
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I think everyone is different. The first time I needed endless pad whilst the second time I didn't need half as much. but im curious, if it's an emergency ceaserian do you bleed more than you would with an elective ceaserian? does anyone know if it makes a difference?
01-07-2012 16:11 #8Senior Member
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I used them for 5 weeks bleeding heavily, & the 6th week just used regular thin pads.
The hospital supplied them while I was there (& I snaffled a packet to take home with me too -- the hospital ones were way better than anything I found in a chemist/supermarket!).
Definitely buy high waisted undies a size bigger than you would usually get, they were a godsend. I Just bought a cheap pack from target or somewhere.
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01-07-2012 16:25 #9
I have had 3 c/s and with all have bled for about 8 weeks. The first week is the heaviest then it gradually fades over the 7 weeks.
I only used the maternity pads for about a week then went to super pads and so on.
And yes....high waisted undies a must! I am still in the now but I hate it when then undies fall into the c/s scar....makes me feel erky!
01-07-2012 16:26 #10Senior Member
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I would take in 2-3 packets of maternity. You could get the libra maternity as you won't need the extra thickness/padding on delicate bits. The kotex are like old style surfboards. There are only 10 or so to a packet so they don't last long. After a few days the bleeding does slow down. If you are breast feeding be prepared for 'afterbirth' pains - breastfeeding makes the uterus contract and you may 'gush'. Always handy to know. Obviously notify your midwife if it is lots.
I would have another one- two packets of night/long/ super at home. Plus two or three packets of some normal libra invisible with wings etc. then a box of absorbant liners. I have found that the U pads with the designs are good, not hugely absorbant but more absorbant than a liner but less than libra invisible.
All up that is about 10 packets of assorted ones. Hopefully you won't need them but if they are home your hubby should be able to bring them in if need be. I remember being shocked at how many I used and how long I bled for. It did lighten up after a week or two. It doesn't matter if you have too many, you will use them eventually. Everyone is different too so what worked for me may not work for you. I would sooner have too many though, especially if your hubby is unable to get you these items. You could always order them online too if need be.
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