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bringing home baby and recovering from a c section

On the 18th after an extremely hard and not very successful labor my first child, Ella Beatrice<3 was brought into the world via cesarean.

A bit later today providing baby's jaundice treatment was a success (very mild case) we will be discharged after what seems an eternity (have been here since Thursday)

I'm a bit nervous about bringing baby home and surviving with this giant, very painful incision that runs right across my pant line but up an inch or two and surviving lol. My husband has been great, super supportive and helpful even though all the embarrassing and sometimes gross parts and luckily his work allows for him to be around 24/7 for as long as I need him.

Any tips, tricks or words of encouragement from anyone who has been in my boat? Of course I'll be talking to my doctor before discharge but would love to hear any stories or advice from anyone who has had to deal with what I'm going through.

As of this morning I'm still in a pretty severe amount of pain despite pain meds, I've always had a low tolerance for pain so the thought of going home where they are no hospital staff to cater to my every whim seems a bit daunting. Not to mention I'll also be taking care of a newborn baby as well.

Anyone care to share their own personal experiences?

For now I'm off sleep while I can still get it, I'm literally falling asleep writing this lol.
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post #2 of 23 Old 04-21-2014, 05:38 AM
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Oh congrats!!! Baby Photo?? :)

I too had to have a c-section, bless your heart!
For me it was so disappointing, like I wasn't "woman" enough to have her, stupid huh?
She weighed 11 pounds 2 ounces! My tiny body couldn't have done it!
Wasn't the epidural the most FANTASTIC THING EVER? All that baby packing pain gone in seconds, best moment in my life, besides seeing my daughter, LOL!

So with 10 pounds being the lift limit for two weeks I had to have soooo much help. I have a huge tolerance to pain so it didn't hurt so much as it was just awkward and a pain to deal with.

So my advice is milk it for all it's worth! Ha ha!
Honestly it's a great excuse to get your much needed rest and take it more easy. If I hadn't had it I'd have been exhausted having to keep up with chores, horses, dogs.... A new baby.

Just keep an eye on it for any redness and inflammation. Don't worry the scar will go away and won't look so HUGE once your belly goes down. Mine is just a teeny tiny white line now.

Congrats again!!! Beautiful name!
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First off, HUGE congrats!!

Tip #1 - Bring a pillow for your stomach for the drive home. Hold it into your stomach esp if the road is familiar and you know where the bumps are. If your husband is like mine, their "go slow" isn't THAT slow. You will feel the smallest of bumps on the road, press in firmly. I was given this tip and it was a godsend.

We all recover at different speeds, take your time and let your husband do as much as possible. There are no medals for being supermom and over doing it. If it hurts, stop. It it feels ok, take it handy.

I personally recovered from my section quicker than natural. I was sick for over 6 months after havin DD natural, 50+ stitches and to this day still have a lot of issues. So ladies, even if you are a bit upset about not going natural, and not "feeling woman enough" thank your lucky stars that your hospital was sensible and professional enough to stop you going through what I went through. The "shame" you feel by going section, won't be to the same degree that I felt when I couldn't be more than 2 min away from a toilet for several months.

Stop for a minute, open your mind, learn. You may not agree with what I say, I may not agree with what you say but we will both learn something new.
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As a nurse-I second the pillow, and keep one near you most of the time, to brace your stomach when you cough, walk, etc. The best thing to do is GET MOVING! Do not sit on your bum any more than necessary. Brace your tummy with the pillow and get up and walk even if it is a short distance-at least hourly. Yes accept help, and keep the stairs and lifting to a minimum, but the more you wallow in it, the longer it will take for you to get back to normal It will also lead to other issues, like constipation, especially if you are taking pain meds. I know it sounds harsh-but-I also had a C-section-for twins, so I have been there. And I was breast feeding both of them, so no time to sit around. THe worst pain is behind you and it now gets better each day. Honestly-to me the worst part of it was that my incision, which was vertical wince it was an emergency-was right where my jeans zipper is, and itched for what seemed like forever.

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Congratulations on the birth of your new baby. I have never had a c-section but can tell you recovering from a natural birth is tough enough; I have given birth to three and it takes a lot out of you. The best advice I have is don't try and be wonder women. If people offer to help let them. The dishes, floors and counters will still be there in two months. When your baby sleeps you sleep too.

With my last baby I was doing to much to soon and ended up back in the hospital when he was two weeks old. Spend the next six weeks bonding with your baby, and letting your body heal. Go for short walks, and rest when your feeling tired. You will heal before you know it and all the discomfort will become a distant memory. Enjoy your little bundle they grow up so fast.
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I couldn't agree more with the sleeping when your baby sleeps. Rest and recover and bond with her as much as you can. Enjoy the newborn stage. And congrats it's so fun :)
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I've had one of each; c-section first, VBAC next. both have their challenges in healing/pain.

my mom had 6 kids. she said, "drink a beer from time to time". yes, there is a small amount of alchohol, and some of that can get through via your milk. but, it is a small amount and the relaxation for mom is worth it.
drink lots of fluids, do not concern yourself with calorees for now.
keep baby out where she will be exposed to plenty of ambient noise. she will become used to falling asleep with noise and not be a dainty sleeper.
I had a bassinet that I put in the living room for the daytime naps, and nighttime we just wheeled it into our bedroom.
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Totally agree with all that Tiny said-and actually, my MD had DH bring me beer in the hospital, and my milk arrived overnight! Works wonders.

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I was worried folks would get all aghast at the suggestion of drinking some alchohol while breast feeding. OMG! not THAT!
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I've had three c sections. Take it easy for at least two weeks. And the first few days take your pain pills before you feel pain. Bring a pillow for car rides. I love wearing a belly band. My Dr prescribes at the hospital. Some woman don't like them but I love it, gave me great support. I would wear it even laying around and especially out of the house. Having baby sleep right next me was easier for me, I know some people it makes them more nervous. But to just roll to my side and breastfeed was so easy!
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