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Having my first elective C-Section on Tuesday can any ladies out there offer me advice please?

ARNOLD115 Avatar
7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
......a little nervous but very excited to see the new arrival !
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
sweetie, good luck and best wishes it all goes smoothly,

please try not to worry, just think soon you'll have your precious darling in your arms and you'll be a mummy!! x x x
banned#2
hey :)
congrats!!!

I had one back in jan, it was fantastic!! :-D
Is there anything in particular you wanted to know hun? xx
#3
if you need to cough hug a pillow in front of you, other wise it may be a tad uncomfy, good luck and best wishes when the time comes. My section was 14 years ago so i can't really offer you any more advice sorry
#4
good luck hon

you will be fine - hope you are having spinal - so you can be awake for baby - and give first cuddle

do you know what your having?? names ??
#5
student_mummy
hey :)
congrats!!!

I had one back in jan, it was fantastic!! :-D
Is there anything in particular you wanted to know hun? xx


well :-D do you have a choice on what type of stitching i.e staples or nylon strip apparently I ahve heard that you can get infections from the staples?? also what is the recovery time like I have a very demanding toddler and a husband at work x
#6
hi and congratulations. i had my first (and only so far) c-section in june 2005 and it was absolutely fine.
i managed to have our second child naturally therefore, a c-section does not automatically mean all future deliveries will need to be made via the same route.
one thing that i personally strongly recommend for confidence and comfort is the theraline belt which has several inserts (warm pack/cool pack, etc). you can buy them from mothercare for around £20, although i bought a new one on ebay for under £10.
wishing you all the very best. :)
b xx
#7
holly100
good luck hon

you will be fine - hope you are having spinal - so you can be awake for baby - and give first cuddle

do you know what your having?? names ??


spinal block apparently so they say!!!

no a complete surprise - hoping for a little boy to even the numbers out - archie for boy and poppy for a girl x
#8
ARNOLD115
well :-D do you have a choice on what type of stitching i.e staples or nylon strip apparently I ahve heard that you can get infections from the staples?? also what is the recovery time like I have a very demanding toddler and a husband at work x


it depends on a number of factors babes including how much blood you lose and whether you get an infection afterwards sweetie... if all goes well you'll be up on your feet the next morning and stumbling around the first three days and getting stronger by the day for the first 6 weeks x x
banned#9
take of snacks with you for afterwards, drink LOADS or water or squash while you have the catheter in (least you dont have to move to pee :thumbsup: plus the water helps get rid of excess water.
Avoid fizzy juice if you can as it wont help with wind (which can be uncomfortable) and isnt good for baby if your breastfeeding
Take all the painkillers they give you, even if your okay, better to be topped up than in any pain xxx
#10
tinkerbell28
Well the dr will decide, dependant on how things went, I had staples last time, they actually leave a neater scar, that's why the FEMALE dr used them, and she was right.
I have had staples, (strip) suture removed after 5 days and the dissovable ones, staples, I would rather have the staples......


although i wouldn't know te difference too well as only had one c - i had disolvable stiches and 4 years on you can barely see the scar. :)
banned#11
ARNOLD115
well :-D do you have a choice on what type of stitching i.e staples or nylon strip apparently I ahve heard that you can get infections from the staples?? also what is the recovery time like I have a very demanding toddler and a husband at work x


hi

I never had a choice but ive had two not (one emergency, one elective) and both times i had stitches. First time i lost a lot of blood and had a drain but this time went perfectly, i got out the next day :-D
I was shopping in asdas a few days after, think recovery just depends on the person but it isnt as bad as they make out xxx
banned#12
I had disolvable stitches inside and one long running stitch on the top with two little balls on each end. If you get this, dont worry, it really doesnt hurt getting it out :)
#13
student_mummy
hi

I never had a choice but ive had two not (one emergency, one elective) and both times i had stitches. First time i lost a lot of blood and had a drain but this time went perfectly, i got out the next day :-D
I was shopping in asdas a few days after, think recovery just depends on the person but it isnt as bad as they make out xxx


definitely - i had a harder time recovering from a natural birth than ever did with the c-section. :oops:
suspended#14
I think you will have to see how you are with it, just as everyone is different. My friend had one and could hardly do anything for the 1st months but my sister in law had one and was up going shopping 3 days after just after she was realeased x
banned#15
ARNOLD115
spinal block apparently so they say!!!

no a complete surprise - hoping for a little boy to even the numbers out - archie for boy and poppy for a girl x


love those names, esp Poppy!! :-D
#16
ah thanks ladies lots of answers to my many questions....also did anyone else buy a theraline caesarean belt to ease with the pain! had a look on ebay cheaper than mothercare.....yes or no! x
#17
Have had 2 emergency c sections. Was in lot of pain and lost a lot of blood with my second one. Could nt mover properly for weeks very painful.. But everyone is different the lady in the bed opposite me also had e section and was up & about. Do drink plenty when the catheter is in as its easy to get infections if its not flushed properly. Take plenty of cranberry juice in with you to drink & barley water. Good luck. The reward at the end of a newborn is well worth it all!!!!

I got told not to drive for 6 weeks or hoover not usre if everyone is the same.
banned#18
ARNOLD115
ah thanks ladies lots of answers to my many questions....also did anyone else buy a theraline caesarean belt to ease with the pain! had a look on ebay cheaper than mothercare.....yes or no! x


i didnt have one huni, tbh, at first the midwife is at it everyday to check it. I just wore attractive :roll: large pants so they sat above it.
Honestly, it will be okay. Bet your so excited :-D xx
#19
ARNOLD115
ah thanks ladies lots of answers to my many questions....also did anyone else buy a theraline caesarean belt to ease with the pain! had a look on ebay cheaper than mothercare.....yes or no! x


no, I didnt need any pain relief after my second cesarean which was planned... my first one was an emergency and had to have plenty lol
#20
Ellen23

I got told not to drive for 6 weeks or hoover not usre if everyone is the same.


I was told that too... I made the most of it and got OH doing all the housework lol
#21
not sure if this is any use but there is a more detailed review here on the belt:
http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/maternity-aids/theraline-caesarean-belt/1140554/:)
#22
student_mummy
i didnt have one huni, tbh, at first the midwife is at it everyday to check it. I just wore attractive :roll: large pants so they sat above it.
Honestly, it will be okay. Bet your so excited :-D xx


:thumbsup: yes sexy mama pants already in the hospital bag...x
banned#23
ARNOLD115
:thumbsup: yes sexy mama pants already in the hospital bag...x


lol, also, dont buy too many of those maternity pads. I still have millions left.
Used them for the first 2 days then switched to normal ones, they're huge!! :-(
#24
oB765o
not sure if this is any use but there is a more detailed review here on the belt:
http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/maternity-aids/theraline-caesarean-belt/1140554/:)


:thinking:hmmm sounds like a good idea, thanks thumbs up x
#25
student_mummy
lol, also, dont buy too many of those maternity pads. I still have millions left.
Used them for the first 2 days then switched to normal ones, they're huge!! :-(


still got left overs from the first babe - I agree I only used them for the first two days :friends:
#26
Good luck,can't advise nothing else other than it be good to be awake,so you having spinal anyway so will get to see your new baby straight away.
Maybe you can take the Dad or a friend or someone in with you as elective and should be very calm and straight forward.
#27
Mum2Connor&Cerys
Good luck,can't advise nothing else other than it be good to be awake,so you having spinal anyway so will get to see your new baby straight away.
Maybe you can take the Dad or a friend or someone in with you as elective and should be very calm and straight forward.


yes very nervous hubbie coming in with me....:)
banned#28
ARNOLD115
yes very nervous hubbie coming in with me....:)


awww, he doesnt have to be hun. They dont let them see anything horrible.

My OH watched our daughter coming out, he started crying. After he told me you couldnt even see blood or anything. He got the cut the cord too. i have nothing but good things to say about my c-section :-D

Still makes me emotional thinking about it :-D :-D xx
#29
heya, I work as a theatre nurse as a scrub nurse (up at the table sterile working alongside the surgeon), and I also do c-sections. so if you have any questions I may be able to help! Though I've only just finished my training in doing c-section deliverys.

As for types of sutures/staples, that's ultimately the surgeons decision, though if you do wish for staples you can request them - they may/may not grant the wish, but there's no harm in asking, as the end of the day it's your body. The sutures with the balls on the end have to be removed at a later date as they are not absorbable, however I've been told these arent that commonly used now as most surgeons prefer absorbable. And I've also been told by surgeons that lots surgeons stopped using staples only because of womens attitudes towards them. After all it is a strange thought isnt it, not the pleasantest.

wishing you the best for the big day!!
#30
ive had one c-section (emergency) i found the worst pain after the section was the wind!i thought they were takin the pee when they said it was wind causing all the discomfort,but the other ladies on the ward seemed to be fine after their section
good luck hope all goes well x x
#31
WeeWifie
heya, I work as a theatre nurse as a scrub nurse (up at the table sterile working alongside the surgeon), and I also do c-sections. so if you have any questions I may be able to help! Though I've only just finished my training in doing c-section deliverys.

As for types of sutures/staples, that's ultimately the surgeons decision, though if you do wish for staples you can request them - they may/may not grant the wish, but there's no harm in asking, as the end of the day it's your body. The sutures with the balls on the end have to be removed at a later date as they are not absorbable, however I've been told these arent that commonly used now as most surgeons prefer absorbable. And I've also been told by surgeons that lots surgeons stopped using staples only because of womens attitudes towards them. After all it is a strange thought isnt it, not the pleasantest.

wishing you the best for the big day!!


ah many thanks for that :thumbsup:- think I will ask on the morning would be nice to know what they will be using after all and my consultant/surgeon is so nice and approachable!
#32
student_mummy
awww, he doesnt have to be hun. They dont let them see anything horrible.

My OH watched our daughter coming out, he started crying. After he told me you couldnt even see blood or anything. He got the cut the cord too. i have nothing but good things to say about my c-section :-D

Still makes me emotional thinking about it :-D :-D xx


lets hope my experience is a good one also :) x
banned#33
ARNOLD115
lets hope my experience is a good one also :) x


im sure it will be hun :) xx
#34
Best of luck hun :)
Was very close to a section with my last as he was breech till week 39!!! Little monkey

xx
#35
ARNOLD115
ah many thanks for that :thumbsup:- think I will ask on the morning would be nice to know what they will be using after all and my consultant/surgeon is so nice and approachable!

well that's fantastic then. good to know up front everything.

also do you want to see the baby as soon as it is delivered? the surgeon can lift the baby up over/around the drapes to show you - and you can touch him/her. if you wish this, please ask her to do it for you as it can help with the bonding / birthing experience - also remind them on the day just beforehand!.

if not, the surgeon may just hand the baby straight off to be taken to the incubator to be cleaned/warmed etc and then you could well not see them until they are all wrapped up in a bundle with just the face showing.

also you can have skin-to-skin time too after you are all stitched/cleaned up. In our hospital all ladies are now asked if they wish it. you will have baby put up against your side/breast when you leave theatre to go back to your ward skin-to-skin which is also good for bonding. I don't know if it will be protocol in your hospital, but if you wish to have this, then just ask for it to happen.

the main thing is don't be scared/too embarrassed to ask anything that you wish. it's your experience and your child's birthing experience.
:-)
#36
WeeWifie
well that's fantastic then. good to know up front everything.

also do you want to see the baby as soon as it is delivered? the surgeon can lift the baby up over/around the drapes to show you - and you can touch him/her. if you wish this, please ask her to do it for you as it can help with the bonding / birthing experience - also remind them on the day just beforehand!.

if not, the surgeon may just hand the baby straight off to be taken to the incubator to be cleaned/warmed etc and then you could well not see them until they are all wrapped up in a bundle with just the face showing.

also you can have skin-to-skin time too after you are all stitched/cleaned up. In our hospital all ladies are now asked if they wish it. you will have baby put up against your side/breast when you leave theatre to go back to your ward skin-to-skin which is also good for bonding. I don't know if it will be protocol in your hospital, but if you wish to have this, then just ask for it to happen.

the main thing is don't be scared/too embarrassed to ask anything that you wish. it's your experience and your child's birthing experience.
:-)


gosh this brings back memories.... :)
banned#37
ClarityofMind
gosh this brings back memories.... :)


yeh me too - that special first cuddle is amazing!!!!

I want another ooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeee!!! :-D :-D
#38
student_mummy
yeh me too - that special first cuddle is amazing!!!!

I want another ooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeee!!! :-D :-D


I might too lol
#39
I had my c-section recorder on videocamcorder... one of the theatre staff did it for my boys dad.

as for "not letting the partner see" well your partner can see pretty much what they wish in the cases I've seen (just a case of turning their head to see round the screen or standing up and can look over the screen!) My wee boys dad sat watching it the whole time... and letting me know all the gorey details! I actually wanted them to leave the screen down so *I* could see but they couldn't allow that. (you can see why i'm a theatre nurse huh! hehe).

The partners I've seen have mainly not bothered looking, though there's been some that have watched now and then. I had one mother of the birth mum (Granny) watch the whole lot asking the surgeon questions throughout hehe.
#40
good luck hun , If you feel pain after make sure you ask them for morphine dont let them fob you off with paracetamol and anti inflammatory if the midwifes are no good ask to talk to the anesthetist and they will write you up as much pain relief as you need nobody can tell you what you can and cant take , I had two bad experiences out of my 3 c-sections xx

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