I am booked in for a c-section can i eat the night before?

Amanda - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I am booked in for a c-section on the 4th of sept and have been given tablet to take 1 at 10pm the night before and 1 at 6am of the morning.. Do i have to fast 12 hours before my c-section or am i allowed to eat up untill 8am on day...???

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Rebecca - posted on 08/18/2009

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I had two C-Sections and you are not supposed to eat before any surgery so I would fast for the twelve hours. However one of mine was an emergency C-Section so there was no fasting there.

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If you aren't scheduled for another appointment with your doctor before the c section, I would call the office and get specific instructions from them. By the way, I had 3 c sections.

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Beverly - posted on 08/18/2009

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yeah no eating 12 hours before. i had my c section last year and thats what they told me.

Corry - posted on 08/16/2009

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NO! I was told no food for 12 hours prior to the c-sec, and only or 3 small sips of water if I needed!

Kitty - posted on 08/16/2009

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NO! Stop eating 12 hours before the surgery, trust me. It will all come right back up the second the surgery begins. I did that with my first one. Yuck. lol

Amanda - posted on 08/16/2009

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i was told to fast from midnight and was due to have c section some time the next morning. i was also told not to drink water (nil by mouth), but if you have been told to take tablets i guess you will need to have a small amount.

Amanda - posted on 08/16/2009

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Ok thank you everyone.. They didnt have time to tell to me as i had not felt her move so they were rushing me to a machine.. I think i will fast for 12 hours and drink only water so i dont have to wait. Thank o so much x

Tara - posted on 08/16/2009

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You are typically required to fast for 8-12 hours prior to the c-section. In some cases of a scheduled c-section they will postpone it if you've eaten close to your surgery time - they won't necessarily send you home, but they will make you wait 6-10 hours until your stomach has processed the food.

Meghan - posted on 08/16/2009

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shoulnt your mid wife or surgoen told you this? if the didnt i think thats really poor management, should of given you all the info on what you can and cant do. but i would think if you didnt know you would be better off fasting than not.

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