Anyone moms who had c-section have any advice of anykind???

Michelle - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 151 moms have responded )

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Any info regarding c-section let me know. Anything you think is important to know. Well im really scared because im being schedule for c-section in less then 3 weeks n dont know what to expect after it. This is my second pregnancy my first was normal but this one im being schedule for a c-section.



The reason i'm having a c-section is because the placenta is too low n the babys head is right on it so the doctor said that since it hasnt moved n now that im almost 37 weeks n that its likely not to move by now so im being schedule for c-section a week before my actuall due date... I never thought i would ever get a c-section but turns out i do this time...



Thanks everyone all ur post are helping me be prepare and what I might expect....



I was really scare on the whole thing of them cutting me open but now im less worry about it thanks everyone...



How soon can i start wearing a girdle (abdominal binder) after the surgery ?????

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Teresa - posted on 04/10/2010

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I never had a c section, but as a nurse I can tell you what to expect.

When you arrive and get registered into the hospital you will be prepared for surgery. So they will do your vital signs, get you into a gown, start an IV for medication and fluids, they will also insert a foley catheter (tube in the bladder). They may do that part when you are sedated. Depends on the facility and protocals. Most hospitals will have a shave prep as well. (Any hair that is showing when you close your legs must go) You can do this at home if you want. After all this, you will wait to talk to the surgeon and the anethetist. They like to talk to you before going into surgery. You can decide if you would like a spinal or a general anesthetic. spinal you are still awake but can't move your lower limbs. You will be able to see your babe immediately if you have this done. A general you are knocked out.

In surgery the anethetist will place heart monitor on your chest so they can observe your vital signs. Then he will inject some medication into your iv to sedate you (if that is what you asked for). There will be a sheet up so you can't look into your abdomen as they are cutting but they will show you babe when he/she is born. Dad is usually allowed to scrub in and stand with you at your head along with the anethetist.

At the facility i work at the anethetist will also take pictures for you when babe is born. Nothing graphic but seconds of birth pictures.

When your surgery is over you will be brought into a recovery area until your vitals are normal, usually about an hour.

Afterwards you will be in bed until your can feel your limbs again. You will have a dressing to pelvic area, iv fluids and your foley will still be in until you can walk. I recommend the dad or a family member stay with you the first night so they can attend to babe for you until you are fit to move. Also if you are planning to breastfeed, you should have babe to breast as soon as you come back for the recovery room.

It will take several weeks to heal properly. No heavy lifting (nothing over 10 lbs) for 6 wks. Gradually work into your exercises. and take it easy. I wouldn't wear a girdle until the incision is fully healed just to decrease the chances of an infection.

Hope this helps. Good luck and congrats!! :)

Jenny - posted on 04/12/2010

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after your csection walk walk walk. the more you walk the faster you are going to get better. Its gonna hurt to begin with but you will get better faster. cook and freeze some meals before hand.

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I've had two. The binder is a key. They actually put it on me within hours after having the c-section. It truly did make a difference. It gave me support which helped with the pain and also it kept a barrier between my clothes and the incision. The actual c-section is not bad at all. It goes by VERY fast. God bless you and your addition.

Cathy - posted on 04/12/2010

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Just relax and think of the gorgeous bub safely in your arms soon !! Ive had one natural and three c-sections. The spinal isnt painful. You may feel pushing and pulling but you shouldnt feel any pain or tell you anaethetist straight away! If someone can take lots of photos in theatre, that is very special to get memories still. If bub ok you will get to touch and hold her straight away and even feed her in recovery! good luck!

Catalina - posted on 04/12/2010

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hey michelle, well i just had a c-section one year and a month ago the best advice i can give you is to get up and walk right away that way when you do go to do lots it hurts less i know, see i'm a smoker so 4 hours after my surgery i was up and out of bed to go for a smoke, then two weeks later i was out riding my horse again actually this picture is of me and my sone when he was two weeks old on my old nag of a horse, now my sister went and had a c-section as well and she didnt get up and out of bed for the first day or two wich in the end she said it hurt for the whole six weeks if not longer but the more active you are the faster it will heal and the less pain you will feel when your husband is not around to help you run for the baby when she or he starts to cry, the pillow thing is the best trick ever works all the time if you feel you under wear or your pants catch on the scar what i did was tucked a cloth along the scar during the day and taped it at the ends so it didnt move and nothing would catch on it, they also use stapple now adays for the cut which dont worry you will not evan feel them wehn the doctor takes them out, ther are a blessing you will be done in less then ten mins, but other then that i cant offer anymore advice, get lots of rest but remember the long you wait to start moving the more it will hurt continue your days as you normally would, i would say anyways, thats what i did and it worked for me not only did it work i also lost all my baby fat quicker then my sister. good luck

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Kellie - posted on 04/12/2010

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I just Had an emergency c-section on march 27 2010 I had almost 30 staples worse pain when they put a spinal block in u it feels like you cannot breath i was breathing so heavy that my chest hurt for days just remember to relax u will think ur not breathing but u really are get up and walk after i got up and walked took a shower after mine i couldnt pee so they put a straight cath in me but after they drained me I could pee again it was just hard to my stomach is still all numb and i can't wear jeans yet but im back down to the 120's lost all my weight

PATRICIA - posted on 04/12/2010

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SWEETIE I HAVE HAD 3 OF THOSE AND TO ME THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IS BEING REALLY SORE AFTER,I MEAN IT IS ON THE BIKINI LINE SO,JUST TAKE A DEEP BREATH WHEN YOU GET THT NEEDLE IN YOUR BACK AFTER THAT YOU FEEL NOTHING FROM THE WAIST DOWN WHICH IS AWESOME. ALL MY BOYS WHERE BORN BY C-SECTION AND THEY CAME OUT GREAT YOU WILL BE FINE I CAN PROMISE.

Diane - posted on 04/11/2010

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Its not that bad... not as bad as I thought it would be, but make sure you communicate with your nurses about your pain meds. At my hospital you needed to request medication- Perkisit or Motrne every 3 hours. Take all of them while in the hospital, I didn't go off Perkisit for the first three weeks. Also, the first time you get up, just expect to feel a burn. They'll make you walk around the hospital, its good for you, but you'll feel the burn for sure. Ask your Dad or someone you want to bond with to come walk with you. Also, if you have stairs in your house, try to stay on one level as much as possible when you get home. Ask for help. You'll be GREAT!!!

Kristy - posted on 04/11/2010

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I had an emergency C-section and the best thing i did was take my pain meds and get up and walk around the next day. Obviously i wasnt running marathons but just walking to the NICU (were my baby was) and back, which was advice i got from one of the midwives. The more u encourage circulation and blood flow throughout ur body the quicker u will recover, oh and the best thing the midwife told me was to stand up striaght it is actually LESS painful as ur back muscles support ur body instead od your stomach. that was definatly the best advice ever good posture and dont lean over!!!!!

Arlene - posted on 04/11/2010

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Hi Michelle, I have had two vaginal and two c sections. I would go thru another c section. Now a days it isnt that bad. Mine was right down the middle of my stomach, i guess now they do a bikini cut which I wish I could of had. Make sure no one makes you laugh cause is hurts not that bad but it does hurt. My family made me laugh all the time. It is a bad hurt just a funny hurt . Make sure you use you pillow on your stomach I didnt have to go thru labor with the second one. My first son I went thru 36 hours of labor with him the second was a schedule delivery c section and I was going into labor when they took me in. The feeling of the baby being lifted out of you was a relief. As if 100 pounds has been taken off your stomach. You are in and out in no time. Just make sure you use the pillow they give you it does help at least in the 80"s. My youngest ones now are in their 20's. They were my last and my two c-sections.

Yesenia - posted on 04/11/2010

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Just make sure that you don't lift anything except your baby for the first 4 weeks. I has a c-section 2 1/2 years ago and thought I was okay to lift the baby in the car seat 3 weeks post op....BIG MISTAKE.....I had to go back to get some stitches put back in. You will do great, don't be scared. Listen to what the doctor tells you. Recovery is just a little longer but you will be fine. Best of luck

User - posted on 04/11/2010

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Its not as bad as you think it will be .........and your not allowed to vaccum for 3 weeks thats a plus! invest in a wedge pillow for your bed at home...it will help you to get in and out of bed.

Joyce - posted on 04/11/2010

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Mostly feel pressure and tugging but no pain. Very little blood. I wanted to watch when I had the 2nd one, but my doctor wouldn't let me. Your choice on staying awake for the birth or not. I chose to stay awake for both of my c-sections. 1st one was emergency due to toxemia. C-section was a breeze, afterwards not so much due to the toxemia. 2nd c-section was scheduled, went very well, recovery afterwards was great, a 100 times better than the first. I was ready to get up and walk that night. Home in 2 1/2 days, cooked an entire huge meal for our shipping crew 4 days after the surgery.

Freeze a bunch of ready meals, they will come in handy. Do not turn away any offered help. You will need it. You don't want stitches torn. (By the way, getting your stitches out is pretty much pain free.) Stay on top of the pain meds. I thought I felt so well a week or so later that I didn't take mine that night, I couldn't get out of bed during the night to feed my son, and needed help getting out in the morning. That was 6 months ago. Stool softener, take it, straining hurts bad.

I had my first son at 41 yrs old and the second at 42. Being older, I thought it would be tough to have one c-section much less 2, thought the recovery time would take a long time, but it didn't. Having a scheduled one was sure a lot different than emergency. Remember everyones body acts differently to surgery. Girdle after surgery? ask your doctor. I wore a bella band about a week after. I am a bigger gal, so it helped hold all the flesh and fat in place so it wasn't jiggling around when I moved. It helped.

Good luck and congrats!

Good luck and congrats!

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Hello, Michelle-



I had to get an emergency C-section with my fourth child. It wasn't bad. The doc and nurses seemed prepared for this type of emergency on the birthing floor. I had no choice but to trust them.

As far as what to expect afterwards....well,it's amazing how involved your abdomen muscles are with everything that you do. That comment about using a pillow when you laugh? That much is true. BUT...do not wait two weeks to do anything. Your muscles will hurt at first but don't stop because the more you use them (within limits, dont push yourself) the better they will heal. You will soon realize that the pain has gone. Take it easy but don't let yourself get bed bound. It will hurt worse if you stay in bed.

I think you will do fine.



Go in with the mindset that a little bundle of joy is just waiting on the other side.

Good luck and please keep all of us posted.

Nancy - posted on 04/11/2010

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I had all 4 of my babies C-Section, I didn't have any problems at all! Yes there is pain afterwards but it can be controled with meds and as long as you follow the dr.s orders you will be fine! Walking is very good for you, try to stand up straight and definatly use a pillow to cough, sneeze or laugh. Other than that just enjoy your little one....Congrats!

Joanne - posted on 04/11/2010

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My advice would be to do the exercises they give you, they really help and maybe start yoga.

Latosha - posted on 04/10/2010

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C sections are not that bad, the though is alil never racking but its over before you know it~!~ i think i started wearing my Girdle if not the next day then the day after, so you should be able to wear one within 2days! the healing process take sometime, just do whatever the doc tells you to do~!~ everything will workout just fine~!~ i am with Michelle though if your gonna cough or laugh you diff will want to hold you belly~!~

Janice - posted on 04/10/2010

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I had two and didnt think they were that bad. By the time I got out of the hospital ( 4 days ) I was able to get around fine, slow but fine. I was a little sore, but the first day or two are the worst. You'll be ok. For my second I had trouble with gas cramps after and it made me throw up, that was probably the worst part.

Amanda - posted on 04/10/2010

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I can say that when I went in to have my baby - I never expected to have a c-section. I read everything about giving birth except c-section! I had to have an emergency C-section and ended up staying in the hospital for almost a week. The only thing I remember reading about it was that the sooner you get up - the better you are. I got up within hours and refused pain meds - big mistake! Once I took the pain meds, it was much easier and I was able to do so much more. I do not have a scar - my doctor used glue not stitches on my outer skin closure. I think if you go in with a good attitude and try to recover quickly without being too "brave" you will do just fine. Good luck and I hope you have a wonderful birth experience!

Nicole - posted on 04/10/2010

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I had a c-section in August of 2008. I was very nervous before going in. I had a lot of complications, but are not nothing to worry about. Examples are my iv had to be redone three different times, I lost a lot of blood (I have a bleeding disorder), and I had to be put to sleep (because of height the doctor could not give me an epidural). I was up and walk the same day I had the surgery. I would highly recommended walking the first day, if you can. I think that helped my recovery a lot.

Alannah - posted on 04/10/2010

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Follow all the rules about weight/excercise restrictions after surgery. It really will help you heal faster! Try to get your house set up so that you won't have to do stairs for the first few weeks - make sure that everything you need is all on one floor. And DON'T DRIVE for at least two weeks - the turning action of shoulder-checking can cause a re-injury to the incision site!



I don't know about a girdle, you'll have to ask your doctor about that. Hopefully, you've asked him to repeat the ultrasound one last time just prior to surgery as well - it's very unlikely, but you could get lucky! Best of luck!

Teresa - posted on 04/10/2010

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hi michelle! try not to stress its not as scary as you think, i had a planned c section with my 5 yr old because she was breech, i had an epidural so i was awake through the whole process its very quick they had my baby out in less then 15 mins and were begining to clean me up, i was even walking around the next day which surprised even me, it took a while to heal i couldnt do any lifting for 6 wks i have minimal scaring from it too. the area wasnt really painful all i had for painkillers was panadol. i hope this helps you some, good luck

Camie - posted on 04/10/2010

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Hey, I had an emergency c-section and it was AWESOME!!! Bleeding was over in less than 2 days, I was walking the next morning and stopped taking any meds the following day. I dont know if its just me but next baby will be a c-section. Just make sure you keep a positive attitude and get up and move as soon as possible they had me up the next morning. Good luck, you'll be fine becasue you know its coming:)

Toni - posted on 04/10/2010

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Hi Michelle, I had my first child at 42 yrs old, with a C-Section. I get sick from pain medication, and was unable to take any after 12 hours. When the nurse came in the next morning to get me out of bed I asked her what to do so I wouldn't hurt as bad. Her advice made all the difference in the world. That advice was to walk......I walked the halls and sat in a chair. I hated to get back in bed since it hurt to get back up again. I hurt less then most of my friends who had c-sections and took pain medication.

I hope this helps.......

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DONT PANIC !!!

you will be fine hun, i had a c sec with my daughter in september, it was my fist pregnancy and to be honest i was scared to death. my c sec was planned as my baby girl was breech.

the night before just check ur bag again to make sure u have everything, esp check u have the camera. you will prob be given tablets to take the night before and of the morn of ur c sec (this is just to decrease the acid in ur tummy).

on the morning, just remember why you are going to hospital and forget about what u are scared of as u are in best hands and u will be holding ur baby in no time at all. now i wont lie to u babe its going to feel like the longest day ever but once u have ur baby in ur arms it will be one of the best too. they will give u a spinal (i was so sacred of this but in all honesty it didnt hurt at all) it will take about 10 mins to work, remember to say if u can feel anything when they do the 'can u feel test'. once u are numb and comfy they will start the op, within 10 mins ur baby will be born !!!! yeahhhhh !!!!

once they have cleaned and checked over the baby they will pass him/her to u, now u might feel abit shaky but dont worry hun its normal and once the op is over and ur taken to recovery it will pass. before u go into theatre ask if u can take in ur camera, the nurse even took some with me an my hubby for us.

after the op u will be in recovery for a while (u might feel abit sick as the drugs wear off but u wont be in any pain) then u will be taken to a ward, i spent 3 days in hospital and was then sent home.

the day after i had my op i was helped to my feet and was taken to have a shower and to refresh myself, in all honesty the pain from sitting up was worse than walking, once u get to ur feet and walk about for abit u will feel much better. the sooner u can get out of bed the better.

when u get home take it easy, real easy as it will take ur body a while to get back to normal remember u have had a big op so ur body needs to recover. i did get up set when i couldnt get a cup from the cupboard, silly now but then it wasnt. and another thing dont go shopping 5 days after having ur baby as i did, i ended up getting my wound infected, it wasnt nice but after my anti-biotics i was fine, it took me about 6 weeks to start to feel normal and independant again.

i hope this helps u hun, i know ur scared now and not alot of what people say will take away the worry, but enjoy it as much as u can!

good luck babe xxx

Kristy - posted on 04/10/2010

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I've had 2 c-sectons the first was an emergency and the second was planned. Take it easy getting up and down, but get up and move. With both of mine I was up walking as soon as I could feel my feet. The more you can get up and walk the better you will feel. I felt a whole lot better after they took my staples out. I didn't have to stay in the hosptial but 2 days with both of mine. I didn't even take the pain meds. The most uncomfortable thing was the tugging and pushing. My doctor told me not to bend over and pick anything up. I would put the carrier on a chair and put the baby in it then pick it up. Good luck and don't worry everything will be fine.

Mary - posted on 04/10/2010

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Michelle, I have had two c-sections - one emergency where I was exhausted and it did affect healing a bit; and one planned where I was rested and felt that as surgery goes, it was a piece of cake. The advice you're getting is great but also a bit varied; because everyone's experience, pain threshold and endurance is different.

Most hospitals will have you up and walking within 4 hours of the surgery. Expect it and Do it without concern - it will help!!

The best advice I can give you is know your body!! REST before the c-section; so that your body doesn't have to heal from that as well as the c-section. Use the abdominal binder, use a pillow to move around at first, and listen to your own body. Rest when you need to rest, ask for help (if it's not already there) when you need it and make sure you're eating well.

Congratulations!! And don't be nervous - it'll be great!!! Peace and prayers!!

Tara - posted on 04/09/2010

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Congrats!!! i had a c-sec (first baby) last July... I know everyones expierience is very different. I was up and walking the next day but in a ton of pain. Push yourself to walk! You will need lots of help getting around. getting in and out of bed was my biggest challenge.. It all goes away in due time and you finally get to hold that precious baby so stay POSITIVE and good luck!! EMU oil for the scar works wonders ;)

Shellie - posted on 04/09/2010

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Sounds like you are getting plenty of advice. I agree mostly. I had an emergency c-section after being in labor for 14 hours and stuck at a "4". I really had no worries. I was confident in my doctor and was ready to hold my beautiful baby girl. I was also 41 years old and this was my first (she's 13 months now). The first time they ask you to stand it is truly painful because of the skin pulling on the staples (mine were staples), the next time up I stood a little straighter by the next day I was walking down the hall pushing my darling. You'll feel a little tugging. I did take my pain medication, that is important there is no reason to suffer. My husband did all the jumping out of bed at night to bring her to me to breastfeed (which went wonderful for me) the pain of pushing up to sit up you just need to be careful and use your legs. I was up and moving when I got home, I had a 4 day stay in the hospital. I followed the doctors orders on lifting. My bleeding was light and lasted about a week. Then when the staples were removed, I really felt great! No tugging No pain, and back to normal activities with the hubby. I wish you much happiness.

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Honestly, I thought the C section was easy.



The spinal kind of sucked. Then I had a baby to look at within 10 minutes. and was breastfeeding within 30.



I never had pain, when I got home I made the mistake of trying to get up using my ab muscles once and that kind of hurt, but honestly I didn't even use most of my prescribed pain meds, because it just wasn't bad.



There was a LOT of bleeding afterward, which was a big nuisance, but again-not that bad.



They gave me an abdominal binder when I was still in the hospital, I was using it by the 3rd day. I was up and about from day 2 onward.



I was actually afraid of them taking my staples out lol, but I didn't feel it at all, probably all that nerve damage. It was tingly for about 6 months.



My felt like my belly was made out of silly putty right after surgery. That was weird and funny.



Make sure you walk as much as you can.



Thats all I can think of ;) It's really not bad. I think emergency c sections are worse, elective are cake.

Laura - posted on 04/09/2010

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first of all pray to God, look at the tv and find the channel that tell you about having baby i think i was looking at on called tlc i had saw a program about c-section, I was suppose to have a normal delivery, but instead i was given an emergancy c-cection. i was never told about what to expect. Well on the show they show how the mom had got a shot in the lower back in the midsection. it will hurt a lot, but it will deaden the lower half of your body.then they clean your stomach .. it will not take long when they cut you open to take the baby out , but even though your numb from the waste down you will feel like your insides are on fire. they will give you a drip medicine, but be wise they only give you so much and when you run out you have to tought it till its time for more.. I was mortifided because i could not move my legs. ithought something had gone wrong, but that whats it suppose to do. The will have to help you go to the bath room. But because i told you some of my experience just relax and it wont be so bad, in the show the didnt mention about how you cant move your legs.i pray that expeirence go smoothly. you will get on your feet more quickly but make sure you take care of cleaning your wound or have some one clean it for you because you can get a bad infection. And dont try to lift stuff to heavey because you can rip your insides. Take care and keep in touch. i dont owen a computer but i get on the internet when i can.. Mother of six oldest 29-9yrs

Joanne - posted on 04/09/2010

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I had to have an emergency C- section, they didn't have time to clean me out,so the next day I felt like I was going threw labor all over again,they gave me ennama,after ennama,and nothing was helping till,an evening shift nurse came on and said she went threw the very same thing and gave me PEPPERMINT TEA it helped alot.To this day I cant stand peppermint tea 22 yrs later,

Erin - posted on 04/09/2010

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Congratulations. I had my first c-section 3 years ago and my second 7 months ago. The doctors told me the two things that you definately shouldn't do when you get home is pick up your other child, hang the washing or vaccuum the floor as it puts a lot of pressure on the wound. I had no problems at all with infections, but remember to check every day. You definately don't feel any pain just a lot of pulling and it is all over very quickly.

Rebecca - posted on 04/09/2010

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I never wore one - actually, I've never heard of one! If you walk enough, and rest enough . . . My scar shrank really quickly, right along with me! After my daughter was born, I totally forgot all the things I was worried about. It's so much fun! Enjoy your new baby!

Tanya - posted on 04/08/2010

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I know that it will be really hard but stand up and try to sit up as straight as possible.( Of course be carefull!) After going through c- sections acouple of times, I wish that I had that info the first time, as the next time it was much easier once I knew what to do. Of course, you do not want to do to much but the earlier you can start sitting straight up and not bent over the faster you will recover! Good Luck!

Stephanie - posted on 04/08/2010

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just take it easy for the first few weeks..stay on top of your pain medicine and dont be afraid to ask for a refill..i thought i would be fine after the first bottle but then i ended up needing another to control the pain..i was climbing stairs, doing laundry, dishes and cleaning the house 1 week after my c-section..as long as the girdle isnt making your c-section area hurt it is fine to wear..it is not a bad experience to go through..it is all worth it in the end when you see your beautiful baby

Stella - posted on 04/08/2010

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I've had 2. One emergency 8 years ago and one planned 3 years ago. I am going to have to agree with the moms before me that advised you to walk. As soon as you can and as often as you can. Even if it is only for 2 minutes. The more you get up and walk around the quicker you will heal. With the first one, I was feeling halfway normal after 2 weeks. I didn't walk much. With the second I started walking 4 hours after surgery. Just for a minute here and there. I was home in 2 days and upright. Walk, walk, walk!!!! Congrats!

Jill - posted on 04/08/2010

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everyone is different of course but i had a planned c-section 3 years ago (my only child) and i loved it! the pre-op prep is the worst part! i didn't feel a thing and it was over in 20 min. my advice to you is to get up and move around as soon as they allow you to and you are able- it will help you recover faster. by the time i went home i only had minimal discomfort- and my favorite thing is to tell people i had a baby but i don't know what it feels like! lol! good luck and congratulations!

Robyn - posted on 04/08/2010

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Michelle...to answer your question...I guess it all depends on how good you are healing. I had staples, but I was able to put on one after the first week. But then again, if it hurts, you might want to wait another week.

Mine hurt, but I wanted to pull everything back in place so I just put of with the discomfort.

Good Luck...soon you'll have your little bundle with you.

Krystal - posted on 04/08/2010

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first few days i had to put a pillow over my stomach to laugh or cough bc it hurt. but it got better

Julie - posted on 04/08/2010

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The key is take meds as directed...don't wait for the pain. If you follow this it will be a breeze! Don't worry, you won't get addicted. I have had 3 C-sections. My first was not planned. My second was, but my water broke early (twins) and my 3rd was pre scheduled also.

Stephanie - posted on 04/08/2010

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i belive that stapples r more painful 2 move around with. get all the help n rest u can while ur recovering. dnt over due urslelf. i started doin things way 2 early n i was in a lot of pain. just b careful n ask 4 help dnt b afriad 2

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/08/2010

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I am not going to read through the 106 posts...Just make sure the freezer is packed with ez food to cook, and you have plenty of helped lined up to do laundry, cooking and any cleaning. Take your pain meds, and before you leave the hospital make sure you ask if it will be easy to refill. I needed more than they prescribed and had a tough time filling them. Understand that it will take your milk a little longer to come in, but be patient.,..it will. Your colostrum will be enough for the baby until that point. Good luck, and I am sorry that you have this coming up, but congrats on the baby!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/08/2010

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I am not going to read through the 106 posts...Just make sure the freezer is packed with ez food to cook, and you have plenty of helped lined up to do laundry, cooking and any cleaning. Take your pain meds, and before you leave the hospital make sure you ask if it will be easy to refill. I needed more than they prescribed and had a tough time filling them. Understand that it will take your milk a little longer to come in, but be patient.,..it will. Your colostrum will be enough for the baby until that point. Good luck, and I am sorry that you have this coming up, but congrats on the baby!

Rachel - posted on 04/08/2010

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it will be fine, trust i had a c section, and 3 days later i was doing my shopping in asda lol. and my house work lol. 3 girls i know who had c section got infections. but i never did, it will be fine, but yeh you will have to hold your ur belly when your laugh or couch, you get really cool stocking type things that you have to wear for 6 weeks i lasted 3 weeks, lol xx

Michelle - posted on 04/08/2010

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Thanks everyone all ur post are helping me be prepare and what I might expect....



I was really scare on the whole thing of them cutting me open but now im less worry about it thanks everyone...



How soon can i start wearing a girdle (abdominal binder) ?????

Robyn - posted on 04/08/2010

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this is not to scare you... but i had an emergency c-section due to being frozen to death. I was planning a natural delivery, with the help of epurdural. i'm 5 foot and at the time 160 lbs and full term. They gave me too much to begin with and inserted into the nerve rather then the pocket as supposed to. My vocal cords were frozen unable to tell anyone until I fell into a "sleep" within the 20 min my son was born and I was cut like a whale. This is no intent to scare you, but I happened to move ever so little when they told me my leg would have a "pinch feeling" it scared me, I jumped.

DONT MOVE!!!!! it hurts, but it will be over soon, just dont move.

I recovered withing a few days and I was up walking around by the 3rd day. My son is fine and I came out ok, I was the second case since 1987 in Ontario.

Michelle - posted on 04/08/2010

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I had two c-sections and both of mine turned out fine. You may or may not be really sore. The first c-section I was up walking around normally after two days and had very little pain. My last c-section though took a little more time and was more painful. I used a pillow for everything the first couple of days: to sneeze, cough, to sit up, and to support me when I began to try sleeping on my side again. I also made sure to take my pain medication regularly and breast feeding actually helped me relax so the pain subsided alot when the baby was nursing. The best advice I can give you though is try to get up and walk around as much as possible without over doing it by the second day. This will help start to strengthen the stomach muscles again. The other thing to do is not lift anything heavier than the baby for a few weeks.

Lori - posted on 04/08/2010

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Its really not that bad. I was scared to death on my first one, only b/c of them cutting me open. And true its a little nerve racking when your laying there and waiting, but once that baby is born, you forget all. As for the recovery, my advice is to rest as much as possible. when your home, have all the essentials you need for you and baby right near your bed or couch. For the first two weeks do nothing. Not even wash dishes, have somebody do them for you. Advil will be your friend. And you recover very fast.

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Hi there. I had 2 sections. One emergency and one planned. Just plan to get extra help after with lifting and prioritise yourself as much as you can with kids. Sitting up straight after will be a problem, so don't without help. You'll also have a chatheter so won't have to pee for a while. There may be a risk of infection, and may have to have antibiotics but that will be fine - except your babies poo will change if you are breastfeeding, Best thing is take it easy (ha ha) and in about two weeks you'll be feeling MUCH better. It's not the end of the world. Your a new baby will be the prize! Lots of love Sam xxx

Kelly - posted on 04/08/2010

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Honestly I only felt pain for a day or two after we were released from the hospital. Walk around as much as possible so you get your blood flowing and the gas out (It's painful if you don't). Also if you plan on going for any car rides (even home from the hospital) bring a pillow with you and put it between your stomach and the seat belt. Plus, you still get the normal bleeding that woman who deliver naturally get. I bled for about two weeks afterwards and my doctor said that was fine. Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 04/08/2010

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I have had 2 C-sections and the best advice I can give is firstly don't stress about it and second as soon as you are allowed to, get out of bed and walk around, it is going to be painful, but it is the best thing to do. Also don't be afraid to ask for help.

Tricia - posted on 04/08/2010

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As a new mom when I was 41, my advice is to get up and walk as soon as you can. Then take every opportunity to walk. I left the hospital feeling great. It didn't take me months to recover like I hear so often. Walk, walk, walk and I pray that all goes well.

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From my personal experience....get up and walk as soon as you can, and as often as you can. Not big walks, but just start out at a minute or two, then increase it to about 10min walks a few times a day. It really helped with my healing process. and after the c-section, you tummy (below belly button) will most likely be numb for quite a while. I was told up to 18mths....I had my son 5mths ago and am slowly getting the feeling back. Support your tummy when you get up/sneeze/laugh etc, it really does help.

For the actual operation, I didn't feel a thing, which was my main concern. Just alot of pushing and pulling....just as they were grabbing my son to pull him out I felt quite ill, like I was going to be sick, but I was told that is perfectly normal and due to all the pushing & pulling they were doing.

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