So my third babe is due in January. Due to circumstances beyond my control, this baby will be my third csection. With the first two, my husband was able to stay with me in the hospital for the most part and help with changing the babies and handing them to me for feedings. This time around, that just isn't an option. He has to be at home for most of the time I will be in the hospital and I am really nervous about doing it all myself. Anyone have experience being on their own in the hospital after a c section? Tips or advise to make it go more smoothly? Thanks!!!
C section recovery alone in the hospital
I also found a folded blanket under my elbow was more supportive than a pillow because it didn't compress like a pillow.
That said, I was really only confined to bed for the first day. After that I could get up as I needed to, it was just easier not to.
Hello......its not fun to think of being alone, but you won't be, really. You will have the nurses and friends, and hopefully a binder to help make it easier to move. Binding is a great way to deal with pain and help with walking. I got mine on the c section recovery kit site, and it was great. I also found out about a different way the Dr can do the surgery that makes recovery a lot easier, its called the Misgav Ladech method for cesarean, and they cut below the belly button, and open up the muscle belly instead of cutting the tendon on the pubic bone, like they did to me. Good luck in your recovery , and get a binder on you! If they give you the c/s the other way, ask for stitching instead of staples......
Thanks for the support! It definitely freaks me out to not have him there, but this is encouraging. Last time I had to stay four nights, but I am hoping things are a bit more smooth this time around. I plan on talking to my doc about stitches vs staples at my apt next week. I remember last time around being scolded by the nurses for sleeping with the baby in my bed. Does anyone else have experience with this? Seems like the only way to get any rest when you don't have someone to transfer that first day.
I found not having my husband there even better. DH is a heavy sleeper so the first time around I had to wake him up to get anything. He didn't sleep well and got sick and was less useful once I got home. The second time I sent him home and the nurses helped me.
Some hospitals have a rule against the baby sleeping with you. I would ask the maternity ward ahead of time what their policy is.
When I was in the semi-private room I was already kind of upset that my OH wasn't with me but all I could focus on was how annoying my roommate and her snoring husband were. By 2am I was crying and begging the nurses to take me anywhere but there.