Originally Posted by mommamiagal
Cesarean Goddess......You make it sound so easy. How long did you take the meds? Motrin or Tylenol? How long did you stay in the hospital, if I remember correctly you said 48 hours.
Did you have any problems leaving your littliest one home?
First, I don't want it to sound too easy. My first csection was hell to recover from, in fact death would have been good relief. But it was an emergency, and I had fully planned a natural birth. I also had a version --which I would never recommend ever.
As for the last two csections, I think they were fairly easy. A good part of preparing was mentally. I wanted a good outcome, I meditated and prayed for those outcomes, plus had good care providers working to create a wonderful birth for me. I truly believe that mind over matter is in my favor and can be for others. If you believe you can have a postive, wonderful cesarean birth -- you will. If you focus your energy towards the goal of a healthy baby and healthy birth, then you can make decisions and overcome hurdles easier than when things are just thrown at you and you have that idea that its going to be awful.
I took PLAIN demerol for the first three days after my epidural was removed. I took this ever 4 hours to start along with taking 800mg of Motrin every 6-8 hours. I took the Motrin longer and had it refilled. I have half a bottle left, as I have used it as needed and before outings for just in case. Sometimes I go days without taking a Motrin, but if I do too much, I may have discomfort so I take one. I am not going to "tough it out" when I have safe available meds.
For my last two csections I was out of the hospital at 48hours (or less). I obeyed the rules and met my doctors requirement for leaving the hospital. I also was eating and drinking and walking to build strength. I asked for help when I needed it, and sometimes when I didn't. I made it clear to my daytime nurses that I really wanted to leave in 48hrs. I also had stitches for my outside incision, which I think helped me immensely. (I felt better held together in my incision area)
As for my youngest child. I did hate leaving him, but at the same time I wanted to spend some alone time with this new baby. The kids, all of them, came to the hospital to visit after Katie was born. I loved seeing all of them, especially the youngest one. I had trusted childcare, which I think was important and Jack had two other siblings to entertain him. I was happy to be at home when I got there, but I did love the time we had alone with the new baby, even though it wasnt a lot of time. It was nice just to focus on her.