Originally Posted by mightymoo
Ugh, getting closer to D-day. I'm wondering if those of you who have had planned c-sections could share your experience with me.
What were you told in terms of eating before the surgery? When was the last time you were supposed to eat? Similarly when were you allowed to eat something (liquid, solid) afterwards? How long a hospital stay did you have?
The guideline is nothing to eat or drink after midnight, however if I get thirsty before 6am I will have a little bit of water because my scheduled csections are not until 12:30 pm. Also the week of the surgery I eat lightly and normally take something like MOM two days before hand -- I eat a really good meal the night before, something I really enjoy, and then a snack right before midnight.
I had ice chips in recovery, and then once I got to my room I was allowed to have liquids, juice and water -- nothing heavy, by the evening meal I could have soft foods. The next morning I had a regular diet. I got a milk shake in the middle of the night with my last csection. My first csection I was starved for four days and I think that contributed to my poor recovery.
One of the things to get gas moving, because some doctors say you have to pass gas before eating or leaving is to chew gum and/or rocking, drinking something heavier than juice like a milk shake does the trick too. With my first csection I was kicked out of the hospital, literally - on the morning of day 5 (it was a Friday, and I had her on Monday at 1). When I got home I was in such horrible shape, I even passed out entering my house, and threw up all that evening. With my second csection I left in less than 48hrs. I felt great and was eager to get home to my other children. My plan this time is to leave Sunday afternoon (around the 48hr mark) if I am feeling up to it and there are no problems with the baby (we have ABO incompatibility and so its like a wait and see thing)
I had a really wonderful experience with my planned csection. The doctors and staff worked hard at giving me a great experience. I don't think I could have asked for a better birth experience. I feel confident that I will have that again. Everyone was made pretty aware that my first experience was traumatic and an emergency, so it seems they put that extra effort in to making sure things went smoothly. I also mentally prepared for it. Like one thing I kept in my mind was that I would feel pressure and pushing, that I would get nauseated, etc. That is why my sister was there, she talked me through all that. I did not want a quiet atmosphere in the OR because it was like that the first time and it scared me. So at my last csection they actually talked about funny commercials on TV and stupid songs on the radio. I told my current OB she could yap about anything, her new house, her ex husband, or sing but I definitely wanted a lively OR and I even told her if things start F-ing up to fake it until its all over with. I feel confident in her skills and I have built a great relationship with her over the past year so I'm of the belief I will have another great experience.
Just 19 more days,