Originally Posted by Satori
i'm pretty sure I will be having a c/s tomorrow so I need advice on the fastest way to recover
Ask them to remove all tubes (IVs, catheters, etc.) as soon as possible and get out of bed and walk as soon as you can. Walking is critical to your recovery. Try not to overdo it, but getting out of bed is the best thing you can do for yourself.
The night before, eat only soft foods, nothing really hard to digest. Soups, yogurt, etc. are all good. After surgery ask the OB if you can resume a normal diet ASAP. It will make you feel better. No matter what the hospital policy is on this, your OB can override it. And I agree with the suggestion of getting some high fiber snacks and bringing them in.
Bring your own comfy clothes and get out of the hospital gown. Being in that gown makes me feel like an invalid. Being in my own clothes makes me feel like me again.
Take your pain meds. If you get behind, it can take hours for the pain to get under control again. For at least the first 3-4 days, take the meds and then see if you can taper off. This will also help with getting out of bed. You won't want to walk if you feel horrible.
Bring your own pillows from home. I don't know what it is about hospital pillows but they just suck.
Bring toiletries and ask to shower as soon as you can to make yourself feel better. Don't forget to bring a hair dryer if you use one.
Hope all goes well tomorrow!