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post #21 of 28
Oh crap, there is no way I'd have waited three days! It would not have happened. Didn't y'all have anyone to sneak food in to you? Seriously. If you made a dog go that long without food you'd be arrested for animal cruelty, but it's OK to do to a new mama? :

After my first c-section I had to go 24 hours without anything; they wouldn't let me eat until I was off the magnesium sulfate, and I was also allowed only four ounces of liquid an hour. I could have had Jello instead of apple juice, but I needed the liquid more! I was about to kill the overnight nurse because she only brought me crackers and cheese when someone finally pointed out to her the dinner tray the day nurse had left for me.

After the second one...I don't know exactly when I ate. They wanted me to wait a few hours & I did, but she was born at about 3AM & I'm pretty sure I had breakfast that very day at around seven or so. They didn't want to give me anything to begin with because they wanted to be sure I wouldn't throw it up (I threw up twice after that one, though not at all after the previous one), but I got my breakfast anyway, and then Robert brought me Munchkins.
post #22 of 28
My hospital let's you eat as soon as you want...they did suggest starting with softer foods that wont bother you if they "come back up" and wont add to post-surgery constipation, but other than that they're happy to provide whatever you'd like.

Of course, they also let you eat whatever you want during labor so they're a bit unusual that way.

If you want to send a cake I don't see why the new mama wouldn't be able to eat some...ever if the policy is "fluids only" for 24 hours or something like that I can't imagine a nurse would be there to watch!
post #23 of 28
I can't imagine that people had to wait 2-3 days after a c section to eat! That is crazy! I had fig newtons packed in my overnight hospital bag! And dh brought food in from Arby's on one of the days I was there. But they never told me I wasn't allowed to eat. If you think the dr won't allow food, bring your own!

I would wait and have a cake sent to her house when she is discharged.
post #24 of 28
[QUOTE=Sagesgirl;6853583]Oh crap, there is no way I'd have waited three days! It would not have happened. Didn't y'all have anyone to sneak food in to you? Seriously. If you made a dog go that long without food you'd be arrested for animal cruelty, but it's OK to do to a new mama? :
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I kept getting all these dire warnings about how much I'd regret it if I ate anything - I eventually decided that I'd regret not eating anything even more, and lied. Anyway - I was allowed to "eat" - milk, coffee, tea, juice & Jello...by day three, they gave me some "porridge" - about 1 tsp of wheat to a cup of water, I think.
post #25 of 28
I'm of the opinion that if mom is hungry, feed her something barring a TRUE medical concern. For example, if mom's bleeding is very heavy and it is questionable as to whether or not she might need further intervention (like a D&C) with anesthesia, I can see making her wait.

Otherwise, it's about as silly as not allowing laboring moms to have anything more than ice chips.

That said, as always, I advocate being HONEST about whatever you've eaten or drank should the need for further medical intervention arise.

I had an ice cream sandwich and coke about 12 hours after my first section, but would have liked to had a full course meal. They mistakenly brought me a breakfast tray the next morning that I inhaled before they realized their mistake.

Second section, I was eating fried chicken and mashed potatoes within 3 hours or so of delivery.

Third section, I had a cheeseburger and coke 4 hours after surgery.

Everything I ate after the second and third section was on the sly til the first 24 hours had passed cause I was technically supposed to be on a clear liquid diet til 24 hours was up.

I was never nauseated AT ALL though and do not have a history of N/V as long as I have Zofran on board in the OR, so I was pretty confident that I wasn't going to puke eating so soon. I also take Gas X or something similar the first few days post-op to prevent gas pain and never had any issues with passing gas or it being painful.
post #26 of 28
I was also told i could eat after i stopped vomitting. That didnt feel good at all after abdominal surgery. I also was induce several days earlier so i was very anxious to eat. I was finally cleared to eat...clear liquids around 4pm and my baby was born at 9am.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by maxmama View Post
nursing research consistently shows better post-op outcomes with early eating and early walking. But find me a doc who even knows there is such a thing as nursing research.
Mine.

My ob told me I could eat whatever I felt like and to have my body be my guide. They even brought me breakfast. I was totally in the throws of anestheia induced nausea and vomiting so I gave it to DH, and my lunch and dinner as well. I had eaten pudding and drank juices, esp once we got the nausea under control.

At about 3 am after visiting DD in the NICU I had a sandwich and fruit which tasted heavenly.

I'd say send the cake the day after she gives birth. I actually sent DH to the bakery for treats that day, because I felt great. Relief from 8 months of nausea will do that for me.

Its so nice that you are thinking of her.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by intorainbowz View Post
Mine.

My ob told me I could eat whatever I felt like and to have my body be my guide. They even brought me breakfast. I was totally in the throws of anestheia induced nausea and vomiting so I gave it to DH, and my lunch and dinner as well. I had eaten pudding and drank juices, esp once we got the nausea under control.
I'm glad your doc is benefiting from nursing research; there are docs who are starting to change based on the change in knowledge. But I was feeling bitter about how VERY few know that nursing as a discipline has its own research, separate from medical research, and much of the data about post-op recovery comes from that research.
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