When ds was born I tried to latch him and then when they went to weigh him and stuff I jumped up out the bed and ran to the bathroom without asking...I was DYING to pee. When I got back, the doc was like, "do you mind if I stitch you up now before you go anywhere else?" lol.
You may as well take a shower while you can, because once you go home with the baby you only get to shower, what, maybe every three days......
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I had unmedicated births in a baby and NCB friendly hospital.
I think the rules are different if you have an epidural, because even if it has worn off, there can be lingering effects for some time. I can see why they'd be less comfortable with you doing something that involves standing for long periods. There's also the issue of the blood pressure drop that sometimes happens with epis -- its possible they were worried that when your body got into warm water and you lifted your hands above your head, you'd pass out.
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After dd2's physically traumatic vbac I was in the shower within a few hours... I had a lot of blood loss but they gave me a bath chair and had a nurse in the room.
After ds's awsome hospital vbac I took a shower an hour or two after the birth with no worries. The nurse didn't say anything one way or the other, and she waited with dh and ds so we'd all walk together to the pp suite.
With my home waterbirth, I got out of the pool and went straight to the shower-- I'd been sitting in "birth soup" and needed to get clean.
With ds I just had a shower an hour after his birth had him at the birth center.
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Considering the blood loss, waiting might not have been bad advice. I had pretty massive blood loss last time and always felt great while sitting which led to some near accidents when I tried to do too much.
My last birth was just 6 days ago and while I only lost 600mls (500mls is a PPH, my last birth I lost 2 liters so this really was minor for me) they still wanted to be notified while I was in the hospital if I wanted to shower.
Hot water, steam and blood loss do not mix.
That said, if you don't bleed this time, they probably won't care when you shower! Good luck!