I had an uncomplicated vaginal hospital birth last time with an epidural. The only sticking point at the end was that I did bleed quite a bit. I felt woozy afterwards, but was up and walking farily quickly and within an hour or so, felt pretty good. I had dd in the afternoon, and would have loved to take a shower so I could change into my non hospital gown and feel refreshed, but the nurse said I should wait until the next morning. This isn't really a big deal, but I was wondering how cantankerous to be this time around... Technically, if I don't ask, maybe the nurse won't say anything and I'll just do it anyways... or I suppose I could just sneak in for a quick splash. I know the reason is probably that they don't want mamas to faint, but if I'm feeling good, and I don't take a hot shower, do you think I'd be in the clear? It made me feel sooo much better to be fresh clean and not sweaty and disheveled anymore! Just curious about other's experiences. I am planning on a natural birth using hypno babies this time, and using a midwife to help make sure I have the support I need, so maybe keeping things without the epidural would give me more freedom of movement anyways.
good luck and happy birthing!!
Israel, mom to DD, Ivy, 4-27-06 :and DS, Kai, 12-29-07 and DD, Lilith 2-1-10 and always remembering Alice fullterm stillborn 08/31/11 (unexplained placental abruption)
Baby Aerick is here! Born at 40+6 on 5/16/10
So I guess I'd say to not have the water on too hot and maybe have someone within earshot, just in case.
was i ever so happy to get the cath out and be able to stand up! and, the shower was nice, but rather akward b/c of the IV. having a plastic bag on it and only being able to use one hand was tough.
However, only you really know how you feel. As long as you are sure you're fine (like test stand for a while first) I don't see why you couldn't stand your ground and insist on a shower.
Cindy, loving wife of 15 years
homeschooling mama to 4 wonderful girls, and 1 boy! praying for #6, sch, due 4/14/2013!
I have always been ecouraged to shower when I wanted to. In fact, I was encouraged to shower to help me pee as I had a hard time peeing after my births. Felt great! Was within 45 minutes probably.
I would hold my ground on that one. It is complete laziness on the nurses part, there is no reason they can not be near if you need assistance, that is their job.
I suspect the hospital had a "rule", but no one was really concerned about it.
Nobody gave me any problems about showering.
I got to the postpartum room, had more visitors, and just announced I'd be in the shower. The nurses never said anything and my mother pretty much pushed me in telling me how great it would be. And boy, she was right.
It was a little awkward so soon after birth (3rd degree so bending down for my shampoo didn't work so well) and next time I think I'll just ask for DH's help.. but it helped me get off my "I just gave birth! Wheee!" high and kind of wind down so I can eventually get some rest.
I usually shower every-other-day, not daily - so with dd1, I'd showered literally a couple hours before I got to the hospital, and gave birth about three hours later. I didn't *want* a shower, but the nurses were really pushy about wanting me to take a shower right away that morning (gave birth at 4:30am).
And they were pushy about wanting me to shower after dd2, too. I think it might be on their checklist as something I 'should' do before I leave? Anyway - I've read articles here that talked about not washing babe or mom for a day or two after birth (at least), and that apparently being helpful for preventing latch issues etc. I think, if we have a #3 (and if it were in the hospital) - I would bring those articles and tell them that baby and I will wash when we're ready.