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Old 02-16-2007, 02:15 AM
 
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so how soon after a c-section would you take a bath?
I know that for many things I like to soak because water alone can be so healing-- and my mom always had us soaking in epsom salts if we were getting any kind of skin infection to prevent blood poisoning, and i have used it for my family as well--
I took one the next day, as soon as my staples were out, and the standard postop orders on our unit are for a shower at 12 hours and a bath at 24.

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I took one the next day, as soon as my staples were out, and the standard postop orders on our unit are for a shower at 12 hours and a bath at 24.
Wow, I couldn't even stand up at 24 hours, much less 12. I think I managed a shower after 3 days and it was very difficult.
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Wow, I couldn't even stand up at 24 hours, much less 12. I think I managed a shower after 3 days and it was very difficult.
I had an incredibly easy recovery from both sections. I was walking 6 hours after the second one and went grocery shopping on the way home from the hospital 36 hours later.

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I had a c/s after a very long labor and I have to say...taking that first shower felt SOOOOOO good!

I was able to shower after the initial bandage was removed. So that would have been around 10 hours I guess? (the section was in the late afternoon, the bandage was switched the following morning) I'm not a huge fan of baths when I'm bleeding so for me it was the lochia rather than the incision that kept me out of a long bath, but I was told I could take a bath once the staples were removed. The staples were removed and I went home with steristrips on day three (staples removed, steristrips applied, and home I hobbled!). I had to pull the strips off myself about a week later since there was no way they were going to fall off on their own!

At the hospital I used they have all c/s mamas up and walking within about 8-10 hours after the surgery unless there is some other problem, and they really like to see c/s mamas take a shower around then and spend some time in the hot water/steam relaxing and letting things "settle" after what is generally a long labor and unexpected operation. And I have to say it really did feel good to be clean!

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never heard of that i had baths almost strait after each of my lo's were born

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