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Thursday, January 31, 2013

C-Section


I read tons of blogs about mommies and parenting and life.  I just love reading them, I wish I had more time to comment and twitter party and instagram with these ladies because they are a fantastic support group.  However, one thing I have noticed is that almost ALL of them have had their babies naturally.  For me that was initially my plan.  When I went into have Eyan I was prepared and tried valiantly to have that natural (medicated) birth.  However, with the chaos and eclampsia that wasn't happening and reflecting back, I should have never actually tried because it about killed both Eyan and I.

I kinda got the option of a possible VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), until they perinatologist got ahold of my records from Eyan and then said no.  I never even considered VBAC after Eyan.  I know what labor feels like (especially when epidurals fail and you can feel EVERYTHING), I almost had a vaginal delivery and believe me recovering from an episiotomy and all that trauma sucked worse than the c-section.  In addition I just want to remember this delivery, I want to hear that first cry, remember seeing my baby, nurse in recovery and have my family and everyone a lot more comfortable and less scared than the last time.  Eyan's delivery was traumatic for everyone.  I almost died, our baby was not breathing right and was in the NICU and it was scary.  Why on Earth would I want to put myself and my family through that possible scenario again.  For me in addition to it not being an option from my docs it was not an option I was EVER considering.

So here I sit 5 weeks and 3 days from my scheduled c-section.  The first go around I was not prepared for this.  I had no idea what I needed to bring to the hospital, what recovery was going to be like or how to handle a newborn with a large abdominal incision.  So I made a list for all those c-section mama's of things that I don't want to forget to bring or do:
  1. Dark comfy clothes that are NOT binding anywhere near my incision.
  2. Tall gigantic panties (granny they may be)
  3. Shower flip flops (I slipped in the shower after surgery with Eyan...flip flops helped after this)
  4. Rubbing alcohol to help remove the iodine and sticky crap from the bandage.
  5. Lotion that is unscented to help with the itchiness of the incision.
  6. Nursing tanks and shirts that are easy to change out of.
  7. Non-slip socks that are not bulky or ugly
  8. Toiletries
  9. Those "Wisp" disposable toothbrushes (who knows when you will be able to get out of bed to brush your teeth!)
  10. Nursing pillow/cover
  11. Stuff for baby that is easy to change and doesn't take a lot of effort from me
  12. Some type of alarm to remind me to take my pain meds...forgetting was a dumb dumb decision. 
  13. Making sure to use the buttons on the bed to sit me up
  14. Taking baby for walks in the little bed thing to help the healing process
  15. SNACKS!  In the middle of the night I was starving!
I will add to this list as I remember more, but maybe this list will be helpful for the other mama's who are c-section people.

Happy Thursday


4 comments:

  1. LAURA
    I WENT THROUGH THE SAME THING WITH MY KIDS. I UNPLANNED C-SECTION AND ONE PLANED. I FOUND THINGS SOOOOO MUCH EASIER WITH THE SECOND ONE.. SO REST ASSURED... THIS ON WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER. I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR 4 DAYS THE FIRST TIME AND LESS THAT 24 HOURS THE SECOND TIME. YOU WILL REMEMBER SOOOO MUCH MORE THAT THE LAST TIME!!

    O YA AND BABY OIL WORKS BETTER THAT RUBBING ALCOHOL (A LOT LESS SCRUBBING)!!

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  2. Hugs to you! Hope this one goes smooth for you, you deserve it!

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  3. I can't give you any advice for the c-section, but I'm sure it will go smoothly!

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  4. This one WILL be easier on you all...it just has to! Not long now! :)

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