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Last minute advice PLEASE!

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1 year ago
Hey mamas! I'm 38 weeks along now, and recently found out I will be having a scheduled c section on June 1st! AHH one week. So anxious now. I have all my baby clothes washed and put away according to size, have the change table ready to go, and the car seat in.. (and of course have gone on my cleaning the house rampage).. but I still feel somewhat unprepared! Today we got the diaper bag and my hospital bag all packed.. but I WOULD LOVE some last minute advice! Help mamas, for those of you who went into labour and didnt know when it would happen, like i (hopefully) do, what would you have wished you did or had ready the last week? Also, any helpful hints on extra things to bring to the hospital?

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1 year ago
well, it sounds like you have all your bases covered. the only other thing that i would suggest is to make sure that you pack some very comfy clothes for yourself. plenty of baby outfits, too. about 5 for baby, because the hospital will only put him/her in a wrap jacket, hat, and socks. after your c section, you will want to have some very loose fitting pants (sweatpants worked best for me) because you don't want anything to put pressure on your incision. soft, cotton granny panties helped me too. at first i thought i would just wear some low cut undies that would ride lower than my incision, but that proved to be a big mistake. your breasts will be extremely sore afterwards as well, so be sure to pack some comfy bras. maybe an ipod or something of the like to play some soothing music while your little one arrives. if your bottle feeding, make sure all the bottles are ready to be used when you come home. you will be able to walk about 8-10 hours after surgery, and within a week, you should be back to normal. it took me about 4 days to get up and around somewhat comfortably, and after the first week, i was able to get my baby in and out of the crib. by week 2, i was back to sweeping, mopping, and all the other house work. enlist all the help that you can get when you come home (you will likely spend 2 days in the hospital). your going to be VERY VERY sore. you'll be surprised to discover that it will hurt just to talk for the first day or so. i could only whisper without pain. using my "inside voice" was very painful for me. if you want to be able to take care of your baby, instead of having him/her in the nursery, then i would forgo the narcotic pain meds they offer you. i was offered morphine, but turned it down and just dealt with tylenol 3 codeine every 3-4 hours.
1 year ago
take some extra diapers, too. the hospital provided with me a pack of 18, and we ran out before it was time for us to go home.
1 year ago
I didn't really plan ahead with any of my kids. Of course, I had the crib set up, clothes washed, etc. But I didn't pack bags ahead of time. I made a mental list of things I wanted bring, but that was it. Labor doesn't come on so suddenly or progress so quickly (in most cases) that it's impossible to pack after you know it's time to go.With my first, I was induced 11 days past my due date. I went into labor two days early with my second, and 8 days late with my third. It was no big deal. Everyone says when it happens, you'll know, and it is the absolute truth.Can I ask why you have a c-section scheduled if you're hoping to go into labor on your own?
1 year ago
Awesome, thanks guys! I just want to make sure everything is in order, I'm getting so antsy and anxious but I'm also pretty nervous! My baby is apparently very stubborn, and isnt in head down position! My doctor said her little head should be happily nuzzled in my pelvis by now, but its not, the most she'll move into position is diagonally. Also they are telling me my hips and pelvis aren't spreading as much as they should, my doctor told me 1 in 4 births at any given time result in an emergency c section, so they want to avoid that. If i do go into labour befoe june 1st, we will all cross our fingers and hope shes in a position to be delivered naturally, but as far as I've been told a c section is the best way to ensure a healthy delivery for me and my baby, as well as a bearable recovery
1 year ago
Awesome, thanks guys! I just want to make sure everything is in order, I'm getting so antsy and anxious but I'm also pretty nervous! My baby is apparently very stubborn, and isnt in head down position! My doctor said her little head should be happily nuzzled in my pelvis by now, but its not, the most she'll move into position is diagonally. Also they are telling me my hips and pelvis aren't spreading as much as they should, my doctor told me 1 in 4 births at any given time result in an emergency c section, so they want to avoid that. If i do go into labour befoe june 1st, we will all cross our fingers and hope shes in a position to be delivered naturally, but as far as I've been told a c section is the best way to ensure a healthy delivery for me and my baby, as well as a bearable recovery

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