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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 22:24 PM   1
PrettyInInk42
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Question For All The Women That Are Already Moms...


How much discomfort were you in when you left the hospital? Would you say it was minimal enough that you could have potentially driven yourself home?

I ask cuz my dad passed away last year and my mom doesn't drive. I can drive and so can the father, but I'm assuming that he'll never want to see me again once he knows I'm pregnant. I also don't really have any family that I'm close enough to to ask for a ride. Am I a dumbass for thinking I'll be in any condition to drive? lol

(The hospital is only like a 10-15 drive away, btw)



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 23:08 PM   2
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I personally didn't feel like I could have driven, but my circumstances were different then most. I gave birth at a birth center and went home only 6 hours after delivery. So I was still pretty tired and weak.



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2017, 23:43 PM   3
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I had an epidural and minimal pain afterwards. I declined all the Motrin they tried to give me. I suppose I could hve driven, but I would not have been happy. I was not in pain, just very, very fatigued.
I would ask the father, tbh.



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 05:22 AM   4
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I have emergency Spinal Tap and although I prob could have driven home I would not have been allowed due to the feeling only coming back 2hours prior to leaving hospital.

It depends on how your birth pans out tbh. If you end up with a normal vaginal delivery with only few stitches and are in over night i cant imagine it would be a problem but until the time comes you just wont know. Also getting to the hospital could be tricky if your waters have gone prior as then having a contraction takes your breath away and you could slam your foot on break or accelerator by accident.

If you can i would say to get a taxi both ways. If you did drive there ok and then wanted to drive home i would suggest having someone in the car with you both ways.



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 06:08 AM   5
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I don't drive, but if I did, I don't think I would have driven due to the lack of sleep, possible effects of the epidural I had, and I was sore everywhere. It is different for everyone though. If you do drive it's probably best to have someone in the car with you



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 07:54 AM   6
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Oh ya, I'd definitely have my mom with me. But I imagine she'd be in the back with the baby.



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 09:28 AM   7
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The hospital wouldn't discharge me without a ride home (I live in the USA). If I'd had an epidural, I'd be concerned about possibly slower reflexes, since the numbing kinda came and went for weeks after I got one with my first baby. With my other babies, I didn't get any pain relief, but I was so sore... Every time we hit a little bump, my insides would jostle around, and my bottom would hurt so badly, and I would not have wanted to drive in that condition. No way.... I remember being in so much pain. I just couldn't wait to get home and go lay down.

If you, goodness forbid, were to end up with a c-section, you definitely would not want to drive home. You will have just had major surgery, and you would probably be in a lot of pain. Doctors don't allow driving for about 6 weeks after a c-section. Even my sister, who doesn't tend to take it easy, waited the whole 6 weeks.

I know I made that post way longer than it needed to be, but I definitely want to tell you WHY I wouldn't drive myself home, not just say "No way!" I hope you can find a ride by then...... You've got LOTS of time to figure it out.



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 09:41 AM   8
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I would say maybe in an absolute emergency if you are well, but I would have needed help carrying her to the car and putting the car seat in. I was also anaemic for a few days, so when I stood up I passed out, so I couldn't have driven like that, but they probably wouldn't discharge you knowing you had to drive yourself home in that state. But if not for that, yes, I probably could have somehow managed to get us home (I actually had a home birth so didn't go anywhere after the birth), but I think I could have done it if it was a true emergency and there was no other choice. I wouldn't have been able to carry the car seat though or lift it in to the car. And I wouldn't have wanted to if I could figure out something else.

More of a concern though is how are you going to get yourself to the hospital and what are you going to do with your car while you're there. I know at our hospital it's a pay and display lot and though they do give birth partners a like 12 hour parking voucher so they don't have to keep running out to put more money in, if you're in there for 4 days, you won't have that option and someone will keep having to top it up for you every few hours. I would take a taxi or ask a friend to drive you and pick you up if you can.



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 09:46 AM   9
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I could have driven. I drove the day after her birth and could lift the car seat etc easily, I have had straight forward births though.



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2017, 10:44 AM   10
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Ok, so, this was my thought/plan. Drive to the hospital with my hazard lights on (in case I need to stop and have a contraction), park in the hospital's parking structure (get a ticket on the way in, pay on the way out), and I'll have my mom for all the "heavy lifting". I'm hoping to deliver drug-free. And I'm a trooper with a pretty decent pain tolerance.



 
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