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Old Dec 5th, 2017, 16:38 PM   1
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Enhanced recovery after c-section, any experiences?


I was signing the paperwork for my elective section next month and the midwife said my hospital now does ehanced recovery's after c-sections meaning mum's will go home a day or two after surgery as long a there's no complications (I'm in the UK). I've never had a section and wondered if anyone has any experiences of this?
I'll be invited to an information day at the hospital were they'll go through everything for a quicker recovery and you implement it at home starting with being on your feet and walking (gently) in the evening or night after your section that morning.



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2017, 16:56 PM   2
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I had my daughter on the Thursday and was discharged on the Saturday at lunch time. I was out the fastest out of everyone in my room of 4, we all delivered within hours of each other, three sections and one natural. I was glad to get out so quickly! With second c-sections my hospital discharges after 24h if all is well.



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2017, 16:57 PM   3
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I was signing the paperwork for my elective section next month and the midwife said my hospital now does ehanced recovery's after c-sections meaning mum's will go home a day or two after surgery as long a there's no complications (I'm in the UK). I've never had a section and wondered if anyone has any experiences of this?
I'll be invited to an information day at the hospital were they'll go through everything for a quicker recovery and you implement it at home starting with being on your feet and walking (gently) in the evening or night after your section that morning.
I'd love to get home quicker ! My previous csecs have been a week , then four days . It would be much more relaxing at home with family . I was on my feet quite quickly anyway after my sections , last baby I was up , showered , hair washed and dried , even had make up on , bathing baby less than 24 hrs after my op. Home on day 4 , out for lunch on day 6 ! I did rest a lot as well though . So thst I was able to do those things . I hope it all goes well for you . Be sure to drink plenty of water , get in fibre to get your bowels moving asap . Also Don't hunch over your wound . You'll want to , but focus on standing tall and using your core . Do your pelvic floor exercises .



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2017, 18:42 PM   4
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Thanks ladies I was surprised when the midwife told me as everyone else has told me I'll be in at least four days (but the again, their sections were a long time ago) and I really didn't want to be in that long as I have a toddler aswell and just generally don't like hospital's tbh, then again who does lol.

Loeylo- same here with my daughter, born on the Thursday and out on Saturday although I had been in since Tuesday (inducement)
It seems quite common then to go home quite quickly with sections then, having never had one, I was just going on what some family memebrs had told me so it'll be nice to be home sooner

Nordicpixie- can I ask how you found it being up on your feet so quickly? I know you recover much quicker though if you are so I'm aiming for that. That's great you recovered so quickly, was that a planned section? I'd heard recovery is quicker than with an emcs.
My consultant was making it seem like I'd barely be able to move for 6 weeks but had a much nicer doctor today who put my mind at ease much better!



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2017, 19:40 PM   5
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No first hand experience but my sister was home the day after her elective section (second baby, first c section) and my cousin just had one last week too, first baby, and was also home the next day. My sister was up and about quite quickly, to be honest I remember her recovery being worse with the tear she got from my first nephew I mean in terms of being able to move about and stuff.



 
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Old Dec 5th, 2017, 19:50 PM   6
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Hi,

I had a Csection 6 weeks ago. Had it Sunday eve and was out Tuesday. I could have been home the next day but I chose to stay an extra night due to the amount of pain I was in and breastfeeding difficulties. For me personally the pain was almost unbearable at times however, recovery was quick! I felt so much more mobile the 2nd day its just that day after the surgery thats the hardest. Xx



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Old Dec 6th, 2017, 14:30 PM   7
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Hi,

I had a Csection 6 weeks ago. Had it Sunday eve and was out Tuesday. I could have been home the next day but I chose to stay an extra night due to the amount of pain I was in and breastfeeding difficulties. For me personally the pain was almost unbearable at times however, recovery was quick! I felt so much more mobile the 2nd day its just that day after the surgery thats the hardest. Xx
Thanks, it's good to get different experiences so can be prepared. I'd been told it can be pretty painful at first though it's great your recovery was quick! I think I'll be in 2 days as they want to keep an eye on baby due to me having gestational diabetes x



 
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Old Dec 8th, 2017, 04:38 AM   8
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As a former hospital employee and recipient of a section i can give you experience on both sides.

Getting up so soon after surgery is should to speed healing by decreasing the chance of blood clots, improving breathing, and improving circulation... among other benefits. Getting out of the hospital as soon as possible is important because the deadliest of germs live in a hospital and the longer you are in it the greater chance of infection.

That said, i was incredibly grateful to stay the 3 nights I was there. It gave me the chance to sleep more when i had the nurses there to watch my baby when i needed a nap. Sleep is incredibly important for healing. It was also nice not being expected to do anything but care for my DD. The pain from my section wasn't bad but i was thankful to stay for 3 days. After 3 days i felt ready to ditch the oxycodone and then i ditched the Tylenol a day later. I feel the extra day helped me recover faster



 
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As a former hospital employee and recipient of a section i can give you experience on both sides.

Getting up so soon after surgery is should to speed healing by decreasing the chance of blood clots, improving breathing, and improving circulation... among other benefits. Getting out of the hospital as soon as possible is important because the deadliest of germs live in a hospital and the longer you are in it the greater chance of infection.

That said, i was incredibly grateful to stay the 3 nights I was there. It gave me the chance to sleep more when i had the nurses there to watch my baby when i needed a nap. Sleep is incredibly important for healing. It was also nice not being expected to do anything but care for my DD. The pain from my section wasn't bad but i was thankful to stay for 3 days. After 3 days i felt ready to ditch the oxycodone and then i ditched the Tylenol a day later. I feel the extra day helped me recover faster
I disagree about sleep! I wanted home because my partner was here to help me. I got far more sleep when I got out of hospital than when I was in hospital. In hospital I was in a room of 4 and it was horrific.



 
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As a former hospital employee and recipient of a section i can give you experience on both sides.

Getting up so soon after surgery is should to speed healing by decreasing the chance of blood clots, improving breathing, and improving circulation... among other benefits. Getting out of the hospital as soon as possible is important because the deadliest of germs live in a hospital and the longer you are in it the greater chance of infection.

That said, i was incredibly grateful to stay the 3 nights I was there. It gave me the chance to sleep more when i had the nurses there to watch my baby when i needed a nap. Sleep is incredibly important for healing. It was also nice not being expected to do anything but care for my DD. The pain from my section wasn't bad but i was thankful to stay for 3 days. After 3 days i felt ready to ditch the oxycodone and then i ditched the Tylenol a day later. I feel the extra day helped me recover faster
I disagree about sleep! I wanted home because my partner was here to help me. I got far more sleep when I got out of hospital than when I was in hospital. In hospital I was in a room of 4 and it was horrific.
Ahh, yeah... there's that side of things. My hospital has nothing but private rooms. More like suites in the maternity center than anything else. Quiet, private, your own bathroom.... it was nice. Even the bed was more comfortable than a typical hospital bed with the added benefit of bars and the ability to raise the head of the bed up.

My spouse is a wonderful help generally but he was useless right after DD was born. He came down with a cold two days after she was born so i quarantined him for a week to avoid her getting sick so soon after birth.



 
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