Wednesday, September 12, 2007

8 Days and Counting

Yes, I'm counting down the days until this child leaves my body and is welcomed into the world! Tomorrow I'll have my last prenatal appointment. YAY!!! At last week's appointment, my doctor said Levi was not going to be coming out anytime soon. Oh, and I had gained TWO POUNDS in one week. I've gained another two pounds this week according to our bathroom scale. After months and months of non-existent or minimal weight gain, it's a little disconcerting to have gained 4 pounds in the last two weeks. When my doctor assured me early on that I'd gain the weight at the end, she wasn't kidding! But I guess two pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight is nothing to complain about, right?

So, I'm trying to get stuff done in the next week that I won't be up for after next Thursday.

Do any of you c-section moms have any advice on what to bring to the hospital and/or what helped with your recovery? (i.e. what to wear at the hospital, nursing pillow, etc.)

16 comments:

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Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

Jenn,

I bet you're going to look MAHVELOUS after Levi gets here. You go girl!

I had a c-section. I can't think of anything that would really help you recover quicker. Just bring comfortable pj's!

One note...I felt so good after my c-section that I was up doing things while CJ was asleep. I wanted to take advantage of the quiet time to keep the house clean, etc. When I went to the dr. for my 1 week checkup, he really let me have it! So, take it easy as much as you can (even if you don't feel like you have to). I set my own recovery back a couple of weeks because I was so foolish. I hope you'll be smarter than I was!

Happy Momma said...

Hubby went to Kohls the day before and got me elastic pj bottoms (so I could feel somewhat stylish), I LOVED them. I also took my pregnancy tank tops with me (I was never a fan of the nursing wear) which helped me as well.

briar_rose_01 said...

So glad to hear that Levi is still on schedule. I became a great aunt Monday to little Jansen. He was breech so his mom had to have a c-section. But since it wasn't planned, I'm guessing she won't have any tips. It is wild to think of my nephew (24) as a dad.

Jana said...

If you have a healthfood store near by I would recommend getting a few homeopathic remedies to help you with pain and bruising after the surgery. There are about three essential ones that will make your recovery time much quicker and less painful. I speak with the voice of experience!;) My third c-section will be taking place in 17 more days!!!

MAK said...

Wish I could help you out Jenn but it has been almost 10 years since my C-section and I honestly just don't remember what I brought to the hospital. I second what Melissa said about taking it easy afterwards though, you have to remember that you are recovering from having a baby and from surgery! Let your sweet family spoil you for a few days!

Laurel Wreath said...

summer flowing dress, seriously it hurts to have something on your stomach.

Praying for you.

victoria said...

elastic pj's--be comfy!!

Debi said...

Can't wait....can't wait...and I see, neither can you :)

Rabbit said...

How exciting...Jenn, I'll be praying for you! Comfy jammies, nursing nightie, nursing top, nursing bra...I couldn't use my nursing pillow right away, it was uncomfortable on my tummy, so be sure you are familiar with "football hold" nursing! Bring a good book, your address/phone book and some way to play music. :)

Everyday Mommy said...

I agree with everyone else that something loose is best. I wore Old Navy work-out pants that were soft and comfy. I also had a small pillow that I could hold against my abdomen. This helped so much if I needed to cough or laugh. And, the best advice is don't over do it. Even if you feel okay, give yourself time to recover.

Dave & Lisa said...

I am thinking about you all the time! I have been wanting to call, but it's usually too late. How late could I call you? Are you enjoying having your hubby home? I can't wait for the arrival of Levi!! :-)

Shalee said...

One thing I wish I could do more is to let others take care of me after the c-sections. I was too stubborn to let anyone do much and my body and emotions paid for it later.

Oh, and when they bring you something to eat that you don't like, start crying and then ask for what you really want. Hey, it worked for me!

Dave & Lisa said...

I'm checking your blog every day to see how you're doing and whether or not Levi has made his entrance. I love you!!

Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

ahh...you sweet thing. I so don't blame you for being a little apprehensive about the c-section and mostly, the recovery.

I was lucky and didn't have to have surgery to bring my babies into this world.

But my daughter, Krissy, endured 48 hours of labor and I was there when her doctor told us Cameron was hopelessly caught up behind her pelvic structure. After two days, the c-section was a huge relief.

Our new baby is already scheduled to be born on March 1st, via c-section. This time, because of lessons learned last time, we're ready.

Based on our previous experience, I'd advise this. Please, please limit your hospital visitors. I can totally understand that people want to come see you and congratulate you and hold the baby, but they forget you've just had major surgery. I can't believe anyone would react negatively to you saying, "Thank you so much for coming, but I'm tired."

The constant visitors exhausted Kris. And she was an emotional wreck, completely exhausted and unable to deal, when we got her home.

It's hard. But if you can tell your nurses that you really need rest, which they don't think about because they're so busy, and if you can get some rest, it will sooooo help you when you get home.

Let people help you, sweetie, but dont' let them make you exhausted.

My advice? Stand firm and make people understand that after major surgery, you need to rest.

You can socialise later. xoxoxo

Molly Coddled said...

4 days and counting? Or? Is there something we should know? :)



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