5 Things to Expect in the First Couple Hours After Having an Uncomplicated C/Section
Here are a few tid bits to know because sometimes c/sections are not always planned for!
You will be monitored by the heart monitor, blood pressure cuff and pulse ox (a monitor to measure your oxygen level) so yes many cords! But we will help you put baby skin-to-skin and breastfeed + bottle feed your babe
Your legs will be numb for approx 2 hours due to the epidural. Many women say a v strange feeling but I promise your legs will wake up! You begin to feel them by wiggling your toes, moving your legs side to side and then can lift them off the bed
You will have a foley catheter to drain your bladder, this will likely come out the day after you delivered.
Your nurse will frequently check the top of your uterus just like a vaginal delivery by pressing down slightly above/below your belly button to make sure your uterus is contracting appropriately and bleeding is controlled. This causes cramping and so we will give you pain meds like Ibuprofen +Tylenol to help with your discomfort
You can eat and rest and your significant other can too. I like to start with giving you ice chips and progress to water and then you can eat your fav snacks. Start slow with sips of water and bites of snacks to make sure you don’t get nauseous <3