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March 12th, 2013, 03:03 PM
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What did you pack, or wish you had packed?
I hopefully still have a long way to go, but I want to start getting something ready, just in case. I guess I need to feel a little proactive.
So what should I pack? They are saying I'll be staying for 4 days. Is that the norm? What will I do for 4 days?
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March 12th, 2013, 04:00 PM
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Mine wasn't planned, but all I ended up using was a nursing bra. I wore their mesh panties and pads and the hospital gown. I was in too much pain to care. I would've packed comfortable clothes to go home in. Maybe a dress or really comfy pants that won't rub. I ended up going home in what I came in in. As for what you will do, that's up to you. Mainly visit with family, recover, but mainly rest 'cuz of the pain. I was in there about that long, 3-4 days is normal.
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March 12th, 2013, 04:21 PM
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As far as the time you'll be there goes, that depends on how well the surgery goes. I've had 3 sections and I've been home in as little as 36 hours when all went right and for as long as 7 days when all went wrong.

What to do, bring some books or word puzzles, a comfortable pillow either for yourself or to help with nursing if you plan to do that. Then just relax, heal and enjoy baby cuddles.

What to pack, a comfortable bra, possibly a comfortable night gown, loose pants that don't rub on the incision line and a comfortable shirt to go home in. While there I ended up just wearing the gowns they gave me. For the 36 hours I tried to change into a night gown but it was a bit of a pain to lift to nurse and the nurses kept wanting to check the incision and for the times I was there longer I wasn't allowed to change because they had to keep checking things and I was in too much pain to care.
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March 12th, 2013, 04:32 PM
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I stayed 2 days. My dr released me one day early since X was in a children's hospital 25 min away.
No suggestions on packing. My hospital is great & supplied every single need. The obvious things like my clothing & laptop were brought up later by Tim.
I thought you had at least one c-section before??
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March 12th, 2013, 06:23 PM
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I only stayed for 2 days and pretty much brought the bare minimum. I felt like I had way too much stuff the first time! I pretty much packed the same for a c-section as I would a regular delivery.
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March 12th, 2013, 06:38 PM
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Mine was not planned either but I got DH to bring in my stretchy voga pants and a track top that zipped up - much easier to feed that way too. I was in for 4 days but did not have time for my laptop or reading........caught up on much needed sleep!
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March 12th, 2013, 06:40 PM
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I brought a baby book (although the hospital gives you lots), comfy clothes, nursing pillow, slippers and comfy socks, take home baby outfit, and nursing bras. I was at the hospital for 5 days so my husband brought me the lap top too.
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March 12th, 2013, 06:46 PM
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I changed into yoga pants, nursing tanks and a zip front hoodie pretty quickly. I was happy to have my own pillow. Otherwise nothing different from any other delivery.
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March 12th, 2013, 06:51 PM
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My c-section wasn't planned. I was in the hospital 3 or 4 days? (I can't remember!) The last night was due to E being jaundice though, not due to my needs. (although it worked out GREAT because it was on that night that I figured out how to get out of bed by myself... prior to that, someone had to help me). I didn't experience great amounts of pain, but felt too much like sh*t to move or care what I looked like. (I don't cuss, so for me to say sh*t shows you how horrible I felt... lol!). I wore the hospital gown, mesh panties, and a nursing cami. The day before I left I finally felt well enough to get dressed, and had DH buy me some men's boxers. I had nursing camis as well. He brought my lightweight robe from home, and I wore that to walk around the halls. (I felt sooo cooped up by that point!)
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March 12th, 2013, 07:52 PM
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3 days is the norm where I delivered. I was there 5 days though because the first 2 I was going through induction.

I think the girls pretty much covered it in terms of what to pack.
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March 12th, 2013, 11:38 PM
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I haven't had a c-section before, this will be my first. I'm sure it will be very unexpected and happen fast, just holding out for 36 weeks.
I'm going to pack my pump although I'm sure the hospital will have something. The baby will go straight over to the children's hospital and after 24hrs, I'll then be able to attempt to go see her. There is a walk way that connects the University hospital to the children's hospital but I don't know how far it is, unlike the hospital where I had Nattie, where the nicu is on the same floor.
I'm debating when I should go tour the l&d and nicu. My doctor reminds me every time I see him that he doesn't think she'll survive so it's like nothing else matters and he tells me nothing. I don't even know who to call in case I have problems.
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March 13th, 2013, 05:48 AM
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He's not God! I think you should go tour sooner rather than later so that you can be prepared.
Also, you'll be surprised at how quickly you heal when you have a child in another hospital. I was ready to go in one day.
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March 13th, 2013, 06:17 AM
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I had my bag early, but my c/s was not planned. I was at a dr appt when I got sent to l&D for a non-stress test that lead to the c/s.

In terms of what I needed. Dh brought my bag and laptop. I wore the hospital gowns most of the time and switched to granny-panties () while there. No stupid mesh underwear for me! I wore my robe and socks (for my cold feet). I had some puzzles to do. Other than that I didn't need much else.

I was there from Wednesday night and went home on Sunday. We could have gone home Saturday, but they weren't willing to release little rose yet because she was having trouble controlling her temperature.
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March 13th, 2013, 07:20 AM
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Mine wasn't planned, but all I ended up using was a nursing bra. I wore their mesh panties and pads and the hospital gown. I was in too much pain to care. I would've packed comfortable clothes to go home in. Maybe a dress or really comfy pants that won't rub. I ended up going home in what I came in in. As for what you will do, that's up to you. Mainly visit with family, recover, but mainly rest 'cuz of the pain. I was in there about that long, 3-4 days is normal.
This was me exactly. I stayed 5 days both times.
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March 13th, 2013, 07:31 AM
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I'm debating when I should go tour the l&d and nicu. My doctor reminds me every time I see him that he doesn't think she'll survive so it's like nothing else matters and he tells me nothing. I don't even know who to call in case I have problems.
Oh my! I don't even know what to say. He should be offering support for you.
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March 13th, 2013, 11:14 PM
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Well today I met with a different doctor and although she didn't say much about the baby, I did ask which hospital I should go to if I have any problems, so at least I know that much. I met with another specialist for the baby and they are going to set up a meeting so I can meet the whole team of specialists. The neurologist, neurosurgean, pediatric surgeon, urologist and a social worker. She said she can set up a tour of the nicu too although I've already seen it once with one of my other kids. She was very positive which just confirms to me that my doctor is a pregnancy specialist, not a baby doctor. Once the baby is here, he has no clue what happens. So I just need to hang on another 10 weeks.
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March 13th, 2013, 11:28 PM
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Geesh what an awful dr to give out that impression that all will not turn out well. I'd be mad as heck.... I 'm glad the dr you met with today was better.

Mine was an unplanned c section also. I packed so much stuff and honestly i hardly used any of it. I was in too much pain to care what the heck i wore therefore i stayed in the hospital gown and the good ole mesh panties. I think i went home in sweatpants and a long tshirt.

The hospital will probably offer you a pump but if it was anything like they gave me prepare to feel like your boobs are getting into the pump. awful thing. If you have one tha tyou are comfy with i'd bring your own.

I was in the hospital 4 days. (3 for me and 1 extra due to jaundice with joshua b/c it was recommended we stay.) Longest hospital stay of my life. Hated every minute in it.

I'm a little behind on things but this is definitely a planned csection?
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