Yay I'm so glad you are doing well!
1. What would you recommend for feelings? Glider/recliner? Or just glider/ottoman?
We have a rocker/recliner, I love it for the baby (it's in our living room and I use it every day), but I don't know that it really makes a difference in regards to c-section.
2. What should I pack for after pants/nighties? Dresses?
I changed out of the hospital gown as soon as I could, I just am more comfortable wearing my own clothes. I wore the hospital-provided mesh undies (sexy
) and loose pants and a nursing tanktop for postpartum in the hospital with both my boys. I am not comfortable in gowns/dresses though, whatever is comfortable for you, I would pack it. Pants never bothered my incision, I made sure the waistband didn't rub where the incision was and it wasn't a problem.
3. Csection binders helpful?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Especially after the first one. A little helpful after the second one. I hardly even used it after the third one. I don't know why I needed it less after the third one, maybe I was just used to it? But it did help.
4. Heat packs/ ice packs for incision pain?
I didn't have this after my first or second c-sections, but I did get a rice pack that they heated for me with my most recent c-section and it did feel really nice when I was getting achy. But I could have lived without it.
5. Will bleeding be more?
I think I bled about the same all 3x. For about 6 weeks, but off and on sometimes.
6. What type of underwear was less painful after the surgery?
I "borrowed" a few of the mesh kind from the hospital but really was fine in just regular bikini style underwear.
7. What if anything can I do to make the process smoother?
Get up and move around as soon as they'll let you! Ask your doctor if they plan to do staples or dissolvable stitches to sew things up--if you get a choice/input--request the dissolvable stitches, they don't need to be removed and from what I've heard aren't as painful as staples which do have to be removed later. With my first two c-sections, I had an epidural, which sucked a lot because it wasn't placed that great and it hurt my back while I was recovering. With my most recent c-section, I had a combined spinal-epidural. They had to put the epidural in just to make sure the spinal didn't run out while they were still doing surgery, but they removed it as soon as my surgery was over while the spinal was still in. It was soooo much easier on my back. If I could, I would just have the spinal in (which is just a shot in your back instead of the epidural where they insert a tube), but they told me that with people who have had more than 1 c-section, they almost always do a combined spinal-epidural just to make sure the spinal doesn't wear off too quickly if they have to take awhile with all the scar tissue and stuff. But all three times, for me, getting the epidural was the worst part because they never do place it right the first time and it hurts really bad when they "miss". So discuss your pain management options with your doctor and I personally had a much better time with the spinal vs. the epidural.
8. What was your bp at to determine if you need mag? My pressures have gone up and hover between 120-130/80-90 and I'm on modified taking it easy bed rest but not on any bp medications.
My bp was pretty similar by the end, my doctors did not put me on mag and were not even the slightest bit concerned since they were still mostly normal-ish. I doubt they would put you on mag until you were officially pre-eclamptic at 140/90, but probably even higher. I would ask your doctors about that, though.
For me, each c-section has been a much easier recovery than the previous one. I was picking up my 28 lb toddler in the hospital while still recovering this last time and made them discharge me a day early but really could have easily left two days earlier if they would have let me. (I had to beg and plead to get out of there a day early and even then they tried really hard to talk me out of going but my blood pressure and everything was normal and I was up and walking around easily. I was fine at home and my bed is way more comfortable then the hospital bed and it's hard to get comfortable breastfeeding in the hospital, for me.)
Good luck! Can't wait to hear all about it!