Elective section

So I’ve been agreed my elective section for next month and got a date which I’m so relieved about! Anybody been through this before got any tips on what to take into hosp specifically for it and what to do for recovery etc? Also are you allowed music etc in the room? Thanks!
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No judgement just curious, how come you’ve opted for an elective section? FTM here 😊

I’m also having a planned section. Can I ask when do you get given your date at what gestation? Xx

@Due July Xo just my last one wasn’t the best experience and postpartum wise I struggled because of it, so thought it would be the best option x

@Zoe I got given mine there and then! I was very surprised they did tbf x

Thankyou. I have mild preeclampsia so we have decided with my blood pressure being high constantly a c section would be best. I have my consultant on the 3rd June so I’m hoping they’ll give me a date then xxx

@Zoe fingers crossed they give you it at the consultant appointment! X

Yes, you are allowed music. We did a whole playlist although it goes quite quickly so only made it through 3 songs. Have a shower that night in hospital it will get your bladder working which is one of the main checks they do when it comes to discharge. Ella’s prune packets our brilliant for getting other things going! Movement is good, they’ll encourage you to stand and do it as soon as you can. Comfy slippers or flip flops for the shower and a towel. If you are planning on breastfeeding you could bring a pillow, as it does help, but you could always use a hospital one. Generally electives are performed last of the c-sections that day as they triage them according to medical need etc. So you could have a wait. We were there at 7 but only went into theatre at 12.30 as was last to go so bring things to read/ watch as you wait! I don’t think you need anything specifically for hospital for recovery bar the above. It’s such stress free experience, almost surreal.

I’m really torn, all the medical professionals really put me off c-sections because they talk so negatively and make it seem so scary, how did you know it was the right option for you? X

@Cass just due to last labour I didn’t really want to endure it again x

@Cass think you’d be surprised how many of those professional opt for electives themselves! Some useful articles below: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2008/jul/11/nhs.health1 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9536923/Women-plan-C-section-no-likely-suffer-poor-outcomes.html https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10570261/If-mums-told-TRUTH-natural-birth-C-sections-like-did.html https://www.cmaj.ca/content/193/18/E634

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