should I eat my dinner?

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should I eat my dinner?

Postby Spanner » 17 Feb 2014, 18:20

So, c section due to breech presentation is booked for thursday morning and I have to fast from midnight beforehand. But the thing is, I might be getting contractions now! I am not sure though, twingey, tightening and a bit like period cramos intermittently through day, perhaps becoming more frequent. Bags are packed anyway and I know in laws are off alcohol just in case, so no need to panic :scream but wondering if it would be better to
A. Not eat, just have clear fluids.
B. Eat now, dh has just made roast chicken pieces plus mash and veg, smells good.
C.Just have light snack.
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Re: should I eat my dinner?

Postby StJuniper » 17 Feb 2014, 18:30

Everything I read re eating before birth said that the risk from eating in the event of an emergency section is low nowadays as anesthesiologists know to press on the esophagus at the crucial point. I'd probably eat, but more of a light snack, and if it becomes necessary confess before going into OR? Here's hoping this is the real thing!
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Re: should I eat my dinner?

Postby Spanner » 17 Feb 2014, 18:34

Nooo I want to wait till Thursday! Stuff to do! Childcare booked etc. We are planning family lunch out on wed and quiet evening just me and dh. Looking forward to calm before the storm iyswim.
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Re: should I eat my dinner?

Postby meerkatsmum » 17 Feb 2014, 18:40

D. Call the hospital and get their opinion. You don't want to fast if you don't have to and I think if you're supposed to fast, a light snack would cancel that out.

X-posted with StJ. I'm assuming that if you're having a c-section for breech presentation, even if you go into labour, you will still have a c-section. If the plan is to deliver vaginally if you go into labour before the c-section date, then yes I'd definitely eat as you'll need your strength during labour.

As a side note, I had a dream last night involving my c-section scar...I've had two vaginal births. Very weird
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Re: should I eat my dinner?

Postby mamapup » 17 Feb 2014, 18:43

Oooh, how exciting, Spanner, I'd swap in an instant if possible.

I'd probably eat supper but I'm a bit naughty with medical advice often. Also, if you were to have an emergency c-section you could well have just eaten a full meal so I'd eat and then tell the hospital if you need to.

Best of luck. x
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Re: should I eat my dinner?

Postby Spanner » 17 Feb 2014, 18:50

Ok I didn't want to waste food so I had dinner but just small piece of chicken and a little veg. Google led me to believe that the main risk is vomitting which could be bad in the unlikely event a general anaesthetic is required. People get these twinges way in advance all the time right? With the only bit of labour I have experienced before, my waters breaking was the first sign, which was a bit more clear cut. Off for bath and hair wash just in case though!
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Re: should I eat my dinner?

Postby oriel » 17 Feb 2014, 19:02

Clear fluids includes clear soup, which can be quite filling. Do you have any stock in the freezer? You could quickly defrost it in the microwave and stir in some olive oil or dripping to turn it into soup.
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