Jump to content
What do you do during your hospital stay?
26 replies to this topic
Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:39 PM
When I had DD I went private and had a 5 day hospital stay. I don't think I made the most of it- I got up and showered pretty much straight away every day and then sort of tried to do 'stuff'. I didn't rest much and ended up sick and exhausted when I got home and my stitches burst whilst in hospital - probably because I was moving around too much.
I am due to give birth again this year and plan to do things differently. I will go private again so I am wondering - what do you do during your hospital stay? Do you stay in your PJs all day, stay in bed, watch tv? I need lessons in relaxation! I felt like I had to get up, get showered and get dressed because of all the cleaners, food staff and nurses coming and going all day.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:55 PM
I showered, but put on tracky and soft tops. I did private for my second and tbh, once they realised I knew what I was doing and didnt need help, I was lucky to see them once or twice a day, especially towards the end of the stay.
DH and I just hung out, took bubs for a bit of a walk around the ward, watched TV, ate and I read when he would go home.
Was very nice.
Oh they also had me tucked away into a back corner, so I think that helped with the peace and quiet too.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:57 PM
With my second (my first was far from normal after birth hospital stay.) I still got up each morning and had a shower and got dressed after I had breakfast otherwise I felt yuck - but then I found in the first week after birth I had about 3 showers a day anyway.
Then I spent my day watching TV, sleeping and reading. I found with my second I only had 2 visitors over 5 days, so didn't have to entertain whereas my first I had about 15 visitors in the first 12 hours before finding out how sick my son was and we were transferred.
Only work I did was tend to Ben if he woke up and wanted a feed or needed a nappy change, otherwise he pretty much just slept, sometimes when he was awake I would lay him on my bed and just talk and stare at him and enjoy it. For the first 3 nights the nurses even took him for me so I could sleep - so I really relaxed.
Also the hospital offered a candle light dinner one night of your stay with your partner, had a fancy menu to choose from, they would take the baby if you wanted and yes you ate at a nice table done up and brought in with 2 candles. It also included a bunch of flowers and a card to go with the teddy they gave on the first day.
I treated it like a hotel stay really, didn't clean my room or make my bed, they did that. Just sat and ate and slept. It was bliss.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:01 PM
I liked getting up and sorted in the morning. This took ages because of pain from c-section. Then the rest of the day would pretty much be a blur of feeds, crying baby, expressing, sterilising, feeding, expressing, sterilising, crying (me as well as him)....repeat. Last baby I did get to watch the Olympics while doing all this....and I saw it all, there was no sleeping LOL.
In all three stays there was a moment when I lost my shiz in the nursery and just broke down sobbing and begged them to have him for just one hour so I could sleep.
But I believe my experience is not the norm and that some newborns actually sleep a fair bit.
Edited by Kay1, 13 February 2013 - 08:04 PM.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:10 PM
DD1 was a c/s so spent a bit of time getting over pain, learning to breastfeed and all the new baby stuff.
DD2 was fantastic, was only in for about 36hrs but basically slept and feed DD the whole time. I did get up and dressed tho. Nursing staff mostly left me alone when they realised I had some idea of what I was doing and only came in if I buzzed them. Best day and a half ever.
DD3 I only spent just over 24hrs in. I'd been so looking forward to spending a couple of days in hospital relaxing and just worrying about new bub, however, the maternity unit hadn't had a baby in just over a week before DD3 was born (small rural hospital, had 3 babies in the day after I went home), so the nursing staff kept wanting to "do something" for me, when all I wanted to do was sleep and feed! So I went home the next day, disappointed not to have my 2 days of doing nothing!!
Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:40 PM
DS1 - hand expressed, then pump expressed and tried to feed up my little 2.5kg boy. I was desperate to fatten him up, and he was slow and sleepy. I did snooze in the afternoons. Always had a shower and dressed in comfortable day clothes.
DS2 - BFing was easier. Showered every morning, comfy day clothes. When not looking after DS, I snoozed or watched TV. DH was with me a lot of the time so sometimes we chatted, and DS1 visited us every day for an hour or so. Still got home feeling sufficiently rested.
Each time, I've only sent them to the nursery for one 3-hour stint about 24 hours after the c/s, when I hit a wall and was afraid I'd drop them and needed the sleep. Felt guilty both times.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:56 PM
I had a CS with DS, so couldn't move around too much at first. I showered and dressed in my comfy maternity clothes, then pretty much spent all my time focussing on breastfeeding - getting DS to have a go, expressing with a pump, expressing by hand with a nurse 'catching' drops of milk with a syringe (!). DH was with me all day and we'd sit and chat and he'd feed me my meals, as DS was on the breast pretty much every time my food came! I didn't have the TV on at all and was pretty exhausted from a very long pre-labour and active labour, so wasn't too hard to just chill out.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:57 PM
With my first I thought it was going to be a nice time with visitors and having new baby. I went private on a very busy weekend in September where it seemed all of Sydney was having babies. We were overwhelmed with visitors in the first 48 hours and exhausted. Ds1 was a screamer so no sleep. I had no time for more than a quick shower mornin and night. Bf was a disaster because I was so tired and a horrid dose of third day blues. I was happy to go home frankly.
2nd time very different birth and we had ds1 at home. I got up and showered every morning, and focuses on bfing, and trying to relax as much a possible. He slept more so I was better rested on coming home. But I was lonely in hospital, the midwives still gave a plethora of conflicting advice, and I found being cooped up just as awful as the first time. I discharged myself after 3 days...I missed Dh and ds1 I'm used to noise and people, and I told visitors to stay away so I was actually pretty lonely
Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:43 PM
I'm not very good at doing nothing but my second time around a very lovely, very firmly reassuring midwife talked through with me the details of my labour the next day and insisted I cancel or put off afternoon visitors and rest. She reminded me that my body had been through a great deal and needed the chance to recover. She also firmly encouraged me to sleep every afternoon. I'm really glad I took her advice. Those first few days went quite smoothly for me and the baby, with me making every effort to get that regular rest.
I showered, dressed comfortably and got back into bed each morning with baby in reach. I sat up for lunch and then stayed horizontal and slept for the afternoon (that really does help take the pressure off wounds and swelling). I'd freshen up when they came around with afternoon tea and then hop back into bed sitting up for visitors through the evening. I'd then shower again and potter quietly - TV, reading - before the late evening feed and then go to sleep.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:49 PM
DS1- I got the bounty bag straight after the birth so between my very few visitors I alternated between reading bounty bag items and sleeping. I'm not a TV watcher, I was in there 3 days and went insane from boredom.
DD- Again stuck in that hell hole for 3 days. I had a substantial bleed after her so wasn't strong enough to wander far from the bed. I didn't get the bounty bag until I was discharged, I hadn't packed a book, DH kept forgetting to put one in the car for me and had the room to myself. My phone had been left behind so I couldn't even play games on that. By the end of the first day I was begging to get discharged even though I was in no fit state to go home!
DS2- I managed to get early discharge! I showered, got dressed, fed DS2, had a sleep and they gave the go ahead for me to go home.
I hate being in hospital. The food was decent, nurses were lovely but I am claustrophobic and a very private person. If I don't get a room with a window to myself I start to get rather panicky. I'm also not a TV person and if I don't have a good supply of books and puzzles I go insane.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:00 PM
I think second time around you're more relaxed in general, I found I definately was. What do you enjoy? A good book? A soppy movie? Prepare yourself with whatever you enjoy.
The things I did with DS I didn't do with DD - watched movies, had 2 massages (bliss!!) went for walks outside, went out for lunch, even got a pedicure! With DD I was more focused on learning how to care for her, utilizing the lactation consultant a lot! I didn't have as much time to relax.
I would get up and shower or have a spa in the morning just to feel clean, did at night too. Put on comfy clothes, nothing too fancy. Then just relax, put my feet up a lot as I had swelling, enjoyed the classes, got a lot from physio ones, just enjoyed the time knowing I didn't have to cook or clean!!
Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:26 PM
I have been in hospital and have made the most of it.
I do get up around 7 ish have a shower, get dressed, eat and have a coffee.
I spend the day feeding bub(bottle feeding plus expessing) so it's spaced out and resting while he's asleep which has been the whole time. I watch tv, enjoy the visiting times or use my iPad.
I have2 other kids so enjoy the break from the chaos at home.
5 days I'm over it though
Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:32 PM
Second time around hubby stayed two nights, I was alone with my daughter for the other three nights. I just watched TV, read magazines, messed about on the iPad, slept and recovered. I also only had immediate family visit so as to optimize rest time before going home with a newborn to my 18mth old
Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:47 PM
I was a private patient but in a public hospital in my own room with both boys who were c-sections.
I was in 5 days and we paid for DH to stay over night so he was there the entire time. I wore soft yoga pants and a comfy roomy exercise top as I felt a bit blerg just being in pj's. I did do hair and makeup everyday to make myself feel a bit nice too.
I spent most of the time lying or sitting in the bed or chair, talking to DH and visitors, read books, played games, checked emails Facebook etc on my phone, browsed magazines DH brought up from the hospital news agency. I took everything really easy and it was over 30 hours after both ops before I was told to get out of bed and shower. It then was another day before I could slowly shuffle to the bathroom without help. I was very conscious of my insicion and did everything slowly and took it easy. I knew I wouldn't have that luxury when I got home do I made use of all the help.
Edited by blue4me, 18 February 2013 - 02:50 PM.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:10 PM
DD - in for 3 days, public hospital but entire 4 bed room to myself. Aside from learning how to bathe her, bf and so on I was bored silly for most of it, would leave her sleeping with the nurses while I nicked off to the shop and even went out to see friends. Pestered the nurses to let me go home pretty well daily until I'd nagged them into acquiescence.
DS - in for 3 days again, private hospital own room with DH. Aside from visitors and getting bf sorted, we'd brought my laptop and a wireless internet connection for entertainment and access to the outside world, and even then I was climbing the walls to go home by the end of day 2. Would've left earlier but the painkillers wore off and I was a bit sore.
This time - planning to only be in overnight, or for the day if a morning birth. I hate hospitals.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:35 PM
I enjoyed the peace and quiet, well as much as you can on a maternity ward. I had visitors drop in but I liked having time with DD without the distractions of tv, cleaning, cooking etc. DH bought the laptop in so I spend some time on that and taking lots of photos of DD. I wanted to stay longer but that was mostly because MIL and FIL were staying at my house (univited )
Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:43 PM
I was lucky my hospital has a 'little luxuries' program where they move you to a hotel after a night or two if all goes well. It was bliss- we had ocean views, two queen beds, DH stayed with me the whole time and there was a special room service menu which was delicious. There are midwives there 24/7 and they come to check on you at regular intervals or if you call but otherwise they leave you to relax. And that's pretty much what I did, in between visitors. I had magazines to read and eBooks on my iPHone.
I am due with #2 in April and hoping so much that I get to go to the hotel again. I think we will bring DS though as I want him to feel part of everything and bond with his new sibling, so perhaps it wont be quite as relaxing as last time although I will have lots of family around to take him on excursions if he needs to get out, and he sleeps pretty well so hopefully it can be a mini holiday for all of us.
This post did make me think about the fact that I need to make sure I relax though, before we get home and the chaos escalates!!
Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:09 PM
With all three I was home within 24hrs, I go a bit stir crazy and start missing the kids at home.
This time though I might stay a day depending on how it all goes and how I feel afterwards, if anything like the last two I will be up and walking around as soon as I'm allowed. After having ds1 I showered while DP joined him down to scn, fresh out of the shower and the midwife asked if I wanted to see him and my eyes lit up and i said yes, so she told me she would organise a wheelchair, then looked shocked when I asked if I could just walk there. If he hadn't been in scn for a few hours we would have been home that evening.
Some times a break is great other times you just want out of there. I was a up in the morning shower, and dress and bug each nurse that came near me for when I could go home.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:29 PM
I was in for 5 days. I watched quite a few shows on Youtube and also had a reasonable amount of visitors, as DS was born 3 days before Christmas, so lots of people were off work. I didn't find the visitors intrusive as the hospital had pretty strict visiting hours (DH could room in though, private hospital)
I did shower and make-up every day, but mainly because the rest of me looked so blergh and it was nice to have a bit of normality up top when I'd been living in jersey shorts and Tshirts for days and had frozen surfboards in my undies.
TBH the last couple of days I was bored sh*tless. DS was under lights for jaundice and was sleeping most of the time that he wasn't feeding, there was nothing good on TV because it was Christmas and I had no library books. If I get to do it again, I'll remember some good books at least. I was also a little bummed at missing Christmas Day lunch although my family came in in the morning to do presents. I did get a couple of hours out to go to a Boxing Day BBQ, but by the time they said DS was OK to go, I was raring to get out of there!
Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:00 AM
This time I birthed at night, so showered, at dinner and slept/breastfed.
Next day I showered, ate, facebooked, introduced DS to DD and my mums and sisters and slept.
Then I went home
I was in for a month with DD, so wasnt staying a moment longer than necessary
Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:20 AM
The first 24 hours I couldn't get out of bed, when I did I showered then just relaxed with my little guy.
We had a few visitors but mostly I stayed in bed, I wore comfy yoga pants and a singlet top. DS slept a lot, so while he slept, so did I.
I stayed at a nice hospital so enjoyed the food, my OB sent someone to give me a foot massage, I felt pretty chilled out the whole time. I didn't want to go home.
Reply to this topic
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
We love to see the cool creations kids build when they play with LEGO DUPLO. Enter and share a picture of your childs creation for a chance to WIN 1 of 10 LEGO DUPLO prize packs worth over $100 each.
A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.
A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.
Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.
It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.
If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.
When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.
Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?
Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.
A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunised against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease.
New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.
Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.
When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.
A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.
Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.
Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.
If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.
Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.
In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.
Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.
Top 5 Articles
Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.
I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.
A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.
Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?
For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.
'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.
There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.
The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.
Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.
Modern medicine could not save 19-year-old Sophie Burgess who died 48 hours after giving birth to twins in the UK.
Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.
Two Queensland families are grieving the loss of their toddler sons after the boys drowned in separate incidents last week.
A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.
Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.
Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".
I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.
There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.
If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.
Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
SIGN UP NOW!
Receive a daily email from Essential Baby for just the month of April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.