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#1 MuddyPuddles

Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:31 PM

I feel so dumb for having to ask this but I just cant remember what it was like with my first.

After a c-section is it long before you can bend to get up and down out of chairs/off floor etc?I know I wont be able to lift my toddler up onto the change table, so thought maybe I could change her on the floor, but cant remember if getting down to the floor and up again will be particularly difficult?

DH may be changing jobs soon so might not get much time off after the birth to help out...

#2 Riotproof

Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:37 PM

I have no personal experience, but would kneeling and changing in a bed or sofa work?

#3 SemiRuralGirl

Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:40 PM

I think the floor would be a nightmare from my 2 c-section experiences.

I'd go with the bed, but even that bending may hurt. I don't remember having trouble with the change table, but that may have just been my experience.

All the best.

Oops, sorry - re read OP. Toddler not bubs on change table. Yes, use the bed then toddler can climb up themselves.

Edited by SemiRuralGirl, 10 May 2013 - 07:42 PM.

#4 Koobie83

Posted 11 May 2013 - 09:39 AM

I've had no real issues with lifting when sitting and standing. Just remember not to use your abs and use your legs to push you and your baby up.

#5 purple_daisy

Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:25 AM

I remember getting 'stuck' several times when I had knelt down to put something in the bottom of the pantry/back of the crisper and simply couldn't get my muscles to work so I could stand up again. I remember a few times having to crawl to a chair or some furniture to get myself back upright or else DH would hoist me up - so there is no way I would have been able to change a nappy on the floor for at least the first 8 weeks or more.

I am planning to use one of those cheapie plastic change mats to change my toddler on the bed or lounge.  I have a little plastic step that she can stand on to climb up, or you could make do with a couple of sturdy large books if necessary.

#6 Domestic Goddess

Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:34 AM

I felt the stitches pull for the first 2 weeks. It was painful. After that it was heaps better. I agree with changing on the bed.

#7 Kat255

Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:45 AM

It depends.

With my first I couldn't walk comfortably for about 9 days. Even sitting with DS (newborn) on my lap was painful (I bf lying down). It was about week 3 before I could lift my newborn.

With DD, I was able to fully look after her (lifting, nappy changes etc) from when I got out of bed. I remember DS wanting to be picked up when he visited me in hospital, and I didn't feel able to. But I was able to pick him up for nappy changes by the end of the second week (as long as DH wasn't looking).

Riotproof's suggestion is a good one of using a surface (like a bed) where the toddler can climb up themselves, but it isn't too hard for you to reach down.

#8 Lokum

Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:22 PM

We put DS1's little chair beside the change table, and he used it to climb up. We also taught him to climb into his car seat.

Mostly, I changed him on the couch. I did find getting up off the floor slow, and had to be careful. Getting stuff out of the dishwasher was also a tentative process - for about 2 weeks. I also refused to had trouble with laundry and taking rubbish out for a whole 2 weeks.

#9 k8plus2

Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:34 PM

can you put little steps next to the change table and guide your toddler up? this is how we change children in childcare i work as its an OHandS issue for us to lift children

#10 ~ky~

Posted 15 May 2013 - 04:57 AM

I was up and down off the floor the next day, but that is just me. For some reason, I have bounced back extremely quickly after each of my four Caesars.

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