Just thought I'd share a tip that I learned this time around. After the birth of DD1, I was given the squirt bottle to clean down there every time I went to the bathroom. This time around, the nurse gave me the squirt bottle and a package of baby wipes. The baby wipes really help you to feel fresher down there. The nurse told me to flush the baby wipes at the hospital, but I don't want to clog up my toilet at home, so I'm using the flushable moist wipes. Just thought I'd share in case you want to add it to your list of things to have on hand when you return home from the hospital.View Thread
I wouldn't stock up on formula yet. You don't want to stock up on one brand and then find out it doesn't agree with your baby. Get on the mailing lists for formula companies and they will send you checks (coupons) and samples. The hospital will probably give you samples too. If you can't breastfeed, the samples should get you by until you can send someone to the store. If you can breastfeed, you can always give the coupons to a friend who formula feeds (that's what I do). It wouldn't hurt to buy a few bottles. If you do breastfeed, you can use them for pumped milk.View Thread
You've gotten great advice so far. I thought I'd share some tips I learned from flying with DD1 (we started when she was about 4 1/2 months and even took an international flight when she was almost 1 yr).
If you are going to gate check your car seat or stroller, go to BRU and buy a gate check bag. It will protect your car seat and/or stroller from the dirt and grime under the plane. Plus, you can stuff extra stuff in it (blanket, diapers, etc) and not have to pay for an extra checked bag.
Don't pack a week's worth of diapers or formula. They have stores where you are going.
If you have connecting flights and you gate check things, pick up your stuff at the gate before you go to your connecting flight. We didn't do this our first time. We thought they would transfer our stuff. They did transfer our car seat, but it was to the wrong plane. We got to the destination and didn't have our car seat. The airline gave us a loaner, but it wasn't in the best shape and I was a little worried about using it. They got our seat sent to us the next day.
When you check your bags, ask if they have any empty seats. If they don't, go ahead and check your car seat so that you don't have to lug it through the airport. Remember, car seats and strollers fly free.
Make sure the airline knows you have an infant in arms. They will print a ticket that says that. I have never had to show a birth certificate at security. I just show that ticket.
Wear slip on shoes. That will save some time when going through security.
I breastfed, so DH and I always chose the side of the plane with two seats. I would sit by the window and he sat on the aisle. I would nurse DD1 during takeoff and she would fall asleep and stay that way for most of the flight.
It's really not that bad. It's actually better than driving b/c with driving you have to stop to change diapers and feed the baby. That adds a lot of extra time. With a flight, you have some freedom to move around.View Thread
I had an emergency c-section with DD1. With DD2 (born 3/5/10) I had a planned c-section at 39 weeks. I was curious too about the scar and had asked my ob about it ahead of time. They do use the same incision. My doctor said if you looked with a microscope, it might be off a little, but they try to get pretty close. My recovery with the planned c-section has been so much easier. My ob said it was b/c my body wasn't in labor.
With DD1 (the emergency c-section) I was able to nurse about an hour after the delivery. I breastfed her for 13 months without any formula. With DD2 (planned c-section), I was able to nurse about 45 minutes after the delivery. Basically, once I was in the recovery area, they brought my babies to me to try to breastfeed. Both did really well.
Make sure that you let them know that you want to breastfeed. If you have problems ask to speak to the lactation consultant.
I would tell DH the ballpark figure of 2 weeks. At 2 weeks, you will be leaving the house for your postpartum checkup and LO's 2 week check up. However, you may be up to going out before then. (My pedi has us bring the newborn to the office within 24-48 hours of being discharged for a check-up, so that is an outing).
With both of my DDs, I had c-sections (one emergency, one planned). Both times, I was going crazy being stuck in the house. With both, we went out to eat/run an errand at about 1 1/2 weeks. I just made sure to keep them in their infant seat and not let people get too close.
I have seen it recommended that you keep them out of church nurseries and daycares for 6 weeks. So, if you go to church, you would want to keep your LO with you.View Thread
Lurking - With both my pregnancies, I've had problems with varicose veins in my legs. This time around, I had to go the compression stockings route. You don't need a prescription. I got my first pair from a local pharmacy. It was the Jobst brand and they were about $100. Then I found http://www.ameswalker.com . They have a maternity pair, style 34 for only $19.95 a pair. They are wonderful. I'm a teacher, so I'm on my feet a lot. They really gave me relief. They also lasted quite a while.
A bit of advice - take your shower at night b/c you need to put the stockings on before you get out of bed. If you wait until after you've been standing up and the blood is pooling in your legs, they won't work as well.View Thread
Lurking - My first DD was breech. However, we didn't find out until I was in labor. I was dilated to 8 cm before they discovered it, so I had to have an emergency c-section. A c-section really isn't that bad. One of the great things is that it is quick. There really isn't any pain during the surgery, but you might feel the doctor pushing or pulling. I just had my second c-section and it was planned. If you can get yours planned, I recommend going that route. The recovery will be much easier. It is a much calmer process. I know some women say you can't bond with your baby as fast if you have a c-section. I disagree. With both of my DD's I was able to see them as soon as they were pulled out. They were taken to the nursery while I was stitched up. By the time I was taken to recovery, they were bringing my baby to me. I was able to breastfeed before they were an hour old.
I have a friend who had a planned c-section because her baby was breech and the external version failed. She describes her c-section as being a calm experience.