I’m T-minus 3 weeks away from a scheduled c-section to deliver baby #2. Holy #*$&!!!! As I was packing my hospital bag yesterday, I started laughing out loud.
What was I laughing at?
My post c-section granny panties (maybe great, great, great-granny panties). They are hideous. It made me think of a funny comparison. My before, during and after baby panties. Quite a difference don’t ya think???
For those of you who have not experienced a c-section, the recovery can be tough. My c-section delivery of my daughter in 2009 was not planned, but I was not unhappy to have it. I have always been petrified of a vaginal delivery and in the back of my mind, I always assumed I’d have a c-section (I’m 4’8″ with small hips). That being said, when I went into labor, my attitude was let’s see how this goes, but I have zero tolerance for pushing for hours, only then to have a c-section. In the end, a c-section was necessary and I was fine with it. I delivered my daughter on Saturday and was in the hospital until Thursday. I think I stayed in my hospital gown the entire time, barely left my room and was a little hazy for the first few days.
When I got home, I was still wearing the mesh, disposable hospital panties (not gonna lie, they are pretty comfy). I checked out my stash of panties and nothing was appropriate to wear during my recovery. My scar was healing well, it was very low and very small (amazingly small and unbelievable that a 6lb 13 oz baby came out of there). But regardless of how good my scar was healing, it was still there, and it was exactly in the place where the top of most of my panties would hit.
Luckily my mother was on her way over to our house to help out that afternoon. So I called her.
“Mom, can you stop at Target and buy me some panties?”
“Panties? What kind of panties?” my mother asked.
“Huge ones….the big cotton white ones…granny panties,” I said.
“Sure, no problem, size small?” she asked.
What she bought me….well, there is nothing small about them. They are literally HUGE…but necessary. The top of them literally could be tucked under the bottom of my bra. But I was fine with that. I was very conscious of anything touching my scar (thinking about it makes me squeamish). I’m sure there were middle of the road options, but I was also afraid they’d roll down. I was totally fine with my VERY high-waisted, white cotton Hanes. So much so that I probably wore them a little longer than I needed to!
So, back to the point of my story, I was packing my hospital bag and also arranging my closet with clothes that I can wear post c-section to make things easier for when I get back from the hospital. I made sure all my granny panties were washed, along with my nursing bras and nursing tanks. I also pulled out some items that will be thrown away or donated after I’m healed.
Here are some of my post c-section necessities:
- Nursing tanks from Target – I love these…LOVE LOVE LOVE
- Nursing bras from Bravado
- Hanes high-waisted cotton briefs
- Fold over waist capri pants – there is nothing cute or trendy or stylish about these, at least on me. And yes, I think they are technically considered pj’s or “loungewear.” But I wore them a ton the first few weeks because the waist was perfect for the tender area.
- Flip flops – any kind, as long as I don’t have to lean over to tie a shoe!
Good news, I did eventually go back to my “during” panties and then finally got back to my “before” panties! Hoping for as speedy of a recovery this time around!