I have a scheduled c-scetion this Friday and I have a really bad cold. Does anybody know if this will cause a problem? My nose is all stuffed up and I'm breathing out of my mouth. Plus I have mucus running down the back of my throat.
I would imagine that as long as you aren't running a fever it will be ok. But I would call the doctor's office and ask anyway. Wouldn't want there to be any surprises after you are prepped and ready for surgery!
You should really call your doctor and let him/her know. They may want to postpone your C-section, who knows. I'm sure that's not what you would want to hear, but I know from personal experience with going into a surgery with a cold, it can cause problems for you. I had my gall bladder taken out about a year and a half ago. I had a cold coming on, but didn't want to tell my doctor, so I was very careful that morning of my surgery to not talk, and try to hold in my coughs. Big mistake, I ended up developing pneumonia, and was lectured greatly later by my doctor. Now, I had a breathing tube down my throat during the surgery which did not help matters. You won't have that with the C-section, but you should really just call your doctor about this one, perhaps they will do something different with you because of your cold. Hopefully you'll start feeling better before then, but do not keep this from your doctor. It took me several weeks to recover from my simple gall bladder surgery, I can tell you the coughing was very painful for my stomach. Your having a C-section, you definitely don't want to be coughing after that. Ok, sorry for babbling. I really hope you feel better and things will go smoothely for you and baby.
Keep us posted on your delivery.
It is hard enough having a c-section (major surgery) and taking care of a newborn. My 2 cents are if there is no danger to yourself or the baby, put it off till you are over the cold. AND keep in mind if you are sick - they might not allow you to even hold your newborn - I couldn't until my fever (brought on by anethesia during the c-section) went down below 100 deg (couple of hours). Just something to think about.
Thankyou all for your responces. I just called my doctor's office and they said it's fine because I will not be put under but only have an epidural. I never thought to ask the question but why would they put you under during a c-section ? My first child was an emergency c-section and once again I only had the epidural. Thanks
My first child was an emergency C-section too, but they did put me under because I had been in so much pain trying to push my son out during natural delivery, that I begged them to put me under once they realized they had to take the baby. I'm having another C-section myself with this one in 4 weeks (June 23) and this time I want to be completely awake to experience my baby's birth. I'm glad you called your doctor.
After they pulled DS out thru the incision, the discomfort (not pain) of them finishing up, cleaning everything out, massaging my uterus back in place, etc the discomfort became so irritating I was inconsolable. DH had gone with DS to the nursery (at my insistance) and the doctor must have took pitty on me and had me knocked out for the remainder of the surgery. I woke up an hour later in recovery. Every one is different though.
Just an update. My doctor ended up calling me back and phoned in a prescription of Zithromax (5 days of antibiotics). I checked it out on the web and it says it's ok to take while pregnant. He says we should be good to go no matter what now.
I want to thank everyone for their emails. I really didn't think much of having a cold but this forum makes you feel like no question is a dumb question and that everyone cares, so I thought I would ask. Thanks so much.
I'm surprised your doctor called in an antibiotic to take care of a cold! Shame on him! They don't work on COLDS (otherwise we'd all take them every time we got one, right?).
Now, I can see taking antibiotics to make sure you don't have some other infection (as an "insurance policy" per se) but not for a cold. In fact, my doctor took some blood tests and said that if there was some sort of infection present (or proof of prior infection) in my body that I would be given antibiotics during delivery -- but it turns out I don't have whatever that was, so I don't need the prophylactic antibiotics after all.
The danger in taking too many antibiotics is that your body can build up an immunity to them and then the bug mutates to get around the antibiotics, and can cause some potentially dangerous infections. I had taken lots of antibiotics for chronic sinus infections over a few years... now I can't get a sinus infection to respond to anything but Avelox or Augmentin, both "heavy hitters" in the antibiotic world and that cause major digestive problems.
I hope you feel better, though... and that your c-section goes fine!