Bowel obstruction after C-Section

My SIL just had her baby girl sunday evening via emergency c section after no longer dilating... Yesterday evening her doctors started noticing symptoms of bowel obstruction and the X-ray proved it so.... They may have to do surgery if the tube inserted down her nose doesn't clear it up! My question is has anyone ever heard of this happening before and if so did the mother make it out okay? the doctors let us know this us rare and surgery is not simple which is so stressful!
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By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 08, 2011
Posted: on May 22, 2012
Hope all is well w your sil I've never heard of it. Maybe if u post on the csection bored someone may have had it.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 23, 2011
Posted: on May 22, 2012
Good idea... &Thank you!
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since May 24, 2011
Posted: on May 22, 2012
I had my bladder cut during my csection and they had to go through my csection scar and fix it! My bladder healed to my cervix and vagina so I had pee coming out of my vagina. I wish her the best of luck and a safe recovery!!
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 23, 2011
Posted: on May 22, 2012
Oh no that is horrible! I couldn't imagine having to deal with that and having a newborn...I guess if the bowel intestines are messed with during a c section then this sort of thing can happen, its called ileus...i feel so horrible for her! I am thankful I had no issues with my c section...
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 11, 2011
Posted: on May 22, 2012
Please keep posted.
My father in law is going through the same thing. So I don't think it's the c section but I'm sure that did not help it.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 23, 2011
Posted: on May 22, 2012
Yeah I guess ileus can be caused by a few different things, abdominal surgeries being one of them.. They are using nasogastric tubes to try and solve the issue... She has had the tubes in since about 4 this morning and they usually keep them in about 24 hours so we should know early tomorrow morning if the tubes solved the issue! Hopefully(fingers crossed) no surgery needed!
I'm sorry to hear about your FIL, hope he gets better soon!
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 08, 2011
Posted: on May 22, 2012
I hope she gets better real soon the things our body's go thru. Is she able to at least see the baby or is she bed bound?
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 23, 2011
Posted: on May 22, 2012
I know it's crazy! But she can see the baby but can't hold or breastfeed because she on a lot of medication, which really sucks because she was latching really well, but they are just having her pump and dump so her milk will still come in... It's so sad she is missing out on the beginning bonding
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Feb 17, 2011
Posted: on May 22, 2012
I had that. It should go away within about 5 days if she's lucky. Sometimes the intestines go into shock when they're touched during the surgery. Mine also stopped for 5 days after c sec & after my myomectomy years ago. The only problem would be if they'd accidentally cut the bowel which could result in infection but that's extremely rare
It's excellent that she can still pump, I couldn't get started for 6 days, so she's doing well. They don't operate unless they're 100% sure it's obstructed otherwise it's unnecessary additional surgery. They can do an X-ray of bowel with barium radiation liquid , which i had, but obviously wait & see can be effective if it's just a little constipation. Sometimes the bowels are suddenly loosened by removing the baby as they were stretched around the baby & now sluggish. If drs or she can hear or feel wind in her intestines / tummy, it's a good sign , so they should do that. Also no fever etc . I felt like a pin cushion in the end with drips in nose & hand etc but all was fine in the end & both twins healthy. It helped that I got hubby to share a private room so he helped with morale & ff babies. Do tell her if she looks better & she's a great survivor. I was kind of still in shock after the babies so bonding starts later esp with csec cut. It does get better & she ll be happy to leave the Hosp eventually. That's when you feel better but shell need lots of support. Also if anyone is thinking of gifts get her my Brest friend feeding pillow. It gives alot of support whilst breast feeding ESP after c sec & the weight of the baby goes on that rather than your tummy. That was a lifesaver. Later it can also be used to help baby sit up. She should have a camera or phone camera with her to take precious moments when the baby is quiet or even video the 1st crying. Oddly i treasure that as they cry differently now & it reminds me of the blur of the 1st few weeks. But my pictures of them looking at me when we were on out own in the eves & early morning helped my bonding process as sadly i didnt see my twins come out, only saw them 2-4 hrs later. She will start to bond with breast feeding, it's lovely when they look up at you during. Dont let her stress out if its hard to bf at 1st, it does come gradually especially when your out of the stressful hospital environment. Hope that helps xx
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 23, 2011
Posted: on May 23, 2012
Thanks for your advice Missie! I am glad you came out of it without needing surgery! She seems to be doing better but they still haven't removed tubes yet, but she can finally passed some gas and also is able to breastfeed again... So things are looking up thankfully! Next thing they want to do is have her eat or drink a lil with tubes in to see how her stomach handles it I guess... So fingers crossed that goes good!
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Feb 17, 2011
Posted: on May 23, 2012
Yes that's what they did with me. I used a belly bandit type abdomen compression thing after , as i also have diastasis recti & that helped to also get the bowels regular again after I delivered twins by c sec. I also find the tupler method good. I got stretched quite a bit. But I feel ok now. She may Not need that. Also she shouldnt drink the expected amount of water. That also helps.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 23, 2011
Posted: on May 24, 2012
She's doing much better now she will be released either tomorrow or Saturday as long as she can keep her first meal down and liquids down, and they just took the tube out! So things are much better, thankfully!!
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Mar 11, 2011
Posted: on May 24, 2012
Awesome!
My fil had to have part of the small intestine removed. He also had the tube down his nose sucking stuff out and it didn't work. They went in surgically only to find that his intestine twisted inside. Ouch. Poor man 😞

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