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Unread 07-26-2008, 08:47 PM
Caring for and nursing baby post-op

I just found out I will need a hysterectomy probably within a month (waiting to meet with oncologist to set official date). I feel confident in my ability to cope with the surgery, but am dreading how I will be able to care for my 3-month old afterwards. I really want to continue nursing him, but understand it will be difficult having a giant abdominal wound. (OB said I will need full abdominal hysterectomy to make sure cancer has not spread to lymph nodes, etc., but I won't know anymore details until I meet the oncologist.)

Will I not be able to carry or lift him at all? Or is my body so used to schlepping him around all day, that he wouldn't be considered "weight" even though he will probably be 15 pounds by the time I have surgery?

We are very fortunate to have a great support system of family and friends to help us through this, but I want to get an idea of HOW much help I will need and for how long. I've found a little info on this site, and I will of course go over this with my doctor as well, but it helps to hear real words from the trenches. It also will help me identify important questions I need to ask, that I wouldn't have known to ask otherwise.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:28 PM
Caring for and nursing baby post-op

I think it is pretty standard that you can't lift anything heavier than 5 to 10 lbs for 6 to 8 weeks. But every dr is different.

I have a 1 yr old and he is my biggest concern but I will have help with me for 24 hours a day for the first 3 weeks.

I wish you the best of luck and just make a list of questions to take with you to your appt.
Unread 07-26-2008, 09:46 PM
Caring for and nursing baby post-op

Hi Nessie and

We’re happy you joined the Hystersisters community! There is a ton of solid information on the site, and the members have unlimited cyber-hugs to dispense and experiences to share with you at every stage of your journey to good health!

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