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Why a Pillow? Why a Pillow?

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Unread 04-05-2012, 11:08 AM
Why a Pillow?

I'm scheduled for my LAVH on the 10th and am making lists for everything under the sun - including what items I need at the hospital and afterward. The tips on this board have been SO helpful.
One thing I keep seeing is to have a pillow for your belly. Why? Is this mainly for those who are having abdominal incisions? Does that include the incisions for the laproscopy?

I feel silly asking but I don't want to regret NOT having a pillow with me.

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Unread 04-05-2012, 11:12 AM
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That's a good question!!!

I think it is for everyone. Regardless of what type of procedure is done, the only differences are the incisions on the outside. All of the stuff on the inside is the same and is major surgery. You will feel like your belly is very heavy and it will be hard to stand up straight, coughing, sneezing, and laughing will hurt, but the pillow will give your tummy some extra support and make all of these things much easier. I would HIGHLY recommend taking the pillow!!

to you!!

Unread 04-05-2012, 11:25 AM
Re: Why a Pillow?

Yes most definitely u will need a pillow. I had my surgery laproscopically and had I known I would have brought a pillow with me. The nurse gave me a blanket which helped too. Between the coughing and in my case the throwing up for 2 days because of the anethesia, it helps with the pain. Oh and also try to avoid sneezing if at all possible because that HURTS!!!!
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Unread 04-05-2012, 11:35 AM
Re: Why a Pillow?

When I had a c-section I used the pillow to put under the seat belt in the car. I had a low incision.
Unread 04-05-2012, 11:39 AM
Re: Why a Pillow?

I was so happy to have my own pillow in the hospital... It helped me sleep better..
I hardly used it on on the way home or when I got home except for when I wanted to lay on my side or when I had to cough...
Everyone is different but having a pillow just in case to help with holding the tummy is a great idea...
Unread 04-05-2012, 03:49 PM
Re: Why a Pillow?

It will also help on the ride home and especially as you are leaving the hospital. It seems most hospital driveways and parking areas are equipped with speed bumps apparently designed by someone who as never had surgery.
Unread 04-05-2012, 04:27 PM
Re: Why a Pillow?

Huckleberrie -

Pillows are also helpful when you have to cough or sneeze you can hold them tight to your tummy to dissipate the pain.

Unread 04-05-2012, 06:41 PM
Re: Why a Pillow?


I am still pre-hyster, but I had a lap with major repairs in Feb.I am a side sleeper, so one thing I loved having a pillow for was to go under and support my swelly belly. I used it for five weeks, at least!

I have a small pillow pet for holding the tummy when I cough, which I did a LOT of, to get the gas and mucus up (sorry!) I have also invested in a tye-dye large unicorn Pillow Pet. Just because, I will be a princess, lol! But, I have been told that the hospital pillows are crappy. so, he may be a comfort.
Unread 04-05-2012, 08:21 PM
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I didn't have one in the hospital (I had a TVH), but I've used one quite a bit at home. I wish I would've had one...the ones at the hospital were total crap. I've been reading a really funny book and I've had quite a bit of pain from laughing. The pillow has helped deflect some of the pain. Like some have said, you'll want something to help cushion you on the way home. Luckily, I had a blanket that I was able to hold like a pillow and it made it much easier on the way home.

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