Anyone have a C-section? I have questions….

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@HappyBride827:  I had to have a scheduled C-section because I have a problem with my lumbar spine.   My section was quick and painless…probably because I was prepared for it and didn’t have an emergency procedure after hours of hard labor. I did have to be in the hospital for four days afterward, but it was kind of nice to have all the nurses around to take care of me and help me master breastfeeding!   I had an easy recovery…very little pain while the incision was healing.  I wore a medical girdle, but I think they have much fancier/effective ones since I had my son. I began to exercise about 6 weeks post-partum and was back @ pre-baby weight around 7 months later (gained 32 lbs during pregnancy). I am slender/average (5’10”, 140 lbs) and I never had amazing abs before pregnancy, but I did regain my same general shape after weight loss goal was reached.  Overall, I had a very positive C-section experience, but I was lucky in that my OB-GYN was the one who did the surgery so I was very comfortable and knew I was in good hands.  I think I had an awesome birth experience (my son came out gorgeous & healthy!) even though I had thoughtless people say things like “Oh, you must be so disappointed you didn’t have a vaginal birth!”  (Umm…no..not really, but thanks anyway!)   In the end, it’s all about having a healthy baby and making the best, safest choice for both of you. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 4
2230 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

My first was a scheduled c section. I had a lot of help, and heqled quickly.  I was MOH at my best friend’s wedding 4 weeks after my dd was born. So I’d say I was 90% within 3 weeks and back on my A game within 4. 

I did not wear a girdle.

I started working out about 3-4 months after the c section and got into great shape, better than pre pregnancy. 


My second was an emergency c section, she was early and I was scared and un prepared.  I had a 2 year old and not much help, also, my baby ended up back in the hospital a couple days after coming home, so I did not get to “take it easy”. I did too much and ended up.with an infection and a nasty incision that is still causing pain 2 years later.  

My advice is to do all you can to relax, take all the help you can get. Eat well,  do what you can to get enough rest and seriously do not do any heavy lifting!

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