I had my baby boy two weeks ago, with a C-Section. Some details are blurry to me now, but I’ll do my best to share.
Can you really not walk for 12 hours after?
I think it depends on each individual… I had my baby at 11:15 am, after being in labor for 47 hours. I did not want to stand up and walk, it was the last think on my mind. A nurse came to see if I could stand up, and I could, but I am not sure how many hours after surgery that happened. A few hours later, a nurse came again to make me walk a few steps.
After the baby comes out, do they really not let you hold it right away?
In my case, they had the pediatrician in the delivery room to run tests on the baby right after delivery because of the long labour and the signs of possible infection that I had, so I didn’t get to hold the baby right away, no. However, the tests didn’t take more than 5-10 minutes; and at that point, I was vomitting and falling asleep from the surgery and exhaustion of labour. They handed the baby to my husband right away though, and I was able to look at him and touch him as well.
How long does it take after the c-section until you’re in a comfortable bed and the baby is in your arms?
After the baby is out, they work on getting the placenta out and stitching you up… Not too sure how long that took; but again, in my case at that point I needed to sleep badly – I think I first held/nursed him about 1 hour after he was born because I fell asleep in the recovery room, with my husband and baby by my side.
What is the recovery like?
For me, it was difficult. I spent 3 days in the hospital, but didn’t get much rest there because there is always a nurse or another doctor in there and didn’t get much sleep. Also, I had an IV so couldn’t eat solids – with the time I spent laboring, I spent 4 days without eating. I believe this had a negative impact on my milk production from the get-go…
It got better as I got home though.
It was difficult to get out of bed or roll over from side to side for a few days. Laughing, coughing, sneezing and going to the bathroom were all difficult. If you asked me then, I would have said that getting a c-section was pretty bad; but now, two weeks later, I feel much better. I still have to wear maternity pants and granny panties because my regular stuff rub against my scar and it’s very uncomfortable; I won’t be able to workout for longer than if I had a vaginal birth and still can’t drive… but overall I think I’m recovering pretty fast.
Is it hard to deal with a newborn and recover from a serious surgery?
Yes, it is. Again, my mobility was quite affected, and my milk supply was slow to come because of the exhaustion and lack of food. My Darling Husband did pretty much everything from caring for our baby to caring for me in the first few days. We had my mother and my Mother-In-Law over every day and night for the first few days home. It helped a lot.
The most difficult part for me was definitely mentally though.
I was bummed about the C-section and my lack of milk; felt like my body had failed my at every step. I was also feeling really guilty about the fact that except from breasfeeding (which didn’t go well), I didn’t do anything, not even to go the bathroom by myself. I am not used to being catered to at all times and wanted to help more but couldn’t. I cried a lot.
But everything got better… I mean, we knew that having a baby would be a lot of work, and it turned out to be even more difficult than we anticipated. But breastfeeding got easier (we almost quit a few times in the first week) and I am now able to care for the baby by myself and give my Darling Husband some rest…
Sorry for the novel! To sum it up, having a c-section wasn’t easy at first, but after the first week of despair, it all got better and I’m healing quite fast. As long as it was the safest option for both baby and I, I’m ok with the fact that I didn’t get the natural birth I wanted.