Post # 16
I had an emergency c section in September after my labor failed to progress, and luckily the recovery wasn’t too bad. In the hospital I had horrible gas pains, and that was honestly the worst part. I never took the prescription pain medicine, I was able to manage on Tylenol and Motrin, but I stayed on top of it. I agree with the suggestions for light walking/activity, abdominal binder, and loose high waisted yoga pants. I was back to feeling pretty normal within about 2 weeks, but still followed the lifting precautions for the full 6 weeks. I kept reminding myself (and my husband) that it was major abdominal surgery, so only do what you’re comfortable with. Good luck and congratulations!
Post # 17
My recovery was pretty smooth. I think it’s because as much as it hurt, I moved every day as soon as I could. Lots of ice packs. I think I had one strapped to me 24/7.
Post # 18
I forgot to mention, I had a pretty serious ear infection during my pregnancy at that was about 10000x more painful than anything birth-related. Seriously, it was excruciating – made the whole C section recovery feel like a walk in the park afterwards.
Post # 19
I don’t have anything new to add regarding the immediately after process but I wanted to chime in about the scar healing part. I noticed that clothes that pressed on or even brushed against my scar were really uncomfortable for quite a while. When my son was about 11 months old, I met a woman who said that her scar had had some areas that were tender and sensitive for 6 years after her daughter was born! I did a lot of focused scar care- oiling and thoroughly moisturising my skin after showers and my husband would occasionally do scar massage for me. All of that seemed to help with the healing process.
Post # 20
Good luck, bee! I was induced and turned into an emergency C-section actually, and my recovery was still pretty easy!
– Not really a tip but something I thought was interesting is that, before I had the c section I thought the incision would be a sharp slicing pain. Turns out that was only the case like the first day. After that it’s mostly a dull achy pain like muscular cramps. The sharp pain comes back though when the incision is strained like if you sneeze or get out of bed the wrong way.
– Hold your stomach when you sneeze, laugh, or do anything that involves your abs. Not directly on the incision obviously but I would just like hold my belly above the incision to “steady” the muscles. This made me dread sneezing and laughing a lot less!
– Second the stool softener suggestion so so much.
– If you’re breastfeeding, personally I found the traditional hold hurt my incision too much. Sidelying works for a lot of folks but my boobs were too small even post-partum. So I used football hold a bunch.
Post # 21
I had a planned c section 7 months ago… and it was honestly not even half as bad as people made it out to be. I was walking around the next morning and my milk came in after 2.5 days and had zero issues breastfeeding. I even got an early discharge from hospital cos dd and I were doing great. I was home on the 3rd night and off all pain meds in a week.
I had my husband’s help but managed just fine with our baby and chores and going up and down stairs/ to the toilet. Had sex 6 weeks later and it was all good. The whole thing was a calm and easy and painless experience. I had no other help after my husband went back to work after 3 weeks it was all me!
My best friend had a vaginal birth 3 weeks after me and took much longer to feel ok again.
You will be just fine momma 🙂
Post # 22
catt : my pregnancy was faaaar more painful than my c section too haha. My pelvic joint had come apart and I spent the last month unable to walk/drive/get dressed on my own. Nightmare
Post # 23
Thank you all for sharing your experiences and tips! You ladies are awesome. I’m just surprised at how many inductions turn into emergency c sections! Must’ve been scary at the time.