Five weeks post c-section- how much activity?

(38 Posts)
TeaJunky Wed 09-Jan-13 17:13:26

I'm five weeks (six weeks on Friday) post EMCS and wondering how much activity/housework is OK at this point without overdoing it?
Up until now, DH has done all of the cooking, cleaning and general house chores. He did the night feeds for the first three weeks, and also does the school run for dd1. I've been concentrating on baby feeding/bathing during the day and night feeds now for past 2 weeks.
I do feel like I'm recovering but also get tired really quick. I am anaemic so on iron tabs. From Monday DH will be concentrating on work again so I'll be doing the cooking.

Just wondered how much activity/housework everyone did post c section and when , and when do you start feeling completely ok again? <having a bit of a down day here I think, plus staying at home all day may be driving me nuts>

bitbot Thu 10-Jan-13 15:37:11

I think everyone is different, I walked 3 miles on the Sunday after having an emcs on the Thursday and losing 2.5litres of blood (refused the blood transfusion), friend couldn't walk to the front door 5 weeks post emcs...everyone just recovers differently, just listen to your body grin

Highlander Thu 10-Jan-13 20:23:58

Movement will help you recover and tone up again, but take a nap every afternoon if you can.

I was back running at 5 weeks, but as other posters have said, everyone is different.

I would be going for anhour's brisk walk every day if I were you.Pram pushing is v good exercise.

TeaJunky Thu 10-Jan-13 21:35:18

Highlander - hmmm...sounds like a good idea. Don't know how brisk it will be like, but I can try grin

NotSoNervous Thu 10-Jan-13 21:48:08

I recovered really well and quick from my section but I could tell when I was over doing it because my scar would start to hurt and tug. What I done was just gradually do more, if I felt that I could do it and was able I would an if I couldn't do it then DP did. You know your own body and you'll know if your doing to much to soon

Mutley77 Thu 10-Jan-13 21:52:05

By six weeks post-section I was back to normal. Yes there was still the odd bit of pain, but I wasn't regularly taking pain killers or anything.

I certainly had no option for six weeks recovery in bed and didn't have any long-term ill effects.

DreamingofFour Thu 10-Jan-13 21:58:18

I found that taking it easy in the beginning paid off for longer term recovery. One thing I found really tricky was supermarket trolley - I tried to push one at 4 weeks and just had to stop. Driving was easier - test your self by doing an emergency stop, if you can do that properly then you can drive.

I would say that even if you aren't being very physically active you should still try to get out of the house - one of the really nice things my husband did was take me on little drives (while he was doing the shopping), it was just fantastic to get out and see the world.

Your family sounds very caring. One of the strange benefits of having a CS was that DH took my recovery much more seriously than my after previous vaginal deliveries. In many ways the recovery time needed was similar, but it really helped that he considered it the CS a much bigger deal to recover from.

TeaJunky Thu 10-Jan-13 22:56:50

dreaming, yes I have found that too with DH. With my first birth, I had a ventouse delivery and an episiotomy with painful stitches. DH did everything for the first two weeks as that's all he had for paternity leave at the time, and when he got back to work I had to muddle on by myself during the day, even though the pain from the stitches and cut was awful.

I think also in my case, coming from a culture where a woman must rest and be looked after for a minimum of six weeks post-birth plays a part in the way I view recovery/activity levels. I used to think the whole idea of a woman not leaving the home and being looked after for so long was suffocating ...but actually, I really appreciate the concept now. There is a lot of wisdom in it! After both births, I didn't want to leave the house or do anything else except look after my
Baby and marvel at how amazing my body was to produce such a miracle grin. Having a DH who understood/shared this culture helped greatly. I do believe there is too much pressure on women to be 'back to normal' as soon as possible after the birth.
I'm nearly six weeks post birth now, and I still don't fancy getting out and about much yet.
Might start doing short walks soon though, as highlander suggested smile

TeaJunky Thu 10-Jan-13 23:03:01

I have to add that I actually have left the house several times (I'm not that bad!), and probably done similar to dreaming , with drives in the car with DH, or short shopping trips (with a cautious DH ready to rush me to the car at any point as I was a fainter in pregnancy and he's still traumatised by dramatic fainting episodes in tesco grin)

penguinplease Thu 10-Jan-13 23:12:42

due to having a lazy arse DP I was up and driving 2 days post my first section (we moved house the day I left hospital and I had to drive 100 miles to the new area we had moved to).
I was in Asda doing my shopping the day after and didn't rest at all, he was unsympathetic and totally oblivious to what I'd been through and to the fact that we had a baby to look after...

.. this has continued in a similar way through the next 2 sections, one of which he nearly missed as it almost coincided with a lads holiday he had booked.

He is mid 40s and no lad but thats another thread entirely..

anyway my advice is do what you feel comfortable doing, if you have a willing helper then use them. Sadly I had no choice and yes I am bitter!!

TeaJunky Thu 10-Jan-13 23:37:20

penguin - that is appalling. You drove 100 miles right after your c-section? And was in asda the next day??? I would be bitter too. hmm .
Not only practically is it difficult , but I struggled with the emotional side of it too if I'm very honest. I was in floods of tears for days after, just feeling upset and dissapointed about the whole thing. sad

Do you feel as though a lack of rest after your sections has had any long term effects on your overall health at all?

penguinplease Fri 11-Jan-13 00:01:44

I know when I look back I can't believe I did it and not only once but generally the same kind of thing - esp the supermarket shopping and not resting each time (but the big drive just the first time). I have had 3 sections.

I wasn't emotional or anything, I am the only person I know who had not baby blues but baby elation and was so relieved for it to all be over! I was terrified of giving birth so sections for me were a godsend.

No my long term health is fine but I think the fact that I didn't rest in the crucial early days because my DP is a lazy git has made me dislike him a bit more each time and I look back and really wish I'd just sat down and cuddled my baby a bit more instead of cleaning, cooking and shopping... can't change it now but would if I could go back definitely.

1944girl Fri 11-Jan-13 18:56:27

penguinplease I have a husband very similair to yours and can understand how you feel.
He was brought up to believe that childbirth is women's work and is a ''labour of love''-his words.He thought having babies was like shelling peas until he married me who can only give birth by section.Even then he did not want to know.

TeaJunky Sat 12-Jan-13 00:15:27

Big hugs for penguin and 1944girl
(((((((())))))))

Bloody stupid men. hmm

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