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Got questions about giving birth? Know what to expect and when to expect it, with the Mumsnet Pregnancy Calendar. long after a c-section did you wait?

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rainbowface Thu 25-Apr-13 10:26:22

Hi, have just posted this in Chat, but on second thoughts I probably should have posted here. I am 12 weeks post c/s and am wondering how long people generally wait after a c/s. Personally I wouldnt mind not bothering at all as I still dont feel quite my normal self iykwim - due to a traumatic labour and birth, sleep deprivation etc. Dh has been fantastic but I know he is wondering when things are going to get back to normal. Re internal/external stitches when is it safe and when did everyone else feel like being intimate again? Starting to wonder if maybe its just me.

silverangel Thu 25-Apr-13 11:22:36

We waited a couple of weeks BUT DTs were in SCBU so no sleep deprivation! Once they came home it was quite a whilesmile

I think 6 weeks is the standard advice but its up to you, and when you feel ready!

VenusRising Thu 25-Apr-13 11:29:25

We waited at least six months iirc: it wasn't a priority smile

I had a horrific labour, 'failed' vag birth, and very quick and scary crash section with a big 12 inch scar. I was in agony afterwards with scar tissue internally though.

If it had just been an elective, I guess as soon as I felt I had had enough sleep. I was bf as well and had massive, uncomfortable, leaky boobs, so I didn't feel like a sex goddess, just an earth mother!

Plenty of other things you can do though rather than penetrative sex: be demonstrative, and don't forget to hug each other too!

Go and see a physiotherapist who specialises in post natal recovery. Best money I ever spent.

rainbowface Thu 25-Apr-13 13:51:46

Thanks for your responses, its nice to know I'm not abnormal for not having attempted it yet (altho think dh is starting to think otherwise). VenusRising did the physio give you special exercises to help your tummy muscles etc?

VenusRising Sun 05-May-13 01:16:47

Yes she did, and a lot of manipulation internally and externally to tear up the scar tissue which had glued my muscle layers together ..... also had dry needle- ing to release nerves trapped in the scar tissue..... Shudder.

Well worth it though.

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