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Recover from c section?

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milkyman Fri 19-Feb-16 08:32:48

I have to decide whether to have natural ir c section soon. First time round was awful - forceps, bloid transfusion etc... took weeks (years mentally) to recover. Doctors focus so much on risks/recovery of csection (never mention anything re natural birth!). Just interested in others experiences. Ds1 will be 3.5 yrs old and 2 days in nursery a week. Dh is having 6 weeks off afterwards and parents nearby. Live near a town so not in the middle of nowwhere.

ShanghaiDiva Fri 19-Feb-16 09:02:31

I have had 2 sections - one emergency under GA and another planned. Recovery was good for both. With the second one I was walking around in the afternoon. You need to be careful with lifting for a while - I know I found it difficult at first to push the pram up onto the pavement if the kerb was high.
Good Luck!

Nectarines Fri 19-Feb-16 10:15:32

I have had an emergency section and a plAnned one. Both times recovery was fine. I was up and about twelve hours later and home next day. After about a week no pain relief needed.

I'm now three weeks post planned section and feel almost back to normal, though I have to be careful not to overdo it or I get a bit sore.

LottieDoubtie Fri 19-Feb-16 10:19:12

Have the section! With DH around for 6 weeks (lucky both of you!) then you will be fine. Recovery will be painful for a couple of weeks- physically, but you will be so much better mentally.

shatteredstudentmum Fri 19-Feb-16 10:21:07

I also had emergency followed by planned sections. The first took me a long time to recover but I also laboured for 37 hours before the section.

Planned one I was much better, up later that day, home a couple of days later and pretty much back to normal after 3 weeks.

edwfaith Fri 19-Feb-16 11:58:57

Had emergency section 4 weeks ago, recovery was rough for day 1 (was worn out, had trouble sitting up alone, had high infection levels, all normal stuff) for the first day but they had me up and walking and after day 1 it was all absolutely fine, got given antibiotics for infection and it cleared up no problem, went home on day 3 and have since had no problem with recovering at home everything has been normal for me, showering, cooking, lifting, tidying, getting to appointments) Good luck, you'll be fine smile

Metalhead Fri 19-Feb-16 20:28:22

I had an ELCS after a tough first birth and would do it again without hesitation. Sitting up in bed and getting up from the sofa at home was a bit painful for a couple of weeks, as was laughing/coughing, but I was off painkillers after two weeks. Felt pretty much back to normal physically after 5/6 weeks. Mentally, I never gave it a second thought, unlike first time round when I kept going over and over what happened and having flashbacks for a couple of years!

ohanami Fri 19-Feb-16 20:40:09

I had emcs but before labour started so it was pretty calm and chilled out. I took a couple of days to get moving again but recovered quickly. After the first day the pain was easily manageable with painkillers and ibuprofen, the only thing I couldn't do for a while was get myself out of bed from lying flat. I was driving three weeks later. Dd was in scbu though so I didn't have to get up every 10 minutes to look after her, it might have been a different recovery if I had to do that. And I do know friends who had a very different recovery (though all theirs were proper rushed emergencies after long labours so very different circumstances).

I wouldn't hesitate to have another if it was necessary, especially if I had my dh around to help out like you mention.

SweepTheHalls Fri 19-Feb-16 20:44:42

Just to give a balanced view, I had an elective section after 2 natural deliveries. I believed that it would be a breeze....... But it was bloody painful, post partum haemorrhage, drains in for 3 days (think carrying around a bag if your body blood draining out of your abdomen.... Nice). Very painful for about 5 days..... Pretty big painkillers for 2 weeks and taking it very easy for about 5 weeks. It was a much harder recovery than I had anticipated.

Having said that....... it was still the right decision.

Metalhead Sat 20-Feb-16 04:29:34

It's definitely not a breeze, agree with you there sweep, and you do need to take it easy for a while!

But then I couldn't walk more than a few metres or sit without being in pain for weeks after my natural delivery either...

AlphaVTango Sat 20-Feb-16 08:14:11

I've had 2 sections, last one 10 weeks ago and I have an 18 month old too. The first week after both was tough but I was off painkillers after 10 days.

DP went back to work on day 12 and we were ok. I was concerned about lifting the toddler because he didn't really understand that I had a sore stomach. I only did when absolutely necessary, we did lots of cuddles and reading on the sofa (and cbeebies!) At 3.5 your first DC will be able to understand that you've got a sore stomach.

I'm not saying c sections are easier than a natural birth - women have good and bad experiences of both - but mine were definitely better than I expected, even with the toddler.

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