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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 10:39 AM   1
baileybubs
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Recovery experiences after c section


Hi ladies,

I had my beautiful daughter on Friday via emergency c section following an induced birth and baby becoming distressed in final pushing stage.

Me and my girl came home yesterday and she is an angel, sleeping really well and making it as easy for mummy as she possibly could. But today I feel like I have gone backwards, the pain seems stronger today and although my MW has said my scar looks good today my muscles are killing me. Plus I have trapped wind in my shoulder from the op too so walking anywhere feels like such a trek!! And to make things worse, sitting down for too long gives me a numb arse and then that hurts too lol!!

I just wanted to get some others experiences of recovery coz I just wanna know theres light at the end of the tunnel lol!!



 
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 11:48 AM   2
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Hi
I too had an emerg c-section. I had planned to be up and about a few days after my babys birth doing shopping etc, i hadnt even stocked my fridge!
Instead i found myself moving in with my mum (im a single parent) not being able to drive or even walk!
The first 2 weeks are the toughest. Some days i felt back to normal, the next day i would wake and feel worse than ever.
Trust me, it gets so much easier. One day youll wake up and 'just get out of bed' and think woah, i got out of bed/off the sofa like a "normal" person.
It took me 2 weeks to walk a mile to the local shops, 5 weeks to drive and 7 weeks to move back home.
I can only go on my own experience. Any questions just ask :-)
Its easy to forget youve just had a major op, so try and relax, if that means the house is a tip and youve got greasy hair then so be it!
Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery and hope your enjoying your little one!
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 12:07 PM   3
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Thanks becky thats really helpful! Its hard when you arent expecting to have the long recovery isnt it? I think I felt disheartened this morning that I feel worse today than yesterday, but I probably just did too much yesterday because I felt better lol, vicious cycle!!
Its frustrating not being able to do everything I want to for my daughter too, but I am lucky that my partner is off work and here to help!

And I get what you mean about getting up/out of bed like a "normal" person, cant wait for that day!! At the moment I'll settle for being able to just laugh like a normal person and without yelling in pain and grabbing my tummy lol!!



 
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 12:16 PM   4
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Peppermint tea/peppermint capsules are fantastic for the shoulder pain from trapped wind!! x



 
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 12:26 PM   5
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Oooh I didnt think of peppermint tea lexi thanks!! I had peppermint water at hospital but not had anything since I got home, I'll route in my cupboards now (well, I'll get my df to look lol). Thanks for that!!



 
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Old Apr 10th, 2013, 20:34 PM   6
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I had a C-section in October and felt the same way as you did! Two of my friends had C sections and I remember asking them when they felt normal again! There were good days and bad days for sure! I couldn't even lie down in bed because I couldn't get OUT of bed. LOL I slept in a recliner for the first 5 or 6 weeks. Slowly but surely you will heal and feel better. It took me about 7 weeks to feel almost back to normal. Honestly, it was about 12 weeks before I was back to my normal gym routine. Even then, situps were painful. It takes time but you will get there!



 
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Old Apr 11th, 2013, 07:16 AM   7
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Thanks leikela, I am managing to sleep in bed but I am like you were I can't get out of bed again!!! It's so hard when Emilia is crying in the night and I need to get up to her but it takes me 10 mins to get up!



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2013, 03:36 AM   8
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DS1 Born via booked in C-section due to Placeta Previa, recovery was quick and pretty painless, my only issue was i need a transfusion due to very low iron. I was pretty much green/grey.

DS2 15 months later, C-section due to stupid me going into Hospital too early and they basically pinned to me a bed, with a monitor didn't let me move/sleep or anything, and induced labor, which never progressed, etc etc.

Recovery was f**** painful, wound got infected, was in agony for weeks.

I vow never to have a c-section ever again.. (unless proven medical reason like DS1) I Learned a lot since the second one, put it that way.



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2013, 08:43 AM   9
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i had my c-section 4 years ago now but i was walking within 3 days only because my son was in nicu and midwives were talking hours to get me a wheelchair. I found wearing loose clothing with a maternity pad on my scar so it didnt run on anything, i held it when i moved for a bit of reassurance and slid my feet when walked instead of picking them up, it does take a while to recover but take it easy and at your pace and you'll be back to normal in no time. congrats on your little bundle x



 
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Old Apr 12th, 2013, 09:15 AM   10
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Thanks ladies, I feel like I'm slowly getting there, I just hate not being able to do everything for my daughter properly yet! I can see a light at the end of the tunnel though!



 
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