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Old Dec 9th, 2009, 06:34 AM   1
kirsten1985
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Recovery time after c-section or vaginal birth...


I have a question.

For those of you that had a good, straightforward vaginal birth (pain relief or no pain relief) what was it like afterwards? And how long to recover?

And for those that had a c-section, what was it like afterwards and how long to recover?

I had a vaginal delivery, but had an episiotomy, bad stitching up after hours in theatre etc etc. I was in hospital for a week, and it was probably about 10 weeks before I could sit comfortably, walk properly outside the house, lift things without being in pain.

I have been advised to have a c-section next time because of another issue, but am thinking of pushing for another vaginal delivery (when the time comes, lol). I am just worried that it will be like last time and I won't be able to do anything for so long afterwards. I know after a c-section it takes around 6 weeks (is that right?) to get going again, (I just mean the basics, sitting, walking, driving etc).

I guess I just don't want a repeat of last time .

Sorry if that's a bit rambly!!



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Old Dec 9th, 2009, 07:06 AM   2
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I felt fine afterwards tbh. I was knackered but I was in labour for 50 odd hours so thats to be expected!

I had the epidural out at 5am and walked straight to the bathroom and had a bath. I tried to get up and walk about as much as possibly. Josh had to keep going down to NICU which was downstairs from the ward so I kind of had to get up and about to take him there.
Stitches hurt the first time I peed and TMI no.2 was like giving birth all over again but apart from that I felt quite good. I was in hospital for 5 days but I think given the chance I could of gone home had a good sleep and been fine the next day.

My friend had a c-section and wasn't able to drive for 6 weeks as your not insured to drive before that time after a c-section because your scar could rupture when doing things like emergency stops.



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2009, 07:26 AM   3
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I had an emergency c section. I was in hospital for 5 days but that was mainly because of my LO was poorly. I had an awful recovery when home but it was due to vaginal bleeding/infection/retained products not because of the c section scar. I was sore for about a week after, took the tablets for a couple of weeks, and felt fine in that area quite quickly. I do think my bleeding etc would have happened even if i had a vaginal birth.



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2009, 10:27 AM   4
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Originally Posted by kirsten1985 View Post
I have a question.

For those of you that had a good, straightforward vaginal birth (pain relief or no pain relief) what was it like afterwards? And how long to recover?

And for those that had a c-section, what was it like afterwards and how long to recover?

I had a vaginal delivery, but had an episiotomy, bad stitching up after hours in theatre etc etc. I was in hospital for a week, and it was probably about 10 weeks before I could sit comfortably, walk properly outside the house, lift things without being in pain.

I have been advised to have a c-section next time because of another issue, but am thinking of pushing for another vaginal delivery (when the time comes, lol). I am just worried that it will be like last time and I won't be able to do anything for so long afterwards. I know after a c-section it takes around 6 weeks (is that right?) to get going again, (I just mean the basics, sitting, walking, driving etc).

I guess I just don't want a repeat of last time .

Sorry if that's a bit rambly!!
I had a planned c-section and it went very well. To be fully healed from a c-section it can take up to 6-8 weeks. I started driving, sitting, walking, and doing the basics two weeks after very comfortably. I was doing laundry and washing dishes 1 week after I was home (I know I wasn't supposed too, but I felt fine and didn't overdo myself) . I was in the hospital for 3 days and had my staples taken out before I went home. I never had a problem with my scar, it never leaked or tore open, it healed quite nicely. Although my doctor told me to not let water hit the scar directly for 7 days, to let it run of your chest to rinse the soap off and to just pat dry after gently washing it with unscented soap (doctors have different rules for this). I was up and around doing what I pleased after 3 weeks. I was released to do anything and everything after my 4 week check-up. It just depends on how your surgery goes and how well of a healer you are as to how well you do afterwards.



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2009, 12:08 PM   5
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I had a very straightforward vaginal delivery, no pain relief, no stitches. (I had a tiny tear that didn't require stitching). It stung a bit to go to the loo for about 3-4 days, and I was taking co codamol for soreness 'down there' for about 48 hours afterwards, but never had any real pain sitting or walking etc. Could have driven straight away if I'd needed to.

The only thing I would say is that my friends who had less straightforward vaginal deliveries had much longer recoveries than me, and were in more pain afterwards, and are planning to have c sections next time.

I have always put my 'good' birth down to being active, (I had no monitoring) and I feel sure that I would have had pain relief / epidural if I had been strapped to a bed with monitors on. I think generally if you have to be monitored you are at a greater risk of interventions, such as emergency c sections because medics feel that the baby is 'in distress' when this is often not the case.

So I've gone on a ramble...but my point is, I really would check how achievable a straightforward vaginal delivery really would be for you, given the issue that you have, would you be allowed to be active etc, as this makes a huge difference to the outcome / recovery in many cases...



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2009, 12:11 PM   6
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vaginal took me about 3 months i hurt my cocyx bone,

c section took to be completely ok 2 weeks



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2009, 14:18 PM   7
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I had a normal vaginal delivery and a 2nd degree tear and I would say it took me 2 weeks to walk normally again and feel like a human being! I was also really active during my pregnancy and I think that helped with delivery.



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Old Dec 9th, 2009, 14:33 PM   8
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Thanks for everyones replies. I was very active during pregnancy, worked right up until I had Freya and most of my labour was very active too. It just went on too long (back to back contractions for 46 hours) and I ended up with a stupid failed epidural, and gas and air. Afterwards I had to have a spinal block anyway, so the whole thing was ridiculous.

I think juding by all your pretty good recoveries I am just going to have to hope that what ever option I end up with I heal fast (I do this well anyway) and recover well.

I can't imagine how amazing it must be to be in almost no pain a couple of days after giving birth, I would love that so so so much. I kind of assumed it took everyone as long as it took me!

I am terrified of giving birth again and I'm actually considering having some counselling or at least talking to someone properly before I do it again.

It took me 4 months to fully recover, I can't remember the first month at all, and I can't go through that again. Thanks people, you have given me some hope!



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Counselling sounds like a great idea, nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain.



 
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Old Dec 9th, 2009, 16:51 PM   10
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Hi
I don't have anything to compare my labour to as Seb is my 1st but I had an emergence c section after trying out the waterpool, gas and air, epidural, pushing myself, & finally a suction cap!
I didn't want a c section and was really disappointed that I was unable to have him naturally but in the end it was what was best for both of us!
If I try for another I am going to try for a natural birth but wouldn't be worried about having another c section.
In terms of recover .... Seb is 5weeks and I am pretty much doing everything that I used to around the house etc. I am not able to drive for another week for insurance purposes which is very frustrating and the doctors recommend not doing any strenuos exercise fir 5months which is rubbish when u want to get rid of baby weight!!
I did get an infection in my wound which has delayed my recovery but by the sounds of thing your pain was much worse than what I felt. My only real complaint is how difficult it was in the 1st weeks when u want to be doing everything for your lo but u can as lifting and moving around is very difficult!
Hope u can come to a decision when the time comes.... But I always think, what will be will be and nature will help u decide in the end!! X bonnie



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