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whatwillbex Apr 16th, 2017 15:48 PM

How painful is a csection?
I've got a meeting with the consultant to discuss a possible csection. I was just wondering how painful is it even with pain relief in recovery?
Is it more pain or discomfort or more frustrating being limited mobility. I know it's like asking how long is a piece of string as everyone's different but just trying to get an idea from women who have lived it.

I have a low pain thresh hold, so either way I go will not be a jolly :/

Srrme Apr 16th, 2017 16:27 PM

The most painful part for me was standing up for the first time afterward. The pain was bearable though, and I managed with just Ibuprofen. I was able to go shopping right after being discharged (slowly, and not recommended).

In my opinion, it's harder and a more painful recovery than having a vaginal delivery, and if I had two choose between the two, I would not opt for a c-section.

loeylo Apr 17th, 2017 06:58 AM

The actual operation itself was fine, I found getting the spinal in to be uncomfortable, but then you may have that with a vaginal birth. To me it was a dull pain, rather than the sharp pain I was expecting. I think it was more the thought of having a needle in my back!

During the procedure it felt strange but not at all painful. It felt a bit like the baby was moving around LOTS.

Afterwards I was numb for a while but I do remember being in a fair amount of pain, I can't take co-codamol so I was only using paracetamol which took the edge off it but I was still sore. I could walk, but it was uncomfortable. Carrying heavy items and bending were the worst for me, and transitioning between sitting and standing. On day 3 I was okay to go out a walk with the pram, albeit quite slowly. On day 6 I went shopping (as in, round a shopping centre) and out for lunch. I even had a glass of wine!

Anything that involves using my abs hurt for maybe 2 weeks afterwards. After maybe 3 weeks I felt pretty normal but still had pain if I overdid it for maybe a month.

I'm fortunate in that my scar is barely visible, I have no numbness and all in all I had a good recovery, but I would still say it was painful (my mum and dad got a fright when they saw me in hospital as apparently I looked horrific, lol!)

KatO79 Apr 17th, 2017 12:10 PM

I had a c-section last October. I think the most uncomfortable/painful was getting the spinal, that had me in tears:wacko: After that you don't feel any pain during the procedure at all! You just feel them prodding around which is a really odd sensation. After that you'll probably be getting pain meds so you shouldn't feel much pain afterwards either, just sore. The worst is the first few days when you're getting out of bed and trying to e.g. get in a sitting position but I wouldn't say I was in any bad pain, it was bearable.

Teri7489 Apr 17th, 2017 13:26 PM

I had a c-section planned but my water went early so ended up with an urgent one. The worst part was the spinal which I had after my vaginal delivery as well so it wasn't down to it being put it quick, it's just not a nice thing. My son was born at ten past midnight Monday night/Tuesday mornnng and I was home Wednesday morning after it bathing my 3 year old. Getting up is tender and you have to be careful not to stand up quick or fully until you heal but i didn't find it anywhere near as bad as people had explained it. I took paracetamol for 2 days and no longer needed it. Your first poo is an experience but that is the same with either delivery method. The best advice I got was get moving asap and it proved right. The longer you sit down the harder it is to get moving again. It is a major op, physically you are changed and it isnt a method to take if you don't need it though. Even after a horrific vaginal delivery, I'd still choose it over a section x

ARuppe716 Apr 18th, 2017 20:44 PM

I didn't think it was that bad but I also have a high pain tolerance and have been through a total hip replacement. The spinal is uncomfortable but then it's in and you're numb. Recovery isn't bad, just make sure you make yourself get up when they tell you. Recovery is much better in the long run if you get up and moving once cleared to do so!

OnErth&InHvn Apr 18th, 2017 21:47 PM

well it is surgery and its all about the circumstances + dr.

My 2nd was worse than my 1st but my 1st wasnt a walk in the park either. 1st i felt them stitching me. 2nd they pulled the staples out and it hurt pretty darn bad.

I would not have a c-section again....thus my VBA2C.

whatwillbex Apr 20th, 2017 12:40 PM

Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply. Thats really helped. X

His Princess Apr 21st, 2017 09:59 AM

I had my second section 2 weeks ago today. It's definitely been harder this time around but I think that's probably due to the fact that there was a lot more scar tissue etc. for them to get through.

As others have said, the worst part is getting up for the first time. In terms of pain/discomfort; I found the worst thing to be the trapped wind from having your stomach open - I've found this to be the case on both occasions. This time, I was prepared with plenty of peppermint tea and oil of peppermint capsules, which helped massively.

First time around, I was in hospital for 2 days and this time, I was discharged the following day. Whilst it isn't pleasant, I've recovered well on both occasions and it's definitely not the most pain I've ever been in. Providing you keep on top of pain by taking painkillers regularly, after a few days, it's uncomfortable more than anything else.

pinkpassion Apr 21st, 2017 13:21 PM

My first seemed like a breeze to my second , my second I had terrible complications and they stitched a nerve funny that was being pulled and it was so excruciating, NO amount of pain reliever could solve it because it was a nerve being pulled, they even tried 5 injections into my abdomen of numbing medication to try to relieve it which didn't help at all. Plus my staples started coming out and my incision started opening
. Recovery was hell and I never want to go through it again which is why come hell or high water I'm attempting a vba2c this time!
It's hit or miss on whether you will have a good recovery or a bad one! Just hope for the best but prepare for the worst! ALSO, I couldn't have made it either time without my belly binder afterwards , both times they gave it to me right after the c-section and it did help tremendously so definitely look into one of those!

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