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So I'm considering a booked c-section for various reasons that I'm too tired to list at the moment..... And am wondering if any fab mummas have any words of wisdom or advice on the recovery side of things.
The actual c-section it self does not phase me, only the recovery really worries me. So here are some of my questions...
How did you feel the following 48 hours after your section? Were you over run with pain, or did some of it get "dulled out" because you just wanted to gaze at your new addition?
Did moving around asap help with the recovery? Or did you take a more gradual approach..?
Were you given pain killers by your hospital for the pain? Was it just nurofen etc..?
Has anyone used compression, ie, belly bandit, SRC shorts etc after a c-section and did it help with healing?
Was there anything that specifically helped, any positions or tips or tricks...?
& lastly, how long did your other half take off work..? DP has two weeks, and I am thinking of having my mum stay for the 3rd week if she can depending on how I feel.
Recovery first time for me wasnt too bad, it was an emergncy c section, there was pain but it was controlled well and i didnt need the push button pain relief. I was up walking the next day although the pain from the staples felt like a ripping sensation after they were taken out on day 5 or 6, i felt soooo much better. Dh took a week off work
Second time around (elective) i was in a lot of pain, i couldnt do a lot, and required a lot of pain meds for the entire time i was in hosp, and the week following. Again, i got up and moved around the next day but was in so much pain i just needed to stay in bed alot, the times i did get up i almost fainted... It was a nightmare. I also had healing issues... Dh was on holidays from uni for about 4 weeks so that was good considering how terrible i was feeling.
Didnt use any compression thingos
mine was an emergency (i guess but not really an emergency just the lack of progress after induction) ....i was given a panadol drip for the first 24 hrs as well as some oxycontin for about 3 days..then endone PRN...i do think that they gave me too much the morning after the c sect as i was given a white pill and the an hour later another pill and i was on the nod :D. panadol TBH did nothing i needed the stronger endone after the oxycontin finished. i needed to take panadeine at home for the week following too about 6 a day initially. after that i felt ok...i couldnt walk standing up straight for a about a week and half but could get around although had to walk very slow. this time my DH will take off about 6 weeks as we have a 22 month old who is very active! i drove about 3 weeks later and felt pretty good by 4 / 5 weeks. TBH the worst was the severe leg swelling i got, mind u i had had terrible cankles already during most of the pg and for the first 3 /4 weeks after the c sect they were even more swollen and it took 8 full weeks for the legs to go back down to normal...that was worse than the c scar pain!
I had my little man at 9.30pm and by the next morning I was up walking around. I was forced to as bub was in special care, but I would reccommend after 12 hours to get up and walk around as much as possible. Don't bend though, standing up straight walking is great as it gets all your muscles back to normal without annoying the ones healing! Have a shower when you feel you can, it helps to losen your muscles and make you feel normal again. With help from my midwife I showered, washed hair and was feeling great after a day.
I was having endone tablets as well as neurofen and stuff. Take what they offer you, as there is a reason for it! I didn't feel a thing for a couple of days until I missed a few nurse calls for the endone and then started feeling it more.
I didn't use the compression belly band things, but a friend did and said it helped a bit, I think it may just depend on how much weight you're carrying after. Just wear comfy loose clothing. High sitting daggy grandma undies in a size bigger than you usually wear were great till my bandage came off (24-48 hours later), then just standard high undies were fine for a few weeks till I could put more pressure on the scar.
Getting out of bed was tricky for a while, but found rolling on to your side, swinging legs around then sitting up slowly was the best way without straining my tummy too much. Just try not to bend forwards or backwards too much in general, bend your legs as much as possible and no heavy lifting.
DH took 4 weeks off, but bub was in special care for 2.5 weeks, so was only home with us both for 1.5 weeks. I was defintely fine by this stage to do most stuff for myself. Anything I couldn't do could wait till he got home. I wasn't driving really but could go out if I needed to. In regards to driving ring your car insurance company and find out what stage you can drive again. Most don't have restrictions, but safer to check. Mine said as long as I didn't have a letter/paperwork stating I couldn't drive I was fine. I had to drive at 3.5 weeks post op for a wedding but really didn't try to drive till 6 weeks.
Hope this helps.
I have had 2 elective sections.
I am a massive chicken with pain & neither of mine were very painful. The first 4 days was ok with only moderate pain every now & then as the pain killers block most of the pain.
When i was at home the first day back i found it a bit painful becos you come off the endone & onto just panadol forte or less powerful painkillers.
What was most painful for me was the constipation afterwards with both of mine…so plenty of fibre is recommended.
I was more scared of the spinal than anything else because i am scared of needles & the recovery is really not that bad. Just make sure you have someone to help you for at least the 1st week back at home.
Oh remembered more:
I was emmergency SC as well, although from hearing different stories it doesn't seem to make much difference. They all vary in degrees of recovery.
They suggested panadol and voltarin anti-inflams to take at home. I found these great to keep the healing and pain relief at home.
Bundleoflove I couldn't have written a better post. Your post has everything including the endone (I could only have that due to codeine allergies) :)
im short on time but jysyed wanted to say it was a peice of cake:) much easier less painful than i expected
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I've had 3 c/secs.2 emergency and 1 scheduled.1st one was only painful when up and About but I was fine by day 7.I probably pushed myself a little too far but dd1 was in NICU so I didnt have much choice.I relied on endond the first few days
Dd2 was scheduled and I had her at 9.30am then went home at 3 the next day.Pretty sore but as we had our dd1 at home and I had no help I again probably did too much.No pain relief besides my spinal block,then panadol and voltaren.
ds was an emergency and the pain was much better than the first 2.DS was in NICU 2 floors below me and I was walking myself to and from him on day 1 after surgery.only took panadol and went home on day 5 (but that was due to me being critically ill when I gave birth so I needed extra time and should probably stayed longer but I'm not big on hospitals after a lot of illnesses )
Belly bandits are really helpful for core support.I only used one for DS but I wish I'd known about them for my others!
Tips!! Lean over a pillow if you need to cough or sneeze.It will help support the wound site.
Ask for stitches rather than staples.Ive had both and def preferred stitches.
Oh and hubby took 15 days off with DD1, only 2 with DD2 (he's in the RAAF &thats all they gave him because he was in training) and 4 weeks with DS.
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