Great thread ladies. Reading up as much as I can for a hopeful VBAC this time.
My advice from a C-section is that the after-pains can be worse due to the internal scar moving when your uterus contracts as you breastfeed. Every feed I couldn't decide if the nipple pain or the uterus pain was worse, but my face was grimaced and toes curles either way!
Also, educate yourself about pain options for AFTER your surgery. I was put onto a self-administered pethedine drip which I could click the button every 10 minutes. The midwives had me so scared about how much pain I would be in if I didn't click it as soon as I started to feel a bit of pain, how important it was to stay on top of the pain so my body could rest, blahblahblah. I had it in for 2-3 days and can barely remember any of that time I was a drugged out mess - vistors came and I would click and then just zone out mid-sentence. Also my vein calcified where the IV line went in as I'd used it so much, so every time I clicked I would get searing pain down my arm after a couple of days.
The worst part was that once it wore of, it wore off, there was nothing else. So for 6 minutes I'd be a zombie, 2 minutes human, 2 minutes starting to feel pain and then *click* all over again. This time (if I need another C), even if they insist on the drip (which is good for the 1st time you get up) I'm also going to insist on panadol. Once the drip was out and I was just on panadol the pain was nowhere near as bad as they had me believe it would be and it's much easier to keep the pain relief constant.