I have no pain threshold and found my emergency C-section with my son was no where near as awful as I had imagined, I'm having an elective in a couple of weeks
I'd echo everyone else, take pain meds whenever you can rather than waiting until you need them. The pain relief available is far more effective when you use it regularly. The worst I experienced was when I was with my son in SCN for hours and missed pain relief, it took a while to get it back under control.
The constipation thanks to the pain relief caused me worse stomach pain than the surgery! TMI- I also ended up with fissures as a result so this time I plan on taking whatever they offer me for that side of things from the get go.
My milk didn't come in properly until day 6 and I had midwives pushing formula on me, so this time I'm expressing prior in the hopes of building a stash in case I need it.
I used the crappy hospital pads over my wound to form a nice barrier so my clothes didn't rub, I did this for about 3 weeks and found it really effective.
Granny undies, the ones that go up to you belly button, while decidedly unattractive were a godsend. This time I've got some in a size up to wear for a few weeks after.
If you can get someone to watch your older kids for the night after and have your other half with you, I would! Obviously your movement will be limited and its' good to have someone right there with you rather than relying on nurses/midwives who will also be busy with other patients.
Trying to take the bandage off sucked, I ended up getting a nurse to do it for me in the shower which I will be doing again, she ripped it straight off and it was over and done with as opposed to me getting about two centimetres off over 5 minutes.