I only had mine last week (1 week old today!), so I can't speak to the long term stuff but:
- I was squicked out by the idea of photos but said yes to the nurse who asked if I would like them. I'm glad I did, it was amazing to look at, there is one where they have everything but her head out (breech) so there this little body sticking out from my abdomen, it's very cool.
- My pain was really good, took all my meds in hospital but kept forgetting them when I got home because I really had no pain. I have to keep reminding myself to rest because I don't feel it. Having said that, I noticed a bit of increased pain on my right side a couple of days ago then some weeping started yesterday. Got a doctor out to check it, and it's a bit infected . They put me straight on antibiotics, I'm glad I got on top of it as soon as I noticed it.
- I had a lot of blood loss so, even though it was my hospital's policy, they wouldn't let me hold her straight afterwards. I was a bit annoyed because they just told me I was a bit too shaky to hold her even though I wasn't shaky at all. They were being nice and trying not to freak me out when I didn't need to be.
I had a c section not long ago after a vaginal birth with DD. I found DEGAS to help tremendously. I was on iron tabs as well as just generally gassy after. I found the gas pains the worst part of the entire process, so have some on hand just in case.
Pads on the incision were really good too.
Also, not so much as a tip, but I thought a csection meant I'd retain a little more dignity than I did with my VB, but be prepared for the first couple of days to have the nurses check you downstairs for blood losses, (they'll check the pad) and for the first 3-4 days, I had to have DH come and pull my undies up after I showered, and sometimes help pick them up off the floor, with a used pad on them. He wasn't a fan of buying me pads before then - now he doesn't bat an eye!
I found my csection to be a much better experience overall, and besides a few twinges here and there, and the residual SPD I still have, I feel almost 100% back to normal just over 2 months on x
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