C section recovery

Jade - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Im scheduled to have a csection for my twins soon and while i can find lots of information on the actual surgery, theres not much on the recovery in the hospital and once you get home. I will have a toddler at home and my husband only gets two weeks off since hes in the military. Can anyone who has had one before give me some tips for when i get home and the recovery time then?

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Liz - posted on 01/31/2013

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Katie, the post was from 2009, I think her surgery is definitely over and done with. :D

Katie - posted on 01/31/2013

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I had my first csection 9 days ago. I went to the hospital for cramps and little did I know those "cramps" were contractions and I had been having them for three days. They tried stopping them but they got closer so my nurse came in and said "were doing a csection in 30 minutes" (baby girl was breech) so surgery went well and after I was definitely sore but not enough to take anything. I got up the next day with no problem took a shower and have been fine ever since. I went home on my third day and by my second day home I was back on my normal schedule. The first three days are the hardest, I hope your surgery goes as well as mine did. And it's been 9 days and my stomach is almost flat again breast feeding will make the pounds fall off!

Amanda - posted on 10/19/2009

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OH! And I knooow this is gonna sound ridiculous, but i wish someone had told me before I had my c-section that sneezing and coughing hurt! So, if you remember and have to sneeze or cough during those first couple months after surgery do small little sneezes or coughs if possible to help the pain. It was a TOTAL shocker for me the first time I sneezed and had pain.

Amanda - posted on 10/19/2009

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My advice would be to take it easy as long as you can and as much as you can while your husband is home so that when he leaves you will feel much better than if you had been over doing it the whole time. C-section recovery for me was not nearly as bad as I had feared and I was up and doing all that I had been doing in about a week. I took advantage of the option to stay in the hospital for the full stay ( I think it was three nights) because it allowed me to recover before I had to go home and do it all by ourselves.

Melissa - posted on 10/19/2009

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I was in the same boat sister. I had a c-section and my husband is in the military too, although I don't have the toddler, it was still rough. Honestly it took me a good 3 weeks to feel like I was capable of doing a lot on my own. I had a couple neighbors help me with the big things. Also my husband was a really big help. The only thing I can tell you that I experienced was that with the pain medications they give you after, make sure you have stool softeners. And you will be amazed at how much you actually use your abdomen. If you have any questions to ask feel free to message me. The best of luck!!!

NICOLA - posted on 10/19/2009

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hi i had a section with my son over to years ago and it was quite painful. it can be hard to bend over so having a changing table that is level with your stomach helps massively as your not having to lean over and then strech your wound to get up again as it can become quite stiff. i also see that mothercare are selling what they call a c section belt it is padded so it protects your wound from bumps which would be handy for you with your toddler running about lol. there is also a section in the belt that be heated up or put in freezer that would help with pain and as far as i know its only £20 which is a bargain when i have another child i will have to have a c section again and i would def buy one of those belts. the docs say it takes 6 weeks to get back to normal but i would say it took me 4 you just have to take it easy. congrats and good luck

Tenille - posted on 10/19/2009

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Hi Jade, I had a c-section 8 months ago with my first! I healed very well from it. I listened to the doctors orders which were as follows: Dont lift anything over 20 lbs and go slow. Thats all she gave me and I found it easy to follow! I was able to do stairs and walk although I was beyond slow I did it! Instead of playing on the floor with your toddler play at about couch level so you dont have to get down and then get back up again....getting up from the floor makes you flex you tummy which can be painful. I also found that wearing low rise pants damn near drove my incision crazy. I used to put a hot water bottle on my belly just to relax the muscles instead of filling myself full of pain killers. Just move at a slow place and everything will be ok, dont over exert yourself!! My biggest piece of advice is learn to manage your pain either through pain killers or doing something that makes you feel ok (walking made me relax so i was tense) Good luck and congrats on your twins!! If you have any questions feel free to ask!! Tenille

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