has anyone had 2 c sections? if so what was the recovery for the 2nd c section like?

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Krystal - posted on 02/18/2012

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Ive had 2 c sections, and honestly, I felt like the recovery the 2nd time was easier. I say easier b/c I knew what to expect from the 1st one. I just say get up as soon as you feel able and walk. That helped a lot. With my 1st section, it took me 3 days to walk. With my 2nd it took on a day after.. hope this helps :))

Danielle - posted on 10/30/2009

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the recovery for me was a bit easier, only because you know what to expect, it still hurts like hell!

It's a bit harder because you can't lift your older child for 6 weeks and they get a bit jealous. You also remember how slow you are the first few weeks, you won't be able to do as much for your older child.

I would def. get some help the first week or so your gonna need it!

I made extra meals a few weeks before I was due and froze them that way dinner was preped just needed to be heated.

Laurie - posted on 02/17/2012

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I had 3. My 2nd was only a year after my 1st, and healing went very well with all of them. I can hardly see the scar at all now. They say it's a little more difficult each time when they go through the same spot, since they are going through scar tissue, but the doctors do it often and to me it went just as smoothly each time. Just don't overdo it when you're healing, you may feel like you can get up and around after a couple days, but take it very easy so everything can heal properly- even after you feel great. Good Luck!

Bustyblond23 - posted on 02/01/2012

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My second was much easier then the first. I got a horrible infection after the first. I was back to normal within a week with the second. I am getting ready to have my 3rd.

Mina - posted on 02/01/2012

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second recovery was faster as I was already aware of how it will be like as I had 2 c secs with a gap of almost 3 yrs and it went ok the only thing is that I am still struggling to loose the excess baggage but having said that each person is different so dont stress much just go with the flow.....good luck

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User - posted on 02/23/2012

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I've had 3 c-sections and the recovery is longer for each one. It depends how old your other child is too. Do you still need to look after them 24/7? (I have a 6yo, 4.5yo and a 1 yo).



With hindsight I would have pushed for a VBAC with the second because the choice of childbirth was removed for me on the third.



Tips however, stay in hospital for the full recommended time (mine was 5 days). Do not try to go off pain medication too quickly. Take things slowly. Try not to lift anything over your head for the first month (this includes the laundry). Try to have someone help you around the house for the first 10 days you are out of hospital (mum, sister, MIL).



Follow your doctors advice on stomach excercises. 3 months after my 3rd csection I pushed myself harder on the stomach exercises and my physical recovery was the quickest of the three. (Note, well it kind of had to be... I had 3 children to look after)

Amanda - posted on 02/14/2012

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i have had 3 and each time it was the same! i did relize on the 3erd time i should had taken a littel more time to reast but after a week i was up and going i dont think i even wated that long!!

Amanda - posted on 02/14/2012

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i have had 3 and each time it was the same! i did relize on the 3erd time i should had taken a littel more time to reast but after a week i was up and going i dont think i even wated that long!!

Victoria - posted on 01/31/2012

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my recovory was ALOT better then my first, i was able to get up an walk around 9 hrs after the c-section, my first one i couldnt even move after a day it hurt so bad

Victoria - posted on 01/31/2012

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my recovory was ALOT better then my first, i was able to get up an walk around 9 hrs after the c-section, my first one i couldnt even move after a day it hurt so bad

Cara - posted on 01/30/2012

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Wow!! I actually found my second c section harder to recover from than my first!! And my second one was planned! I guess everyone is different. I just had another one (3rd c section) and find that I am almost the same as my first!! Oh well I guess maybe its how you carry them too?? I don't know

Melissa - posted on 01/30/2012

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i have had 2 c sections within a year of each other it took me 3 days to get up with my 1st but that's cos i had hellp syndrome. with my second i was up and about the same evening :) im due my 3rd baby on 7th june which will be an elective c-sect due to not having the ability to dilate with my second. so thinking the time frames i should be up and about like straight away lol.

Amber - posted on 11/02/2009

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My 1st c section was after long labor and my recovery was awful! 2nd was scheduled and my recovery was SO much easier. It was a piece of cake compared to the first one!

Danielle - posted on 11/02/2009

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I have had 2 c sections and the first one was a little worst than the second one, once u get to the second one I think its a little better because u know what your body can withstand and how to move your body to keep from having the pain. I was up moving around and cooking and taking care of my home the same day I came home from the hospital after a three day stay in the hospital, if you feel yourself getting tired u need to rest dont over do it because everyones body is different.

Pershaun - posted on 10/31/2009

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Quoting Jayna:

Why not try for a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section)? It's actually LESS of a risk than having another c-section. This was proven in a huge study done a few years ago. There is more of a chance the incision from the first c-section ripping during the second c-section that thru regular vaginal delivery! You can always try! It's actually very sad that in our modern society, women "give up" and don't try to let their bodies do what comes naturally. I know many c-sections are necessary...but just because you had a c-section for your first birth DOES NOT mean you have to have one for your second. If you are low-risk pregnancy, might as well try... good luck! =) oh, and BTW the US ranks way low on the mother and infant mortality rates out of all the countries in the world we are 63rd! Just BELOW Costa Rica! So modern medicine in the US does not mean we are getting the best care.



Hey Jayna



VBAC'S can only be done depending on what incision you recieved. There are three types os incisions first you have the bikini cut (Horizontal) Classic cut (Vertical) then there is the upside down T-shape incision. I f you have a Bikini cut then it's strong possiblity that you can later go back and do a VBAC. That's becuase the incision is underneathe the wound. The other two incisions are across the wound. The force of pressure from pushing would cause the wound to rupture and you can bleed to death before they can save you.

Shannon - posted on 10/31/2009

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I've had 3 c-sections and there all about the same. Only I think the second one is a little easier just for the fact you already know whats in store. It's not as scary and doesn't seem to hurt as much cause you already no what pain is do to surgery and what is due to baby.

Pershaun - posted on 10/31/2009

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Pershaun Goodlow

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I've had the liberty to experience 2 natural births and 3 C-sections. The first C-section was unexpected due to me going into full labor at 26 weeks. By the time I arrived at the Hospital I was already 5cm. so there was no way to stop the labor becuase I was half way through it. They took an ulrasound and discovered that my baby was in fetal distress and need to take her A.S.A.P!

Well the nurse tells me that she had good news and bad news. The good news was that I was having the baby that day. The bad news was she was going to be delivered early and by an emergency C-section because she was still lying in a transverse postion (sideways). Mind you this wa the first C-section I was in the hospital for an entire week. The Spinal didn't wear off as timed so I didn't have any feeling in my feet for a while and wasn't able to get up out of bed. I was given a T-shape incision where it looks like a straight line on the outside but you're cut across on the inside it looks like an upside down T. But once you're cut this way you can never have kids vaginally so my next wo were by C-section as well. Far as the healing process this is a very extensive surgery and that area will always be sensitive. I had to literally go stay at my Mother house to have help because I could barely walk and move around to dothings for my self. My wound was closed up with stitches on the inside and stitches and staples on the outside. The healing process does take the whole 8 weeks as oppose to a natural birth being 6 weeks. I strongly suggest wearing a pantie gurdle after so that it holds your stomach in place so that there is very little movement to it. After that the last two were planned, and the good thing about that is you pretty much know when the baby is going to come. By the way my daughter is 15 yrs old and weighed 2lbs.2oz the next C-sections was two years later and the third was eight years after that.

Melinda - posted on 10/30/2009

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I was in labor over 14 hours before they had to do emergancy c-section. I had a very difficult delivery. I felt pretty good after the staples was taken out. My second c-section was worse I was very sore and even after they took the staples out I was still sore. I have two son's age 14 and 20 now thats it for me.

Louise - posted on 10/28/2009

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Hi, I had 3 C sections, two of which were elective, however I had large babies, last one weighing in at 5.3 kgs!! I had to think about the pelvic floors in that situation! Really, they are a major operation, however if there is any risk to the baby or to mum, it is a safe option. I strongly believe in mind over matter and I didn't have any problems after these 3 operations. I probably had slightly more stinging around the wound site then the previous two, however make sure you take the pain relief that is offered and you should win it over!

Corrie - posted on 10/28/2009

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My second one was an easier recovery. I didn't even need the prescription they gave me.

Emelie - posted on 10/28/2009

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I have gone through 2 c. I must say that the recovery time on the 2nd was much faster.

Dora - posted on 10/28/2009

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I have had 3 c-sections and each one was than easier than the last. You know what to expect and what you shouldn't be doing to hurt yourself. My doctor also made the incision below the prior cs so that it would heal better.

Joy - posted on 10/28/2009

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only had 18 months in between mine, life wizzed by at such a fast pace, didnt have too much time to think about it...did have hypatropic scarring though after both. Paid for tummy tuck,and got rid of ugly painful scar. This was normal for me, you understand, if your scar is ok from the first chances are youll mend the same way.I wouldnt have done it any other way, both me and first child would have died without c section, did feel cheated, at first but then pulled myself together, two healthy babies.....happy days!

Krystal - posted on 10/28/2009

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I had 2 c sections. First was with twins and recovery was hard and i got an uterus infection and an urinary tract infection. second one was only 13 months later and was so much easier!

Candi - posted on 10/28/2009

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I just had my 2nd section 6.5 weeks ago...12 years after my 1st. I thought because of my age, the recovery would be so much harder but in reality it was easier. I knew what to expect and was up and about much quicker then the first time.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/28/2009

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Post a reply! sorry 2 say it was longer the 2nd time,had infection and a water infection may have been cos u have less time 2 rest as u have a little one already 2 look after.

Crystal - posted on 10/28/2009

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My recovery for the 2nd c-section was nothing compared to the 1st. I was up & doing light housework, such as laundry, a couple of days after I got home. Just be careful & don't do too much!

Charity - posted on 10/28/2009

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I have had 2. The first one was the hardest. I had to have an emergency c-section because my son was breech and I was so scared....The recovery took at least 1 month not lifting heavy things and making sure your staples didn't bust open...Getting up and down was the hardest also....I would place a pillow on my belly and lean into to it as I was getting ready to stand....then gradually made my way to a standing position and then I was fine.....The second C-section that I was a schedule on and I knew what was going to happen so it was pretty easy to get through.....The second one I recovered alot faster than the first one. If you just take it easy and not do too much or do a lot of heavy lifting you will be just fine.

Sandjery - posted on 10/28/2009

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I had two c-sections was easier to recover from but as soon as you feel up to it start to move around it helps those stomach muscles to mend faster.

Gina - posted on 10/28/2009

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my 2nd c section was 7 years after my 1st. I recovered more quickly with less pain, however had a complication from my spinal and had a spinal headache, which was excruciating pain for about a week. Have you considered V-Bac. I wanted to but got scared into a c-section. Check into it if you are able. If I got prego again, I would want to deliver vaginally, but prob. couldn't find a doc to do it. Best wishes to you and for your pregnancy.

Crystal - posted on 10/28/2009

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I had three c-sections. And I was back to work after only being out of the hospital for 2 1/2 weeks. But I found that as long as I didn't overdue it, there was pretty much nothing I couldn't do.

Rezan - posted on 10/28/2009

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YES I HAVE HAD 3 C-SECTIONS; THE RECOVERY IS DIFFICULT. BUT IT HELPS IF YOU WEAR THOSE STRETCHY STOMACH WRAPS( THE ONES THAT THEY SELL IN THE MATERNITY STORES) BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO TAKE IT EASY SO YOU DON'T OPEN UP YOUR STICHES.

Tequila - posted on 10/28/2009

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I've Had 4 C-Sections. The 1st was the hardest After 24 hours of labor. The other 3 were scheduled. Just relax and don't try to overdo it. Avoid lifting heavy things and doing to much.

Sarah - posted on 10/28/2009

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My 2nd c-section was easier all the way around. The first was an emergency and they got him out as quickly as they could, so they were not very gentle. The 2nd was planned and I did not have NEAR the pain as I did with the 1st one. You have to consider though with the 2nd one there are now 2 children and you can't pick up anything weighing more than the infant.

Jenny - posted on 10/28/2009

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I had two, the first was an emergency so my second had to be a planned c-section. It wasn't too long, as long as I took it easy & only lifted as much as the baby. If you prepare for it, it really doesn't seem to long, I was actually back to a stationary bike after the recommended 6 weeks

Luria - posted on 10/28/2009

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The recovery for me was a little longer because I had another small one and I think I was trying to do to much. but if you try to take it easy and not lift anythig It should be same as the first one about 4 weeks for the soreness to go away.

Vanessa - posted on 10/28/2009

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I've had 2 c sections and one natural labour. The c sections were necessary and recovery was relatively easy so long as i didn't rush to do too much. Sometimes they are necessary. My second child was a planned c section but decided to catch us off guard and there were complications during labour. Good luck to you and your family... all will be well i'm sure.

Monique - posted on 10/26/2009

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Well Lakreesha, I had 3 c-sections in all but the first 2 were 16 months apart. It was definitely harder than the first especially because they were so close together. I think the recovery depends on the length of time in between c-sections and of course your tolerance level of pain. I can tell you that taking it SLOW and one day at a time will be very helpful. Also having someone home with me for the first couple of weeks was a very BIG help. Good luck with everything and I will pray for you. God Bless you and have a wonderful day.

Tina - posted on 10/25/2009

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HEAPS easier it didnt hurt as much as the 1st i think because i knew what to expect and i new how far i could move, just keep moving around, it was so much better

Patti - posted on 10/25/2009

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I had 2 c-sections and it was sore at first, but the best decision I made. The first one was an emergency c-section, but the 2nd was my choice. It was so much easier then the first delivery! And what a healthy little boy!

Terry - posted on 10/24/2009

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the 2nd was WAY easier! I think because like alot of the other ladies I was in labor for more than 24 hours w/ the 1st one, the 2nd one was planned and not nearly as much stress on my body.

April - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have had 3... My first one was hard I was home 3 days after....... with my first i stayed in bed for 2 days after i got home with the last 2 i was up moving around the day after the baby was born after the3 one I was up moving around in 12 hr and I also used less pain pills wit the last 2.....my baby is now 2 1/2 and I sill have pain pills from my c-section with her

Kate - posted on 10/23/2009

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had 2 emergency sections and my 3 rd was elective,first was definitly the worst moving around was sore but did actually help a pillow on your knee holding the baby also helped and was steralised on my 3rd.but same scar was used 3 times

Sherrell - posted on 10/23/2009

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I had 2. The 2nd was easier for me...I guess cuz I knew what to expect. I think I healed faster too.

Tracy - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have had 2 c-sections and i think it depends on the person and your pain tolerance. My first was emergency with infection and my second was planned. The second didn't seem as painful and recovery didn't seem to take as long because i knew what to expect.

Rose - posted on 10/23/2009

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ive had two c-sections and 1 natural....the c-sections are SO MUCH EASIER!! the heal time gets quicker with each c-section too. i was in the pool 2wks after both. at first i was terrified of having the first one but after that, id do it no other way! i dont understand how everyone i know that has had a c-section said they couldnt do anything for at least a month and it was the worst pain ever for them. i was fine when i got home, able to cook, clean, take care of baby and other kids.

Anne - posted on 10/23/2009

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I am now 52, I had three c sections, my first was and emergency due to non progressing dilation and inducement, may second child was born 15 months later , c section was a percausion due to first time, my third child was along three years later. also by c section due to my history, I was told I could try for a fourth , my health was good each time and my incision has never bothered me. I was told 4-6 weeks to fully recover each time , was feeling well after two , but realized the doctor knew what he was talking about 4-6 weeks needed . My three girls have been healthy all there life, and I breast feed each one up to nine months. \hope this encourages those just starting out.

Elisha - posted on 10/23/2009

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Hello Lakressha i have had 3 c-sections and they all felt the same PAINFUL. My1st and 2nd was not that bad because i had stiches well the 2nd wasn't because i knew what to expect, but i had 2 get a blood transfusion with both but the 3rd one was horrible almost died and i had to get staples i was 210 when i got pregnant after i had her i was 154 because i was so sick. I didnt even even get to see my baby until 3 days after she was born i was on the heart floor and she was in the nursery. So just take it easy and make sure you have help especially if you have other small children cause doing it by yourself you will be in pain for a long time and maybe even have a setback.

Donna - posted on 10/23/2009

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I've had 4 sections the recovery for me with all 4 was very easy. I was out of the hospital with in 48 hours and back at the gym and my regular activities pretty much right away. I think it depends on the person as far as recovery.

Laura - posted on 10/23/2009

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It depends on you...what I mean is, I had my first c-section after 38hrs of labor. My second was planned, because it was found out that I can carry a baby but I cannot deliver, my lower body doesn't accommodate delivery. My second was not as the first but still painful. It took about 2 1/2 months to heal though that was a real pain in the ass. I encourage you to make sure you have help that is willing to stay and help you all hrs of the day, you will need it. Keep an eye on your scar tissue, I didn't and ended with endometriosis, and it all started with my first c-section and I had no till 3yrs later and having another child makes it worse not better. Just research what can and cannot happen.

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I have had two c-sections. My first was hard. I was in the hospital for 5 days. I think it was just because it was a new experience, because the second one I was only in the hospital for 3 days. It was a much faster recovery and I knew what to expect. But don't think you will be able to just walk right after your c-section. That could get you into more trouble.

Cami - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have had 4 c-sections. The first was emergency, very tired and long recovery, second was attempted VBAC...another emergency the last two were planned and MUCH easier to recover from, in fact after the 3rd went home in 48 hours and 4th one I went home 24 hours later. Talk to your doc about sewing the muscles back together too. In retrospect, I have found out that if they do that you don't end up with the permanent shelf in your lower abdomen.

Jennifer - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have had 2 c's and he second one was cake. Still painful the first day, but just calmer and great experience. Good Luck

Karen - posted on 10/23/2009

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Hi! I actually had three and my first one was tough and so was my third. Oddly enough, my second one was the easiest....not sure why. On my third, they had to remove old scar tissue and I think that made my recovery time longer. I didn't take any of the pain meds they offered since I was breastfeeding. I was able to do without. My biggest issue was getting in and out of bed. Each day gets easier and do what they say....don't life anything heavier than your baby! Best wishes!:)

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