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Recovery takes longer than antipicated...

by Emma
(UK, Manchester)

I had a planned elective c-section as during my pregnancy my baby remained in the breech position from week 31 and refused to move! I also had an amniotic band present which in most cases are harmless but manual turning cannot be done in case the band is disturbed in any way- well that's what my doctor told me.

So, the day arrived to go into hospital and after a long day- I arrived at 7am and had my c-section at 4pm! By which point I was starving hungry and very thirsty- I also found the wait gave me more time to worry about it, I was desperate to have it over with and welcome my daughter into the world- I couldn't wait!

The worst bit was the injection in my back- it does feel like a long ten seconds or so. Once it kicked in I felt nothing but a pulling and tugging sensation, not at all painful. I did feel sick afterwards due to the drugs and I was shaking like a leaf, a side effect from the drugs.

I was up and about the next day and moving was a slow painful process, even going short distances. Prepare yourself for this and try to take it very easy- a short walk is great to get everything working properly again especially your bowels- I had terrible wind pains for a few days afterwards.

After three days I was allowed home and couldn't wait! I did intend to take it very easy but because I felt fine almost healed- naively I overdid it slightly- too much bending and stretching and definitely too much housework- I looked at my scar and because it looked healed and I felt better each week I fooled myself and stupidly forgot about my internal stitches and basically ended up with an infection that took three lots of antibiotics, a lot of pain and a major setback towards full recovery- not to mention frequent trips to the GP!

Learning to take things easier isn't easy and although infections are common I still can't help feeling I did too much too soon. Of course when you look at your baby its all worthwhile but my advice is look after yourself as soon as you arrive home and do as little as possible- rest as much as possible and get as much help as you can- concentrate on your recovery and your baby- most other things can wait.

If you do too much too soon you run the risk of being re-admitted and although this is rare would you really want to think this might happen. My doctor told me this and it scared me into slowing down completely. As long as you be careful and sensible your body will recover. Good luck ladies, take care x

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Oct 05, 2011
You are welcome...
by: Anonymous

Thanks heather, its great to know my contribution, or essay rather, might be of some use to mothers, pre and post c-section! Recovering from such a major operation takes time patience, physically and emotionally! Im still having problems with my incision but it could be worse... My daughter is an angel, such a content little girl so im very thankful for that! Good luck to all mums-to-be and new mums x

Oct 03, 2011
by: Heather ;-)

Thanks Emma for taking the time to share this. It's so tempting to assume things are all good and go back to normal before you really should.

What a great testimony for slowing down and taking it easy. Glad to hear you've healed up, even with the infection!

Thanks again so much for sharing your story, I'm sure it will be very helpful to pre- and post- cesarean mothers alike.

much care,

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