C-sec recovery, is this normal?

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C-sec recovery, is this normal?
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Thu, 12-31-2009 - 6:40pm

I had a c-sec Dec. 21 for my b/g twins. Had to go in quick due to PIH, babies at 33.6 days still in NICU, so I'm getting lots of rest at home to recover.


How easy are you taking it after the c-sec? It's just me and the hubby at home and I'm resting, doing maybe 1 hour total of picking up (no bending over), keeping the place tidy, hubby does bulk of work.


How long does the pain last? I felt great, hardly any pain, until about two days home from the hosptial Dec. 26. Granted I was moving more, and walking to the NICU from the car


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Registered: 02-26-2008
Fri, 01-01-2010 - 11:55am

I too had twins and a c-section. Mine were born 35wks 6days due to pre e. One came home, one stayed in NICU. To complicate matters further, I'm allergic to pain medication. Can only take OTC advil gel caps. So, I had a very quick recovery. Was back to normal after a week. I still took it slow, but I had too much going on between baby at home, and visiting baby in hospital to get too much rest.

My second c-section had my son ending up in the NICU due to aspiration of amniotic fluid (don't get me started on the horror stories associated with this one). My recovery took a little longer because it took them longer to remove the staples, but I was up and around right away. Had 17 month old twins to take care of!

So, you sound perfectly normal to me. My biggest advice is listen to your body. If you feel good, act like it. If you start not feeling good, slow down. Just watch heavy lifting...

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Fri, 01-01-2010 - 11:59am
Oh, and everyone is different. I've had friends not back to normal after a month, and friends who didn't even need OTC drugs. The trips to the NICU are totally going to affect your recovery. Riding in the car is about THE most painful thing I endured. I used an abdominal band for getting out an about, and it really helped. Ask for a wheelchair when you get to hospital...walking works those abdominals, so if you're feeling pain, don't walk. C-sections is a major surgery...don't forget it!
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Registered: 03-18-2009
Sat, 01-02-2010 - 8:27pm

Congratulations on your twins! I hope you get them home soon, if they're not there already!


I agree with PP that everyone is a little bit different. With that said, I am typically "back to half normal" about 3 weeks post C section. I've had three of them and my first baby and my third baby were in the NICU... so I know what it's like to be up and about traveling back and forth to see the little ones. :)


I can still "feel" my scar now if I think about it and/or if I touch it, but it's nothing like the pain that you experience right after birth!


Congrats again on your twins! It looks like you've had quite the journey while waiting for the two of them to join your family! :)

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