Recovery questions from unplanned Csect

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Registered: 01-27-2008
Recovery questions from unplanned Csect
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Thu, 11-27-2008 - 2:46am

Hi, I am new to the board and have a million questions about recovering from a Cesarean Birth. I had an unplanned C-section a little over a week ago, and was curious about how long it takes for certain things to go back to "normal".


1) How long before I can bend all the way over and pick something up off the floor?


2) How long until that burning tugging sensation when I stand up goes away?


3) How long before getting in and out of bed and sitting down/standing up is easy again?


4) Are there any exercises I could do to speed things along?


I am happy that my daughter and I are safe and healthy, but a little bummed out that I ended up with a Cesarean birth (especially after 20 hours of natural labor and 4 and 1/2 hours of pushing). I feel like I could move on much faster if I just knew how long recovery would take. Any advice or experience is much appreciated!


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Fri, 11-28-2008 - 10:01am

First Congratulations on your little Girl.

 


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 11-28-2008 - 6:02pm

welcome to the board and congrats on your new addition. I am sorry to hear your birth turned into a unplanned c-section, this ca be very difficult for some moms to deal with, so just know that you are not alone.

Most docs will tell you that most activities can be resumed after about 6 weeks, however it will depend on the woman and how she heals. I personally had twinges of pain for months and months post c-section but that too is very normal. Your best to take it easy and not push your recovery too much, don't expect to be able to bounce back in just a week or two, it can take years for some moms to be back to "normal".

Exercises should not be resumed till a minimum of 6 weeks or until your doc give you the go ahead to start. You did just have major abdominal surgery so don't rush it. take a look at these links and discuss the exercise plans with your doc before you start.

exercises post c-section http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppcsection&msg=6675.1&ctx=16384

c-section depression http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppcsection&msg=6883.1&ctx=16384

recovery form a c-section http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppcsection&msg=6885.1&ctx=16384

Keep us posted and again welcome to the board, jump right in and make yourself at home.

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Registered: 08-23-2005
Fri, 11-28-2008 - 11:47pm

Hi Rebecca - Congratulations on your new little girl and welcome to the board! Your story sounds a lot like mine - with my DD I labored unmedicated for 20 hours and pushed for 4 hours and still no baby. My son was an unmedicated

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Sat, 11-29-2008 - 8:17pm

Hi Rebecca,


Congratulations on your new baby!

 

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Registered: 11-19-2008
Sun, 11-30-2008 - 10:58pm

Congrats!! I hear that recovery can sometimes be longer for those that actually had labor and pushing and then had a csection then those that go straight in for the csection.


It is hard to give exact times since everyone is different. Like my Sister in law was out of the hospital within 2 days and home and doing within that first week. Me on the otherhand took forever to heal up and feel back to normal. I broke open my incision whacking it across the table so that took longer. I didn't have anyone to help me out and I was moving an entire home by myself while recovering too so I am sure that didn't help.


It took me almost a full year to feel back to normal where I didn't have pain. I am still numb in the incision area and that has been 6 1/2 years.


Usually within 6 weeks you are feeling pretty good. It just takes time and don't worry so much on the time it takes. Just try to get plenty of rest and relax. You will get there.


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Registered: 01-27-2008
Tue, 12-02-2008 - 2:36am

Thank you everyone for the great advice and kind words. It already is getting easier to get around (at 2 weeks out). I think I may be just getting used to the burning feeling and no longer worried that I'm going to bust open a few stitches.


I am going to try out some of the exercises from that link, and I have been taking little walks everyday with my husband and our baby girl that feel like they are helping too (the world's slowest walks, lol). I already have a ton more questions, so I'm sure I will be on here lots!

Sailor Carolyn, born on November 18th!



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