What will "overdoing it" do post csect?

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What will "overdoing it" do post csect?
Fri, 06-20-2003 - 8:42pm
HI there! I am a newbie here-didn't expect another c-section, but lo and behold, I had another. My baby girl, Caitlin, born June 10, is totally perfect, though and I adore her!

I ended up back in the hospital just one and a half days after being discharged when I came down with a horrendoue cough, shaking chills, fever of almost 103, etc/ ALl checked out adn I was probably suffering from a virus (which I think a visitor gave me-nice to cough that hard with a fresh incision! OW!). Anyway, lots of coughing and little help at home, plus generally reaaly overdoing it ha me concerned now that I am so sore.

Can I delay healing? damage myself in some way by doing too much? Please -any feedback would be appreciated. I am taking it totally easy now, but at first I did wayyyy too much-housecleaning, etc-on my feet soooo long, getting house ready for an impromptu birthday gathering for my 74 yr ld mother (who had not seen the baby as she can not drive now-so it was so important that she see baby and we had a little party thing-not a good idea, I know).

thanks everyone!

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 06-21-2003 - 10:39am
Congratulations on baby Caitlin! Definitely try not to "overdo" it-- especially since you had some healing issues immediately. Relax and rest as much as possible, don't drive or climb stairs *too* often during the day, definitely continue to walk, but try to limit a lot of bending or unusual positioning. Listen to your body-- if you feel a little crampy or uncomfortable, stop what you're doing. Doing too much too soon can definitely delay the healing time and that just stinks!

congrats again! :)


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Registered: 06-02-2003
Sat, 06-21-2003 - 11:07pm
Congrats on new baby. Yes, you can overdue it. With my first one, I didn't do anything but walk a little and was walking miles within two weeks. With my second one, I thought I would do a little more and be okay, but not the case at all. I was doing housework, chasing my two yr old around and just not listening to my body. And it was Christmas time to top it off, so I wanted to shop. I went shopping and my husband almost had to carry me out of the store I was in so much pain. It took me a good month to do anything without pain. Now that I am preg. again, with a planned c-section, I plan on having lots of help and plenty of time to rest and heal. If you feel even a twinge of pain, that is your body saying, "okay, maybe too much". Rest and relax and enjoy your new baby. Good luck.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 1:11pm
"Overdoing it" (meaning you've physically over-exerted yourself too much) can cause you to delay healing, as well as prolong or even worsen your pain. Sometimes it can lead to an infection or even hemoraging from your incision. You can even break a stitch.

Coughing can lead to this, I recall that I had a horrible cold just after I had my first c-section, and it was painful to cough. Try using a pillow to hold against your belly when you cough, that seemed to help me. Also, too much walking or even not resting enough can lead to "overdoing it".

Congratulations on your new baby, and please try to rest! Best wishes for your recovery!


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Registered: 06-25-2003
Thu, 06-26-2003 - 1:49am
With my first one I went home from the hospital on the second day and was Christmas shopping by the end of the week. I was in pain, and it definately slowed me down, but didn't do any damage. If you REALLY over do it and lift too much, exercise, etc, I think you really CAN do some damage. Take it easy, woman! You have your hands full!!!!
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