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Recovery after pregnancy: the hardest thing I should expect

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11/04/14

C-section = pain pain moving trying to get out of bed pain picking up baby, pain doing most anything. Pain while trying to poop because you can't "push" you jsut need to sit there till it happens... It will take you a while to recover. Take your pain meds and your stool softener and anything else they give you. Drink lots and lots of water like 20 glasses a day. Peeing is good. Youll probably have about 6 weeks before you get the okay to lift anything over 15 lbs... I was on a 10 limit. Go slow with everything. Have other people help you even if its getting up or getting off the toilet let them help you!!!

07/12/14

I'm going to answer this from the perspective of someone who underwent a C-section.

There will be pain, lots of it. Cesarean sections are abdominal surgery so recovery no walk in the park. Your lower stomach is going to be very tender so your doctor will likely prescribe morphine or some other hospital grade pain relief. If you're prescribed morphine, it'll be via IV drip where you can push a button for extra relief if you need it. The dose is capped at a certain amount so you won't be able to overdose on it. Morphine could make you sleepy. It did for me so make sure there's someone else with you if you're holding your baby.

A day or two after your C-section, the nurses will remove your catheter (which was inserted to eliminate your urine) and they'll want you to get up and start walking around. Take it very slowly.

They'll also have you start eating solid foods and see how your digestive system handles it. One of the things they'll be expecting is for you to have a bowel movement. That's a sign things are progressing well.

After you're sufficiently mobile and you've had a bowel movement, they'll probably release you. This could take anywhere from 3-5 days. Upon your release, they'll likely prescribe Percocet or, if you feel uncomfortable taking it as I did, they'll recommend some over the counter medicine like Advil or Tylenol.

When you get home, try to avoid going up and down the stairs as much as possible in the beginning. If you can, set up camp on the first level of your house. Use a Boppy or other support pillow to lay your baby on when you're breastfeeding. You don't want to put much pressure on your midsection.

You're going to have a scar on your bikini line. It may look red and a little puffy. This is normal. The swelling and redness will gradually reduce.

Try to get out for short walks around the neighborhood every day. It's a great way to start strengthening your muscles again and it gives you and your baby some fresh air.

Don't overexert yourself. If you become tired during your walks, stop and rest for a bit.

Also make sure to drink plenty of water because that can help flush your system out and it's good for breastfeeding.

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