Moms who've had c-sections give some advice to those having one for the first time.
Whether it's your first time at the rodeo or you've been pregnant before, you have to ultimately make the decision of a vaginal birth or having a c-section. There are many reasons women opt to have c-sections, from personal preference to medical reasons. But either way, the one question all first time c-section moms ask is "What is recovery like?". We're not stupid, we know that it's a major surgery and that there will be some pain involved afterwards so it's best to be prepared.
We asked our Facebook moms who've previously had c-sections what advice they had. Here's what they had to say:
Make sure that you keep your stomach warm. Wait a minimum of 2 years before falling pregnant again. That's also what I was told by my doctor. And don't scratch the scar no matter what, I learnt that the hard way... *hides* also don't be lazy, do normal walks, walk to get some things for yourself, do normal light duty chores, but don't go picking up furniture and doing the garden (that was advice from my mother, and I cooked myself breakfast, and within days I wasn't feeling any pain at all). - Georginah H
DO NOT LISTEN TO OTHER PEOPLE'S HORROR STORIES!!!! The moment they start speaking, put your hands over your ears and start singing at the top of your voice. If you go in being scared, you will not enjoy the experience at all, don't let others scare you!!!!!!!!!! And yes, take your pain meds as often as the nurse/doctor gives them to you and move around, the sooner you start moving around, the quicker you heal. - Deirdre M
C-section not as bad as people say, would choose to have one again. But even if you don't have pain afterwards take the pain meds! And start mobilising as soon as nursing staff prompt you, bit painful and uncomfortable but you wont walk like a granny after c-section! - Meliza H
After the op do not use cushions, lay flat. Otherwise it will cause migraine and muscle ache. Get up and walk. Use oil for stretch marks regularly even on that scar. If they say sit like a banana do so. - Jolanda C
Drink your pain meds, don't be a hero. Also don't be afraid to ask for help. - Ellen S
Get your husband to rub your legs in a firm upward motion every half hour while you lay in bed straight after your c-sec to prevent blood clots...take pain meds & don't strain yourself... it's not as bad as people make it out to be!! - Arlaine CW
Go in calm it's really not as bad as people make it out to be. Definitely start moving ASAP and take pain meds when nurses give it to you. I told the sisters to come at 4 the next morning (I had an afternoon operation) as I wanted my catheter and drip out so I could shower. They came and I was up and about from the time I could get up and go. Didn't even stay my full time in hospital enjoy what comes after they really are a blessing! - Priscilla vE
I had my 3rd c-section 3 weeks ago. It isn't bad at all. During the process you wont feel a thing except for some movement which the doctor will be doing when taking the baby out. After the numbness wears off, you will start to feel pain, but the nurses will give you something for it. I was up and about after 12hours of the c-section. Take your pain meds when you in pain. By the end of the second week the pain had subsided. Hope this helps. - Stephanie G
Try and get moving as soon as possible. Also remember that it is a major op, arrange for help for the first few days out of hospital and don't try to be superwoman. It will be painful and difficult to lift yourself out of bed or off the couch, but it's not unbearable, just take things easy! - Dionne H
When you need to cough or sneeze bend forward. - Dani TW
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