Originally Posted by rainashine
I don't buy this either. My c-section was after 30 hours of labor and my recovery was incredibly easy (of course I still can't feel 1/2 my stomach 15 months later so that might be why) and I know people who scheduled who could barely move a week later.
I still can't feel a lot of my stomach, and can't feel my bladder at all, almost 4 years out from my 3rd section. I did have some labour with that one, but I wasn't tired from it, and I'd only reach 1cm at the time of the scheduled section (went into labour the night before).
The numbness didn't get any worse after Aaron, and that was with a long
labour, and days of strong pre-labour. Except for the the scar line itself, extending maybe
a millimeter up and down, I had no
numbness six weeks out from my first one, and I'd laboured for over 20 hours with that one. I think the numbness is caused by nerve damage, and it's really a luck of the draw thing. I don't think it relates to labour at all.
In terms of long-term pain
, my worst one was with dd - my only labour-free one. My initial recoveries all tend to be pretty good - not wonderful, not terrible. (I hate every second of it, but I've seen and talked to enough c-section moms to know I come in somewhere on the "good" side of an average recovery.) In most cases, the pain hasn't lasted very long. However, with dd, I had incision pain for 7-8 months on a fairly regular basis, which didn't happen with any of my others....not even Aaron, which was by far
the worst initial recovery (combination of crash emergency surgery, general anesthesia, internal infection, grief, and exhaustion).
Honestly, my best short-term recovery, by far
, was with ds2, and that was my scheduled one with onset of labour. The mid-term (month or so in) was a bit rough, but that was because of a torn staple - my incision didn't fully heal on one end, and I wound up with an infection in the skin layer...nothing to do with fatigue or labour.