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post #21 of 35
It took me about 3 weeks for feeling better & to be up & running around. I still took it slow though. Went for a big trip around 6 weeks. I am 9 weeks pp now & just starting to excericise/walk.
post #22 of 35
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Does your body ever feel Really good again after a c seciton? Or is it always less happy than it was before?!
post #23 of 35
With my first, I was okay for about 3 days (while on hospital meds) then had a horrible 4th day at home. Day 5 was the turning point - I actually felt normal...except for trying to turn over in bed or climb stairs By 2 weeks I was walking, driving and feeling pretty good. I was back to feeling completely and totally normal within 3 weeks, I'd guess.

With my second, I didn't labor first and recovery was even easier. By day 3 I was wandering the maternity ward in my old jeans. Stairs, chairs and bed were still difficult but not unbearable. I'd say back to normal within 2 weeks.

The only scar issues I ran into were tenderness at the knot, similar to what you described. It wasn't painful...but definitely tender. I also had scarline numbness for an extended period of time. For more than a year, I felt like I had a patch of nothingness about 6 inches long and 2 inches high. It slowly came back but it took 2-ish years to go completely away. I had more issues with PPD and sciatic pain than with the scar.

Honestly, every person is unique. I have horrible pain tolerance so it isn't a toughness thing...because I am a wimp. I think I happen to have a good healing gene. Every woman in my family has similar experiences (for those with c-sections) and I think we're just lucky that way. Very, very lucky.
post #24 of 35
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Does your body ever feel Really good again after a c seciton? Or is it always less happy than it was before?!
It's been my experience that I returned completely back to normal except for the faint scar across my belly. I actually feel better emotionally than I did after my second baby.
post #25 of 35
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It's been my experience that I returned completely back to normal except for the faint scar across my belly.
wonderful!
post #26 of 35
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I am feeling a lot better 5 weeks out. Still really rough but significantly better. My current question is regarding the incision. right now it is still an indentation and itches and burns. And I used to wear my pants and underwear right at the line where the incision is but now I can't have anything on it. WIll it always feel this way, that I can't put any clothes waistbands directly on it?
post #27 of 35
It was a full 6 months before I could really lift anything bending over and coming up to standing without some amount of pain.

I still feel aching from time to time, and my pelvic floor is basically shot. I had long back labor with a very stuck baby prior to the emergency c-section so it's hard to say what pain and discomfort is caused by what.

Emotionally, I think it's a scar that I'll always have. I did not want a c-section but my baby didn't descend correctly. I had a midwife and a doula at my side, and major determination, and I still ended up with a c-section. Some times the best laid plans...
post #28 of 35
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Does your body ever feel Really good again after a c seciton? Or is it always less happy than it was before?!
Honestly, I felt better than I ever had in my life after my c-section. It didn't happen right away. After six weeks I felt "as good as" before, and last year, before I got pregnant, I felt awesome. I also set two personal records in races.

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My current question is regarding the incision. right now it is still an indentation and itches and burns. And I used to wear my pants and underwear right at the line where the incision is but now I can't have anything on it. WIll it always feel this way, that I can't put any clothes waistbands directly on it?
Probably not. Right now it's itching and burning because the nerves are regrowing, iirc. It stops at some point, though it might have been a year before the numbness fully went away for me. At any rate, I think I didn't notice it at all by the time I was 3 months pp. I didn't get picky about clothes again until I was pregnant the second time.

Keep in mind that I think technically you're supposed to have 8 weeks to heal after a c-sec. It's just hard to wait all that time.

And in really good news: I'm 6 weeks pp today and just went for a run. I felt pretty good, all things considered! Hopefully this is just around the corner for you.
post #29 of 35
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rant! So it has been 2 months since my c section. Now my whole back (especially lower and mid) is totally totally out of wack. Both the chiropractors I see are away for a couple of wks!
the c section really hurt my root chakra from front to back. I still have no interest in dtd. It still hurts a lot to just hold the bbay in my lower back. Chiro said my sacrum is pinched back. So I am still not able to walk, excersise- too excessively. I can get around but I feel weak and limited. I was supposed to see the chiro 2x a week but she unexplicably took off for some emergeny.
anyway- 8 wks past and I am still in pain- mostly in my back as a direct result of the surgery. I am so ready to feel good again. My abs feel weak. rant.
post #30 of 35
Just read your rant and want to say that I'm sorry you're still feeling crappy!

8 weeks after my CS I still felt like crap, though it was hard to say how much was sleep deprivation, how much was breast infection, how much was extra weight, etc. I did have some nerve damage in my right foot which was still making it hard for me to walk.

I just remember how frustrated I felt and how much I just wanted things to get better already!!!! I hate being sick, I hate not being able to exercise, I hate feeling like crap, and I was so impatient to get better! So I can totally relate to that feeling!

Now it's 19 months after DD's birth and I am sooooooooo much better. I turned 40 in January and I can honestly say that I feel better at 40 than I did at 39!

I look back at those first few months and wish that I had been able to be more gentle with myself, to allow the healing process to take the time that it needed, and to just rest and recuperate. From this vantage point, my recovery seems like it was pretty fast. I mean, all the changes from pregnancy & a difficult labor just aren't going to disappear overnight. But those first few months I just felt like recovery was taking FOREVER....

Hang in there!!!
post #31 of 35
My most recent c-section was three years ago, and I still itch.
post #32 of 35
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thanks. It requires sooo much patience! And I had finally started seeing a great chiropractor- saw her once and made apptmnts to see her 2X a wk. then the week (this wk) I was supposed to see her she was called away and cancelled all her appointements indefinately!! So I went to another chiro, saw her once and now she is out of the office for 2 weeks! And those are the only 2 I know and trust
So my body is just out of alignment. I have not lost my baby weight cause I hurt too much to exercise. I am tired and sore and it hurts to hold ds for too long.
I am so ready to be aligned. I used to be really strong and fit and limber. I look around this year at all the gardens I planted and dug by hand and I can't even take a proper walk right now much less dig in a garden.
I wanted to be hiking with baby in a carrier by this point.Instead I am just waiting- resting and coping.
I mean- I am happy with my new baby and my husband. Just frustrated that my body hurts still. So frustrated!!!!
I took pain killers for a long time too and now am out of them so I think I am starting to feel the pain of my body finally. I know it is not good for baby if I take more pain meds, and I don't have any anyway. But I feel like if I did I would still take them. I tell myself that feeling the pain (of my unbalanced and weak body) is the first step to figuring out how to heal. I just wish the chiros could see me- I am so annoyed about that!waiting and waiting. sigh!!!!
post #33 of 35
I didn't feel better until 6-8 weeks. I mean, I felt okay about 3 weeks post-partum, but I definitely still had some pain. And even now, 3 years after my last section I have some aches and discomfort associated from it. After my 4th c-section I did ask for a refill of my pain meds, and took them for almost a full month (I mean, not every day all day, but when I needed it - especially at night after a long day of caring for 4 young children).

Anyhow, hope you feel better soon.
post #34 of 35
I didn't feel well till 6 months plus, at six months I was like this is silly and decided to go to the gym and get some exercise, after 2 weeks of going and then comming home crying in pain things got better, in the sense I could sit up in bed and not roll out..
post #35 of 35
It took about 6-8 weeks for me to get over most of the pain and muscle weakness. I was pretty aggressive about starting an exercise program as soon as my doctor cleared me, though.

I never completely got over it, because they cut a nerve on the way in. I have no sensation from the level of my belly button to the top of my privates area. When I put my hand on the skin there, (from the inside) it feels like there is a towel between my hand and my body.
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