Havent read all the responses and only have a min but i wanted to chime in. I only had spinals for all 3 c/s. The difference in recovery for me was with #1 i had a hb transfer and very scary/emotional/traumatizing c/s and recovery. we were both really damaged inthe hosp and i was in the hosp 7 days (and then i only left because i signed out AMA) and dd was in the nicu.
#2 was a vbac transfer. I was a wreck. I was terrified of the cs so recovery was not great. This was also after around 45 hours of labor.
both cs #1 and 2 i was tired, had labored long, had not eaten, slept, etc.
With #3 i had a scheduled cs and it was amazing. I got to sleep the night before (thank you valium!), i got to eat the night before, and i felt more at ease. I was out of bed very quick and recovered so much faster. The difference was so huge.
I have never gotten a spinal headache and for me the spinal is the scariest part of the whole c/s experience.
I am NAK so i am rambling :P sorry.
With the 3rd since i had scheduled i got to make my needs clear early on. I was repected and treated with kindness. All the staff knew that i had had previous traumatic c/s and they were very caring. I was able to talk to the doc about pics, the baby being given right to me or dh, and all my other requests.
I slept downstairs for a month with my first 2 sections and i think only a week with the 3rd.