I just had my last birth preparation class today. We were supposed to visit the clinic, but they were so full that we weren't able to, so we sat around and talked.
Recovery was a big part of our conversation, and the midwife leading the group basically told us we should plan on taking it really, really easy for the first 6 weeks after birth, otherwise we risk all kinds of unpleasant problems. Basically, no heavy lifting, no standing for long periods of time, not too much movement.
So I'm curious-- for those of you who've already had children, at what point did you feel like you could sustain a normal level of activity-- walking, running errands, carrying stuff? Did you have a c-section or a vaginal birth? How did you know you were ready to be relatively active again?
To be honest, the thought of sitting around my apartment for 6 weeks during the nicest part of the year depresses the heck outta me. Obviously, I won't be running any marathons, but I assumed that the sooner you started moving around again, the better (within reasonable limits, of course).
TIA for sharing your recovery experiences!!