My (painful) c-section road to recovery

Earlier this week at my post-natal check, my obstetrician  gave me the thumbs up - I am fully recovered and now fit to resume my normal life (yay!).

It is amazing how the red, swollen wound held together with stitches from six weeks ago is now merely a teeny little scar. I love how it no longer hurts to laugh or sneeze. And I'm not having to will time to go faster so I can take more painkillers. Yes, it certainly has been a long road to recovery and today, I would like to share my c-section experience, continuing from where I left off from Alexander's birth story...
After Alexander's first ever feed on the night of his birth, the nurse took him into the nursery so I could get some sleep. One thing I noticed before falling asleep was how itchy my face and neck was. I was certain I had a rash but the nurse told me it was a side effect of the epidural (who knew?). Every few hours that night, Alexander would be brought to me for a feed and each time I was so groggy from the drugs I would doze off mid-feed but I was still blissfully pain-free.

The next morning, I was able to feel my legs again and with the assistance of two nurses, I managed to get up and have a shower. It hurt to move but I was told the sooner I started moving, the faster I would recover, so move I did, one small step at a time. Throughout my six-day stay at the hospital, I was given pain relief every few hours. While the drugs were doing their magic, the pain was manageable. But as the effects of the drugs wore off, I felt the most excruciating pain. I remember one particularly horrible night when I was in so much pain I started sobbing while nursing Alexander; my wound site was throbbing and my breasts were sore, my body ached all over, as if I had been hit by a truck. I felt bloated and gassy, my feet was hugely swollen and I hadn't had any bowel movements for days. Add to the mix, wild crazy hormones - it was the lowest of lows.

Things did start to get better, albeit slowly. For the last six weeks, I have been unable to walk, lift, bend, stretch, or even get in and out of bed without discomfort. But with each passing day and week, it got less painful and was less of a struggle. Cliched as it sounds, one look at Alexander, especially when he rewards me with one of his little smiles, makes the pain all worthwhile. And the crazy thing is, even though the memory of my c-section is still fresh in my mind, I'm ready to do it all over again.
Are you a mum too? What was your road to recovery like?

36 Responses to My (painful) c-section road to recovery

Joanna. said...

A lady at work has just left to have a baby (her fourth) and throughout her pregnancy I've quizzed her about literally everything and I've been so surprised with how horrendous birth is. Despite being open mouthed at pretty much everything she said, I'm so glad she shared her experiences and I'm glad you have too. All mothers are so, so brave! It's amazing that you've made a little person! Congratulations and well done for battling through these past few weeks!

My Garden Diaries said...

I just love that shot of your hands together! It is beautiful friend! I remember how hard my recovery was with my first and I too felt like a truck hit me. My feet and ankles were extremely swollen and I was unable to walk. I am so glad that you are healed and moving. Ha...it doesn't take long to forget and think hey I could do this again! Little did I know that Gavin would come only 1 year after Josie was born! I wouldn't change a thing and look forward to hearing more about your adventures! It is awesome isn't it??!?!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Pretty much the same. It's hard getting cut in half but like you said, it's totallly worth it.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I just love that photo of you two! So beautiful. I'm sorry you had such a painful experience. I didn't know c-sections were so bad! It is amazing that the incision has healed a lot in six weeks. I'd have guessed it would take a lot longer than that!

Tina Bradley said...

Yay for you--a good bill of health! A c-section is major surgery--no doubt. Your son is absolutely gorgeous, Trishie! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Deanne said...

So glad things are getting back to normal, People forget that having a c-section is major surgery and then you have a baby to look after! I am glad all mine were able to be born naturally- while it is painful at the time and a bit painful after, it is much easier to get around! Enjoy that gorgeous baby, you both look so content!

Beauty Box said...

Glad to hear you are all better. I hope I will recover soon too from my C-section. I feel you!! I know exactly what you are talking about. I'm still on pain meds but less so now but am still at the two week mark so I've a few more weeks of recovery to go. Alexander is so adorable!!

akiko hiramatsu said...

You seem to be fine and are best.
The last photograph is very lovely.

akiko

greenthumb said...

I had a 20 hour labour then ended up with a c-section, but I was only in it for the end result. It takes a while but it all comes together.

Susannah said...

You poor thing! Sounds like you had a really hard time of it. I'm proud of you that you've soldiered on with a great attitude, and you'd do it all again. I was very lucky to have mine naturally. The recovery was completely different, much easier. I hope you get to do that next time (although if you go private they probably won't let you). Take care, and I'm so glad it's getting easier for you. Have a good weekend :) sparkle2day.com

burntfeather said...

I'm blissfully unaware of the finer details of child birth but it's nice to hear that things do get better. I'm glad it's worth it as well :)

aliceinbo said...

thanks for sharing!
Not all the people know that maternity has a painfull side.
But I think that even it, it worths!


Big kiss!

aliceinbo2.blogspot.com

aliceinbo said...

thanks for sharing!
Not all the people know that maternity has a painfull side.
But I think that even it, it worths!


Big kiss!

aliceinbo2.blogspot.com

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, how wonderful to see the picture of the two of you and read about your road to recovery. You look beautiful and Baby Alexander looks so cute and happy and healthy! I believe after more than one C-section, I can certainly relate to your experience - reading your post brought back many memories.
Do take good care of yourself and enjoy your time with your cute baby to the fullest!
Love and hugs from my girls and me!

AnnTan said...

wow~ now i have a handful of information about giving birth, you are very very brave and your baby is soooo adorable!

CQUEK said...

thank you for sharing your moment with us.

Sam said...

Hi dear, i had no idea that the initial pain and after birth effects of a C-section could be so painful. Happy to hear you are fully recovered now. Alexander is so beautiful!

Jane said...

i was just talking to a friend who has a baby and she was telling me everything about being pregnant, giving birth and the recovery. she was saying how she never knew and how no one told her either. you are such a strong mama. glad to hear that you got a thumbs up in your recovery process!

esosandraUTD said...

Wow! You are glowing and congrats on a safe delivery. He's a great reward.

Johanna said...

Look at that lil nugget. I have yet to wish you a congratulations. Great job mama! You look fab!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Yay for the positive health check! Lovely photos!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Nicky mywishstyle said...

I am in love with this sweet post!
it is beautiful the pictures with your hands together!
ciao

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

Oh my gosh, that sound so horrible, Trishie! I hope I don't have to have a c-section :( Obviously all the pain was worth it though...look at that sweet little face! So cute!! And you look wonderful too :)

moose and bird said...

Hi Trishie. I love reading about other people's birth experiences. I had a vaginal birth and I couldn't believe how quickly my body jumped back from such a big 'job'. There were still moments of pain and uncertainty and I said to my husband afterwards that I would never do it again, but my mind has somehow forgotten and I think I'll go back for more. Have a lovely weekend. Melinda x

Iliska Dreams said...

Six days in hospital, in a way you were lucky. After my C they sent me home after three days. Oh the agony of living in a two story house and having to up and down. But the same as you I would have (if I could) done it all again in the blink of an eye. Heal well.

Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

I just love seeing your little baby, it's just so lovely to see you with him. I'm glad you're feeling better these days.

xo Mary Jo

jo said...

Hi Trishie, I had experienced both natural and c-section and yes, c-section was definitely very painful. I didn't feel much pain during the time I spent in the hospital but when I went back home, there were times I couldn't get myself out of bed physically. Anyway, I have two happy boys now and I don't regret having them! Alex is so cute! Enjoy your motherhood!

xo Jo

http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

Anouka K said...

He is such a cutie. Well, glad to hear that you are feeling better now. I find the idea of giving birth a bit scary... but I guess one can only really have an opinion once one has experienced it.

Tamara F said...

He is such a cute baby! I'm sorry about the pain you had, but I bet you forget about it the moment you look at your beautiful baby boy. <3
xoxo

Alicia Mackin said...

OMG you have an entire new whole human being in your life! How did that happen! So happy for you. I have had abdominal surgery before and it is no joke. Yeah laughing and sneezing is no fun, and having to cough that is the worst. Be careful with the whole getting up and moving around. I was told this when I was 12 when I had surgery. But if you are the type to develop adhesions too much moving round post op could make it worse. If you do not develop them or very little of them it is probably ok. But better to be on the safe side and just GO SLOW don't kill yourself moving around.

But congrats!!

Ali of Dressing Ken

Stephanie Lula said...

What a precious angel! I'm so happy for you, as I know all your faithful readers are. :)

Jay said...

The photos are so beautiful Trishie. I had 3 c sections luckily not too much pain afterwards but it always surprises me how quickly the body can mend itself - you just have to try to not over do anything now you've been told that 'normal' life can resume.

Gillian said...

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Trishie. I am sorry that your c-section and recovery were so painful but you did the right thing and listened to your body and rested lots, which is great. I'm really glad to hear you're feeling back to your normal self now. x

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Aah congratulations Trishie, he is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing your experience and I'm glad you're all recovered now.

rooth said...

Blergh - this is making me cringe a bit but I keep looking back at Alexander as well and thinking it MUST be worth it. He's adorable and perfect and I hope you continue to heal quickly

THERESA S said...

Ah! I can totally relate to this. I remember wondering how on earth I would get out of my bed at home when it hurt doing so from the hospital one! But aren't our bodies fabulous? If not for the scar, I wouldn't know I'd been cut open!