Hi I had an unplanned caesar 2 weeks ago while I never thought the birth of our little girl would end up like that it was still an amazing experience.
What I struggling with is the recovery both mentally and physically. I have been trying to rest and my husband has been amazing but I still get pain if I do just the smallest activities. Yesterday we went to the shops and I only walked around for 30 minutes but I was uncomfortable and in pain most of the time and now this morning I feel like I over did it yesterday.
Are u suppose to literally do 'nothing' for 6 weeks bc it's really getting to me. I really thought each day u would get better but I feel I take 2 steps forward and 3 back. Plus I would love to take my little girl for a walk is that to soon??? When they say light exercise is a 20 minute walk too soon?
Also has anyone tried the support belts.
The best advice: take it easy!!! Listen to your body. If it hurts to walk, either slow down the pace you've set for yourself, or sit down and have a few minutes of rest before walking again. If you need support while walking, make sure you're the one pushing the pram (and avoid anything that isn't flat ground).
With my first bubs being born via emergency CS after a hellish 8 hour labour, the pram short of became my crutch whenever we went walking. I didn't even have the strength to carry my baby around for the first four weeks because even that put too much strain on my wound, so I only held her while seated. I was homebound for the first five weeks, after which I started going out for very short periods of time, like having dinner out, or for a walk around the block with my partner.
But it does come down to how you're coping mentally. I had a very long recovery period but I also suffered from undiagnosed post-natal depression, which may or may not have played a part in how well I coped physically. I didn't get past that until I found out I was pregnant with number 2, which was over a year and a half later. My second baby also ended up in an emergency CS, but because I was in a better place mentally, I was out and about town after three weeks.
A reason I also think your physical recovery depends on your mental state of mind is because my sister in-law had her first baby a couple of months ago via planned C-section. She went home after two days in hospital (I still wonder how the heck she managed that!) and she was able to give her baby her first bath. I've never been the one to first bath my babies because it hurt too much. A friend of mine who also went for an elect CS was up and walking around on day two! So, personally, I believe that your recovery time is dependent on your mental state of mind.
At the moment it's just the theory I've come up with, and will be testing it out after next week as I have my third baby scheduled to arrive next Friday via planned CS. But do have a chat with your midwife/nurse or doctor about possible reasons why it's taking you so long to recover. They'll know better than anyone on the forum because every person is different and every person heals differently.
Angel 2002; Keira-Caitlyn 15/01/07; Callum 27/02/09; Seth 29/06/2011