What to Expect after a c Section

Oh the lovely c-section. I, of course, am being very sarcastic when I say that. I had an emergency c-section with my first child and it was horrid! After they had stitched me up I remember going in and out of consciousness as they wheeled me to my room and I was so cold. I remember the blankets they put on me and then I woke up with this god awful pain in my stomach. I was alone in my room and scared to death. Apparently it was time for my pain medication and I didn’t know this. I was shaking and crying because I had no idea what was going on, my blood pressure was through the roof and I had no idea where my baby was. He was in the NICU but that’s another story.

After I got my medication and I started feeling better a nurse helped me to the bathroom and she alone put these mesh underwear on me. I couldn’t lift my legs very high because my stomach was still hurting so she did it all. Thank god she was fantastic! I was so embarrassed and I had no idea that I would have vaginal bleeding just like a woman who has had a vaginal birth. I was so scared, my doctor never told me this would happen, so my wonderful nurse also put this diaper like pad in my underwear and helped me to bed. I remember coughing for the first time and I though I had popped some stitches. It was the most strange and hurtful experience I had ever had. When I finally went home from the hospital our room was downstairs and it hurt to go up and down the stairs, getting up off the couch, going to sleep. Everything hurt for what seemed like three months.

My incision healed fine although it is lumpy and crooked. I can’t complain because I don’t show it off and my baby was more important than if the incision was straight or not. I can feel quite a bit of scar tissue but I’m told that is normal. In my opinion a c-section was more painful than contractions. I think I had such a traumatic experience because my baby was 5 weeks early, was in the NICU for 4 weeks and I was in the hospital for 3 weeks being monitored for blood clots and seizures. I know other mothers have made it through with flying colors but I was scared to death of the entire thing, especially going home. I think my stress added to the pain, I was so worried about my baby that I’m sure it exaggerated it. Good luck to all you mother’s who have to go through this and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.