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Hi so I’m pregnant with number two only 8 weeks but with my first pregnancy it was textbook, completely natural birth with no drugs and we used the birthing pool too. With number two its very likely I’m going to have to have a booked c/s and I’m terrified!!!! I want to know how long it took for women to heal, did you get a flat stomach afterit because I did after my sons pregnancy, is it true you can not pick up your nb for a week? Is it true you cant walk after? This may sound silly but any information or stories are very welcome!!


Posted by sageekins, 19th July 2014


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  • I hope this went well for you.

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  • I had a C-section with bub2, they got me up out of bed the next day, it felt really weird because you feel light & off balance because your abs have been separated to get bub out & don’t work normally, not allowed to pick up anything heavier than bub for 6wks (including toddler), 3 night hospital stay, wasn’t allowed to leave the house for 10-14 days (except for bub check ups) no driving for 6wks, tummy is semi flat but I haven’t done any exercises to help lol, I felt better at my 6wk check than I did after bub1 (natural birth with tear) & felt like me again by 4-6mths, I put a sanitary pad between my wound & undies for the 1st few days because I hated the feeling of them rubbing, I hope this info helps :)

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  • nice story i enjoyed it

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  • exellent super story

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  • I had 3 C sections and yes you are sore for a bi,t but if you have help at hand its always a good thing and their are some pretty good painkillers. don’t know about the flat tummy bit as I never had that but hey everyones different good luck with it all

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  • C section here, not planned. Yes, flat tummy afterwards (had to work on it a bit though), sore as to be expected, didn’t take pain killers and I made a point of getting up and moving a lot this really helped with the healing process and made me feel a lot better.

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  • Damish70 has given wonderful advice. I have only had natural births so can not give tips, although my sister-in-law does strongly recommend getting up and moving as soon as you can. Wishing you and bub and family all the very best of wishes. :-)

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  • A planned C-section is lot different to a woman who’s been in labour for 20hrs & is physically exhausted before she goes off for an emergency C-section where they need to whip this baby out quick smart. They’re a wreck. I had x2 planned C-sections with no problems. You’ve generally had a good nights sleep & are well rested prior to op.Just remember get that catheter out asap & get up & moving. In regards to pain my tonsillectomy was more painful! Take your pain killers, learn how to get out of bed without straining your muscles. You will initially find wound tight & sore & it pulls if you try to stand straight. You will only have a flat stomach if it was like that prior to pregnancy. I believe there’s a caesarean tummy like belt now avail. Ask midwife or OBGYN regarding this. I used tubigrip to give a bit of extra support. Of course you can pick up your baby. Stop panicking. I hope this has been helpful for you


    • Yeah my stomach was flat with in a month of my first thanks to breast feeding, yes this has been great thank you for all that.

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  • My Daughter had one and you are not suppose to lift or bend for a while. You can pick up your new baby after having it and you can walk. You will be sore for a while which is only natural. Doing things will hurt as remember you are having your tummy cut. Some peoples tummies go back to nothing and some don’t but this also applies to a natural birth. You will end up with a scar which again is only natural. Every one heals at a different rate so I would see what your doctor says.

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