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20/01/2014 at 22:14
just wondered what your recovery was like, any tips etc?
had emergency c section on Friday and am feeling ok, but not sure what to expect really. Thought I'd been sent home with information but can't find any. Midwife visiting tomorrow so will find out more then, but just wondered how active people were, did it help or hinder. I know it's probably different for everyone.
20/01/2014 at 23:25
I would say to rest for longer than you think you need to. First time around i had an EMCS and I just wanted to get on with things and tried to do too much too soon. Although it seemed ok at first I then had a set back. This time around I took things much much slower, to the point where I actually asked to stay in hospital for longer, and really took things very very slowly and recovered much quicker.
21/01/2014 at 04:42
Hi Mrs P! Firstly congrats again, how is pootle!?
I didn't get any info either. Not sure if I have much advice but as JB says, take it easy, I know I pushed myself a bit quickly to do things and I knew all about it the next day everytime! I struggled with comfy clothes as a lot of things seemed to sit at an annoying level on my scar, not waistbands obviously as it's lower than that but knickers, or the zip on trousers etc. I seemed to live in leggings and jogging bottoms for the first couple of weeks. I took it pretty easy the first couple of weeks but still tried to stay reasonably active. I think by the Friday (so 1 week later) I went out for a very short walk just round our housing estate with my H and the dog while my mum sat with O. This was just to get outside as much as anything else!
I drove and started walking the dog etc again probably too quickly as I would get pains over towards one side of the scar. One thing to note, the skin around your scar (if anything like mine) will be pretty numb for ages. I still don't have proper feeling in it which I didn't know about and thought something was wrong. Also, I always ended up sore everyday but it was because O basically lies/sits right on the scar when I was holding him so I had to try and remember this and change position to hold him higher or over to one side!
21/01/2014 at 05:04
MDD, thankyou, pootle is good thanks, now Elliot Lewis! But will still be pootle to me.
Good to know about the numbness.
I'm struggling to find a comfy position to feed as I've also got seperated stomach muscles so whole core is so weak.
Hope you're doing well x
21/01/2014 at 05:20
That's a lovely name! I'm not on FB so you'll have to flash a wee pic (if you want to that is!) I think he'll always be pootle to all the Tri girls!
I only managed to BF for the first 3 or 4 days and we then ended up on formula so he was literally sitting on my scar to feed. It only got worse the more he put weight on, also watch when your winding/changing him as O always seemed to get a leg kick that caught my right in the stomach!
That's 6 weeks past Friday for me and I took the dog for what used to be our regular 5 mile Sunday walk on Sunday just passed and regretted it for the rest of the day. I was really sore and felt completely drained from it! Just pushed it a bit too far as I've been managing shorter couple of mile walks no problem!
21/01/2014 at 05:33
If you want to send me your email address to xxxxxxxx. or if you're online now I'll flash a pic x
21/01/2014 at 05:45
Emailed you if you want to take your address off!
21/01/2014 at 06:31
My tips are to put a cushion over the scar if you are going to sneeze or cough. Have baths as much as possible with rock salt, it helps to heal the scar and reduce the redness. Take things as easy as possible and I know its hard but if baby sleeps get some rest yourself.
21/01/2014 at 08:43
I had an Emergency section with separated tummy muscles. Did the midwife explain how to sort your tummy muscles? I found using a feeding pillow was useful to keep W elevated off my wound. They told me 6 weeks not lifting anything heavier than baby. No driving for that time either. I found it really hard as I'm a very active person
Beautiful name too. W has Elliot as a middle name.
21/01/2014 at 08:48
Hi mrsP lovely name! Take the painkillers regularly I made the mistake of missing some as I felt ok and then it would hit me! They should have given you a leaflet on tummy and pelvic exercises I did these quite frequently after about 2 weeks, did they show you how to get out if bed- knees together, roll onto side. Legs over edge of the bed and push up from your arms? Baths help but make sure someone is in the house to help you get out, and a towel like tweetiepie said to hold on the wound when laughing, coughing and sneezing!
21/01/2014 at 11:01
RKB, no they just kept commenting about how they had separated but not what to do, will ask midwife later today.
Noodle, I don't think they gave me anything, but will check in with all the breastfeeding leaflets and see if it's muddled in there. They really didn't tell me anything, just stood back and watched as I struggled to move in bed. They were great if you asked something specific or for help, but were very hands off otherwise.
Think lots of long baths are in order!
21/01/2014 at 11:29
That's ridiculous that they never explained it to you. It's really important to get them back together to help your core. i could fit 4 fingers between mine. It's not too strenuous, or difficult an exercise. your midwife might tell you a different method, but my MW told me to lie back and place 4 of my fingers in the middle of my tummy and i should be able to feel either the muscles on either side, which i could. this gave me a reference as to how much they had closed each week.
The exercise i was given was simple. You basically take a breath in, pull your tummy in and tense up the muscles as you breath out. Do this for a couple of minutes at a time, as often as you can every day (along with your pelvic floor exercises) and the muscles will come back in together again moving about a centimetre every week. I used to walk around holding my belly in trying to look slimmer than i actually am and it's the same sort of exercise. Tensing up your tummy muscles!
21/01/2014 at 11:31
That's exactly what my leaflet said to RKB, I used to do mine every time he was feeding so I didn't forget haha!
21/01/2014 at 12:32
it wa still all about the big knickers for me at this stage. my wound was also so itchy *TMI*
21/01/2014 at 13:45
Ah yes! I hated the 'big knickers' Not that feeling sexy or good about my image was a high priority post baby, but nothing makes you feel more frumpy that a pair of pants that stop up around your oxters!!
21/01/2014 at 14:58
21/01/2014 at 15:32
I've just sent H out to buy me even bigger pants! He's a lucky devil!
Thanks for the advice on exercise, I can manage the pelvic floors but not sure about the stomach ones just yet.
Did anyone use bio oil on their scar? If so, how long did you leave it until using it?
21/01/2014 at 15:46
I used bio oil after about 6 weeks once it was fully healed. To be honest it made no difference to me, my O is 19 weeks old and my scar is slowly starting to fade now
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