Recovery After C Section

3 weeks ago today I had my c-section. That’s right. 1st time ever having major, major surgery. This was a very big deal for me and it’s something that I wasn’t prepared for as much as I should’ve been. Recovery after c section is a REAL thing and you really need to make sure you’re doing what you can to listen to your doctors and your nurses. Recovery After C Section is something that can be very difficult if you DON’T DO what you’re supposed to do!

Recovery After C Section

As all mamas of c-sections know… the recovery is a little different than that of a vaginal birth.

There are definite dos and don’ts for Recovery After C Section, and I am becoming quite familiar with them. I remember my OB/GYN coming by the hospital on the day of my discharge and telling me that with every 24 hour block, I would feel better and better and better.

Sure, I thought. (As I tried to telepathically beg him to let me stay four one more day!)

But, low and behold, with each 24 hour block of time I did begin to feel better and better and better. I guess this guy whose been practicing for over 25 years knows what he’s talking about!

So here I am 3 weeks later.

Recovery After C Section – WHAT TO EXPECT

C Section Recovery Time

Walking. Coughing and sneezing without any discomfort. Holding Henry. Showering. Going up and down stairs. And even driving. Small steps… but as a mama of 4, these things were hard to give up.

I still can’t hold Benjamin (my 29 pound stud). William and Alexander are anxious to have me dive into the deep end of the swim club pool to help with their swim lesson… but that will come in time.

I will say, I did have to do a mad-dash-run yesterday afternoon when Alexander fell in the deep end of the pool, bending over to watch his big cousins play.

It was good to see that these legs can still bolt. And thanks to a faster lifeguard, Alexander was scooped right out. I felt so defeated not being able to jump as quickly as I normally could. It really got me in the heart and in the gut.

But talk about a heart-stopper.

In 3 more weeks, I’m excited to get this body in the water to swim. To hop on the treadmill. And to hold the most important things in my life – my boys.

But for now… Recovery After C Section is a real wake up call. DO NOT PUSH IT if you are going through this, too. Take your time. Please!!

Recovery After C Section was last modified: January 30th, 2019 by Audrey McClelland
SHOWHIDE Comments (45)
  1. I’m glad you are recovering well. I had two c sections with my kids. Back then it took a little longer but following dr’s orders helped.

  2. You have such a great attitude! You are so smart to remember that all those things will come with time! It’s hard to wait each day though. I remember being so sick of not being able to do anything I wanted to scream!

  3. just found out today that i will probably have to have audrey by c-section. the doctor thinks she is too big for me to deliver her and she has not dropped yet but keeps getting bigger, i am measuring at 41 weeks with 3 more weeks until my due date and i am a little scared.

  4. Wow scary – glad Alexander’s all right!

    I never had a c-section, but I did have my gallbladder removed 6 weeks after Meenie was born. It took a few weeks for it to heal right and I remember feeling the same things.

  5. Thanks for sharing this post! I too had a C-section and know how you feel! I’m hoping for this one I could be able to have a vaginal birth cause our first is a real monkey and I wouldn’t be able to rest much lol!

    have a good day


  6. I’ve had 2 c-sections to date, I’m preggo right now at 30 weeks with my 3rd angel! Of course I’ll have another c-section (doctors orders) its always taken me about 2-3 weeks to get back to normal but I push myself as well! I’m glad to hear that you are doing soo good 3 weeks post c-section! I am a bit worried about the 3rd time around though.. cause both my boys were large babies and I’m petite!

  7. After our big move back to NC, I have finally found you all on your new blogs. Too cool.

    I’m so glad to hear you are doing well and those super cute boys are too šŸ™‚

  8. I can’t compare c-sec recovery with normal delivery recovery since I had 2 c-sec. It is hard during the 1st month but I am sure things are gonna get better the soonest!

  9. I had a C-section last summer of August and Yes! Tough! Tough! Recovery for me, but now I am doing great and can’t wait to go back biking to loose all those unwanted fatty friends. hehehe You do look good by the way! šŸ™‚

Recovery After C Section was last modified: January 30th, 2019 by Audrey McClelland