Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I had to have a C-section. My recovery was hard because I had dilated fully during labor and had pushed for three hours. My baby was pretty close to the perineum, and the surgery was pretty intense because I had labored all that time. I had a good bit of pain after the surgery.
I believe that the most important thing is to start moving as soon as possible after surgery. I was up and out of my bed around 12 hours after my surgery! Just getting up and moving around helped me to start my recovery.
I also wore an abdominal binder for support around my incision. That helped me to move around. Most labor and delivery units have these. Slowly but surely, you heal and get back to normal.
—Nancy Thomas, MD, a mom of a 22-month-old son who practices general obstetrics and gynecology in a thriving practice in Covington, Louisiana, with Ochsner Health System