When does the soreness go away?

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When does the soreness go away?

Postby flygirl44 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:30 am

I just saw this new forum! Glad it's here....

I had a c-section 5 weeks ago. I'm still sore near my incision site. Last week, I was sore around my belly with that annoying "numb" feeling to the touch all over my stomach. That has gotten a bit better this week, but my incision is still sore. It seems like by 5 weeks I should not be feeling anything, but maybe I'm wrong? I keep telling myself that I had major surgery but still.....

I did push for 2.5 hours before we did the c-section. I was told that if you labor first, that recovery is harder. Any truth to this?
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Postby cacton » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:36 am

My incision was numb for several months, I was pain free by 6 weeks though so hopefully you are coming to the finish line. I pushed for 3 1/2 hours without DS descending one cm, so frustrating!
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Postby cordy79 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:14 am

I'm 10 weeks post section now and my wound has literally only just got manageble. It's still painful and for 9 weeks was oozing ridiculous amounts of stuff amongst other post section issues, it was awful. Im just getting the feeling back which feels rather painful at first. I wouldn;t worry too much some discomfort is to be expected still x
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Postby VAmommy » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:10 pm

Absolutely there is truth to the fact that recovery is harder after laboring. With ds I was in labor for 16 hrs before my section and recovery was much harder. I would say about 6-8 wks for me I started feeling more normal. DD was a planned section and recovery was much quicker by 2wks I was moving normally.
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Postby flygirl44 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:16 pm

Thanks ladies. I was thinking that at 5.5 weeks, I should be feeling fabulous so it makes me feel better to know that I'm not abnormal that I don't feel 100% yet.

Cacton-I hope you are right and that I am nearing the finish line!

Cordy- that sound awful! I can't imagine oozing stuff. I hope you feel better soon!

VAMommy- great to hear that your planned section had a faster recovery! That gives me hope for baby #2!

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Postby ritzy » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:27 pm

I hate to say this.....but I had twins via section almost 6 months ago and my incision will still bother me sometimes. mostly when I push on it though or when the babies kick me when Im changing diapers! lol! and Im still pretty numb around it too. I remember my doctor telling me it could talk up to year for everything to get back to normal....
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Postby NYsBelle » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:26 pm

Give your body more time. I had a planned csection and was sore/numb for a good 3-4 months after. I feel for you, momma.

I know we always hear about the ladies that are back to normal in a week...nice to know that those of us that have a more difficult recovery aren't alone!
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Postby shermy » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:26 pm

I pushed for 5+ hours before my c-section, and I don't really remember when my c-section scar stopped being annoying, but it was still annoying after 5 weeks for sure.

I say annoying just because it wasn't pain, but it wasn't back to normal like it is now. It just wasn't comfortable.
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Postby Tanya761 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:09 pm

My pain was completely gone by 6 weeks. The return to normal abdominal strength took some time (can't exactly remember, but probably 3 ish months or so to do sit-up type things without my arms helping me). The numbness took FOREVER to go away, and to be honest, two years later, it is still numb around the incision. I don't think that will ever go away as it is likely scar tissue.
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Postby stacey0513 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:40 am

WOW I had an emergancy c-section with my first and I was up and walking about 12 hours later. The worst part for me was the staples so once they were removed I felt 100% better. If I walked or moved too much I was still in pain but I would say by like 3-4 weeks out I was completely back to normal but was not in much pain at all like a week to 10 days after. I hope this recovery is similar, I felt very lucky!
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Postby monkeysauce » Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:29 am

I remember that I tried to do some gardening at 5 weeks. I spent that evening lying on the sofa, feeling peristalsis against my inflamed abdominal muscles. That was definitely TOO soon to be doing much.

I remember at 2.5 months I felt fine in everyday life, but I tried to climb onto a pool float and my muscles couldn't do it.

At 4 months, I went outside and swung a pickax. No problems at all, completely healed.
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