Pregnancy is a beautiful thing for many mothers despite the struggles with morning sickness and weight gain, then comes the time to give birth. While some prefer natural birth, circumstances don’t allow them to do so and as such a C-section is necessary. However not many are prepared for the aftermath of the procedure, though it may vary as people handle things differently;
The ridge – Even years after giving birth, many women notice a slight bump on their skin above their C-section scar.
Pitocin – Many women are surprised that while in recovery, they are given Pitocin (a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin) to help contract the uterus post delivery.
Bowel – Regardless of what people say, one is never prepared for the pain and fear that comes with that first postpartum bowel movement.
Walking – Considering that a C-section is major abdominal surgery, it’s amazing that a woman can get out of bed and go for a short walk within hours of the procedure.
Sex – Even if you haven’t had a vaginal birth, postpartum sex can be painful due to the aftermath of surgery.
Shaking – In the immediate hours following surgery, as the body rids itself of the anesthesia and calms down from the procedure, many women find themselves shaking uncontrollably
Bleeding – As with a vaginal delivery, C-section recipients bleed for several days or weeks following delivery.