A lot of people think that just because you didn’t have a vagina birth you got off pretty easy in the labor and delivery department. Ha, ha. Think again my friends because while having a C-section might technically be different, you’re still left with the same agonizing pain and feelings that your vagina-delivery mamas and counterparts have to go through, too. Just because we don’t talk about certain things, it doesn’t mean that we’re not dealing with it.
Here are just some of the unspoken things moms have to deal with after a C-section.
1. Be in Bed All Day
Speaking of not being able to get out of bed all day, once your partner goes back to work and your mom flies back home, you’ll start to feel very lonely. After all, it’s just you and the baby at home. And remember your most likely on pain killers from your surgery, your best friend can’t message you all day from work and your baby is screaming bloody mary each and every time he or she wakes up.
Actually, before you freak out, it’s not all that bad. Think of it this way. You can still catch up on The Handsmaid Tale and every Real Housewives episodes while your baby is sleeping next to you in the bassinet, right?
And speaking of painkillers, you’ll need them. Your doctor will likely prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen and a narcotic pain medication. That’s because it’s normal to feel pain after your C-section for up to two weeks.
3. No Sex, Please
It’ll take a while to ease back into sex. At first you might not even want it (since you’ll mot likely bleeding rivers for a few weeks straight) but also you’ll need some time before your incision heals.
Some women experience painful intercourse 18 months after giving birth compared to women who delivered vaginally.