How long does a post C-section hurt?

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Post by cialis » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:49 am

Re: How long does a post C-section hurt?

Post by tanikit » Thu May 15, 2014 01:29 pm

I had a horizontal cut and it took about 4 weeks to heal that I felt ok - however there was some nerve damage there that took much longer to heal and I had tingling (like pins and needles) over that area for a few months (I am a type 1 diabetic which may have slowed healing too though). My first was a natural birth with episiotomy and the second was an emergency C-section - the difference between the two was huge - I also felt like I would never recover and be able to swing my eldest in the air again or rock my younger to sleep like I had with the eldest. Now much much later I have almost forgotten all that.

Re : How long does a post C-section hurt?

Post by lawsontx » Thu Feb 10, 2005 08:28 am

I had a verticle uterine cut with my first C-Section. I took at least 3 months before I was back to normal (as normal as it was going to get). That was 2 years ago, and to this day if I lean up against a counter in the kitchen I can still feel some tenderness at the top of the cut.

I've since had a normal c-section, and I can distinctly tell the difference in the two when I puch on my stomach. Now there is tenderness in 2 different areas.


Our Angel, Faith, born March 3rd, 2003 @ 24wks, Pre-E and Severe HELLP

Caelan Drake - 9/21/04 @ 34 Weeks

Re : How long does a post C-section hurt?

Post by matts_mom » Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:33 pm

i had a horizontal incision inside and out and i had no pain. the nurses could't believe that i didn't feel any pain at all after. both my doctor and my mom told me that in the best cases there probably won't be any pain after a c/s. because i had hellp, i had a bruise the size of a football on my tummy, it looked terrible. my incision didn't heal for about 2 weeks, i was held together with staples and dissolving stitches. it has been a year and i can feel scar tissue inside when i push on my tummy. from what i have learned take it easy for at least a year. no heavy lifting, no straining your tummy, stuff like that because a major muscle has been cut and that takes an awful long time to heal.

as for menstrating, i had Matthew Feb 6, 2004 and had my first normal period at the beginning of may but breastfeeding didn't go as i had hoped. i still enjoyed not having it for all those

dh reg(52)
matthew-born Feb 6, 2004, at 34 weeks due to hellp syndrome (4lbs 10 ounces)

Re : How long does a post C-section hurt?

Post by anne » Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:05 am

I was doing Pilates at about 8 weeks post c section (and had done Yoga up to the birth). I still found the odd soreness for months after, but never real pain.

As for AF - Mine took A YEAR as I was still breastfeeding. For some women it only takes one or two feedings a day to prevent ovulation. It was great! (and worked as birth control for us, but I have heard lots of stories about it not working)!!!!!

Cooper May 9, 2003 (HELLP and severe pre-e at 35 weeks)
EDD May 31, 2005

Re : How long does a post C-section hurt?

Post by valea » Tue Feb 08, 2005 05:15 am

My experience. My first was a horizontal on the outside and horizontal and veritical on the inside (ds was stuck!) it took a very long time to heal. Like you the inside was 10x worse then the outside. Honestly I remember 1 year later going back to the doctor for my yearly and telling her it still hurt. I was miserable. Like you when I stood boy that pain could be intense. I also lost a lot of blood and continued to bleed for 9 weeks then went on meds to stop it. I then got af 1 month later.

My second c-section was horitzontal both. My inside felt great shortly after. Now my incision was a problem and didnt close until 12 weeks later but as far as inside pain it was so minimal compared to my first. But the outside does still hurt at almost 4 months pp. And I got af at 2 1/2 months pp with bfing.

Many hugs to you, I hope you heal quickly.

Wyatt 12-29-01 full term pre-e
Kirstin 10-11-04 35 weeks pre-e

Re : How long does a post C-section hurt?

Post by rachel a » Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:54 am


Hey girl! I am four months postpartum and my c-section is still sore. The area is very sensitive and itchy. I have lost some feeling & sensation around the incision. Sometimes, it even hurts to lay on my stomach. I am very sensitive to pain.

There are times that I overdo a workout and my tummy is really sore. It's different for different people.

As far as my period...I went three months before having a period.

Good luck!

Rachel Adamson

Dylan Samuel 10/04/04 @ 32 weeks (due to severe PE)

Re : How long does a post C-section hurt?

Post by ann marie » Sun Feb 06, 2005 06:35 am

It took me 4 months to get my period again even though I wasn't breast feeding. My c-section took about 10-12 weeks before I wasn't tender anymore, but I had my gallbladder out 6 weeks after I had my baby and it's hard to tell what I was hurting from. Even now though I still get zingers about 1-2X per week. Still healing I guess.

Ann Marie (29)Moderator for "Ask the Experienced" and "Bedrest"
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DH: Matt (32)
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Luke 3/17/04--37 weeks after 15 weeks of bedrest

Re : How long does a post C-section hurt?

Post by fiona » Sat Feb 05, 2005 05:13 pm

Melissa, I had a classic section the first time. I can't remember exactly when it healed - although I do know it took longer than the regular section I had second time around. I think it's a much more vulnerable cut - seven years on, I still have numb and tender points along the route of the scar.

As for my period, about six weeks, both times.

dh Tom
ds Nate 12/8/97 - 14/8/97 26 weeks severe pre-e IUGR 1lb
ds Jay 4/11/98 30 weeks pre-e 3lbs 11 oz
no 3 due 15/6/05

Re : How long does a post C-section hurt?

Post by julie f » Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:08 am

Melissa, I had a regular C-section both times and with the first one, things were so foggy I really can't remember how long it hurt... I remember that that the pain didn't last all that long but the tenderness did, for quite some time. I have heard though that recovery from a classic cut takes longer and is more painful.

Last time, my period returned right at about 6 weeks.

I'm sorry for what you're going through, it is incredibly unfair to be in pain physically on top of what you're already going through emotionally.

Julie (27)
Zachary James, 7/22/03-7/27/03, born at 26wks - severe pe

Jackson Charles 01/24/05, 36wks 6dys - NO PE!!

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