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AMANDASMITH11
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9/1/04 1:59 P

 
 
I am still in some pain but not too bad. I have another question though, when did the swelling around the incision go down? I feel like I am still very swollen.

My doctor said no walking for 6 weeks! I am usually very active and have an extremely active 3 year old so I am getting a little frustrated. It comes and goes of course, I am fine one minute and hysterically crying the next. Oh the joys of childbirth!!!!!

It amazes me how much different the recovery is than a vaginal birth. I was feeling fine by the time my first son was 2 weeks old and started slowly working out about a week after that. I feel about 100 years old right now! Sorry to vent so much but I know you guys will understand!

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8/31/04 10:41 A

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Aunt JuJu,

How are you feeling? Are things getting any easier?

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HOTMOMMA
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8/26/04 9:44 P

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amanda, i was in a lot of pain for about two weeks. by choice, i started cutting myself off the pain medication after about 10 days and started taking tylenol. even though the tylenol was not as strong as the ibuprofen, it made me feel better because i wasn't constantly in a fog and i could take better care of Will. after 3 weeks, i was allowed to do a 1 mile video tape walk every other day. it helped me mentally heal, then i started healing better physically.


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8/26/04 1:35 P

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I was monitored on this while I was in the hospital. I wasn't allowed to eat solid foods until I could pass gas... which was very hard to accomplish with so many visitors. The pain of gas hurt and it hurt to try. But I did the second night and so I could have solids the next day. I guess the theory is that if you have trouble passing gas then you'll struggle with a BM. I didn't have a BM until about 4 days after leaving the hospital because I didn't have much food in me, but after the first, it was back to normal. It still hurt though.
It's such a weird feeling, it even hurt to pee because it was like I had no pushing muscles near the incision.

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AMANDASMITH11
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8/26/04 11:23 A

 
 
I have been drinking prune juice - yuk. but is seems to do the trick!

How is everyone feeling? I am just 6 days post op and still in pain and wondering how long it is going to take to start feeling better. Any advice?

HOTMOMMA
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7/13/04 8:25 P

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i hope you feel better. i know this sounds strange, but one thing that helped me relieve some of the gas was to make myself burp from time to time. it was a short-term solution, but it worked. also a friend of mine had told me to massage your kidney area to help relieve the pressure.


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SARABETH20101
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7/13/04 8:21 P

 
 
Thanks HotMomma... anything is worth a try!

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7/13/04 8:08 A

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anything made with wheat flour, raisins, spinach, oatmeal, decaf coffee, whole wheat bagels, apple juice were some of the foods i ate to help me


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7/12/04 6:38 P

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aunt juju, it took me several weeks to have normal BM's again. by eating a lot of fiber rich foods, i was able to have at least one BM a day. after the second day in the hospital, i refused the colace because i learned that as long as i ate certain foods i would be in the bathroom shortly thereafter. hope you're feeling okay otherwise.


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7/12/04 9:16 A

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Hey Julie, you asked... stool softners and plenty of water and eat well. Things should return to "normal" in a couple of weeks. Don't force it. If things aren't getting better and you are majorly uncomfortable, go see your doctor.

When you have a c-section it is major surgery and they move your intestines around. Now that you don't have a baby in your belly and it wasn't your body that pushed it out, c/s patience seem to have more gas and more difficulties with BM. You figure it takes a while for the organs to find their natural places again. This is another reason for the gas etc.

Good luck and I hope you are feeling better soon, but again, if you are not or it gets worse, contact your doctor. They have simple and quick rememdies that will provide relief.

Laura :)


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SARABETH20101
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7/12/04 8:23 A

 
 
OK This is a really frank question but I have to ask it. For anyone who has had a C-section... how long did it take before you began to be able to have a normal BM and pass gas with no pain or problems? I have had the hardest time with having to push out a BM and also with my gas pains just going crazy before I am able to pass any gas. It is very uncomfortable... I would say more so than the incision itself even. Anyone else have this problem and if so how long did it take to get back to normal?


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