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8 Postpartum C-Section Surprises Most Women Don't Talk About

Mar 26 2017 - 10:00am

Having a C-section [1] isn't something most women wish for, but it doesn't have to be a scary experience. Going into the procedure with some knowledge of what to expect helps mamas-to-be prepare for their postsurgery experience. We've rounded up some of the biggest surprises women face after leaving the operating room. Which did you experience?


Though new mamas are encouraged to get up and move as soon as possible, walking is a bit more complicated due to the catheter that is kept in for the first day.

The Ridge

Even years after giving birth, many mamas notice a slight bump in their skin above their C-section scar.


Many mamas are surprised that while in recovery, they are given pitocin [2] to help contract the uterus postdelivery.

First Bowel Movement

Regardless of what people say, one is never prepared for the pain and fear that comes with that first postpartum bowel movement.


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.

Painful Sex

Even if you haven't had a vaginal birth, postpartum sex can be painful due to the aftermath of surgery.


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.


As with a vaginal delivery, C-section recipients bleed for several days or weeks following delivery.

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