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Old 06-09-2012, 02:02 PM   #5
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Re: Postpartum care concerns

Originally Posted by shan1212 View Post
I wanted to see what other lady's experiences were in terms of healing from a VBAC versus a repeat c-section. Honestly, I kind of expected the VBAC recovery to be a piece of cake, all roses and all that, and I was surprised at some of the things I didn't expect:

*I had heavier bleeding this time, and it lasted longer (with the c-section it lasted maybe two weeks and was like a super light period, after the VBAC it was several weeks)

*I swear the lochia had a stronger smell

*My pregnancy hemorrhoids were aggravated by the VBAC and I needed a steroid foam to end the cycle.

*Intimacy is better this time around. For the year that I nursed my daughter after my c/s, I was incredibly dry and tight with no libido. I wouldn't say I'm back to normal after the VBAC, but things are definitely better (EBF this time again too).

*It took about 5 weeks for my 2nd degree tear to feel completely healed, the light bleeding to stop, and for me to feel back to "normal," though I was much, much more mobile in the days following birth compared to my c-section. I just wasn't expecting the bleeding to last longer.

There aren't too many people who have had both types of birth experiences, so I thought maybe we could help women doing a TOLAC know a little bit more what to expect, both the good, the bad, and the "Oh, really?" stuff. So what differences in your postpartum healing did you notice?
You are recovering like a woman who has had her first vaginal birth. That's really normal- so far as you were healing from a second degree laceration and you were exhausted, physically, from pushing, etc. The bleeding shouldn't be that much different unless they had dome some "cleaning out" of your uterus during your c-section. Your lochia also shouldn't smell any different. If it smells foul, I would go to your doctor/midwife and get it checked because that's abnormal. (Nevermind, I see that it's already stopped. Anyway, it shouldn't have smelled differently unless you had an infection.)

I will tell you that the recovery from my 1st VBAC was way worse than my recovery from my 2nd VBAC. With my 1st VBAC, I had a second degree and pushed for 3 hours (without an epidural). With my 2nd VBAC, I pushed for 20 minutes tops (with an epidural) and had an intact perineum. If birth was as easy as my 2nd VBAC, I swear I could do it once a week.

If you go on to have a second VBAC, I bet your recovery will be easier. Only you can decide if it was worth it or not to you. If you decide that it wasn't, there's nothing wrong with having a repeat c with your next baby either.

ETA: I had hemorrhoids too. They were horrible. I actually had them before pushing just from the pregnancy, but the pushing made it worse. Oh well. Hemorrhoids were actually worse for the 2nd VBAC than the 1st.
Nothing I say ever constitutes medical advice.

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