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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.
Holly, Mom to 5 boys.

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