Recovery for C-section vs. Vaginal deliveries K8Hanna Due May 14 (boy); 3 kids; 7 angel babies; Salem, NJ, United States 1236 posts
Feb 27th '14

I am looking at the possibility of having a C-section this time around due to placenta previa. At my 20 week scan it was just low lying and now at my last scan around 27 and a half weeks it has actually moved slightly covering my cervix and is now marginal. I also have a posterior placenta which I read is less likely to move if it hasn't already done so by the end of the second trimester.

for anyone who has had both a vaginal delivery and a C-section, can you tell me how the recoveries differed, length, pain, restrictions? Any info would be great. Also I will be getting my tubes tied during the C-section (if I have one) otherwise it will be laparoscopically after the birth.

My 2 Boys! 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Tilton, NH, United States 245 posts
Feb 28th '14

A vaginal birth is a way easier recovery, I was up showering and cleaning my hospital room an hour after I delivered the only pain I had was a slight bruised feeling down there. Also there are really no restrictions after a vaginal birth and you are out in 1 1/2-2 days.  The c-section however was a very painful longer recovery, you stuck in bed with a cathereter for 12 hours after, then a nurse helps you get up and assists you in showering, every time I had to get up I had a pulling feeling in lower pooch, You are in the hospital for an additional day and have restrictions on lifting anything that weighs more than your baby and no driving for 2 weeks.  All in all you have to do what is healthy for a baby but if possible a vaginal birth is the better way to go.