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When were you out and about again? Update: Added a question

The idea of a c-section is very new to me, didn't have one with DS1 and really wasn't expecting to this time but DS2 is transverse so a c section is a possiblility for me.  I'm still trying to get used to the idea.

We have a close family friend that is getting married around my due date, and I'm wondering how long after a c-section would I feel up for going (I am comfortable leaving the baby because he will be at our house with my mom and we would only be gone a couple hours).   

I know everyone's different, but how long after your (uncomplicated) c-section did you feel up for going out of the house?  I would literally just be sitting and taking it easy, no drinking or dancing obviously.  If you can't tell I really want to go to this wedding.  :) 

Edit:  Thanks everyone who responded... it definitely sounds like there is a range of when people start to feel like themselves again.  I was wondering.... for those who had a quicker recovery, were your c-sections scheduled?  I have been told that scheduled c sections often have a faster recovery and less complications.  Thanks! 


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  • The answer is going to vary. But tomorrow makes two weeks for me and I think I could handle what you described. 
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  • Honestly, I probably wouldn't have been up for dressing up and going out until close to 6 weeks but may have tried for someone I was really close to. Between nursing, having a lot of PP bleeding (bled through pads often which was super embarrassing), and some complications I had that made my incision very painful and slow to heal, I would have been very uncomfortable even sitting at a wedding for a long period of time.

    Everyone is different though - I know a lot of people who felt great pretty soon after and hopefully that will be your experience :) I'm sure your friend would understand if you had to give a tentative answer! 


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    4-5 weeks was the soonest I wanted to leave the house after my c-section.  That was because it was Christmas and it was really hard.  I cried from pain...sitting up for that long for a car ride etc. was painful.  My labor prior to the c section was pretty rough though.  There are no guarantees.



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  • I went to a couple of doctor's appts. and ran a couple of quick errands with DH within the first 2 weeks but that was it.  The first time I really went out and did anything was when my BFF visited at 4 wks pp.  I was exhausted when we got back to the house and had to take pain medication.  And I had to wear maternity pants.  I had amazing weight loss after giving birth but at that point it was still either yoga pants or maternity pants.  Regular jeans or slacks were not a option.  I didn't own anything that would have worked for a wedding at that point.  My one maternity dress would not have fit and neither would any of my dressy prepregnancy clothes.   

     

    ETA:  "Just Sitting" wasn't all that easy for me after surgery.  There were very few chairs I could sit in comfortably.   


  • I am 3 weeks pp and could do what you have described. The issue would be clothes, I lost all but 4 pounds of my pregnancy weight but my pre pregnancy clothes don't fit and maternity clothes def don't fit. You may need to take your pain pills to get through the day because I know sitting is rough and then standing from sitting can still be tender
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  • So we went out for dinner the night that I got out of the hospital. Needed to eat and momma didn't want fast food. I was completely comfortable and didn't have any issues just sitting and enjoying a meal. I think it all depends on how you are feeling. This is definitely a time you need to be thinking about your health and listening to what your body needs. 

    The one thing I will say is that if you decide to go you need to make sure you have super comfy clothes. They will give you a gurtle(sp) to wear that is not super cumbersome but def will be seen through a tight dress. 

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     They will give you a gurtle(sp) to wear that is not super cumbersome but def will be seen through a tight dress. 

     I was not given one.  Nor was it suggested I should wear anything like that.  


  • Everyone is going to be different.  I had a very tough time of it immediately after surgery (didn't get up and out of bed for two days, until a nurse literally forced me). Surprisingly, I had a pretty quick recovery.  I felt much better at two weeks, and was completely back to normal at 4 weeks.  I was driving at two and a half weeks and would have been totally fine with attending a wedding, but probably would have gone out and bought a new dress for it.
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  • 6 to 8 weeks for me, I was a hot mess. In pain and bleeding, sry tmi. No way was able to dress up well enough and present myself in public!
  • I had one internal stitch that burned for about two weeks.  Other than that, I felt fine.  I still went for walks and ran errands during that time.  I just made sure that I kept up on the pain meds.  We had DS's baptism and party at 1w6d, and I didn't have any problem with socializing.  My mom helped out a lot with the set up and clean up.  By 3 weeks PP, I helped move all of the furniture on our 1st floor to the garage because we were getting new flooring installed. 

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  • I'm 15 days postpartum and have left the house multiple times already. By day 10, I was ready to get out for a bit.
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  • My dd was in the nicu so as soon as I was released from the hospital I was going back and forth to the nicu and out to dinner. I was uncomfortable but I would have gone to a wedding of a very close friend/family member 2 weeks after delivering.
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  • Thanks ladies... Looks like I'll definitely have to play it by ear.  I work as a private contractor and was hoping to see clients here and there during my maternity leave to make some money, but it's looking like that might not be possible for a good 4-6 weeks... bummer.  

  • I went to the grocery store at about 1.5 wk pp and that was exhausting. I wouldn't have wanted to go to a wedding then. I went out for lunch with friends by myself with DD at about 3.5 weeks pp and that was fine.

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  • I had an easy recovery and I think I would've been okay to attend pretty much upon release from the hospital.
    I certainly wouldn't have felt up to dancing though.
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  • I know I'll get some dirty looks for this, but I rode to Texas from Florida 5 days PP to see my husband graduate from BMT for the Air Force, and I felt fine, it was a weekend long event, a lot of walking, and honestly the more you move, the quicker you'll heal. Nothing strenuous, no heavy lifting, but just getting up and walking around is going to help so much, if you stay on the couch, or do more than you're supposed to then it'll slow your recovery, but do what works for you. Just see how you feel the day of the wedding. Good luck!
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    My daughter was born on a Sunday and we did a quick trip to Target the following weekend. I was really sore but it was do able. 
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  • It's all going to depend on how you're feeling at the time of your C-section. They say that if it's planned, then you're much better off. If you go into labor and then have a C-section, the recovery is much worse.

    I had sever pre-e and then an emergency C-section. I was down for the count for almost 8 weeks. I also did not take anything stronger than ibuprofen, since the heavier pain pills make me sick. I didn't want to vomit after a C-section for sure.

    I would say you're going to have to play it by ear. I do also agree with pp that said to stay moving. The more you keep moving, the better you'll heal. However, you'll feel great one day and wake up regretting all the movement you did, kind of like a day at the gym.

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  • I was back at work 3 weeks after DS was born via c-section.  It was no big deal for me.  I do have a desk job but still was feeling perfectly fine to go to work. 

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    Honestly, I probably wouldn't have been up for dressing up and going out until close to 6 weeks but may have tried for someone I was really close to. Between nursing, having a lot of PP bleeding (bled through pads often which was super embarrassing), and some complications I had that made my incision very painful and slow to heal, I would have been very uncomfortable even sitting at a wedding for a long period of time.

    Everyone is different though - I know a lot of people who felt great pretty soon after and hopefully that will be your experience :) I'm sure your friend would understand if you had to give a tentative answer! 

    This for me too. I really didn't feel like dressing up and my "leftover" skin just hung over my incision which didn't feel too good. I would run out here and there for short periods of time, but no long outings until around 4-5 weeks.  

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  • Really depends on the person but I was ready to go after 3 days. Personally a cessation was a pcs of cake.
  • I was out running errands 3 days PP. We had a family get together I went to at 5 days PP. Grocery shopping the next week, followed by another family party at like 10 days PP. I just sat around at the get togethers, didn't do much of anything and I was fine! Heck, I went to a concert at 2 weeks PP!
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    At one week I took my son in the Moby wrap to a local Christmas festival. Looking back, walking with him was a bit much, but it was so nice to get out. I also had my baby in cold, grey late November, so I NEEDED to get out for my mental health. Sitting at a wedding would be no big deal! I would totally go if it was local at one week pp
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    Like PP say, everyone is different. In my experience I was able to go out for dinner with my husband less than a week after my csection. It would all just depend on how your recovery was going. Good luck!
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  • I had an easy recovery, I would have been fine after four or five days. I'd wear a maternity dress with a high waistline--I wore those a lot after my c-section and I think it would look nice enough. 
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  • I had a really easy recovery and I was out and about 5-6 days later. 
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  • After 4 days (home from the hospital), I was with my mom doing things. Sometimes it was just going to lunch or dinner.  She drove and I just enjoyed being out.

     



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    Really depends on the person but I was ready to go after 3 days. Personally a cessation was a pcs of cake.


    This!!!
  • Scheduled C-sections do often have a faster/easier recovery because you haven't gone through 12 hours of labor and trauma.

    I was honestly feeling about 90% the day we left the hospital and was off pain meds. We were going out that week (I couldn't drive, but I felt fine enough to go places and walk around).

    A HUGE part of it too is how quickly and how much you get up and walk around while in the hospital. Literally, make yourself get up and move every hour. You won't want to, but you NEED to. It hurts SO MUCH the first few times (take some meds to prepare!) but it gets better and easier every single time you move, and it truly affects how quickly you're back on your feet.  

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  • I would have been fine to go out by a week after my c/s, and I did (not to weddings, but shopping with others driving, etc.).  Nine days after I had DD, we did a three-hour road trip, which I wouldn't necessarily recommend, but it was something I really wanted to do and I was fine.  Also, while I was still in the process of shedding water weight at that point, I would have been able to wear an empire waist dress or something loose but dressy.  I know some people take weeks to feel like themselves, but it only took me a week to want to get the heck out of the house and be normal again.

    FWIW, DD was an emergency c/s, DS was planned (I went into labor early but it wasn't as bad as DD), and both recoveries were pretty easy.  I was feeling mostly fine after a week.  I don't think DS was any easier, but my hospital stay was much shorter and I probably pushed myself too hard the first day or two at home.

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