Roni - with the first c-sec I stayed in the hospital about
48 hours. I begged my OB to let me go home because I was having a HORRIBLE experience there (long story) and so she let me go home. The recovery was about
6 weeks but I was mentally traumatized (part of my long story) so I think it took me a while to bounce back physically as well.
The 2nd c-sec was a wonderful experience. I was in the hospital about
36 hours. I just wanted to go home. I was ready. I never do well in the hospital anyway. I prefer my own bed and my husband is EXTREMELY helpful. I was totally disappointed that I didn't get to VBAC, BUT I was also realistic that things might end up going the c-sec route. I remember driving my baby to the ped for his first visit at about
7 days old. It was hard to get up into the minivan, but I did it. I should NOT have driven, but I am stubborn. And it was 10 days post-surgery by the time all of my help left (mom or mil) and it was just me and the 2 kids. I did ok. I just told myself that it didn't even matter if we got dressed or not. As long as we were fed, that's all that counted. It went a lot better than I anticipated. So... I would say by 2-3 weeks post birth I was doing fairly well and by 4-6 weeks post birth I was doing really well. I think the first 10 days are the hardest, but I bounced back MUCH quicker this time.
I have a friend who had 3 c-secs and she told me that every subsequent recovery was much quicker. I don't know if that's because she knew what to expect or what, but I'm hoping that my 3rd c-sec goes the same way.
There is no way in hee-haw I would be hiking 10 days after. That IS insanity. :) BUT, I think you should be just fine to handle the kids and even cook if you have to. Can you plan some good freezer meals (lasagna, etc) OR do soup & sandwiches or breakfast for dinner? If you have them ready so you have meals prepared for the first 10 days or so it makes life easier. OR get your hubby to cook. :) Who will be helping you???
Post Edited (Stef17) : 10/25/2008 10:23:22 AM (GMT-6)