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8 Postpartum C-Section Surprises Most Women Don’t Talk About

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Having a C-section isn’t something most women wish for, but it doesn’t have to be a scary experience. Going into the procedure with some knowledge of what to expect helps mamas-to-be prepare for their postsurgery experience. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest surprises women face after leaving the operating room. Which did you experience?

1- Catheterization

Catheterization
Though new mamas are encouraged to get up and move as soon as possible, walking is a bit more complicated due to the catheter that is kept in for the first day.

2- The Ridge

Ridge
Even years after giving birth, many mamas notice a slight bump in their skin above their C-section scar.

3- Pitocin

Pitocin
Many mamas are surprised that while in recovery, they are given pitocin to help contract the uterus postdelivery.

4- First Bowel Movement

First-Bowel-Movement
Regardless of what people say, one is never prepared for the pain and fear that comes with that first postpartum bowel movement.

5- Walking

Walking
Considering that a C-section is major abdominal surgery, it’s amazing that a woman can get out of bed and go for a short walk within hours of the procedure.

6- Painful Sex

Painful-Sex
Even if you haven’t had a vaginal birth, postpartum sex can be painful due to the aftermath of surgery.

7- Shaking

Shaking
In the immediate hours following surgery, as the body rids itself of the anesthesia and calms down from the procedure, many women find themselves shaking uncontrollably.

Bleeding

Bleeding
As with a vaginal delivery, C-section recipients bleed for several days or weeks following delivery.

Credits:Popsugar

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CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.