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hi, i have had 3 c sections. i found that they are about the same. i thought the tt and mr i had done would be worse as the cut and just in general the surgery is more indepth, but its not. might be different for everyone tho.
The c-section was by far an easier recovery. I was moving around in a day with no problem. The TT is in no way comparable with pain. It is manageable with pain medication. You just are not going to have the quick "feel like me" feeling or recovery.
Thanks girls! But yea it might be different because my first c section it took me like 1 week to be moving like nothing and on my second one it took me like 2 weeks to be moving like when I had the first one! I guess it depends right?
I had 3 c-sections and then a FTT with MR. It difference between was the recovery time. It was a much more invasive sx with the TT. It took my a good 8 weeks till I was able to do everything as before. Where after the c-section is was a matter of 2-3 weeks.
I just had my TT with MR yesterday at 730am and Im in far more pain than all 3 of my c sections. Plus I weighed ALOT MORE a good 100lbs more (alot of water weight) Im not trying to scare you but I went into this thinking I was going to be up walking the next day like with all of my c sections so I guess I didnt prepare myself like I shouldve. I can't stand up straight what so ever and I have to hold my stomach while i walk like a turtle to and from the bathroom. I was slightly hunched with my c section but nothing like this. To be honest it completely SUCKS...however I know it will be worth it in the end and I would do it all over again!!!
I have had two c-sections and recovered quickly from both. I just had a tt with mr on Thur and have to say that the tt is far more painful. Days one and two were the worst. The pain was pretty intense. The pain does slowly subside but then you are walking hunched over so your back starts to hurt. My neck is killing me from sleeping in the recliner. I have a pain pump and i believe it has helped tremendously with the pain. i would say that the pain is bearable if you stay on top of your pain meds. Right now I feel some tightness and am mostly sore at the incision site. If it helps at no point did I cry from being in pain.
TT is way worse. For starters, when I had my last c-section I had an epidural line for the first two days (so I pressed a button whenever I was in pain) and was taking pain pills too. With the TT, no epidural, and I had a reaction to the narcotics so it was just tylenol for me. I'm 3weeks post-op and still somehwhat weak and in discomfort. With the C, I feel like I was good to go by 3weeks.
i had one c-section. my c-section was a little more painful for first couple of days. TT had much longer recovery time. I am three month post op, I don't think I even get half of the strengh I used to have. I don't want to screw up the MR. To me a TT compair to a c-section is the more emotional difference than physical difference. with C-section, as soon as I saw a healthy baby out, I had nothing to be worried afterwards. You have all the help and support form family members, friends and relatives. baby was the results. with TT, I worried my sx results every day, my worries are: not acheiving the target goals, swelling, look wired after sx etc. I have to hide my sx form a lot people acting like nothing happened and back to work. I could not expect a lot of supports from others because it is unecessary suffering accoding to them. and when I had my TT, i am much older compair to when I had my c-section. recovery road would be bumpier.
I had three sections, and the tuck has been worse by far. The first few days initially were more painful, and it's a different kind of pain if you are having MR. Also, recovery is way longer. I am about 3.5 weeks out and STILL recovering-taking it easy, very aware of my abdomen, still super tight, and not standing completely straight.
I asked the same question as my PS kept saying "Oh, if you did fine with a c-section this will be a piece of cake." Either I don't remember my c-section pain or I am a bigger wimp now. I think this hurts a lot more. Plus there is the numbness of your tummy that jut feels so weird. You also don't have a beautiful new baby to concentrate on and I think that helps negate the c-section pain! Just be prepared. . . the pain will be worth it!
I agree with everyone else that the TT was a far more difficult recovery than the C sections (I had 2 and recovered quickly and easily with no complications). I did not use "real" pain meds for either surgery, however - used advil for c-sections and Tylenol Es for TT. I did not think there was a big difference in pain at all, EXCEPT that for the first week you do not want to cough or sneeze - seriously it is awful..... That said, I did have a pain pump with local anesthetic for the first 4 days and I think it made a HUGE difference in terms of pain - perhaps I would have said this was more painful had I not had the pain pump (I say that b/c after 2 days I accidentally pulled out one side about 1/2 way - and that side then proceeded to hurt a lot more than the other). So I would recommend getting a pain pump if you can (worth the extra $350 IMO) and be careful NOT TO PULL OUT THE TUBES!!!!!
The recovery is much more difficult though, I will say that. It is totally doable, but it is hard, I will not lie. You just feel very vulnerable, is the best way I can put it. The vulnerability was hard on me emotionally..... Also I should add that I had 2 complications (hematoma and then infection) and if you have neither of these, it might not be as hard. I have read previous posts where people who had hard c-section recoveries thought the TT was easier..... I guess it will depend on your individual experience.
The one thing I think 99% of us agree on is that this is the best thing we have ever done for ourselves!!! Keep that in mind and you will be fine!!!!
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