Re: C section
I had two c-sections, it's been a long time though. In fact the first one was on April 29, (1995). And the second June 4 (1999). It's hard to really remember the recovery period and yes it's more painful than a vaginal delivery.
With my first I had PROM, Pelvic dispropotion and failure to progress and was in labor for more than three days when the section was performed so I wouldn't go by that experience as much as my second which was scheduled without being in labor.
So as for my second, it wasn't as difficult as the first (maybe because I knew what to expect, or because I didn't labor at all)
The anxiety I felt with both was much worse than the actual surgeries. I think we all tend to do that, worry alot and then after say oh it wasn't as bad as I thought.
It was worse going home because the pain isn't as controlled but the more you walk around the quicker the recovery I found in my case.
You should expect to be soar for a while. Several weeks or longer. Depends on your own abilities and pain threshhold. Once I was past the first couple weeks however it wasn't so bad. Breast fed and concentrated more on the babies than the pain.
Good luck, with your surgery and remember the end result. It is still true about c-sections as with vaginal births the pain is somehow taken away (maybe by the natural Oxytocin we produce) once you see your baby within a short time you'll want to do it all again.
I'm having my third c-section (fifth major abdominal surgery) within the next 6 weeks and you bet I'm nervous, but I know the results will take care of all the anxiety and pain we have to go through to get there.
Happy birthday to my baby girls b-day twin out there and the rest of you.....