Before you begin reading this blog post about my second c section incision and c section birth experience, I wanted to note that this post will be updated until my one year postpartum mark since I am currently only 5 weeks postpartum.
On February 24, 2022, I had my second c section delivery with my original due date being March 31, 2022. If you’ve read my past blog posts, I expressed wanting to try for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) for my second baby.
But unfortunately, things did not go as planned because my second baby was IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction). And I had severe placental insufficiency so a c-section was the best option.
Second C Section Delivery Day
On February 21, 2022 I walked into my routine NST (non stress test) and OBGYN appointment. And ultimately got admitted to the army hospital’s labor and delivery unit due to baby having heart decelerations.
Since I wasn’t at least 36 weeks pregnant, they had to transfer me to a different hospital that was better equipped with a maternal fetal specialist and NICU.
So they transferred me via ambulance (my first time being in one) and got admitted there from the 21st to the day I got discharged on the 26th.
After speaking with the maternal fetal specialist on the 23rd, she decided that a c section was the best option for us because there was very little blood flow (nutrients) going to baby. And she was under 1 percentile in growth so she was considered severe IUGR.
Therefore they scheduled a repeat c section on February 24, 2022, at 9 AM and at 9:24 AM, Kennedy Raine was born. She weighed 3lbs 5oz and was 15.16 inches long.
Baby girl was sent to the NICU where she would be in an incubator until she was weaned off. Throughout her two week stay, she went through phototherapy to reduce her bilirubin levels and she gained weight to be able to come home.
She was discharged from the hospital on March 11 and weighed a little over 4lbs.
I drove to see her most of the time twice a day (35 minute drive) and a few of the days just once a day to bring her breastmilk.
So I was up and about as soon as I was discharged and I felt like this helped me recover quicker the second time around.
Repeat C Section Experience
My second c section experience was a lot different than my first very much like the two pregnancies.
For one, I wasn’t in the labor pains I was in with my first pregnancy. I was 39 weeks and 6 days and super ready to pop with my first baby. You can read about my first c section experience here.
So for this scheduled c section, I was all in my head. I didn’t have the throbbing pain occupying my mind from the chaos of everyone around me prepping for my c section surgery along with the pain of getting an epidural.
Instead of an epidural, I actually got a spinal block which is basically a shot in your spine. And that was pretty painful.
The c section surgery itself was also a much different experience than the first time.
There was a lot more tugging and pushing intensely because baby girl’s head was stuck. She was breeched and due to so much pain from being pushed on, they administered more pain medicine via IV.
And once baby girl was fully out, I was so out of it and in so much pain that I felt like it took away from that joyful experience I had with my first. Don’t get me wrong, I was over the moon about welcoming our second daughter. However, I was just so ready to fast forward to being able to hold her (which I wasn’t able to for 35 hours).
This c section experience was just very exhausting and my husband was crying because he saw me in an incredible amount of pain. But the thing that kept me going was telling myself that this time, this pain, and this discomfort was all temporary.
And I’d soon be able to hold my baby and recover. It would be uphill from here on out.
Post C Section Hemorrhage
And of course along with a complicated pregnancy and an uncomfortable c section delivery, I hemorrhaged.
I was too exhausted to truly remember every detail the first hour after birth, but I do remember soaking through the pads every 15 or so minutes.
There were several nurses that came in to massage my fundus to harden the uterus to prevent hemorrhaging. And my goodness, I was screaming in so much pain. They pushed so hard I was bruised up and the bleeding would not stop.
The nurse contacted the OBGYN and he came in to check where the bleeding was coming from. There was just an unbelievable amount of clotting that I was rolled back into the operation room.
They gave me yet another spinal block (that I totally felt ugh). And the OBGYN proceeded to do a D&C (dilation and curettage) to remove all the clotting inside of my uterus.
After the D&C, I was rolled back into the room for further monitoring before I was sent to the mother and baby unit.
At this point I think my poor husband was traumatized witnessing me go into distress during my c section and then basically bleeding out (lol).
Second C Section Incision Recovery
After a few hours, I was admitted to the mother and baby unit where I would stay until I was discharged.
They had my c section incision covered up like the picture shown and I would have it covered for the entire week with a pad to prevent it from rubbing.
The first 24 hours after my c section, I was in a lot of pain. I think I was more sore than anything from all of the pushing that was done on my abdomen.
The next day I was able to have my husband take a picture of my incision. And it didn’t look as bad as I was honestly expecting it to look.
You can read about my first c section incision recovery here from the day of my surgery to a year.
That night after a shower, my husband and I both noticed something weird about my incision. It almost looked like I had a very small incision on my left side (right side if you’re looking at the picture) above the actual incision.
But it was just my skin that was taped down weird and not an actual incision. And I’ll show you what it looks like without the tape (keep reading).
Days 1-3 were the worst of my pain and I started feeling much better when I got home (go figure). I highly recommend taking advantage of the pain medications that are prescribed.
On day 4, my c section incision didn’t look much different but the fact that it was healing. And I felt much more relief.
I was still taking pain medications like ibuprofen and oxycodone to manage my pain.
2 Weeks and 2 Days
I’m not sure why I waited until I was 2 weeks postpartum to take another picture but this is how my c section incision looks without the tape. And I think I peeled the steri strips off right at 2 weeks postpartum because the OBGYN said if it’s still attached by 2 weeks, to take them off.
And as you can see, there’s an indent above my c section incision. I’m guessing it’s because the doctor sewed me up a little tighter on the inside or it’s related to scar tissue.
I plan on bringing this up at my 6 weeks postpartum appointment and I’ll update this post then!
By 2 weeks postpartum, I felt pretty good. I was moving around a lot, mostly due to my baby being in the NICU so I had no choice.
The pain subsided by 2 weeks and the bleeding was very light.
4 Weeks and 2 Days
Here’s an up close image of my repeat c section incision. It looks a lot worse than my first one. You can see the indent again above my c section scar and how it pulls upward.
It’s not painful or anything but I do feel a lot of tightness and pulling on that side.
Here’s a photo of my first c section incision 4 weeks postpartum for reference. You can read more detailed c section recovery and my c section scar progress in this post.
This is the side view of how my repeat c section incision looks currently. Like I said earlier, it feels and looks like my incision was maybe sewed too tight or deep.
Quick C Section Recovery Tips
Currently at 4 weeks postpartum, I am feeling really good. Although my experience this time around, both pregnancy and c section birth has not been the smoothest ride, my recovery has been much better.
I highly recommend walking and moving as soon as you can. This will aid in a faster recovery. And I can most definitely attest to that.
Walking and moving around quicker this second time around is probably one of the only things I did differently during this recovery process.
Also, always drink a lot of water and don’t forget to nourish your body with healthy, nutritious foods.
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