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What no one told me about c-section healing || The Cuddle Blog

It is not news that I had a c-section. I didn't know what to really expect after a c-section in Nigeria but only thing I read being talked about by other Mums online was the first walk after the anaesthesia begins to wear off. I mentally prepare myself for it and to be honest it wasn't as bad as I heard it being described. It eventually became the least of my worries.

So here are the things that no one told me to expect after c section;

  1. Immediate Bleeding:  I had enjoyed 9 months of no menstrual cycle and being that I didn't have a virginal birth I didn't expect that I'll see blood immediately. I was absolutely irritated at the maxi pads and the fact that in addition to all the things that I had to deal with her, blood had to now be on the list.
  2. Itching around the site; After the surgery, I had itching and I didn’t expect it. The healing process has already started and it should be expected. What shocked me was the fact that someone who had done a c-section was with me and she had blisters when she scratched the site. I never knew there was a risk of having blisters.  
  3. So hard to use the toilet: I didn’t anticipate this one at all. Since you couldn’t “groan” out the dump, you were left at it’s mercy or come back another time.
  4. Pain: Getting out of bed for the first week had to be calculative. Sit in a certain manner, stand up in a strategic manner, lie down gently. You feel pain all over your body, pain from breastfeeding, from walking, back pain from the epidural (I had back pain for almost a year after the surgery)

Here are a list of things that can help;

  • Alcohol wipe whenever you experience itching.
  • Disposable panties and maternity pads for the bleeding. You just dispose everything. You don’t have to worry about washing your panties.
  • Use your pain meds - Now you still have to take drugs since you were supposed to be free from prenatal vitamins but you need it to help manage the pain.
  • Accept help: Let people around you help you. Don’t be superwoman.
  • Don’t lift anything heavier than your baby
  • Take lots of fruits and water to ease your metabolism

You might have stumbled on this because you are looking for encouragement after or before your c-section. Just be positive, be calm and know that you will be fine.

Did you have a c-section, please share with us what you didn't expect about healing? and your one biggest surprise about the whole experience.


  1. I had a VD though I was close to having a CS as I was in labour for a very long time so when it was time to push I was already tired.

    So post delivery experience...

    I was given really strong pain meds because when the epidural subsided my back almost broke lol. The pain cant be described o. Chai.

    Then the pain from the episiotomy. That was another one.. I could not pee in peace. I had to do one steam stuff like 6 times or more daily. It was really painful letting that hot steam heat me up initially but when my mom kept saying "this thing I'm telling you to do is for your own good oo" and my hubby kept encouraging me to do it. I finally decided to start doing it. so that one took like 2 weeks to heal. (I was a mess during the naming ceremony๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€)

    I bleeded till a over a week too. I made use of the maternity pants and pads they gave me at the hospital.

    That's all I can remember for now.

    1. Wow!!!! This thing ehen!! It is an absolute miracle when someone survives delivery o! I can't even imagine the level of pain because as soon I was feeling pain, they pump me with those knockout pain meds. I also didn't let them do hot water for me because it was too painful and I felt too soon, atleast let the woman get herself small na. Lol. Thanks for sharing!!!