In the past week I’ve had a hit nearly every day to my blog from someone typing “recovery from VBAC” into a search engine. As this seems to be a pressing question for a lot of people let me clearly state my opinion.
I expected the delivery to be hard. It was. I didn’t know what to expect for the recovery, for the next several days I was not sure I had made the correct decision. The recovery was really, really hard.
At the one-week benchmark I was much more mobile than I could have imagined after my c-section, and the pain was greatly diminished.
At the two-week benchmark I loaded my two year old in the stroller and my two week old in the sling and walked to the doctor’s office for Early Bird’s check up. I felt powerful. The only thing I didn’t like was waiting for the slow elevator, as standing still is difficult.
My experience: short-term pain is definitely worth the long-term strength. Do not allow yourself to be deceived: there will be pain with either recovery.