This is How I Feel After 2 Years of My Last C-section
My first C-section wasn't planned like the second one and I experienced unpleasant symptoms after both of them. The healing was faster in the planned C-section but the after effects were more or less the same.
Some symptoms were common in both. I remember having lower abdomen pain for many weeks post c-section and bodyache and low grade fevers were also recurrent. I had gained too much weight during my second pregnancy and that led to pain in the hip bone for many months even after my delivery. I continued taking my vitamin D and calcium supplements and lost 75 percent of the pregnancy weight and it subsided post 1 year or delivery.
I also remember experiencing heavy hair fall after the birth of both my kids and took omega 3 fatty acid supplement to tackle it but even after trying many things for the hairfall, my efforts went futile. Now after 2 years since my second kid was born I have thinner hair but hair fall isn't that much. So I think it would take more time to eventually gain my mane back.
This happened after my second c-section ( the separation of muscles of the tummy post birth which makes it difficult to have firm abdominal muscles), and my tummy almost went back to normal after my first. One important factor which affected this thing was the amount of pregnancy weight I had gained. My weight gain in my second pregnancy was more than the ideal amount that I needed to gain. So even after two years post my second kid's birth I have loose skin and that belly pooch which I don't think I am losing anytime soon. However breastfeeding and being physically active helped me lose majority of the pregnancy weight permanently, post both pregnancies.
I always felt bad about not being able to give birth naturally, but now when I feel that I don't have any unpleasant symptoms like urinary incontinence, pelvis related problems, which are more common in natural birth, I feel happier and content. Some other things like losing pregnancy weight are dependent upon other factors also like being active, exclusively breastfeeding the baby upto 6 months and continuing breastfeeding beyond, genetics so going for natural birth just because of this might not be advised. I have discussed the pros and cons of c-section in my other article as well, but here I am sharing my long term experience after my both c-sections. I hope this helps.