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The Final Chapter: C-Section Recovery and Reality

As I sit here, snuggling my precious little bundle of joy, I can't help but reflect on the incredible journey that led us here. From the moment we learned about the placenta previa to the night before our scheduled C-section, to the big day itself – every step with c-section recovery was a whirlwind of emotions.

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Hospital Photos by Padma Arvind Photography

The First Moments

After what felt like an eternity in the operating room, I finally heard the most beautiful sound in the world: our baby's first cry. It was as if the universe paused to celebrate this tiny miracle. As they placed her in my arms, all the worries, fears, and anxieties melted away. I was overwhelmed with an indescribable sense of love and joy. Those first moments were surreal – her tiny fingers gripping mine, her eyes trying to focus on the new world around her.

C-Section Recovery Process

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The C-section recovery process was a mix of joy and struggle. Recovering from major surgery while learning to care for a newborn is like trying to run a marathon with a broken leg.

The C-section scar pain was intense, and I found myself unable to stand up or walk straight for days. I was bent over like an old granny, wondering if I’d ever walk upright again.

The back pain was another unwelcome guest. Breastfeeding turned my back into a knot of agony. I was told that the baby would stop when she was done, but my little one didn’t get that memo. She kept feeding for over an hour, which left me in tears from the backache. I eventually consulted lactation specialists who suggested setting 20-minute timers and supplementing with bottle feeds if she needed more. This approach was a lifesaver, but the anxiety of having a baby completely dependent on me for food was overwhelming.

And then, there was the struggle of my first post-surgery poop. After days of medication and anesthesia, my body felt like it had forgotten how to do the most basic of functions. The first bowel movement post-C-section is like trying to pass a boulder, and every push feels like your stitches are about to give way. I clung to the bathroom sink, sweating and swearing, convinced that this was some kind of medieval torture. The relief that followed was profound, but it was an experience I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

The first few weeks were a blur of sleepless nights and desperate attempts to get Shay to sleep at a decent hour. For a whole month, she decided that 4:30 am was her bedtime. We tried everything – swaddling, rocking, white noise – but she had her own schedule. Eventually, things got better, but those nights felt endless.

Unexpected Challenges and Joys

Motherhood brought a cascade of emotions. From the euphoria of holding my baby to the sheer exhaustion of sleepless nights, every day was a new adventure. Physically, my body was healing and adjusting to its new normal. The post-surgery pain, the hormonal changes, and the challenges of breastfeeding were all part of the package.

Every day brought its own set of surprises. There were challenges – like the time our baby had a growth spurt and wanted to nurse every hour, leaving me utterly exhausted. Or the countless diaper changes that tested our multitasking abilities. But there were also joys – like her first smile, the way she snuggled into our arms, and the adorable sounds she made while sleeping.

Reflecting on this journey, I realize that motherhood is a tapestry of highs and lows, challenges and triumphs. It’s about embracing the messiness and finding beauty in the chaos. It’s about loving fiercely and unconditionally.

A New Beginning

As we embark on this new chapter, I feel a profound sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the miracle of life, for the support of loved ones, and for the lessons learned along the way. Our journey has just begun, and I am excited to see what the future holds for our little family.

To all the expectant and new mothers reading this – embrace every moment, trust in your strength, and know that you are not alone. Motherhood is the most challenging yet rewarding adventure, and it’s one we’re all navigating together.

Thank you for following our story. Here’s to new beginnings, endless love, and the beautiful journey ahead.

With love and joy,




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Hey there! I'm Vishakha, the mom behind The VS Blog, for the millennial moms. Join me on this wild ride through motherhood, fashion, and everything in between as we navigate the chaos of parenting with humor, style, and a touch of sass!

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