No matter which way you go about it, giving birth to a baby is an intense physical ordeal. The changes that your body gradually went through over nine plus months seem to reverse themselves in a matter of days after birth— you'll deal with bleeding, cramping, hot and cold flashes, and a ton of other symptoms. Having a C-section, however, adds another layer of issues to deal with. As someone who went through it myself, I can attest to the fact that it's tough AF. But luckily there are plenty of hacks to make your C-section recovery easier.
My C-section wasn't planned. I labored for about 12 hours before my doctor made the call that a C-section would be needed. At the time, I was exhausted and grateful. In the aftermath though, I became upset and felt disappointed that my birth wasn't anything like I pictured it would be. I think if I had ever stopped beforehand to consider the possibility that I would end up needing a C-section, it might have helped me cope. So the best advice I could give a pregnant mom now would be to be truly open-minded about what your birth experience might be. And because you could very well end up needing a C-section like I did, it might help you to plan ahead and think about what you need for your recovery.