There's a belief among some denizens of the internet that for pregnant moms, "C-sections are the easy way out." This is so far from the truth, that I'd have a laugh if it didn't make me so mad. There's nothing easy about giving birth to a child in any fashion, and the process certainly isn't made more enjoyable by throwing major abdominal surgery and a massive scar into the mix. And on top of that, there are so many C-section recovery red flags to watch out for that the first weeks after birth often leave moms feeling completely helpless.
I never expected to have a C-section when I gave birth to my daughter, but I also never expected her to remain stubbornly stuck in the womb after hours and hours of pushing. At the time, I was disappointed and even angry that I had to have a C-section. Looking back, however, I've come to be grateful to live in a time and place where doctors were able to get my daughter and I through the ordeal safely. A healthy mom and baby are all that matters when it comes to childbirth, no matter what anyone on the internet tries to tell you.
Whether your C-section was an emergency, elective, or something in between, here are some things to keep an eye on as your body recovers.