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Similar stats as you (5'0, started 110, currently 135 at 36w), but I (luckily) don't have to walk much.
Hats off to you that you are still managing to do 12 hour nurse shifts- you're a rockstar.
I have some compression type underwear/shorts that go up over my belly that help some- maybe a back support-type band, depending on how low you're carrying (mine currently lives with her butt wedged in my stomach, so I could maybe get a support band under my bump)?
Some of the post-partum support bands come in three sets, and have one that sits around your hips- maybe one of those would help? I bought this set from Amazon: 3 in 1 Postpartum Support - Recovery Belly/waist/pelvis Belt Shapewear Slimming Girdle for once baby gets here- I haven't attempted to put it around my belly though.
In terms of living alone and trying to do too much too soon, you might consider a belly band. My surgeon didn't require one, but I bought my own, and it really seems to be speeding up my recovery. My lap was on Monday, and I've been able to walk and move around the whole time. It really stabilizes me and reduces my pain. My bloating from surgery is also pretty much gone already. I had endometriosis excised with multiple myomectomies, so it's not quite the same, but I think it still might help. This is the one I'm using.
My friends all swear by the belly bandit brand, but I purchased this one from Amazon: Chongerfei 3 in 1 Postpartum Support - Recovery Belly/Waist/Pelvis Belt Shapewear Slimming Girdle, Beige, One Size [link]
Does this work?
Second the rec below about skin glue instead of stitches/staples.
I got this one on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ChongErfei-Postpartum-Support-Recovery-Shapewear/dp/B01EVGLMM8/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=3GPFUPVHPLLGR&dchild=1&keywords=postpartum+belly+band&qid=1613623234&sprefix=postpartum+%2Caps%2C976&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&smid=A1JGA7MTV6VSHK&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzUjNFU045RDdGSjZMJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMzUzNTY3SEJIR0g1U0tGWVBCJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA1NDgxMjMzMDhaUU1QQTU3UFRKJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
It was OK, but honestly the belly band was too big for me after a few days and couldn't be adjusted further (I am 5'9" and prepregnancy was 125 pounds, when pregnant I was 152 pounds, and after delivery was 134 pounds). The waist band and hip band fit OK but honestly were scratchy and uncomfortable and rode up.
I just wanted to say Belly Bandit sucked for me. I dropped 100 bucks on the Luxe because I wasn't crazy about the Amazon one I bought. While it was a hell of a lot more comfortable than the Amazon one it only lasted not even a week! The Velcro started fraying, there was a hole in it and THE WIRE POKED OUT and caused an ulcer on my hip!
I found wearing the bands was nice for like a week but after that it actually caused me more discomfort. It prevented me from engaging my abs and using my muscles to keep my posture up. It also made my ribs and belly ache. When I took it off I felt so much better and felt like I was actually on my way to rebuilding my core. The bands kind of allow your muscles to get lazy. Also if they're too tight they can increase intraabdominal pressure and cause more pressure on the already weak pelvic floor.
I am in the minority in that I really wanted a c-section during my first pregnancy. I wasn't allowed to opt for one since there wasn't initially a reason but I did end up getting my wish in the end. He was sunny side up, a large baby and lo and behold the opening in my pelvis isn't large enough to accommodate a small baby, let alone the chunk I ended up having.
I *loved* it, minus throwing up all over myself immediately following the surgery and for about 3 hours after. I don't have a history of coming out of anesthesia particularly well, so this was worse than I thought but no unexpected. I got the shakes as well, and my arms were restrained but I wouldn't call it "tied down", I honestly didn't even feel like they were restrained, if that makes sense. My vagina was totally normal postpartum which was an awesome perk, and as other have said PP bleeding wasn't nearly as bad anecdotally comparing with 7 or 8 other friends who have had babies around the same time. I do have the numbness still around the incision site that others have mentioned, and I'm nearly 14 month PP. My top three tips are:
This second go around my c-section will be planned and aside from asking for anti-nausea meds ahead of time, I won't change a thing. Good luck!!
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