DD was emergency c-section, did go into labour but was on a drip as nothing had happened, she then turned prostier & after 12hrs was not getting anywhere & was in so much pain that when they thought that I would have to have a c anyway DH & i chose to have c as it seemed the best way to keep us both alive & healthy. It did take forever to recover. Had 2nd c 2yrs after the first, wanted to go natural but as was having twins and they were not in the right position I had another c-section, I was huge & didnt tear but recovered really well with 2nd c. Was talking to a midwife about it and she said it was cause I never went into labour & cervix never dillated that u tend to recover better & 2nd time round, ur tummy muscles r also a bit looser so they dont have to do so much pushing & pulling & also depends on how bub is positioned.. I think that u need to have a chat with Dr & midwives about what u want but a planned c-section is alot better than having to have a emergency one & even worse having bub go into distress & u getting knocked out totally (happened 2 a friend) & not getting to greet ur new bub. Make sure u find out all the risks involved in a natural, u will be surprised at how many there r, it seemed much safer 2 us at the end to have a c then go natural after I did all my homework on it, but dosent mean that I wanted a c but my bubs took that out of my hands. I was scared shitless having my 2nd c but I put my recover down to epidural tape coming undone day after so had 2 take it out, so was on oral painkillers earlier & the best one to help ur recovery is the anti-inflamatary, also try & get the physio to give u the stocking band asap I got mine day 2 & as it supported my tummy I found it a lot easier to get around. Hope that helps any. By the way BF is on her 3rd c, never gone into labour due to hip problems & she just bounces back. DD2 was 10mths old when she got pregnant shes due in Feb & still no probs.