For every woman out there dealing with swelling following a c-section delivery, in my case, I had zero swelling of any kind during the entire pregnancy, zip, none whatsoever.
It seems amazing to me that they don't warn you (at least not in my case) about possible post-surgical effects. I don't remember now how quickly the swelling began, but my legs ballooned to more than double their usual size. Actually I had some fluctuations, one day one leg was less swollen and the other one was more so, and then it would switch. The skin around my knees and ankles were stretched to their full limit by the fluid accumulation, preventing me from being able to bend more than the slightest amount. I was so uncomfortable, and quite frankly it was freaking me out. None of the medical staff had much to say about it other than it would go away, but no one would give me even a ballpark idea of how long it could last.
After five days, there was no sign of improvement and I felt somewhat desperate. But then, my very generous friend who is a certified manual lymphatic drainage therapist, from the Dr. Vodder School, came over and gave me a one-hour session. Within the next few hours of her finishing the treatment, I started peeing more and my legs went back at least 80 percent to how they normally are. I cannot even begin to express how thrilled I was, especially since I was also having breast feeding issues and needed all my strength and concentration to be put towards that hurdle.
Please, if you have access to a therapist and can afford it, it truly is efficient and it works well. It is light and relaxing to boot. Just make sure it is a Vodder trained therapist, because not all the lymphatic drainage out there is equal.