I know everyone's recovery is different, but I only really needed help for the first couple of days and really only to shower and dress, my partner put all his efforts into looking after the kids and getting them to school/daycare etc and keeping them out of my way. I just found everything more uncomfortable not really painful. For the first couple of weeks I used the dryer for the clothes but have been back hanging them on the line for over the past week. I'm 3.5 weeks out and today I was on my hands and knees laying carpet tiles in our new office without any problems or pain. The best thing that came out of this for me is that I have a heavy clingy 3.5yo who loved to be picked up and carried everywhere. I told the kids that I have hurt my back and that's why I was in bed for a couple of days. I have not had to pick her up since my BA, she understands when I say I can't because of my sore back. I just give her lots of cuddles while sitting down.