Cesarean section recoveries can be tough. You’ve just had a major abdominal surgery and we want to give you some tips on how you can have a smooth recovery.
Do not lift anything heavier than the baby
As difficult as this can be especially for mothers who have multiple children, you want to take extra caution on lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds. Your uterus has many stitches and it would be awful if you popped one.
Try to limit your encounters with stairs
Walking up or down stairs can be extremely uncomfortable. Try to avoid them if you can or limit the number of times a day you use them.
Eat fiber rich foods
Most women are terrified of the first postpartum poop no matter which way they birthed their babies. When women have a c-section, a lot of pain medication is used and this tends to make bowel movements more difficult. Eat foods that are rich in fiber such as, lentils, avocados, bran flakes, raspberries, oatmeal. You can talk with your doctor about adding in a stool softener to make things in the bathroom be as gentle as possible.
Hire a postpartum doula
You’ve had major surgery and you need to take it easy during the first 6 weeks. That may not always be an option for some families as partners usually end up going back to work within a week or two. Hiring a postpartum doula can allow you to shift the focus on recovery from birth and bonding with baby while your doula handles the rest.
Hold a pillow over your incision to brace when sneezing or coughing
This seems to be the best kept secret of them all! If you keep you have to cough or sneeze, hold a pillow gently over your incision. You can use this trick when you’re getting up from the bed or couch as well.
Don’t skip the pain medication
While in the hospital a nurse will be bringing you pain meds around the clock for the first 24-48 hours. Take our advice, don’t skip it. It’s better to stay on top of your pain than it coming on all of a sudden and needing a stronger dose.
Get up and walk as soon as you can
We won’t lie, getting up for the very first time can be very uncomfortable but moving will actually make you heal faster. When you’re ready to get up do it slowly. Really slowly and take a few slow deep breaths. Once your standing, give yourself a minute as you might be unsteady on your feet at first. When you’re ready to walk shuffle your feet along the floor until you can tolerate waking as normal. It doesn’t take long!
Short walks around the halls are perfect. Don’t go too great of a distance and don’t overdo it.
We hope this post has been helpful for you!