Having my babies after a C-section was one of the most difficult and best stages of my life. My pregnancy had been complicated, so I never knew if I would be able to see my babies living and growing or not. Thankfully, both my twins and I survived the pregnancy. As my condition had been complicated, my babies were taken to the nursery and kept there for 3 weeks. I also had to stay in a hospital for about 10 days before I recovered completely.
Recovering from C-section is not difficult if we have the will to do so. Following are some tips that I learned through my experience that can help speed up the C-section recovery:
Take Your Medications
Your doctor will prescribe you one or more painkillers after the operation. Always remember to take your medications on time; furthermore, do not wait until the effects of the first dose wears off completely to take the next one. Missing your medication can be quite painful. The pain due to the surgery can slow down your recovery. Furthermore, it can also interfere with your ability to hold your baby.
I remember once I missed my medicine because I had run out of it. The pain that day had been unbearable for me. I was forced to neglect my babies that day as well. After that day we have always kept extra stocks of the medicine in our homes to avoid any sort of such problem.
Keep big soft pillows with you on your bed. Not only will the presence of pillow on your side prevent you from rolling over your incision but they will also help you overcome any discomfort or pain that you may get by laughing, yawning, coughing or even bowel movements. It softens the muscle movement. I remember I used to have three very soft pillows with me, hugging them always made me feel better.
Do Not Lift Heavy Objects
I remember that the doctor had advised me not to lift any heavy objects that were heavier than the weight of my baby. I was asked to give at least 6 weeks for the muscles in my stomach to heal. During that time I did not do any house chores, my husband took care of everything.
Nothing is more important than your health and your baby. Take leave from work, stay at home and spend time with your baby. Avoid any strain such as lifting heavy objects so that you can recover as soon as possible.
Do not Stay in Bed
I learned from my doctors that C-Section can result in the clotting of blood. To avoid this, I was advised to take short walks.
All women recovering from C-section should take walks because it not only prevents our blood from clotting but it also strengthens our muscles and improves our blood circulation.
Eat Nutritious Food and Drink Plenty of Water
Of course eating a balanced diet is very important for C-section Recovery. My husband took over this part of my recovery for me. He made sure that I had plenty of healthy food and fluid intake every day.
Women should be especially careful about their diet while recovering from C-section, as failure to have a proper diet can lead to infections that might damage you permanently.
Do not neglect yourself after a C-section. Go for regular Check-ups, take your medication, exercise and sleep well. If you listen to your doctor then you will be recovered in no time.