Having a baby is an exciting and stressful time. Labor can be intense and sometimes a cesarean section, called a C-section, is necessary to insure a healthy baby and mom. After having two children by two different C-sections, there are a few tips I can share to help any mother recover quicker so she can fully enjoy her baby.
A healthy body recovers quicker.
Long before the birth of your child, you must begin preparing. There are many expectant mother exercise groups. Get your doctor’s approval before joining an exercise group. Kegel exercises are important whether you have a conventional or C-section birth. Exercise also increases blood flow to the baby making for a healthy baby before birth as well. Join a mom-to-be group for tips and support.
Recruit help for the first week.
The first week after a C-section is critical in recovery. My doctor ordered no driving, stairs or lifting anything heavier than my infant. If you have a small child at home, you may need more help. Preparing meals and freezing ahead of time is helpful when recuperating after the birth of your child.
Pillows are not just for sleeping.
Your pillow will be your best friend after a C-section. Coughing, sneezing, laughing and hold your baby is easier with a pillow placed across your tummy. A pillow is also a great prop to help when breast-feeding your infant. I placed a pillow between my knees when I slept on my side.
Avoid caffeine to reduce pain. Since Caffeine is stimulating, it will increase any cramping or after pains as your incision heals and uterus returns to normal size. I had herbal tea to help satisfy my craving for caffeine. Breast-feeding increases oxytocin, this helps the uterus go back to normal and does produce cramps. The beautiful thing about breastfeeding is the brain produces endorphins during nursing.
A heating pad placed on your lower back will help with cramping and lower back pain.
After my two C-sections I learned my Lamaze classes were not just for labor. Meditation and visualization are wonderful tools in reducing stress and pain after birth.
Perks of having a C-section
Most women with C-sections have no other surgical cuts such as an episiotomy to recuperate. The biggest reward of having a C-section: you and your baby are healthy.
Enjoy your new baby, recuperate safely and be a happy mom. I consider my two C-section scars my battle scars of honor in giving birth to my two beautiful girls.
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