Almost 13 years ago, I delivered my daughter via c-section, after laboring for over 32 hours. I left the hospital two days later and was back at work on a part-time basis three weeks later. How did I bounce back so quickly?
1. My age.
I was 20 years old and in fairly good shape. Just like after a night of partying, I bounced back a lot faster than I do now!
2. Physical fitness.
I was very sick when I was pregnant, so for the first two trimesters I wasn’t able to do much exercise, but I was pretty physically fit before I got pregnant. In my third trimester, I walked on a regular basis, and I also continued working until the day I went into labor. I am a hairstylist, so working entailed long days on my feet. I continued to stay active, going out to dinner or a sporting event with friends. I even attended a few rock concerts while I was pregnant! After I had my daughter I got stir crazy pretty quickly, so I resumed walks and outings as soon as possible. Even if you are doing strenuous exercise, just staying active helps a lot.
3. Adequate rest.
The first week after I was released from the hospital I stayed with my parents. My mom took several days off of work, so I had plenty if help with the baby. I was able to get plenty of rest, which helped my body recover. Also, since I didn’t have housework to worry about, I could nap when the baby did.
My company does not offer paid maternity leave, so there was a definite financial need for me to resume working as soon as possible. Needing to support my daughter gave me a lot of drive and determination to get back on my feet as quickly as possible. I started working part time 3 weeks after giving birth, and worked into full time hours over the course of a month.
5. Knowing my limits.
While I did bounce back very quickly after my c-section, I didn’t push myself too far. I when I did go back to work it was for just a few hours at a time, and only a few days per week. I had friends and family members cone over to my house to watch the baby so I could rest. I didn’t do any strenuous physical activity until I had built my strength back up.
My recovery certainly isn’t typical for a c-section, but following these tips can certainly make a difference.