Every new mother has their fears when it comes to giving birth, and C-sections are usually at the top of the list. The good news is recovering from a C-section really isn’t as bad as some may think, although it is a lot different than recovering from a vaginal delivery. Here are some tips to help your recovery go a lot smoother if you are ever faced with a C-section.
Be Prepared to Stay in the Hospital!
Having a C-section usually means a longer stay in the hospital then when you have a vaginal delivery. When packing your hospital bag make sure that you are prepared for the longer stay. The average stay is three days, so be ready.
Walking is really important after a C-section, it helps you heal faster, gets your blood moving, and decreases your chance of blood clots, constipation and pneumonia.
Get Lots of Rest!
Rest is difficult when you have a new infant in the house, be sure to sleep when the baby sleeps and, if possible, take turns with your significant other at night. Also don’t worry about chores, ask for help to get things done, you don’t want to over exert yourself.
Drinking plenty of water not only will help with constipation but will make you feel better, you lose a lot of fluids after having a C-section and even more if you decide to breastfeed so be sure to drink up.
Use a Pillow to Support Your Belly!
My Boppy pillow and body pillow were my two favorite things after my C-section, although I didn’t use them just for breast feeding. Holding a pillow over your incision is a great way to keep your stomach supported and eases pain when you need to cough, sneeze, or do any sudden movements. Sneezing and coughing are no fun after a C-section but supporting your stomach makes them much more bearable.
Listen to Your Body!
Having a C-section puts you at a greater risk of blood clots and infection. If you feel like something is wrong or your incision doesn’t look the way you think it should, see a Dr. There’s no harm in getting checked out!
A C-section may seem scary and is definitely not ideal but it’s also not the end of the world. A happy, healthy baby is always the most important part of delivery. For more information check out these resources!