Recovering from a cesarean section or c-section as they are commonly called is something I know of first hand. I am a mom of three beautiful children who were all born via cesarean.
Although it’s been a number of years, I still remember that pain like it was yesterday. Right after surgery it was okay for a bit until the stuff from surgery ran out and then it was bad. However, it is survivable and so worth it. Here are some of my tips for on your road to recovery.
Horizontal or vertical
If there is a choice opt for horizontal as it is much less painful. Since my first child was an emergency c-section I had to get a vertical cut. The scar extends from my belly button on down, which is not good for anything that shows off my belly.
Ask for pain medication when you first begin to feel the pain. It is always best to try to stay on top of the pain so you will not be in agony. Also you never know how long it will take a nurse to bring you pain meds.
If you have the box which delivers pain meds use it. There is no way to abuse it, as the machine is programmed to only give you an exact dosage.
I had this but when the medication came into my veins it burned. I asked the nurse to ask my doctor for the shots instead. Sure my butt was bruised and sore but it felt better than the burning sensation I felt.
It does not matter if you are in the hospital or home, you will feel the need to limit the visitors. As your body recovers you need extra rest, energy will also be zapped by that awesome bundle of joy you give birth so rest as much as possible.
You will need extra help at home, after having a cesarean section. Have a family member or your best friend come over to help cook meals, purchase groceries, or even chase toddlers. Even if you have the energy the first few days for these things, you will not be able to move quick and you will have a weight limit.
Always follow the rules your doctor sets up for you so that you do not split your stitches or pop a staple loose.
Holding the Baby
After a cesarean section holding the baby’s head with your one hand while your other hand is holding the bottom means that small baby will be lying on your tummy and adding pressure to that incision. Even a tiny baby can cause much pain because it takes them so long to nurse.
I had to use a football hold. It’s not as strange as it sounds, I promise. Lay a pillow by your side, cradle the baby so their head is in one hand and their body is on the pillow. Lay the pillow on your right side if you will be holding their head with your right hand. Trust me it is way more comfortable than it sounds.
Enjoy your new baby! Take it easy in those first few weeks with that cesarean section.