I gave birth to my first born via c-section, because I was too small in the hips to support a vaginal birth. Now, for some women, they will tell you they hated having a c-section and how the recovery was so painful. Because of my family history with morphine, I told the doctor not to give me any. So after it was all said and done, terrible mistake. But I wasn’t about to go back now. I felt everything after my spinal block wore off. The agonizing pain of being cut open and having a tiny human being taken out of me. It was dreadful! But after the pain went away, I felt like I was on cloud 9. I had a pretty smooth recovery with my pain meds. If taken correctly, I didn’t feel anything.
- Stairs: The number one thing a lot of women who are scheduled for a c-section ask: Will I be able to walk up my stairs? The answer varies from woman to woman. For me, walking up the stairs was easy and didn’t hurt at all. But don’t let that fool you, even though it didn’t hurt, I still had to “hold” myself while walking up. Meaning that I would put my hand where the incision was made and hold it while walking up. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it made me feel more confident walking up and down the stairs, knowing my insides weren’t going to fall out-insert laugh here-. Bottom line, you can still walk around your house without any pain, if you take your meds on time and keep track of it.
- Nice and slow: Just because you might not feel any pain, doesn’t mean you should prance around the house like your wonder woman. You just had major abdominal surgery, you need to take it easy and relax. I’m a very active person, I’m always on the go and relaxing around the house all hyped up on pain medicine, almost drove me batty! Even though I was recovering really well, I still had slight pain and numbness where my incision was. The only thing that really helped with this, was to put a cold diaper on my incision. You might have to do this in the hospital to ease some of the discomfort. It works wonders!
- Keeping it clean: Don ‘t be afraid to wash that area when you get a chance. After your doctor gives you the okay and tells you your incision is closed and healed up nicely, you can either clean it with a wash cloth and soap, or you can use rubbing alcohol. I, personally, like the alcohol. Because it gets the tape residue off without you having to scrub really hard or pull your stomach up just to see it.
- Resist: It may drive you a little crazy, but resist the urge to start working out to rid yourself of your stomach. It takes about 6-8 weeks to heal from a c-section. It’s okay to do a little walking around your neighborhood, after our doctor gives you the okay. But don’t push it. Remember, you just had a baby. That, in itself, is a workout. But one that is very rewarding.
- Reward yourself: Like I said before, having a baby is a lot of work, recovering from a c-section is even more work! Don’t forget to take some time out for yourself. Whether that is taking a nap with your new bundle of joy or giving yourself a small mani or pedi. If you are married, have your husband help you out. Don’t be afraid to take people up on offers. Cleaning, cooking, or just stopping by for some girl talk, it’s important not to forget about yourself in the midst of parenthood.
There were moments where I hated having a c-section, but if you have a great doctor like I did, it’ll be smooth and you might grow to enjoy it. Will I have another one?…That’s a question I’m going to let my body answer whenever I have more kids. Just because you had a c-section, doesn’t mean your any less of a woman than you were before. Don’t get too caught up in your birth plan, let your body do what it’s meant to do. That includes healing. With all that being said, I hope you have a smooth recovery and enjoy your bundle of joy.