I had what I considered a perfect pregnancy: got my checkups on time, did everything my doctor recommended, watched my weight gain, ate healthy and got in my exercise. I even lost weight after my son was born, because I ate so healthy and was overweight to begin with, as my baby grew and I lost, I ended up ten pounds lighter. My water broke and I went in only to be sent home, because it did not fully rupture. After a couple of days they had to induce labor and so it began. Long story short, my son was not ready to come out, so a C-Section was the next step and off to the operating room I went.
I remember when it was all over and done with and the nurse came in to speak to me about what was expected of me, I was ready to do as she directed me to only my body had other ideas. I may not have wanted to do as I was told, but if I was to get better and make sure my body began to function again it was something I had to do or suffer the consequences. Here are some tips for you to heal from a C-Section.
1. Get up as soon as possible and walk to the bathroom. Your body will feel like it weighs a ton and the sensation of everything inside shifting and dropping as you stand will feel so uncomfortable and it will be painful and heavy but you have to make the trip for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you need to walk and get your various organs functioning again, get your blood flowing and so on and urinating is very important so that they know your kidneys are working properly. I remember my nurse telling me in her German voice “you vill get up and you vill valk ” and I did as she said because I was in no position to argue with this woman. It gets easier once you get up and move a time or two.
2. Eat and get your nourishment, you are going to need all your strength to care for your newborn, and it is going to take weeks for you to recuperate. The only way you can keep up your strength is to eat properly. If you are breast feeding your baby, this is all the more important and much like you were eating for two, you still are in a way. You don’t want to fall back into any bad habits of eating fast food or drinking alcohol and smoking, you want to eat just as healthy as you did while pregnant and give your body what it needs.
3. Stay hydrated, this is so important to keep things moving along, and believe it or not, being hydrated gives you energy. If you are ever feeling really tired or worn down, stop and drink a large glass of water and you will notice that you feel renewed and have energy. Staying hydrated is also important to keep your system flushed of waste and any toxins that it may have and once again, if you are breast feeding, you want to be all the more careful that you get in plenty of water.
4. Keep moving. It is going to take many weeks for you to get back to feeling like yourself where you can move freely, and without being so careful of your movements but this takes constant care from moment one. As you begin to move each day your body will tire easily, but you will need to get up for the baby and for bathroom breaks and this is actually like exercise for you. As time passes you should go for short walks even if it is only a block or two at a time and work your way up to longer and longer walks. Don’t do any actual exercise unless your doctor says it is ok. They will be having you in for checkups and will monitor if you are doing enough or too little.
5. Take care of your incision as directed by your doctor, do everything they say to keep it clean and cared for. This is going to be a life long scar and you want to minimize its appearance as much as possible. There will also be scar tissue that can problems later on and you can reduce this by following your doctor’s instructions.
Basically, do as you are told and accept help when needed, don’t try to be a super mom. You have gone through nine months or so with a life growing inside you and now you will be caring for your child for many years. You don’t need to be in any hurry to do it all yourself so let others do what they can while you heal.
Here is a link for information about a Cesarean Delivery