I remember when the doctor told me my first son was breech and the best course of action would be to schedule a Cesarean Section. At first I was panicked because delivering naturally was always my plan and a C-section was certainly not. After coming to terms with the inevitable, it was time to plan on how to take care of myself and my son after the C-section.
Picking up the Baby
Since a C-Section normally calls for an epidural, you are limited to how much weight you can lift directly afterwards. Picking the baby up from the hospital basket is normally not allowed. They will ask for the father or a family member to hand you your new baby. You can cuddle and feed your new baby. You should lift nothing heavier then you baby for the first two weeks or you could pull out stitches.
Longer Hospital Stay
After a C-Section you should plan on staying in the hospital at least 2 or 3 days. There are several reasons for this. The doctor needs to make sure there is no infection from the C-Section and the incision begins healing like it is supposed to. A doctor will come in every day and inspect the C-section area for anything abnormal. Also, staying in the hospital longer gives you a little extra help during your immediate recovery period.
Utilize the Hospital Nursery
When you get take advantage of the hospital nursery. You can send the babies off to the nursery and there are qualified nurses in there to take care of them. If you are breastfeeding, don’t worry, if you baby gets hungry they will bring it back to you. I suggest taking advantage of the extra help. Give your body time to heal because once you get home you will need to have extra energy.
Coming Home o
Let your family help you. Your body has just been through a major surgery. You should not lift anything any heavier than your baby for two weeks or until cleared by your doctor. Most of the time you have friends or family members that are more than willing to offer help. This is going to be the time when you are going to need it. There is some pain associated with recovering for a C-Section. The more you do things like lifting, the more pain you will be in. Let the people willing to help, help. It will give your body time to recover.
Voice any Concerns
It is okay to have concerns. If you are in pain or have any questions, don’t be scared to ask the doctor or nurse. That is what they are there for. It is your body and you have a right to be concerned and to know what is going on. If you feel something that is just not right, be sure and let the doctor know. You are not going to be the first or the last person to have a question.
Taking a Shower
One of the best things after a C-section is when you are allowed to take your first shower. Make sure to clean C-section area very well and rinse off any excess soap. When you get out of the shower, towel dry, and blot the C-Section area instead of wiping. The area will be very tender for a while and blotting will be much more comfortable. Make sure you get the C-section area good and dry.
Plan on a good two week recovery period from your C-section before you begin feeling back to normal. Each day will get better and better. The more you move around, the better you will feel. Congratulations and Best of luck with your new baby!