The day my oldest daughter was born was one of the most exciting days of my life. Painful, but exciting! One thing that I was not counting on when I started feeling the labor pain was that my beautiful baby had decided that she was not going to come to this world via natural birth. After hours of trying to deliver my baby naturally, the doctors had to make the hard decision of bringing her into the world via c-section.
If I only knew what I was getting myself into, I would have certainly told the doctor to reconsider the options we had. But the truth is that, there was no time for other options and the doctors did what they thought was the right thing to do to be able to help me deliver my baby as safely as possible not only for her sake but also for the sake of my own life.
One thing that the doctors never told me was that having a c-section was not as easy as it sounded. After the procedure was done and I was able to hold my baby for the first time in my arms, that is when the nightmare started. I was in pain from head to toe and even the most minimum movement would make me feel like I was about to die. I am not going to lie; those were some rough days. But, the good part about all this is that after a while I felt better and that is when I was actually able to start enjoying my new life as a mother.
If you are considering having a c-section or your doctor just told you that there may be a possibility for you to have your baby this way, continue reading. Below, I will share with you five (5) tips to help you recover from a c-section in no time.
Tip # 1: Even when you feel like the world is about to end due to the pain you are feeling at that time, you need to keep repeating yourself that the pain is only temporarily and soon, you will start feeling better. One thing you cannot do is to allow the pain to prevent you from getting out of bed. The longer you stay in bed, the longer the pain will last. So, get up and start walking around and you will see how the pain starts getting less present in your life.
Tip # 2: You need to take it easy the first couple of days to prevent any damage to the incision. Remember; you just had a major surgery and as such, you need to make sure you allow the area some time to heal. Avoid driving as much as possible, do not carry any heavy objects and pay extra attention to any signs of infection. If you think that the incision area is infected, contact your doctors ASAP.
Tip # 3: Understand that it is okay to have help during your recovery. Allowing your body time to recover is the best thing you can do at this moment. This is not the time to play wonder woman and try to do everything by yourself. If you do that, your chances of a fast recovery will go from zero to minus zero. Accept the help and work in getting better yourself. That is the best gift you can give not only to yourself but also to that little bundle of joy that you just brought into this world.
Tip # 4: Pay close attention to your feelings. Having a c-section could feel like a traumatic event in your life, and you may start feeling like your body failed you. If you start to experience sadness, grief, or even an inexplicable desire to cry when there is no need for that, you need to talk to someone about it. Experiencing a c-section could increase a woman’s chances of developing post partum depression and if this is your case, you need to do something about it before it is too late.
Tip # 5: Do not allow the c-section to prevent you from enjoying that beautiful gift that God just gave you. Having a baby is one of the most beautiful things that could ever happen to a woman. Embrace your baby and enjoy every single minute you have with him/her. At the end, that pain you are feeling will be totally worth it. I promise!
As you can see, my friends; having a c-section does not have to be a traumatic experience. If you follow the tips I mentioned above, I can promise you that your recovery will be a more faster and enjoyable one. It worked for me and I am sure it will work for you as well.