Last updated on June 11th, 2018 at 04:40 pm
Make a C-section recovery go smoother
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C-sections are major surgery. Recovery is going to take time, but it will go much better with these 4 tips to make a c-section recovery go smoother.
1. Start Walking ASAP!
It’s not going to be right away, but definitely, start walking as soon as they let you. This helps alleviate that lower leg swelling. In the beginning, they give you cuffs to help blood flow, but your legs are probably still going to be swollen. I know mine were swollen, but walking definitely helped the swelling and helps make a c-section recovery go smoother.
2. Take Your Medicine
My first c-section, I tried to be tough and told myself I didn’t really need the medicine. In reality, I should have taken it. The second time around I did, and my mobility and mood were so much better. I know one of your worries might be that you are breast-feeding, but the doctors are prescribing a dose that is safe. When in doubt, ask your doctor about any concerns you have, because taking your medicine will help make a c-section recovery go smoother. I know when I took all my medicine that was prescribed the second go around, I was back to my old self much faster.
3. Wear your belly binder
Another way to help make a c-section recovery go smoother is to wear your belling binder that they provided from the hospital, or you can find one here on Amazon.
This helps cinch your abdominal muscles back up to the way they were pre-pregnancy. In the first few weeks after a c-section, coughing/laughing/sneezing/getting out of bed can be excruciating, but wearing the binder helps alleviate some of that pain. Not only that, it also helps your uterus shrink back down to it’s original size. My doctor also pointed out to me that wearing these helps your posture, to keep you from slouching.
4. Take it slow
You don’t need to be wonder woman, after all you just had major surgery! In order to make a c-section recovery go smoother, it is important to take it slow. Try to sleep as much as you can. Easier said than done, but try. Tackle one thing at a time in the beginning. Pick a day to do laundry, and a day to get caught up on dishes. It’s important to know that it doesn’t all need to get done every day. After you have gotten the all clear from your doctor at your 6 week post-partum check up, start trying to do more. Your energy is going to increase over time. If you seem to be having trouble with energy, and your mood is not what it used to be, speak up. Talk to your doctor at the post-partum appointments. Post-partum depression is real, and it makes you feel guilty and horrible, but there is hope! I experienced post-partum depression with my daughter, but it was quickly resolved with help from my OBGYN. You can read more about my experience with post-partum depression here.
Whether your c-section was planned or emergency, these are a few things to remember so that recovery goes smooth and fast. Thank you for reading 4 tips to make a c-section recovery go smoother. I hope this helps you. I have gone through 2 c-sections (one unplanned, and one that was planned) so you could say I have some experience ;). Comment below, and subscribe!