Childbirth is one of those experiences that will be unlike any other, and for some, they breeze through it and for others, it can be terrifying. The main thing to remember is that many generations of women before you have conceived, so you’re not the only one to ever go through this. If others can get through it, so can you. However, there may be occasions where a natural birth isn’t possible, and instead, a C-Section is performed. This is major surgery, so if you do get faced with the prospect of having it, here are some tips to help recover from a c-section.
Get Plenty Of Rest
After such an intensive surgery, your body will be exhausted, bruised and battered. Not only have you had to deliver a baby, but you’ve had to have surgery in the process, and this combination can be pretty harsh on your body. It’s not something it’s used to, and therefore, of course, you’ll need to rest up and take it easy. The recovery process for a C-section normally takes around six weeks, and for the first few days, you’ll likely remain in the recovery room of the hospital. It may be longer depending on any complications but consider this as an opportunity to really take some time off to relax.
Getting rest though is easier said than done when you have a newborn baby, who might not be allowing your much shut-eye. So rest whenever your baby is resting and catch up on sleep that way. It may mean that your sleeping pattern is a little askew, but it’s definitely going to help with you recovering quicker and feeling more like yourself. Try to work with your partner in getting some time in bed and to just rest up on the sofa in front of the television. The less you do, the better, so don’t feel guilty for getting rest!
Have The Right Pain Relief
The right pain relief is important because as much as naturally going through recovery would be ideal, sometimes the pain from surgery is just too much for your body to deal with. Partner that with the fact you’re looking after a newborn and moving – it’s certainly not going to be a walk in the park. So look at what the doctors or hospital give you in terms of medication and ask them what else might be worth taking alongside it. What they give you might be enough, but if there’s the possibility of taking other medication alongside it, then it’s worth buying extra supplies. As the medication from the hospital runs out, you’ll want to be taking the standard pain relief to help with the milder pain towards the end of your recovery process. If you have any concerns, always consult your doctor before you start taking anything.
Look After Your Body
Your body is going to be the same as it was before you were pregnant. In fact, your body after a c-section will be a bit like a baby, and therefore you want to ‘baby your body’. This means you make life easier for yourself whilst looking after your newborn. Keep things close by so that you don’t need to be moving around too often. Consider the pros and cons of a Bassinet Vs. Crib. You won’t really be able to bend down much when you’ve had a c-section and so a bassinet, for example, might be kinder on your body.
Keep everything at waist level in order to stop yourself from bending down or over to reach things, and that could be problematic. Be careful with what you’re lifting and ensure that any bodily functions like sneezing or coughing are carefully done when you have an incision that’s recently been stitched up. It’s a good idea to place your hand over this incision area to protect it and to wear loose clothing that isn’t going to weigh too heavily over this injury.
Eat Good Food
We all love food and food can be the best medicine that you can put into your body. Continue to have a good relationship with food, and you’ll feel so much better for it. When you’ve just a c-section, you’ll probably feel sluggish and run down. A lot of us will be likely to turn to junk food and less healthy snacks during this time. However, if you want to keep your recovery time short, be careful of what you put into your body. Eat well and ensure that your diet is full of greens, plenty of vegetables and fruit. Try to avoid junk food where possible and also look at how you can improve your nutrition overall. You may want to look at seeing a nutritionist to discuss your food intake further as it can be a complex thing to understand. We all have different bodies and the food we eat all react differently to it.
Look After Yourself Emotionally
Your body has been through a trauma and that, of course, comes with a lot of emotional pain. You want to ensure that you are looking after yourself emotionally and if you aren’t feeling yourself, then you should talk to your partner, a friend or family member. If you’d benefit from speaking to a stranger rather than someone you know, that might be helpful. Don’t allow yourself not to feel and to not talk about how you’re feeling. It’s a very natural and important thing to do, so don’t deny yourself it when needed.
Going through a c-section is not something that is wanted, but when it comes to your baby’s health, anything that will help provide a safe birth is critical. Take it easy on yourself when recovering and be sure to recover fully before going back to your normal lifestyle. Remember you now have a baby that needs your help to eat, sleep and function! Get plenty of rest, look after yourself emotionally and eat well. With these tips, you’ll soon be back on your feet and back to fighting health.