C-Section? Tips On Recovery (From A Mom of 4)
I have four beautiful children, and they were all brought into this world via c-section. My 15 year old was an emergency c-section after a 22 hour labor. When I had my second 10 years later I wanted to try for a VBAC but I never went into labor, and they wouldn’t induce me. After you have two c-sections unless your body does something different you are pretty much stuck with scheduled c-sections.
Having gone through my first two I was super prepared for my last two c-sections and although I don’t love having them I now know the best way to make the most of my recovery. Below are the things that have made me recovery the easiest.
1. Be prepared for a possible itching reaction to a spinal or if you already have an epidural since you have been in labor the shakes. Spinal – ask for benadryl…with my last they gave me a different medication and it made me super groggy.
2. Stay ahead of your pain medication after recovery. I Basically tried to call the nurse about half hour before my next dose to remind them…if you wait to long they might get tied up and you don’t want the medicine to wear off. At home, I would always take my pain medicine about 15 minutes early. Personally I would then start to reduce my medication down to 1 pill as I felt better than nothing. Overall the pain medication makes me groggy.
3. Be prepared that your milk might not come in quickly ….so pump to help stimulate and or supplement when needed ( I found this to be true for only scheduled c-section cases).
4. Try and get up and move as much as possible once you allowed. This helps tremendously with recovery. Even walking the halls for a bit. The same thing applies when at home.
5. Prepares some freezer meals or have a friend set up a meal train. This is super helpful in the weeks that follow. You should rest as much as possible and do a few small things as you feel better.
6. Use a bed pillow to aid with nursing and protect your incision. Lay it across you incision area. This helps if you need to get up, laugh, nurse or if you have other little kids, and they may unknowingly jump on you.
7. When home find a comfortable place for you to sleep. I personally slept in our living room on the couch for the firs two weeks. A. The baby was in the bassinet and it was easy to get up and down. B. I had access to the kitchen and bathroom at night ( no doing stairs) C. Our bed is super high off the ground so it made getting in & out difficult.
8. Limit Visitors in the First Few Weeks – This is important for me personally I am a mess especially the first week after I get home from the hospital. I am hormonal and crying, my boobs are leaking like crazy, I am sore and out of it from the medication, I am sleepy, you name it I am a mess. It also gives me & H time to bond with the baby and get a rhythm down.
Note : I learned this little lesson after our second. With our 3 & 4 th we told everyone no long visits’ til after I had been home for almost 2 weeks. H stays home with me and does basically everything it works for us.
9. Use the Nursery or Have someone Stay with You- This is big for me as we had other children at home with my first my Mom stayed and helped me in the evenings. Personally the medicine makes me so tired I need someone to talk to me in the middle of the night feedings. When I had my other children I was mostly by myself, during those times I would send the baby to the nursery until I was able to get up and down out of bed. I would always send the baby to the nursery in the middle of the night to get sleep.
Note : If you are feeling really groggy or out of it from the medication ask a nurse to sit with you! It’s their job to aid you….I did this on many occasions I usually need it for the first two nights.10. Be prepared for massive cramping on the 2nd to 3rd night. Note: It only got really bad with my 3rd and 4th c-section. My nurses were so kind to make me heating pads to help. I have a low pain tolerance but these cramps brought me to tears.
11. Lastly get a shower as soon as your able to ….You will feel awesome and like a new person afterwards.
Note: Try and drink a lot of fluids and water after your c-section this will get your Cather removed. I highly reccomend drinking at least one to two class of cranberry juice for the first week or so to prevent a UTI I got a terrible one with my first baby from the Cather.
If you have any questions please email or comment below if you have any great tips as well!
Til Our Next Adventure,