All three of my little ones were born via C-section. That definitely was not my original plan, but the C-sections have been such a blessing because I am now able to help other mamas navigate the recovery. C-section recovery can often be tricky because we do not receive a lot of information from our providers. But this initial postpartum recovery is very important!
Here are a few tips for that initial recovery period from a C-section:
1️⃣ Walking - You want to get up and moving in the hospital. Try walking while pushing a stroller or bassinet. Press through the stroller with your hands, this takes pressure off your C-section scar and gives your body support.
2️⃣ Modify Movement - You want to modify many of your everyday movements. Try using the log roll technique to get in and out of bed.
3️⃣ Breastfeeding - Try to set up a separate breastfeeding chair at the hospital and at home with everything you need right next to you.
4️⃣ Ice - You want to keep the ice coming! Try to ice every 2-3 hours for 15 minutes at a time for the first 5 weeks. This helps to keep the inflammation down which reduces swelling and pain.
5️⃣ Nerve desensitization - Try rubbing different fabrics with different textures around and on your scar to help bring back awareness and feeling to this area. You can begin on the skin around the scar a few days after birth, and then begin on the actual scar around 4 weeks postpartum.
6️⃣ Cleaning - C-section mamas still experience lochia. Therefore you want to clear the vaginal area with warm water in a peri bottle and then pat dry.
7️⃣ Ask for help - You just had a major abdominal surgery mama! Make sure to ask for help from your partner or others when you need it.
Mama you deserve to have all of the information that you need in order to heal properly, no matter what type of birth you had.
As always, head to our stories for more information and check back tomorrow for more C-section information! ✨
Xo. Krystle ❤️