When I pictured how I’d bring my children into this world, it was not on an operating table. I pictured more of a relaxed environment: Billy Joel radio playing through Pandora in the room with my husband there feeding me ice chips and holding my hand.
Instead, I got a cold room, on a metal operating table with oxygen in my nose and a curtain separating me from my lower body. I still got my husband holding my hand though, so I’ll take it. What I also didn’t picture was the not so lovely recovery that I didn’t learn about in birthing classes.
So without further ado, here are 5 things to help you recover from your c-section.
1. Abdominal Binder
Hands down the first thing I ask for (other than tacos) when I first get into recovery. No it’s not one of those Kim Kardashian waist trainers. This magic belt helps keep pressure on your incision which, trust me, helps walking and really any movement you plan on doing. This leads me to our next tip.
As soon as you are able to feel your feet again, get up and move them! I won’t lie, the first few times it’s difficult to stand, but that’s why you strap on your handy dandy binder and get to moving. Walk the halls of the recovery rooms, make some friends, find some snacks, locate the good ice machine. Just get moving every couple hours, it’ll help with pain, swelling, and make you feel a tad bit more human.
3. Sleep where you can be comfy
I slept on my couch for the first week of being home, my bed is too high to get in and out of. Plus your abdominal muscles aren’t quite ready to be pulling all of your body weight into an upright position. So a recliner/couch works best so you’re semi-propped up. Once you do move back into bed, learn the good ol’ roll and prop, you’re going to rely on your arms more heavily to help you get out of bed.
4. Loose high waisted pants
Pretty self explanatory. Trust me, the last thing you want is pants or underwear that ride on your incision line. It’s itchy, uncomfortable, and sometimes a little painful.
5. Good support, and a good attitude
Ask for help, you just had major abdominal surgery, you are not a super hero, close, but you are human and allowed to ask for help. Take it. Let others bring you dinner, vacuum your floors, swoon over your baby, and come visit.
As for the good attitude, just because you didn’t push a baby out of your nether regions, doesn’t mean you aren’t going to pee when you sneeze… or cough too hard… or laugh too hard. There’s a lot of peeing, and it’s not all from your newborn.
Learn to laugh at yourself, let your friends laugh with you, know you’re not alone. Most importantly, never be ashamed of that scar. You brought a baby into this world. That scar is a reminder of how much of a warrior you and your little one had to be to get here.
Payge is a military wife, as well as a mom of a 3-year-old boy named SJ, also known as the tiny tornado, and is due with a little girl in March. She loves true crime, Harry Potter, and Mexican food (not necessarily in that order.) She is originally from Temecula, California but has planted roots in Bluffdale, Utah. She has a strong passion for mental health awareness as well as promoting body positivity and self-love, while still enjoying tacos. She has been a long-time follower and member of the Mamahood Community, and hopes to use this space to help others.
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