5 tips for coping with c-section recovery

As you may have known, if you've been following my blog, I chose to have an elective c-section in order to birth Edith. I now know first hand what it's like when recovering from the operation, so I thought I'd put together some of my tips on how to cope with the recovery.

1. Take it easy

This is probably the most obvious tip, but it really will make a difference to your recovery. You've just had major stomach surgery. Sitting up right can be a strenuous task in itself and you'll be told to do this within a short time after being out of theatre. 

I'll admit, I was a big baby when it came to getting out of the hospital bed for the first time. I was frequently asked the next morning if I was ready to get out. I wasn't, but I wanted, no I needed to get out of bed before visitors came because I couldn't bear the thought of them watching me struggle. However, I made sure to take my time when it came to moving about and I think it definitely helped.

2. Let others do things for you

Now, after the op, I struggled to even go to the toilet on my own. So, it meant that my mum had to come and help me (thanks, mum!). If you can't do something, then don't do it. You won't be a hero and it wont be an inconvenience. In fact, it would be more of an inconvenience to exert yourself by doing things too soon.

It's the perfect opportunity to get some rest.

3. Rest

Again, linking to taking it easy, resting will definitely help your road to recovery. Resting gives your body the best chance at healing quickly. The most exercise I did was walking, very slowly, up the stairs. Other than that, I was on the sofa or in my bed. Plus, it's a great excuse or soaking up all of the newborn cuddles!

4. Lots of pillows

For me, I found it so useful to have lots of pillows around me. Whilst I was in hospital, I'd had my bed positioned fairly upright when I was resting/sleeping. So, when I came home, I did the same. I liked to be elevated because, although I was looking forward to sleeping on my back again, the thought of laying straight down made me wince. So, lots of pillows certainly helped. It also helped being more upright because it meant I didn't have to struggle up too much when standing up. 

5. Don't try to squeeze into your pre-pregnancy clothes

Your new sensitive, and healing, stomach will not thank you for trying to squeeze into your old clothes. I know how it is though. Once baby is out, the first thing you want to do is feel like yourself again and to do that it's normally wearing some of your old clothes that weren't comfortable to wear during pregnancy. But ladies, ditch the jeans and just stick to the leggings for a little while longer.

Have you had a C-section? Was there anything that you found particularly helpful when recovering?

Thanks, lovelies.


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