Birth, however it happens, is no small feat. C-sections, in particular, can knock your body hard—after all, it’s major surgery! Here, real-life mums who have been there, done that, and recovered, share their top tips for the c-section healing process.
“My biggest bit of advice is rest! Forget housework, forget visitors and just stay in your bubble with your baby, everything else can wait. Your body has been through a lot and it needs time to recoup. Take it slow and listen to your body.”—Lisa Thompson
“Don’t lift anything heavy and listen to your body. You’ll be fine but it’s major surgery so make sure you are kind to yourself (I’ve had 2). Also, I used tea tree oil in the bath to help scar.”—Gayle Lui
“Very important to delegate if you have help around you! Any other siblings or hubby perhaps – also good for them to bond with baby.”—Natasha Lee Bellamy
…get inventive for your comfort…
“If you intend to breastfeed I found the rugby hold, supported by lots of cushions, a life saver, as anything else was just too painful. Enjoy all the snuggles!”—Tina Strong
“Use big fat maternity pads over your scar to stop getting sweaty there. My midwife helpfully pointed out that I did not want to get all sweaty under my overhang!”—Emma Gray
…and take care of yourself…
“Rest as much as you can, but make sure to move about a little bit. I made a conscious effort to walk properly (upright rather than bent over protecting my tummy) and think that helped.”—Emma Gray
“Drink lots of water, eat healthily, take help whenever it’s offered and don’t be afraid to ask for help either. Also, wear TED (compression) stockings.”—Lori Wise
Do you have any nuggets of wisdom to share from your c-section recovery experience?