Best Tips for Cesarean Birth Recovery?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Best Tips for Cesarean Birth Recovery?
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 3:14pm

Cesarean birth is major abdominal surgery. New mothers need and deserve to have extra support during this special time of birth and healing. Women who have experienced either a planned or unplanned cesarean section react to the surgery in very individual ways. Some women physically heal very quickly, others report that recovery took several weeks or even months. Avoid putting time limits on yourself. Emotionally, women's feelings about their cesarean sections vary in range from acceptance, to disappointment, to devastation. Some women need as much emotional support as physical support for a healthy recovery. Each woman heals and grows into her new role of motherhood at her own pace. In time, you will regain your energy level and sense of well being.

Postpartum: Recovering From a Cesarean Birth-

BTDT mamas- what are your best tips for recovery after having a c-section?

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Registered: 07-26-2005
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 10:51am

I had a scheduled, elective c-section but the baby ended up being frank breech. Surprisingly my recovery was way better than I had anticipated. I felt back to normal 5 days post op and had to remind myself to take it easy. I didn't have staples and was told that also helps with having less discomfort. My best suggestion is to keep up with your pain meds so you don't give yourself a chance to become uncomfortable. Moving around also helps with recovery.

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Registered: 05-17-2001
Tue, 01-15-2013 - 10:43pm

My first was an emergency c-section.  The cord was around her neck twice, they lost her heartbeat and my blood presure went way up.  After laboring for 14 hours, I was just ready to be done and anything to have a healthy baby at that point!  Recovery wasn't bad, I ad my baby and that is all I cared about.

My second was a repeat planned c-section because it was safer for me with my blood pressure.  I'm also diabetic.  The recovery from that one was harder because of having to take care of a 3 1/2 year old, and DH worked out of town, so was only home weekends and Wendesday evenings.  I ended up getting an infection at the incision site so it took longer to recover.  

This one will also be a repeat planned c-section.  I plan to take it as easy as possible.  My girls will be 8 1/2 and 5, so they will be able to do more for themselves and help me out so I can recover.  Plus, it'll be in the summer so no going to the bus stop or school etc.  Whew!!  Also, DH is planning on taking a week off work after we bring the baby home.  He expects me to not take it easy otherwise!!  =D

My advice, let your friends and family spoil you, take any help offered and ask if you need it!  Enjoy the time wiht your new baby and take it as easy as you possibly can.