Tuesday Talk: What advice do you give

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Tuesday Talk: What advice do you give
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 10:51am
To a friend that has recently had a c-section?
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 9:30pm
GREAT ADVICE!! And I know you KNOW what you are talking about!!

Isn't it the worst to have to ask for help though?! I hated it!! I am sure that people would have been willing to do whatever I asked, if I would have been brave enough to speak up and say "Please do [this] for me!"

But, you are so right, if you give yourself time to really heal, that is the best and will save you a lot of trouble in the end!
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 5:51pm

I second all the previous things, but the one thing I add is that, even if you are feeling fantastic, don't take that as a signal that you are okay and ready to get back to your regular routine. Everytime I felt fine and started doing a bunch of things (like dishes, a load or two of laundry, etc.) then the next day I would usually be in serious pain. When you are feeling good, just keep resting!!! Give your body a full few weeks (more if possible) in order to really heal well. Don't be afraid to ask for help and be specific. You may be surprised at how much people are wanting to help, but aren't sure with what things you would be comfortable with. I've learned that it is okay to ask friends to come do my laundry or make some meals or give my other kids a bath. Or heck, just watch kids while I take a long nap!

Thea Mom to 6 unique and beautiful children and one more on the way! Lilypie - Personal picture
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Sun, 02-05-2012 - 8:09pm
Take it easier than you think you should, get help to learn to breastfeed successfully, take any and all help you can get and talk about your feelings. There is no wrong way to feel, so however you feel is the "right" way. Oh and lay in bed with baby on your bare chest to help solidify that bonding.

Manda :)

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 3:03pm
GOOD ADVICE, HOLLY!!!

Mine is probably along those same lines. Give yourself time to do NOTHING, except taking care of the baby!! Hopefully, you will have at least one good support person at home with your (a.k.a. the Daddy!) that can prepare meals, do dishes, keep laundry going, and pick up. But, for the first 2 weeks, give yourself permission to just sit back and HEAL your body. Just doing that and caring for your new baby are going to take a lot out of you. And it is SO important to get your body healed correctly in the beginning so that your full healing will come sooner!

And I also want to echo Holly in that you can breastfeed your baby even if you have a c-section. My milk actually came in at pretty much the same timeframe as my vaginal deliveries, and we have managed just fine.
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 11:00pm
Rest, rest, rest, rest, rest. Take your meds on time for at least the first two days, then start spacing them out as necessary. Don't let your c-section cheat you out of baby time, with people holding the baby for you all the time. Women who have c-sections can nurse exclusively successfully, but it may take a little longer for your mature milk to come in.

Above all, don't be afraid to take breaks and rest! I've had four surgeries and my husband has had nine, so I really understand what goes into recovery from surgery. It's so much more complicated with a newborn. Your body will let you know when it's ready for more activity.




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