Top Ten Tips for a Speedy C-Section Recovery

Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson

This article, entitled Top Ten Tips for a Speedy C-Section Recovery comes from Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, creator of the Mommy/Delivery BfflBag.

The number of Cesarean (or C-section) births is growing rapidly in the US for a variety of reasons, and may soon reach 35% of all births.

Here are some tips to help you recover quickly after a C-section:

1. For Getting Ready: Pack your Mommy/Delivery BfflBag with everything personal that you need for the delivery day so you won't have to get up every time you need something.

Include your medications, reading material, camera, extra phone charger, change of underwear. If you bring your BfflBag you will have lotion, lip balm, water bottle, sanitary pads, disposable underwear, nursing pads, wipes, kleenex, snacks and much more.

2. For your Incision: Use your axilla pilla® bracing pillow to support your incision when you cough, sneeze or laugh. Press the axilla pilla® against your abdomen when you feel stress on that area.

3. For your Spirits: Feeling Low? A few days of post-partum blues is normal (it's usually just hormones). A few strategies include getting rest, fresh air and asking for help. Most importantly, mention it to your doctor who will want to help.

4. For the Bathroom: If you're having trouble urinating, blow into a straw while sitting on the toilet - it helps stimulate the muscles. Make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid constipation.

5. For your Sleep: Get Enough Rest - sleep alone if you can for a while - gives you the freedom to stretch out and get comfortable without fear of being kicked or tapped.

6. For Stair Climbing: Go down stairs backward to reduce strain on abdominal muscles. Walk a little each day, but don't overdo it.

7. For Breast Feeding: Breast feed lying down - it's very relaxing, and takes pressure off your abdomen.

8. For your Diet: Make sure you eat healthy food and drink plenty of water - if you're nursing avoid gassy or spicy foods.

9. For Your bottom: Sometimes you may have gone through labor before having your c-section. If so, you may need an icepack for your bottom area. Many women also have hemorrhoids. Use the Bottom Care pack-- freeze and refreeze this great icepack. You can also use it for your breasts if you are not breast feeding.

10. For your Sanity: Accept help with the household or childcare chores.

Most of all, enjoy your new baby!!!!

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