C-Section Recovery Tips

The first few days of giving birth is joyful, overwhelming, challenging, and painful especially if you have delivered via surgical incision, so these c-section recovery tips might come handy and timely for you, mommy.

 

After welcoming my baby with a kiss and an “I love you”, I was immediately anesthetized. I gave birth at 1:40 P.M. of March 12, 2015 and woke up from the effects of anesthesia at around 6:00 P.M. I saw my husband, mom, aunt, sister, and brother watching over me.

 

Upon waking up, I noticed that my body was itching all over. One of the nurses told me that it is an effect of anesthesia. Fortunately, the epidural still works when I woke up so I was generally feeling fine. I still could not eat anything as I needed to fart to make sure that my intestines are working properly.

 

At around 9:00 P.M., I was starting to feel pain, but it was still tolerable. I was instructed by the nurses to inform them when I could no longer handle the post-operation pain so they could give me a pain reliever.

 

It was about 3:20 A.M. the next day when I farted (sorry for the disgust, but we need to talk about this ladies and gents). I informed the nurse on duty about it, and I was immediately allowed to eat. I ate Skyflakes and had canned pineapple juice for drinks (mama said pineapple juice aids in fast healing of wounds). By lunch time, I was already able to eat the meal prepared by the hospital.

 

Mommies, take note that the moment you fart, you have to start eating and drinking mildly. My OB said crackers, water, and fruit juices will do.

 

C-section pains started coming to life early in the morning of March 13. It even went unbearable when I was forced to get up and walk slowly. Yes, prepare yourself soon-to-be-moms because anybody who undergoes cesarean delivery is encouraged to get up and walk around the hospital room. Don’t worry though because you can ask for assistance from your loved ones in getting up and walking around. My catheter was also removed the same morning, which also gave me a stinging feeling.

 

I was able to get up from the hospital bed and walk around a bit through the help of my hubby, and believe me, it was very, very painful. I felt like I was going to faint and my heartbeat started to race, so I just asked my husband to take me back to bed. I instructed him to incline the bed upwards so I would not be lying flat on my back. This way, it will be easier for me to get out of bed.

 

Since the catheter was removed, peeing also became unbearable. There were huge blood clots in my urine. While letting these out gave me pain, it also brought relief. I had to measure and note the amount of liquid I drink and the amount of urine I pee.

 

At around 7:00 P.M. of March 13, the pain of surgery was really unbearable. One nurse told me to tolerate it, but I was very annoyed and uncomfortable so I insisted on taking a pain reliever. They gave me one 500mg Ponstan. By the time my baby was taken to my room, I was already feeling better, so we began latching her onto me.

 

My dextrose was removed in the morning of March 14. The dextrose stopped moving because my vein was probably clogged. One nurse pinched the dextrose hose near the needle site and my left hand swelled up (that was painful!), so she had no choice but to remove it.

 

I was discharged at the hospital at noon of March 14 when I successfully managed to poo (pooing is a sign of a successful operation).

 

By then and the succeeding days, the pain of C-section became more and more of a reality. As a c-section mommy, you have to juggle taking care of your baby and of yourself, so you definitely need some tender, loving care too. Seek the help of your husband or mom in cleaning your wound and in dressing up. I tell you, while the joy of motherhood brings you smile, postpartum period can also be paralyzing and depressing. There will be days when you will see yourself cry out of overwhelm and pain… But the good news is you will definitely get over it and enjoy your days with your newborn! 🙂

 

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Latching my baby

 

Ways to Cope with C-Section Pain

 

I understand the kind of physical and emotional suffering that c-section mommies face. So, to help you prepare for it and overcome this kind of birthing pain, here are some c-section recovery tips that personally worked for me:

 

  • Keep your activity levels low. If you are a working mom, take advantage of your maternity leave to get enough rest.

 

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than your baby. Your wound is still fresh and it definitely requires time to heal completely.

 

  • Lochia (bleeding) will appear in your urine. It’s normal and can last up to a few months. Have it as your reminder with regards to your activity level.

 

  • Sleep when your baby is asleep. You have to sync your body clock with your baby because you initially have to feed him/her every 30 minutes or every hour during her first month, plus your baby has irregular sleeping and waking patterns. Prepare yourself for sleepless nights mommies, so sleep as much as you can during the day. Besides, you need extra rest.

 

  • Be alert with fever because it can signal an infection. Call or see your OB when you get a fever of 38 °C or higher.

 

  • Don’t take a bath until your doctor tells you that you already can.

 

  • Clean your wound with Betadine and change your gauze regularly. You can ask your hubby or mom to do it for you.

 

  • Discuss your negative feelings with someone who can understand you. Postpartum period is certainly a challenging time. Mixed emotions can overwhelm you, so you definitely need listening ears and caring touches.

 

  • Breastfeeding will surely be difficult. Use nursing pillows and find a comfortable position to breastfeed your baby. This way, your wound won’t hurt.

 

  • Keep your baby close to you at all times. Mother and baby bonding can make you feel better. After all, you need to familiarize your baby with your smell.

 

  • Drink lots of fluids, especially water, to keep you hydrated.

 

  • Eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables to regain your strength. Remember, your baby gets nutrients from you, breastfeeding mommy. Eating healthy also helps rejuvenate your body.

 

  • Avoid using the stairs back and forth.

 

  • Do gentle walks around the house.

 

  • Avoid using tampons.

 

These are just some of the proven c-section recovery tips. You can always turn to your mom for that extra personal advice. After all, moms know best, so she definitely can help you get through these trying times of your journey to parenthood.

 

A week after your c-section delivery, your external stitches will be removed. The following week after that, your wound will be cleaned and will be checked for signs of infections. These post-op procedures may be a bit painful, so you have to prepare your mind for these.

 

You need ample rest as you recuperate from surgery. Do everything to make the healing process faster and to re-gain your energy. Besides, bigger responsibilities await you. By the time you give birth, your life isn’t going to be all about you. Remember, you are nursing a new life, so do the best you can to create memories that last.

 

Good luck on your c-section delivery soon-to-be-mommy! No worries, experiences will shape you. You are a warrior about to earn her scar. Your c-section scar is your badge of honor! 🙂

 

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The reward of my scar

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Sleepless nights are definitely worth it! 🙂

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