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Post C-Section Tips

 Post C-Section TipsThe date of my planned c-section is looming fast and I’m already aware of (and very happy about) the fact that this will be a totally different experience to last time. For a start, I’m more than 5 years older and totally not taking for granted what five years worth of ageing can do – I feel very different as an almost 30 year old than I did as a just-turned-24 year old, and I’m aware that this could make the healing process a little different. There’s also the fact that this will be my second c-section and that could well affect my healing time and recovery afterwards.

The biggest difference, though, will be the birth itself and subsequent days. Sausage was in NICU for the first week of her life and I had been sent home, so for those 7 days I was waking, showering, going to the hospital, sitting next to our baby and then going home to do it all again in the afternoon. I must have walked miles of corridor in that first week – a far cry from the ‘as much bed rest and sleep as you can manage’ advice that’s given to most new mothers. Having said that, I actually healed and recovered from my operation pretty quickly and I wonder if my ‘carrying on regardless’ kind of helped?

Anyway, instead of going into the second c-section feeling mystified, I thought I’d ask some of my blogging pals what their best tips were for post c-section recovery, and here’s what they had to say:

Jenny from Mum of One: “Take it slowly. It is easy to forget but it is major abdominal surgery and it will take a good while to recover. Enjoy cuddles in bed with your baby as much as possible those first few weeks.”

Laura from Tired Mummy of Two: “Pillow on your belly for the first time you put a seat belt on!”

Vanessa from HPMCQ: “Do not sneeze!”

Nikki from Stressy Mummy: “Get as much help as you can for the first couple of weeks and don’t lift anything heavier than a kettle”

Stacey from Five’s a Fellowship: “Don’t even thinking about having a bath – take a shower for the first week or so otherwise you’ll find yourself unable to get back out of the tub!”

Kelly from Domestic Goddesque: “Very big pants!”

Cat from Cat’s Yellow Days: “Take it easy but do make sure you still try to keep moving even if it’s just up and down the hall to get a cup of tea. Not getting any exercise at all can leave you feeling even weaker in the long run.”

Rebecca from Here Come the Girls: “Ignore everyone’s requests to show you the scar! On a serious note; write down a list of all the times you have taken pain killers as you’ll forget and you don’t want to do that.”

Jenny from Cheetahs in my Shoes: “If you have SPD and a C-Section it can be worth asking for a walking frame to get you moving again to stop you twisting too much when you mobilise again. It’s not glamorous but can really help”

Sarah from Boo, Roo and Tigger Too: “If you do not have a changing unit downstairs then change babies nappy on a changing mat on the sofa, to save you having to get down to the floor and bend over too far”

Anna from The Imagination Tree: “I’d say take peppermint oil to ease the wind pain as it’s excruciating after a c-s! Wear mega pants up to your belly button- buy granny knickers from primarni rather than the expensive ones made for the purpose. Walk around sooner than you feel able to and it will increase your recovery time massively. Keep all vital baby equipment at standing level. Wear your hubby’s trackie-bots or a nighty as everything hurts around the waist. Phone a doctor the very second there’s redness or swelling in your scar (eesh!) Try not to get mastitis at the same time- you’ll sob and ask for someone to kill you ;-)”

As for me, my own tip would be to invest in a v-pillow or even just a spare, regular pillow to put under your tummy if you sleep on your side; having a bit of extra support while you’re healing can really help with your comfort levels in the first couple of weeks after surgery.

Thanks to all of my lovely friends who’ve contributed their wisdom. If you have any other tips for me, please leave a comment below – knowledge is power and I need all the help I can get!

Life After Birth

One of the things that I’m preparing for already is recovering from my c-section, once the baby is born. Last time, I was in my early 20’s (young enough to bounce back with little effort!) and having Sausage in the neo-natal intensive care unit meant that I was backwards and forwards to the hospital and healing just kid of happened because it had to. I was so single minded about being there for Sausage that everything else took care of itself, something for which I’m really grateful.

This time, I’ll be almost 30 when the baby is born, I’m hoping to have a fairly ‘in-and-out’ hospital stay as my c-section will be planned and I’ll be home and caring for a baby (plus Sausage) in no time. Also, my SPD is worse this time around, as is my back pain, so my ‘changing mat on the floor’ method of dealing with Sausage’s nappies just won’t work! That’s why I’m going to be investing in one of these (from Childrens Bed Shop):

changing unit

As well as giving us some much-needed storage for the new babies’ things, the top is a changing unit, ¬†which means I won’t need to bend too much when I’m changing her nappies. I can keep the top drawer stocked with nappies, wipes, cotton wool, Sudocrem and all the other things I’ll need for keeping her clean and dry, and it’ll save me scrabbling around trying to do it on the floor.

Changing units are also great for after the bath, and I’m a huge fan of baby massage, so I will definitely be using this to lay my new daughter on after her bath to give her some soothing rubs before bedtime. Sausage suffered terribly with constipation as a baby and baby massage is the only thing that helped, so it’s something I’m planning to do from the offset this time.

Once they both get older, we may even think about Steen children’s bunk beds, but that’s a long way in the future for now!

Do you have any tips for me on how I can manage with a baby, a five year old and a second c-section wound? I’d love to hear them!