If you have an emergency c-section or planned, definitely take her tips to heart. After three c-sections I can attest that spending time with your newborn is the most important tip of all! Emotional recovery is just as important (if not more important since your mind affects your body) as physical healing. You will remember holding your baby’s soft skin close to yours and feeling his/her tiny fingers wrapped around your pinky, not what the dishes looked like or how wrinkled your shirts were.
Here is her article! Enjoy! I know I did!
My name is Sarah and I write over on Nap Time Mom Tog. First of all I wanted to say congratulations to Annie. I am so honored that she is having me guest post during her baby moon. I am so excited to see her new little girl. She sure is adorable! I wanted to share a few tips that helped me recovery from my c-section 3 years ago with my 1st son Dustyn. He was 10 pounds 4 ounces via a scheduled c-section.
Having a C-Section is not easy. It takes a big toll on the new mom physically and emotionally, which can affect the new baby. After you have a c-section you are suppose to relax for at least 2 weeks and not lift anything too heavy for 6 weeks. That is so hard to do, especially if you have other kids. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. You need rest, fluids, good food and only light physical activity. If someone comes over to visit, let them know what you need done around the house like laundry or dishes. Your job is to relax with your new baby, not entertain company. They should help you around the house not just come over to hold the baby. I had such a hard time with this. I wouldn’t ask for help and they would hold the baby and that left me to do everything. It was so difficult.
Breastfeeding can be more difficult because your baby will probably be a little drowsy from the medicine. On top of that it is painful to hold your baby in the cradle hold. The best way I found to hold my baby was the football hold. Then he was not laying on my incision. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a lactation consultant. They are trained for this. My boppy was a lifesaver.
I also wasn’t able to lay down for the first few weeks. I slept in a recliner, so make sure you have a comfortable recliner with a table beside it to hold your water, snack, phone, burp clothes, etc. That made it so much easier and I didn’t have to bug my husband.
Just make sure that you take the time with your new born baby so that you can form that special bond. Don’t stress over the small stuff. Everything can be done by someone else or at a later date.
If you have had a c-section, what are your tips for recovering well?