Planned or not, having a C-section is a big deal. You’ve just brought a new life into the world and now you’ve got to deal with healing from a major operation. Almost a third of births in the United States are now through C-section and they’re safer than ever, but it’s still important to take time to rest, heal and listen to your body.
C-section recovery typically means spending two to three days in the hospital to ensure you’re on the mend before heading home. From there, let’s look at some gentle things you can do in the days and weeks that follow, to speed up the healing process and ensure you’re as healthy as possible, for you and your baby.
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WholeNest have helped us fire off a quick checklist on how to improve C-section recovery time and get back to full capacity. Let’s go (gently)!
1. Reduce the strain with easy movements
Although you should be taking it very easy immediately after your surgery, you still need to get in and out of bed, and some light movement is good for getting the blood flowing. You want to avoid straining your abdominal muscles – when getting up, turn on your side, bend your knees and use your hands to gently push yourself up into a sitting position. Try not to do anything close to a sit-up or a crunch as your abdominal wound needs all the rest it can get.
2. Keep the wound clean
To help encourage healing and prevent infection you need to keep your wound clean once you get back home. Your midwife will advise you on when to remove the dressing (if it’s still on) and show you how to keep it clean. Usually the advice will be to gently clean it with warm water and keep it dry. Wear your comfiest high-rise underwear (did you need another excuse?) to prevent rubbing which can irritate the wound.