5 Things You Need to Know About Recovering After a C-Section

mother-childWhether you experience an emergency C-section or plan your C-section down to the hour, you want to be prepared the recovery process involved. A C-section is a major yet very common surgery that does extend your hospitalization time and require a longer healing period at home. Here are the most important things you need to know!

Go Easy On Your Body

Your sweet baby isn’t the only one who will need tender care after you give birth. It’s important that you go easy (very easy!) on your body after your C-section. Minimize walking up and down stairs, don’t lift anything heavier than your baby, and hold your abdomen when you cough or sneeze. Your body needs time to heal from your surgery, and too much physical movement will slow your progress.

Gentle walks can help you prevent constipation and blood clots after you are released from the hospital. Just be sure you take your time and rest frequently.

You Can Still Breastfeed During Recovery

Though your body is still recovering after a C-section, you can still breastfeed your baby if you so choose. Work with a lactation specialist and experiment with different positions like the football hold or side-lying hold.

Good Nutrition Makes a Difference

Nourish your body during recovery to keep your energy levels up and support your baby’s growth if you are breastfeeding. Drink plenty of water and opt for wholesome, nutrient-dense foods over fast food or processed options.

Use Different Methods to Ease Your Pain

Every woman experiences a different level of pain after a C-section, but some level of pain is bound to occur. Talk to your doctor to determine the best pain management solution for you, especially if you are breastfeeding. Advil, Motrin, and Tylenol are common choices. A heating pad can also relieve discomfort.

Recovery Lasts For Eight Weeks

Your friends who experienced vaginal births were probably cleared for sexual activity and intense physical exercise after six weeks, but you should expect your recovery to take about eight weeks instead. You need to let your incision heal completely. Even swimming and yoga make it vulnerable to trauma.

Your C-section recovery is made much easier with a dependable OB-GYN by your side. Call (813) 571-2777 to schedule your GYN appointment at Women’s Health and Wellness in Brandon or Riverview, Florida.