Giving birth is a glorious event for a lot of people. We create birth plans, hire doulas, focus on our birthing team, take childbirth education courses, plan to body feed (breast or chest feed), and focus on ensuring that things go smoothly during our vaginal birth.
What happens when things don’t go as planned and you have an emergency C-section?
The first thing that happens can be a sense of guilt or feelings of failure, but I want you to know that it was NOT your fault and you did what you thought was best for you and your baby at the time.
Here are a few tips on taking care of yourself after an emergency C-section:
- Take your pain meds BEFORE you start to feel the pain. The doctor gave you pain medication for a reason. You just had major surgery, so don’t feel bad about needing to take your meds and please take them on time!
- Get plenty of rest! You cannot do everything that you did before you gave birth. Your body has suffered trauma and you need to rest so that you can heal. Sleep when your baby is asleep, try to limit the amount of housework that you’re doing, and stay off of your feet for a while.
- Ask for help. Since you need rest and you have had surgery, it is important that you ask for help from your friends and family to aid in your recovery. Try to have them set up a meal train so that you don’t have to cook, ask for help with housework, and if you can hire a postpartum doula, then hire one to help you for at least a couple of weeks if you need to.
- Use a breastfeeding friendly pillow if you choose to body feed (breast/chest feed). This will help to reduce the amount of pressure that may be on your stomach since it will be tender for a while.
- Walk slowly and often so that you avoid blood clots.
What are some of your c-section recovery tips?