If you’re planning on having a C-section, or just curious about a last minute “what if,” you should be informed as to what the experience will be like following the procedure. Know that a C-section is, in fact, surgery and that you should take the time to heal and rest as much as possible in the days and weeks following.
Tips for healing post C-Section:
- REST REST REST: Here is when you want to call in the big guns – your mom, their mom, your BFF, your sister. Seek the help of others during your recovery and make things as “easy” as possible in the days to come. Keep everything you and your little one might need close by and take the time you need to recover through rest.
- Look Into Pain Management Options: Your incision site might be sore so ask your healthcare provider about pain medication like Advil, Motrin and Tylenol, as well as other options like a heating pad or prescription pain relief. Most pain medicine should be safe for breastfeeding.
- Keep An Eye On Your Incision: Look for any signs of infection, including redness, swelling or leaking discharge.
- Take Care YOU: Eat well, drink plenty of water. Stay in bed. Don’t lift heavy shit. Did we mention rest? Did we mention call on other people to do stuff? You have plenty of time to be a superhero. For now, let yourself heal and use this time to rest up.