Share the wealth for my first and last csection!
nectarine / 2400 posts
I had two csections and wasn’t bothered at all but one tip I had was to stand up straight every time you stand up
nectarine / 2460 posts
They should have abdominal binders in the hospital that you can ask for. Being wrapped up in one of those really helped the incision site pain. Also, stay on top of your meds cause the nurses will often get behind. If it’s almost time for your next dose, ask! And start walking as soon and as much as you’re able.
pear / 1521 posts
Hold a pillow over your stomach when you cough, in the car, even when you have a BM, basically whenever you need to use your ab muscles for the first week or so.
Assuming you’ll need a catheter, your body sort of forgets how to pee once it’s out. Just something that surprised me! I read somewhere to pretend like or actually blow through a straw while you try to pee. Helped me the second time around!
Keep on top of meds - both times I was absolutely fine just taking ibuprofen, though the second time I did take Tylenol too in between my Advil doses at times.
Have a plan to try to avoid stairs (we slept in our first floor bedroom at first, tho I could have done stairs if I really needed to) and picking up older kids (if you have any in a crib still, how will you handle that?)
coconut / 8483 posts
I’ve had two. With both I still had one in a crib. I changed the crib into a toddler bed and put the rail side to the wall. I slid the crib in and out so they could get in and out of it themselves during napnwhen my husband wasn’t home to help.
Stay on top of meds. Smooth move tea when you get constipated from them.
Stand up straight. Walk around but don’t over do it. Pushing a stroller is harder then you’d think so don’t so that right away.
Take all the help you can get! I didn’t find my recoveries too bad! Congrats!
cantaloupe / 6730 posts
Walk as soon as you can (same day). Even if it’s tiny baby steps and takes you 10 min to get down the hall at the hospital.
persimmon / 1378 posts
I second what everyone else has said. Stay on top of got pain meds! I thought I would fine with just ibuprofen but felt much worse once I got home and ended up taking oxy and it really helped. Stool softeners are your friend. Use a binder. Make sure you have stretchy pants that will go up over your incision, as opposed to the maternity pants that go under your belly. Ask for lots of help.
pomelo / 5621 posts
I found csection recovery better than my vaginal recovery.
High waisted comfy pants, keep up on meds and just ask for help. I set up a change station basket with snacks for me on the main floor so I’d have everything within reach.
Hold your stomach when you cough or sneeze. I sneezed and cried because I wasn’t expecting it.
pear / 1565 posts
@ALV91711: @petitenoisette: The coughing nearly killed me the first time it happened
I’m still at the hospital so def on top of meds; it’s painful but kinda afraid to up to oxy bc I don’t want to get so drowsy.
Can’t figure out whether vaginal or csection is easier recovery... I feel like my vagina recoveries have been easier. Tho it has been refreshing to not need a thousand products every time I use the bathroom haha.
I’m def gonna put on the binder; I put it away thinking it would hurt not help.
@ALV91711: @graceandjoy: I found my c-section recovery easier than vaginal as well, but I feel like the real difference comes once you get home. The pain going the bathroom was for sure a big difference, but I remember finding sitting in any position pretty uncomfortable after my vaginal delivery but with a binder on I didn't have much pain most of the time with the c-section. Or it could be I had better meds... *shrug*
nectarine / 2690 posts
Another vote for "take your pain meds". I thought I'd be fine with just the Ibuprofen. I figured out real quick that I was not LOL Also, once I got home I found it easier to sleep in the recliner for the first week or so, so if that is an option for you, I'd try that.
Also, get up and walk as much as you can handle. The more active you are, the quicker recovery will be.
Good luck momma!!!
I know everyone is different but oxy didn’t really make me drowsy. You could also take it before bed to make sleep more comfortable. And, congratulations!!!
@JennyLayneAZ: Yeah I don’t know how I’m gonna climb up my high bed! Might just camp out on the couch, tho no bathrooms on that floor...
Man, I know I need to get up to walk, it’s just so painful
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