Whether your cesarean was scheduled or an emergency operation, the recovery is never an easy one. Although a lot of people know how c-sections work, there is not as much common knowledge out there about the recovery process. As a result, you may feel uneasy about what to expect. You may worry about the surgeon making an error, and being awake during the process. You probably feel unsure about what will happen after the surgery is done.
When it comes to recovering, most women only know that they shouldn’t lift anything heavy and avoid strenuous activity for the first few weeks.
However, the truth is that there are more ways to help speed up your recovery and ensure a successful healing process. There may be more discomfort than you anticipated. Therefore, to help you with your cesarean recovery, here are some of the best tips to follow after your procedure.
Take The Medication Given To You
Your doctor will prescribe pain medication that is safe to take while breastfeeding. Even though you may feel inclined to be tough and avoid taking meds, it’s vital that you follow your doctor’s orders.
The pain can be difficult to manage, especially while caring for a newborn. Do yourself a favor and take whatever medicine that the doctor gives you for pain management.
Don’t Limit Your Movement Too Much
Although it’s true that you shouldn’t exactly run a marathon after a c-section, you shouldn’t just sit in one place either. Walking around and moving your body will help your body’s circulation and promote healing.
Ultimately, you should follow whatever your body is telling you. If it’s telling you not to move because it hurts too much, then listen! However, if you feel like you’re capable of walking around your hospital room a little, then, by all means, do it!
Don’t Invite Too Many Visitors
It’s natural to feel excited about showing off your new bundle of joy to everyone. However, it’s essential to know that lots of people in your hospital room may not be the best thing for your recovery.
You shouldn’t be worried about entertaining anyone or trying to look presentable. Extra stress is the last thing you need. Don’t be afraid to come later after you’ve had enough time to heal and rest.
You don’t owe anyone anything!
Use a Pillow For Coughing and Laughing
It isn’t discussed nearly enough that it may be painful to cough and laugh after your procedure. It’s helpful to have a pillow on hand to press against your abdominal muscles. Pushing lightly while you laugh or cough can help alleviate the pain when you need it.