After 4 pregnancies and 2 C-sections (1 singleton, 1 with twins), I've learned a LOT about how to prepare and how to help my body recover postpartum and post-C-section.
I shared my journey after my 1st C-section — from the morning before to my recovery after (get the links below). But, since my 2nd C-section, I've learned so much, and I wanted to share my best tips with you to help YOU through your recovery.
My Top 10 Post-C-Section Tips
As you recover from your C-section, keep these tips in mind to help your body heal quickly.
- Listen to your doctor.
Mine advised minimal walking or stairs for the 1st week.
- Stay on top of your pain medication.
While you're in the hospital and for the first few days back home, make sure you're regularly taking the pain medication you've been prescribed. Don't forget — a C-section is a MAJOR abdominal surgery!
But don't forget to listen to your body. I discovered that I felt so much better when I was OFF pain medications. And at 1.5 weeks, I began only taking ibuprofen.
- Don't lift anything heavy.
A good rule of thumb is to not lift anything heavier than your baby's weight.
- REST, REST, REST!
I can't stress this one enough. Sleep when you can and rest your body — this allows your body to heal faster.
- Ice will be your best friend.
Ice is one of the best anti-inflammatories! I kept ice on my incision for most of the day & night for the first 1–2 weeks.
- Accept help.
Don’t do laundry, or dishes, or housework, it could impede the healing process! It’s so easy to want to do things yourself to be independent, but, trust me, say YES when offered help!
- If your bed is high, use a stool to get in & out.
I kept a stool by my bedside and helped tremendously!
And to sit up, roll over onto your side first and then use your arms to help push yourself up.
- Go slow.
I love to workout and be active, but I know it's more important to allow my body to heal properly. So, I allowed myself to rest and kept my feet up knowing that the 6-week recovery period would be over in a blink of an eye!
- Eat nutritiously.
One of the best ways to help your body heal is from the inside, out. Fuel your body with healthy, nutrient-packed foods! This is where my superfood nutrition shake came in handy. Check out this blog I shared to learn about the shake I drink and why it's so beneficial while breastfeeding!
- Get yourself some Depends.
Seriously. I'm not joking. Just do it — you'll thank me later. LOL!
Bonus Recovery Tips
- Try using stool softeners.
- Abdominal binders — I didn't use one, but I know many who have.
- Get yourself some post C-section underwear.
- Remember to drink LOTS of water.
- Make sure to have good back support while nursing as your core will be weak.
- Remember to shower daily to feel more human! Haha!
And once you get the OK from your doctor to start walking more, I urge you to do it — walk as far as you can as often as you can! This will help your recovery, give you more energy, and help you feel so much better after those long weeks of sitting around all day. The fresh air alone does wonders!
Check out the blog I shared after my previous pregnancy about the benefits of walking and my experience!