C-Section Incision Recovery
|Front and back view of Postpartum Recovery Girdle|
Post C-Section SymptomsImmediately following your c-section, you may feel nauseous. In fact, you might even vomit. Nausea is a common side effect to anesthesia, so your nurses will be ready for this reaction. If you feel up to it, hold your baby as soon as you can to facilitate bonding. The first two hours after your baby is born is a magical time to connect with your newborn! Babies are remarkably alert during this time, so it is a natural opportunity to spend private time with your child and your birth partner. If you plan to breastfeed your baby, ask the nurses to help you get started in the recovery room.
Many women will want or need to take a prescription pain medication to manage the pain associated with the early stages of their recoveries. Sometimes women recovering from c-sections find it hard to breastfeed. This is because it is challenging to position your newborn correctly at the breast when your abdomen hurts! Though it can be difficult, if you want to breastfeed after your c-section, you can do it! Make sure you have support available to you. Lactation consultants and postpartum nurses make wonderful teachers and helpers in those early days of your baby's life. They can show you how to use pillows to ease some of your discomfort as you nurse your baby.
|Bellefit Cesarean Section|
Does wearing a Postpartum Girdle help?One of the best ways to ease your discomfort after a c-section is to use an abdominal binder or compression girdle. Some OB/GYNs will recommend them to new moms when a c-section has been scheduled. Compression is a post-operative option for many types of surgery because it speeds the healing process. By increasing circulation to the area under compression, the damaged tissues experience a better immune response and receive more blood, nutrients, and oxygen. Bellefit offers a medical grade compression garment that is perfect for women who have had c-sections. Not only does the abdominal binder speed healing, it also supports the lower back by holding in the abdominal wall. This improves a woman's posture, which can be very poor during the initial postpartum period.
Most of the time, women who have had c-sections should stick to light exercise during the first six to eight weeks after their babies are born. Light walking is fine, as long as you feel up to it. It is important that your doctor check your incision area and clear you for moderate exercise before you resume your workout program. The most important thing to do as you recover from a c-section is to take it easy for a while. Let other people do your housework, and try not to lift anything or anyone heavier than your newborn. Be patient with yourself as you recover, too. The process is sometimes slow, but if you do too much too soon, you will only exhaust yourself. Do your very best to enjoy your brand new baby and just allow yourself to heal.