Be prepared for all eventualities and know how to look after yourself once baby arrives.
I naively assumed that I would glide out of the hospital a day after the birth of my first child, full of happy hormones as we proudly clipped baby into the car. I blatantly ignored the notion that complications do in fact happen, and refused to even consider that my birth plan may in fact go wildly out the window. After a failed induction and heavy bleeding I was rushed to theatre where the birth of our daughter was taken out of our control. She was born by Emergency Caesarean Section on a wet and dreary October day and I knew nothing about how I would feel once the epidural wore off. I quickly learned. But recovering from a C Section doesn’t need to be a terrifying experience. Be prepared for all eventualities and know how to look after yourself once baby arrives.
It Hurts but Get Walking
Of course, childbirth in general hurts so we never believed this was going to be easy but no one told me just how bad the pain in my abdomen would be. The morning after the C Section, I was hoisted out of bed by a petite midwife who said “Go slow, you’ll be tender for a while.” Tender! Oh tender is not the word. The crippling pain was agonising and I’ll be honest, a bit of a fright. It was impossible to stand up straight in those first few moments and taking steps was completely out of the question. I hobbled for a while until
And since the pain is near impossible to ignore, you will be very grateful for the abundance of medication offered to you after your section. I distinctly remember my obstetrician sitting on my bed after surgery saying “take everything they throw at you.” And I second that. You can’t and shouldn’t do it without medication.
Lifting is off limits. Picking up baby is near enough all you will be able to manage in the six weeks post surgery, and let’s be honest, that’s all you’ll really want to do as you recover and soak up those baby cuddles. With a Caesarean there is always the risk of damaging the wound which takes that little bit longer to heal.