5 Ways to Ease Recovery from a C-Section

Suzanne Murray
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Having a C-section can be rough—emotionally and physically. I know because I had one, and it was not fun. I  was in a lot of pain afterward. The drive home was excruciating. I could barely walk for weeks, I couldn't lie down to sleep, and it hurt when I laughed or coughed or sneezed. I wish I had lilsugar's five tips for easing a C-section recovery.

1. Pillows. Hold a pillow to your incision when you laugh, sneeze, or cough to ease the pain.

2.Get a good, slow driver. Ask whoever drives you and your baby home from the hospital to take it slow. You'll feel every bump, pothole, and quick stop throughout your abdomen.

3.Go for a walk. It may be difficult, but the sooner you get out of bed, the faster you will recover. A short, slow walk in the first 12 to 24 hours of a C-section will help get bowels moving, prevent constipation and blood clots and make you feel better.

4. Don't do stairs. If you live in a multi-level home, keep baby wipes, diapers, ointment and anything else you need on every floor so you don't have to go up and down the stairs.

5. Eat a lot of fiber. High-fiber foods and stool softeners will help ease the pain and fear that are associated with the first bowel movements after abdominal surgery.


Did you have a C-section? What was your recovery like?

 

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