The Post C-Section Guide

Essential Tips, Advice and Recommendations Plus 5 Must-Have Products for a Successful C-Section Recovery Journey!

Bringing a new life into the world is a remarkable experience, but it’s important to remember that recovery from a cesarean section (C-section) takes time and extra care. As a new mom, your physical and emotional well-being is crucial for bonding with your baby and adjusting to motherhood. In this blog, I will guide you through the journey of C-section recovery with helpful tips and advice as well as must-have products to ease your recovery. From managing pain to promoting healing, let’s explore the essential steps you can take to ensure a smooth recovery after a C-section.

Rest and Prioritize Self-Care
One of the most vital aspects of C-section recovery is allowing yourself ample time to rest and heal. Understand that your body has undergone major surgery, and you must prioritize self-care. Accept offers of help from family and friends, and don’t hesitate to delegate tasks. This is the time to lean into your community and allow yourself rest. Remember, taking care of yourself is essential for taking care of your baby. Schedule regular naps or breaks throughout the day to recharge your energy levels. Give yourself a lot of grace during this period and gradually increase your activity level as you heal. Oh, and please do not forget that a form of self care is fueling your body with positive foods, don’t be a stranger to skip the dishes if your partner doesn’t cook!


Pain Management
Pain management is crucial during C-section recovery. Follow your doctor’s prescribed pain medication regimen to alleviate discomfort effectively. Stay on top of your medication schedule, as it’s easier to manage pain when it’s mild rather than waiting for it to become severe. Additionally, using a supportive pillow or cushion while sitting or lying down can help minimize discomfort and pressure on the incision site. Applying a warm compress to the incision area can also provide relief. However, always consult your healthcare provider for guidance on pain management techniques specific to your situation.

An extra tip to reduce discomfort is to take a gas relief agent to break up the gas bubbles in your belly from surgery and a stool softener to prevent constipation. I of course love to opt for a natural choice like a high fiber smoothie, or goodies like nuts, beans (bean salads are a huge hit in my house), and vegetables, like as cauliflower (try it broiled with steak seasoning, thank me later), green beans (with bacon bits COME ONNNN), and potatoes all contain insoluble fiber. A good probiotic can help with this too since it encourages good bacteria in the gut! A magnesium supplement can really help things get going and soften up too. With all of these and in general, make sure you are consuming a good amount of water! Do not sip yourself to the brink, but drink naturally while remembering to maybe add an extra gulp every hour.

Incision Care and Hygiene
Proper care of the C-section incision site is essential to prevent infection and promote healing. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions regarding incision care, such as keeping the incision clean and dry. Gently clean the area with mild soap and water, and pat it dry with a clean towel. Avoid applying creams, lotions, or powders to the incision site unless advised by your healthcare provider. Once your incision has healed, apply a scar balm to your incision to encourage additional healing and reduce the appearance of your scar. Wear loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t rub against the incision, and choose breathable fabrics to promote air circulation and prevent irritation. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or discharge. Once you feel ready, look into C-section scar mobilization exercises to improve core connection, decrease sensitivity, decrease pulling sensations, and improve the overall function of the area.

Movement and Exercise
While rest is crucial, gradually incorporating gentle movement and exercise into your routine can aid in your recovery. Start with short walks around the house or in your neighborhood, gradually increasing the duration and intensity as you feel comfortable. Be mindful of your bleeding, your body WILL speak to you. If you notice a lot more bleeding its a good idea to sit down, chill out, rest, and if it doesnt stop or you experience large clots, CALL your car provider! Walking helps improve circulation, prevents blood clots, and promotes bowel regularity. Be sure to stay hydrated when introducing exercise back into your routine! As you progress, you can also include light stretching and pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your core muscles. However, consult your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program, and again, listen to your body’s cues—discontinue any activity that causes pain or discomfort or other symptoms.
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Emotional Well-being and Support
Recovering from a C-section involves not only physical healing but also emotional well-being. Adjusting to motherhood and coping with hormonal changes can be overwhelming. Surround yourself with a support system of family, friends, or fellow new moms who can provide encouragement and advice. Don’t hesitate to express your feelings, seek emotional support, or consult a mental health professional if needed. Bonding with your baby through skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, and spending quality time together can also help boost your emotional well-being. I also recommend checking out local parenting groups! A lot of communities or community centers have groups for mothers, breastfeeding mothers, postpartum parents, and other niches. I used and loved these groups with my first and even with my recent birth. Langley for example has a group called Best Babies – they are awesome.

Must-Have C-Section Recovery Products

  1. Disposable Underwear and Pads
  2. For the first few days to weeks following your C-section, you will have some vaginal bleeding. Disposable underwear is great for those first few days when the bleeding is heavy but once your bleeding has slowed, transition into wearing pads. I recommend these organic, postpartum cotton pads!
  3. Loungewear with Loose or No Waistbands
  4. When leaving the hospital post-surgery, you will want to wear something very loose and comfortable such as a dress or a loose shirt with high-waisted pants. Your lower abdomen and incision will be extremely sore, and you won’t want anything putting unnecessary pressure on that area. Nursing gowns are perfect for avoiding restrictive clothing while looking cute and being able to easily feed your baby. I highly recommend this dress even though it is not specifically for nursing!
  5. High-waisted Underwear
  6. Once you’re done wearing disposable underwear, you are going to want to wear comfortable undies that do not irritate your incision. I recommend these High-Waisted Postpartum Recovery Panties. Also, check out the Soothing Fourth Trimester Panty, this high-waisted underwear provides gentle compression and has three “pockets” for targeted warm or cool therapy after giving birth!
  7. Tumbler Cup (Costco has great deals)
  8. Hydration plays a huge role in C-section recovery! Being adequately hydrated promotes healing, prevents constipation, supports breastfeeding, prevents urinary tract infections (UTIs), and increases energy levels. To help you stay hydrated during your recovery period, treat yourself to a cute tumbler cup that you will carry around with you and remind you to take a sip throughout the day. This one is my favorite!
  9. Abdominal Binder
  10. An abdominal binder can help support and stabilize your core while you’re standing and walking around, especially if you are carrying your newborn baby. Hospitals will sometimes provide one for you after your C-section but some moms recommend purchasing your own as the hospital binder may be uncomfortable.

*Bonus Tip! Purchase a Reacher Grabber tool to help you pick things up off the ground or reach things without having to move too much. You’ll be grateful to have this tool at your bedside when that bottle, burp rag, tv remote, or pacifier is just out of reach!

Recovering from a C-section is a unique journey for each new mom, but with proper care and attention, you can ensure a smooth and successful recovery. Remember to prioritize self-care, manage pain effectively, follow incision care guidelines, gradually incorporate movement and exercise, and nurture your emotional well-being. By taking these steps, you will not only recover faster but also enjoy this precious time with your baby to the fullest. Cherish the journey, give yourself grace, trust your instincts, and don’t hesitate to seek support whenever needed. You’re embarking on the incredible adventure of motherhood, and you’ve totally got this!

Real. Raw. Mother. Doula. Photographer. Katey Mac // Maternal Union.

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