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Help while recovering from a c-section

(5 Posts)
Petcat Wed 20-Feb-13 14:33:29

My DSis is having her first baby by c-section today. I'd really like to be able to help her feel better so she can enjoy her baby while she recovers from the op. I will be cooking her some tasty meals and doing housework, but wondered if there's anything else you found helped your recovery after a c-section?

Is there anything anyone did (or you wish they had done) that made life easier in the days and weeks after you got home from hospital?

babyrose Wed 20-Feb-13 16:45:31

I was told to try move around after the section to help healing and recovery but also rest if that makes sense!

clarelou13 Wed 20-Feb-13 16:51:13

I hated not being able to drive and not being able to get out and about. Maybe you could offer to take her and baby out to the shops when she feels ready. There is nothing worse than being stuck indoors and developing cabin fever.
Also agree with babyrose- its good to get moving, although it will be very slow for her in the first few weeks.

Beatrixpotty Wed 20-Feb-13 19:03:55

Help with laundry & housework:invaluable!Organising and putting away an Internet shop in the first 3 weeks would be v helpful, especially as she'll probably run out of nappies wipes & maternity pads.And not driving is really frustrating so taking her out with the baby,lifting the pram out of the car for her and pushing it would be great.You are encouraged to be active but there really is a physical limit to what you can actually do!If you are on hand for the first 3 weeks you will be the best sister ever.

MrsMc82 Wed 20-Feb-13 21:24:56

Help out with any other visitors too make them cuppa etc so dsis doesn't need to lift a finger when they come over
...... maybe gentle reminder to do the exercises you're meant to do after the cs as they say they really help with the healing but are a ball ache and easy to put off ( well were for me!)
Also maybe she can be your gatekeeper against unwanted / unexpected visitors as her and oh will probably be too polite to turn people down / not let them stay long whereas you can gently steer them out the door! its bloody knackering having shed loads of well meaning visitors!!! (When DC2 comes along im fully intend ing on becoming a hermit till I feel vaugley human!!!! tho of course ypur dsis might not be as antisocial as me!)
I remember my mum popping over when ds was few days old after my cs and she sent me dh and ds for a sleep snd miraculously got the house back in order, washing up, 3 loads of washing, dog walked, quick hoover -was most amazing thing ever! !!!

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