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C section recovery tips please!!??

(9 Posts)
chipsandcurrysaucemonster Sat 11-Aug-18 08:12:13

I had a c section early hours Wednesday morning. If it helps for context it was after a 4 day labour with almost all other interventions tried first so my body was exhausted from lots of contractions, missed meals and very little sleep. Fortunately c section went well and scar is fine. However I'm just feeling so physically sore and not confident moving about! My lower back feels almost numb from choosing to sleep in a semi upright position. Any other c section mums with tips - can I lay on my side, what helped you manoeuvre, get comfortable, positions for breastfeeding?! How many days before you felt better?

bastardkitty Sat 11-Aug-18 08:16:12

You had a really tough time and a CS after a long labour is much different to a planned CS. It's really really important to rest and especially not to lift things. If you do too much now it could be a few months until you feel better, but if you can take it easy now (hard, I know) you will be a bit more functional in 3-4 weeks. Good luck and congratulations.

WishITookLifeSeriously Sat 11-Aug-18 08:19:58

I had a very similar experience with my ds. The best thing I ever got was a v shaped pillow. It just made me feel safe especially when feeding him. Take it slow and steady and let people help you. I think around a week I felt better around the house. Wishing you all the best.

Chocolatecoffeeaddict Sat 11-Aug-18 08:31:32

I've had four c sections and recovery was harder with each one. Rest as much as you can but when you feel up to it try and get out and about for walks and doing stuff round the house. I found being active made recovery faster, as long as you don't overdo it.
Make sure the scar area is kept clean. I started washing with Dettol soap and letting it air dry after I thought it smelt a bit infected and it sorted it out.
Also, try pressing a pillow into your abdomen when rising from sitting to standing.

leighdinglady Sat 11-Aug-18 08:32:27

Stay on top of your meds. I was in agony until o wrote down a schedule for taking them. It's easier to fend pain off than try to cure it once it's set in.

LeonoraFlorence Sat 11-Aug-18 08:34:30

Ensure you take the meds regularly before the pain comes on. Lots and lots of pillows piled up for your back. Eat, drink and let others do as much as possible while you cuddle your little one. I also took arnica to speed up the recovery with each section I had.

barleyreed Sat 11-Aug-18 08:53:52

Mothercare c-section pants are a lifesaver! They made me feel safe moving around and although pricey at £25 for two pairs I wore them for ages as they helped flatten my Mum tum smile

chipsandcurrysaucemonster Sat 11-Aug-18 08:55:49

Thank you all so much - feeling a bit vulnerable and appreciating the responses so so much

SugarandVinegar Sat 11-Aug-18 09:08:49

If you can get some loose slippery fabric satin or silky nighties -
it will make moving and turning over in bed so much less painful
as the fabric slides with you instead of holding you to the bedsheets.
Same goes after any lower torso operation.
Congratulations op. flowers

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