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#1 tryagain2

Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:05 AM

I'll be having a C section this time around and just after suggestions for C section recovery garments.
Did you use them? What would you suggest?
Things like the belly bands or SRC shorts?
I have a toddler so I'm aware no lifting etc but just after something that will make me feel a bit more supported and help with recovery.

Also while I'm at it, any suggestions for a C section hospital bag? The only different thing I could think of is undies that won't sit of the incision site but anything else I should consider?


#2 Caribou

Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:09 AM

I never used any special shorts. Just granny undies (waist high undies) and cheap target leggings and that was more than enough for me. Have had 2 Caesarians. No post op issues. I’d save your money for the shorts.  Wait until a professional recommends them.

#3 Caribou

Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:10 AM

You might also want one size bigger pj pants with a drawstring type waist band with electric included. But honestly was back to normal jeans etc within a week.

#4 JK4

Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:19 AM

Hi OP, I highly recommend the SRC shorts, I have had 4 c sections and only discovered these with my 4th. They are great. I had mine on within 24 hours of surgery & then wore for support all day initially and then extra support for exercise for 6 months or so and helped so much. While expensive, they were worth every cent. Also either check gumtree or resell on gumtree as they are popular.

Edited by JK4, 17 June 2019 - 09:20 AM.

#5 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:57 AM

I reccomend C panty with the silicon panel built in. Silicon is medically proven to reduce scarring after the wound has closed over. They also provide support.

#6 blackcat20

Posted 17 June 2019 - 10:51 AM

I wore the Blanqi post maternity leggings; my physio was happy with them as an equivalent to the SRC shorts and asked me to wear them for 8 weeks. I recovered really well from my C section.

Loose PJ or trackie pants are also good, and the high waisted undies.

#7 Ollie83

Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:51 PM

I alternated between the shorts and tubing from hospital, so glad I did, really helps my recovery. My scar is great now. Check out 2nd hand options on eBay or gumtree too. Physio and OT recommended these to me.

#8 Rozzie2018

Posted 18 June 2019 - 12:48 PM

I recommend a belly band initially, as it adjusts easily to your changing body and then src shorts. I definitely think they helped support my back and make my tummy go down faster after my csection.

#9 HolierThanCow

Posted 18 June 2019 - 12:59 PM

I second the C panty - they have moderate built-in support with a silicone panel and can be worn as normal underwear even after the scar has healed. I'd recommend the waist-high ones.

#10 tryagain2

Posted 18 June 2019 - 03:42 PM

View PostRozzie2018, on 18 June 2019 - 12:48 PM, said:

I recommend a belly band initially, as it adjusts easily to your changing body and then src shorts. I definitely think they helped support my back and make my tummy go down faster after my csection.

This is what I was thinking. My physio suggests the SRC shorts but honestly I can't imagine getting them on at first! Not sure if the hospital physio will provide tubigrip or whatever it's called so think belly band might be the way to go first up.

Thanks everyone

#11 robhat

Posted 18 June 2019 - 05:03 PM

Granny undies mostly.

I had a belly band but this was because my tummy muscles got separated so much by a super huge baby and I would have needed it even without a c-section. In fact I found it to be a nuisance and kind of annoyed my scar. It was however totally necessary for supporting my back etc and without it I'd have way more pain in other places so I put up with it. Didn't help that my fist bub was a middle of the summer baby. Belly bands SUCK in stinking heatwaves!

#12 tasbooks

Posted 18 June 2019 - 05:09 PM

My hospital recommended standard shapewear (ie the suck-me-in undies) in a larger than normal size.  Far far cheaper and very easy to get quickly after an unexpected c-section.  Only downside was the smooth fabric would make my (getting rapidly looser) pants slide down :)  Also can recommend having a couple of thin wingless pads on hand to protect the scar.

#13 tryagain2

Posted 18 June 2019 - 07:55 PM

View Posttasbooks, on 18 June 2019 - 05:09 PM, said:

Also can recommend having a couple of thin wingless pads on hand to protect the scar.

Haha now these are the tips I'm after! thank you!

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