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#1 CCLady

Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:19 AM

Having my 4th baby and 1st c-section in a little over a month. Getting close!

I have asked friends this too, but what is your number one tip for recovery? I have three other kids, but a lot of help at home with DH and my Mum close by. I am so lucky  wub.gif

#2 tinkster23

Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:30 AM

Dont over do it.

You'll have days where you feel ok, and will be tempted to get that washing done, vaccuum the floors or some other task.

Don't do it, you'll feel like hell the next day.

It really does take 6 weeks for your body to recover!

#3 imamumto3

Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:42 AM

I was going to say dont over do it, even if you feel well enough to do something, you might regret it later.  Take advantage of the extra help while it is available

#4 Lynken

Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:44 AM

Keep up your pain meds regularly for at least the first week, possibly two.  Take them when due even if you don't feel that you need them at the time as it's far better than waiting until you have pain and then having to wait until they kick in.  The achy breakthrough pain is not nice.

#5 noonehere

Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:00 AM

Take it easy even on good days, if it doesnt feel right get it checked, dont push yourself! Take pain killers on time, eat high fibre (there is a health food bar that gets everything going I think its got prunes in it)
If on heavy pain killers take a stool softner.

#6 mumto3monkeys

Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:17 AM

Have three top tips!

4 babies and 4 cs in six years. Two epis, two spinals. Great recoveries. Youngest is 21 days today and I feel normal! just up to doing easy 15 minute walks to shops with pram (no big hills just yet.) And no, i was not fit before getting pregnant!!! lol.

Number 1 tip - take/pain meds when due (not when you start to feel pain). If you have a spinal use the PCA a few minutes before planning on moving about in bed during the first 12 hours or just before they take it out. Do keep taking the pain meds when you leave hospital (lower strength ... I was just on Nurofen regularly by the time I went home but it depends on your pain threshold.

Number 2 tip: start taking Benefibre or eating prunes prior to cs and at least once or twice a day and drink heaps of fluid after CS ... ESPECIALLY while on a PCA; endone or other prescription meds to prevent constipation.

Number 3: take it easy; don't lift anything heavier than bub for weeks afterwards. (i.e. I hang washing on a low line but get kids/dh to carry basket, do the lifting, twisting etc.) Gentle walking around ward/ house; do your pelvic floor exercises. If you get a chance go to the hospital physio session for tips on strengthen abs starting immediately. (Gentle tensing on lower abs like pelvic floor exercises can be done while still in hospital.) They might also provide stretchy fabric tubing  you can wear that helps support you. (Vaginal births can get the same advice.) The sooner you can start gentle ab strengthening the better for preventing back pain.

#7 sahmmum

Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:40 PM

Dont rush to get out of the hospital use that time to rest and heal.

Good luck

#8 mum to 3 already

Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:59 AM

Mine's a while in hospital tip...

Four c/s and for the first time I had one of those things (no idea what it is called) above me to grab while sitting up. It was fantastic and saved me so much discomfort! I'm sure it helped with a faster recovery too.

Another suggestion, which I know is not generally appreciated, is to be mobile and self caring as soon as possible. No need for anti-coagulants if you are moving around and greatly reduces risk of DVT and I have never been constipated or needed help to 'go' after op, so probably helped there too! Was asked if I wanted to leave less than 24 hours after last c/s but stayed an extra night due to DS being slow to start feeding.

Good luck with your c/s.

Edited by mum to 3 already, 21 February 2012 - 08:14 AM.

#9 anotherebmember

Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:38 AM

Speedy recovery.... I've had two cs and my recoveries were totally different. First cs ended up infected and recovery was long and slow. I blame that on myself, I felt ok so I insisted on doing things such as hanging out washing etc, which led to infection.

Second time around i felt great but I didn't overdo it at all. I took my time to recover properly. And I did gentle walking which I believe helped tremedously.

#10 Batmansunderpants

Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:41 AM

Stick a maternity pad inside your pants with the padded bit against the stitches. It really eases the discomfort.

#11 Pupalumps

Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:49 AM


Edited by Pupalumps, 05 March 2012 - 02:02 PM.

#12 Justaduck

Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:50 PM

QUOTE (Pupalumps @ 22/02/2012, 06:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
mum to 3 already, I've heard them called monkey bars (not sure if that's an official name) but yeah, it helped me heaps. OP, definitely ask for one if your bed doesn't have one. You can rent them too, if you are having a tough time getting up at home.

My first thought when I got to the hospital was where is the monkey bar? My hospital won't let you use one after a c-section because of how it pulls on the wound. Their solution to it is to teach you how to get out of bed properly.

My recovery has been fantastic, but my advice is make sure that your partner stays with you in hospital, at least for the first night, especially if you have a catheter in and are bed-bound. It will save you from having to stress and try and get up to tend to bub (or wait for a midwife to be called), and they can bring bub to you for a feed/cuddle.

#13 mum to 3 already

Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:38 PM

QUOTE (broncosbabe @ 23/02/2012, 01:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My first thought when I got to the hospital was where is the monkey bar? My hospital won't let you use one after a c-section because of how it pulls on the wound. Their solution to it is to teach you how to get out of bed properly.

My recovery has been fantastic, but my advice is make sure that your partner stays with you in hospital, at least for the first night, especially if you have a catheter in and are bed-bound. It will save you from having to stress and try and get up to tend to bub (or wait for a midwife to be called), and they can bring bub to you for a feed/cuddle.

The 'monkey bar' was the only real difference between my last and first 3 c/s. I never felt any pulling on my wound, was able to sit up within hours of op and used it constantly. Getting out of bed wasn't a problem - it was the sitting up or turning over that hurt for first 3 c/s. If I was going to have another baby I would only go to a hospital that provided the bar.

The catheter was removed (on my insistance) as soon as I was back on ward. Was up within hours showering. With first 3 (UK) this was not an option and early mobility was insisted on and no catheter was left in - don't know if I had one at all for first 2. DS was in crib next to my bed and I could reach him easily. I had help with nappies and preparing his bath for first 24hours and then (thankfully) was left in peace. Knowing help was only a buzzer away was all I needed.  Public hospital and DH wasn't invited to stay but was happy with that as he was needed at home and I wanted some quiet time....

#14 LeeBee8

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:34 AM

Pretty much what everyone else has said. Plus dry your wound with a hairdryer, it needs to stay really dry to heal well, without infection.

#15 7girly-girls

Posted 25 February 2012 - 07:59 PM

Get mobile as soon as you are able is my best tip. Very gently at first whether it's a little walk (or shuffle) across the room & gradually increase movement as you feel better. I've had 4 c/s and  found that mobility has helped immensely with speeding up recovery. My 3rd c/s I had pph & was a lot slower to start moving which didn't help with the recovery at all.
Drink plenty of water
Stay positive if you are in alot of pain, usually the first 24-48 hours is the worst then you will begin to feel human again. The human body is amazing when it comes to healing.

The pull rails or monkey bars were removed from the maternity ward of my hospital due to placing stress on c/s wounds, not sure if all hospitals have done this.

Hope it all goes smoothly for you

#16 Guest_Starletta_*

Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:42 PM

When you first get up it will feel like you will never walk again. But each step is easier than the last.

Have a shower as soon as they will let you up.

Be careful turning over in bed, so slow.

#17 CCLady

Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:24 PM

Just wanted to say thank you for allt he responses.

I'm now 10 days post caesar and so far so good. First two days were the worst for sure but each day is getting better and better. I was up for a shower less than 12 hours post surgery and on panadol only by day 3.

All in all a good experience, wouldnt say it is 'easier' than a VB but I don't regret it at all. original.gif

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