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Tips for Recovering from a Cesarean


A cesarean section is major surgery. The first thing to remind yourself after having a Cesarean birth is that your recovery is going to take a bit longer than a typical vaginal delivery. Here are some things to keep in mind in the days and weeks after your Cesarean:

  • It's common for some women who've had a Cesarean to feel disappointed in themselves because they think they should have been able to have a vaginal birth-to bring their baby into the world the "natural" way. These feelings are normal, and they generally go away as time passes. But if you really do feel bothered about it, tell your doctor. It's always helpful to share thoughts and feelings that are bothering you.

  • Being very tired is normal. Remember, you've had a big operation. That alone makes you tired. And if you were in labor before you had your Cesarean, you're probably feeling even more tired. You need your rest now, so be sure to count on everyone around you for help.

  • Gas pains, shoulder pain and constipation are also normal right now. After abdominal surgery, your intestines don't work normally. The pains are a sign that things are getting back to the way they should be. Avoiding carbonated drinks for about 10 days is a good idea.

  • There's no way around it-incisions are sore. If you need the pain relievers your doctor prescribes, be sure to take them. Studies show that suffering from pain can slow recovery. When you hurt, it's harder to relax your body. So don't feel like you need to be "tough" and bear the pain. Relief is good for you.

  • Breastfeeding is good right now, for you and your baby. It can help you to get over any disappointment you may be feeling about the Cesarean, because as you breastfeed, you deepen your bond with your baby and realize that in the long run, it doesn't much matter exactly how this precious bundle entered your world. If you have pain from your incision while you breastfeed, try putting a pillow over your abdomen or nursing your baby while lying on your side.

  • Drink plenty of water. This is an important part of your recovery

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