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If you've been to my blog before or know me personally, you probably know that I've had a c-section (2 actually!) before. My first one was astronomically different than my second one, and I wanted to offer up some C-section recovery tips from both of my experiences that nobody might've told you before! Having just had my second one a month ago exactly, they're still fresh in my mind and if I knew some of these, my recovery might've been a lot different!

6 C-section Recovery Tips Nobody Ever Tells You

1. Take your stool softeners.
Not even joking here, guys and sorry to be so frank in the opening of this post, but it's seriously important! With my first, I took them regularly and had no issues so I figured that I was magically exempt from them the second time around and skipped the stool softeners. I was SO WRONG. Like, level 99 wrong guys. Take them or you will regret it!

2. Ask for help.
With my first, we were living in a place where we didn't really have anyone to help us around the house in the beginning or to hold the baby for a while so we could shower, grocery shop, and feel like humans again. If you have the opportunity, ASK FOR HELP! Do not be ashamed to ask for help, and that extends to your hospital visit as well. With my first baby, I didn't want to send her to the nursery for anything which resulted in me being awake for 4 days straight, delusional, exhausted, and it was just an overall terrible experience. With my second, whenever my husband and I found ourselves nodding off, we sent him to the nursery where the nurses cuddled and loved him for a few hours so we could get some sleep. I can't express how much of a difference that made for me. I'm inclined to believe that my first experience with 4 DAYS of no sleep directly contributed to my postpartum depression. This time around, I've been well rested, and so far, the ugly monster of PPD has yet to rear her head.

3. Take it slow.
In all aspects of your C-section recovery, you should take it slow. If you're in pain, rest. If you're tired, take a nap when the baby does. Just do not push yourself to a point of no return because you could really do a lot of damage. If you start to feel sick, experience a fever, chills, and pain that seems abnormal, get checked out. With both of my babies, I ended up with a pretty massive uterine infection after delivery and had to be put on two weeks of antibiotics. If I had let that go untreated, it scares me to think where I'd be right now.

4. Consider using a belly band in recovery.
With my first, I was given this awesome belly band to use in recovery that helped a lot with getting in and out of bed. It is similar to using the pillow against your belly that helps relieve the pressure with counterpressure, but a lot easier to manage. I've also been told it helps your uterus contract faster, and although I'm not sure if there's science to back that up, it certainly can't hurt!

5. Stay ahead of your pain.
Don't let the pain medicine wear off until it gets unbearable. If you know you're already starting to feel the pain and the medicine is wearing off when you're due for your next dose, just take it! One time during my second recovery, the nurse I called didn't relay the message to my nurse on duty that I needed my next dose and by the time she showed up, it was an hour past when my dose was due and I was in unbearable pain. Don't do that!

6. Keep hydrated and fuel your body!
Keeping hydrated is an important thing anyway, but especially during C-section recovery. It will help with your milk supply if you plan to breast feed, it helps avoid constipation along with your stool softeners, and can make a world of difference in how you feel. Additionally, putting good, healthy foods into your body can provide you with extra energy and won't make you feel sluggish and even more tired like bad foods. Keep in mind though, at the end of the day as a busy mom, eating any food is better than no food at all!

What are the C-section recovery tips nobody told you but you wished they had? Share them in the comments below and we can discuss!

13 thoughts on “6 C-Section Recovery Tips That Nobody Ever Tells You”

  1. Awesome tips. I have also had c-sections (3 of them!) and the last one was 2 weeks ago. At my follow up I asked my doc about a belly band and she said they are ‘cheaters’ because although they help stabilize you and make getting up and down easier, they don’t allow your stomach muscles to be used as much which means they miss out on all that strengthening. This can make it hard to get your stomach and abs back in shape as quickly and actually stunt your recovery time. She said if I wanted to use it to use sparingly and try to do as much of the hard work on your own as possible. Other than that the other tips are all right on ☺️

    1. Interesting perspective! My doctor suggested I use one because I had damaged nerves in the surgery both times that caused a bit of additional pain that made it hard to get up and down and use those muscles. I never thought of it that way!

  2. This is my second pregnancy, but possibly might have my first C-section. I was very worried about the recovery period until I read your post. Thank you so much. I currently have placenta previous, where my placenta is covering my cervix. I’m praying it moves back up before my next appointment.

    1. At the end of the day, a healthy bub is all that matters! I’m almost 3 months out and I’m glad I had a repeat cesarean 🙂 Good luck to you! I hope it moves back up for you too!

  3. The other tip I would add would be to make sure to walk around as soon as that epidural wears off. That’s seems to be what helped me besides the stool softener. My friend did not walk early on and got extremely bloated while in the hospital, which was very painful. I’m a surgical nurse and that is what we tell patients to do right after surgery to prevent bloating, blood clots, pneumonia, etc. It’s very important to walk but take it slow!

    1. Ah yes, great tip as well! I actually didn’t have the epidural either time for mine, so I didn’t think of that. For the first time, I was under general anesthesia so it was a while before I was up and walking and for my second, I had a spinal which took like 6 hours to wear off. Once it did though, I wanted to get up right away. I was tired of being bed ridden!

  4. I am going in for cs #3 tomorrow. Best advice I found was if you have chest/shoulder pain take gasx. I didn’t realize you can get air in your abdomen during surgery that causes horrible pressure. Walking and moving gets it out but for relief gasx is a life saver.

  5. Great tips! I’ve had 5 C sections and with my third I had the most help ( husbands grandmother and church friends)and my recovery was easier, the only time we lived near family. Yes!! Asking your church friends to help is the only way I made it with our other 4. Walking and light exercise ( with your doctors permission)while pregnant really helps too.

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