We all know that the preferred method for having a baby is the natural way. Sometimes though, your baby has other plans or your health may require an alternative route. While cesarean or C-section surgeries can be a life-saver for you and your baby, it can also leave considerable impact on the physical and mental health of the mother. There’s truly no “fast” way for how to heal from a C-section. However, there are some essential lifestyle and C-section care tips that can can help you!
C-Section Care Tips
It is crucial to take proper rest in order to heal from a C-section. However, getting rest can feel difficult, especially with your newborn around. Make sure you always ask for help when it’s needed. Never feel like you are imposing on someone else simply because you need a break. Your body is healing and that in itself is exhausting, let alone adding on the plethora of home chores waiting for you. Don’t give up your rest for entertaining guests or keeping the house clean. It would be best if you put a pause to your home duties and prioritize your sleep and rest.
Stick to Your Health Provider’s Recommendations
Probably the best C-section care tip is to ensure that you ask your healthcare provider what to expect after your surgery. Clear all your queries beforehand and stick to their recommendations. Share all of your postpartum symptoms with your provider and get their advice. Seek a specialist if your symptoms are intense. Never compromise on your health, ignore your symptoms or suffer in silence.
Seek Help from a Therapist
Another essential aspect of the C-section journey is the emotional impact. Mothers who have a traumatic experience during their delivery might have long-term issues like postpartum depression. It might even stimulate negative feelings like guilt and shame. However, it is vital for mothers to take time and process their emotions. Remind yourself there is nothing wrong in seeking help from a therapists to combat your mental issues. Seek a therapist’s help to recover from your emotional distress. You might even take help from online medical consultants and resolve your issues at home.
Get Support for Newborn Care
This is one of my personal favorite C-section care tips. Reason being it’s about reminding yourself that it’s okay to ask for help. Taking care of your baby soon after a major surgery can become exhausting. Get support from your partners, friends, parents or neighbors for childcare. They could take care of the baby for sometime while you rest or even just take a shower. You don’t have to do it all by yourself!
Watch for Infections
Many doctors ask new mothers to check and regulate their temperature every 24 hours to watch for any signs for infection. Besides this, mothers should also closely observe their body for other signs of infection like swelling. Some common symptoms include:
- red streaks coming from the site of incision
- muscle weakness
- Intense cramps
- Oozing or bleeding from the incision site
If these symptoms are occurring, you must quickly contact your healthcare provider or go to the emergency room.
Key Takeaways on These C-Section Care Tips
Hopefully, these C-section care tips will help you to quickly recover from the physical and mental impact of your surgery. The journey of motherhood can be incredibly challenging, especially when you add in healing from a crucial surgery. Ensuring self-care, seeking timely medical help and having support from your family and loved ones can make this process much less stressful.
Before You Leave
If you’re a new mama living in the Northern, VA area, I’d love to talk with you about setting up a newborn photoshoot for your little one! Click the link to check out my website, get to know me, and I can’t wait to connect with you! I look forward to being your Northern VA newborn photographer!
With fall season upon us, you might also want to check out this post by my friend Samantha, as she discusses best colors for family pictures outside. Though I do not have any more availability for fall family sessions this year, these are all excellent color inspirations even for your fall maternity shoot with me. I’m a huge fan of olive greens and neutrals.
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- 4 Tips for Traveling with a Newborn that You Need to Know
- How to Get Your Newborn to Sleep
I adore this post! Super helpful for those moms who may end up having a C-section! Great they have support from you!
This is so helpful, Stephanie: great tips for recovery both physically and mentally. These photos are beautiful as well: I especially love the one with her sweater: such a fun casual feel but still so light and bright! Thanks for sharing!
Great post! Love that you including caring for baby so mama can take care of herself and rest too!
This mama is beautiful. I wish I had as lovely maternity photos of my own. Thank you for advocating for moms who go through this and reminding them that it’s okay to seek help.
I had a c-section with my firstborn and those tips are gold. It’s essential to have a photographer that knows the in and outs and can support the mum during the session.
Beautiful pictures and this is such helpful information!
These are great tips I wish I had a few years ago – I was totally unprepared for my c-sections!! Beautiful pictures!
So helpful! Getting help and looking after your own mental health is so important!!
I’m definitely bookmarking this for my expecting mama friends and new mamas that are recovering from a C-section. It is so important to take care of yourself and take time to heal, no matter how your baby arrives into the world 🙂
Great tips to help a mama prepare for a c-section. I remember trying to figure out what I needed and what I could do after mine. And having help makes such a difference with any delivery.
I love that you are addressing so many important points after having a c-section! My favorite one is “You don’t have to do it all by yourself”. As a new mom, it’s so hard to remember that you need to take care of yourself so that you are able to care for your baby – thank you for this wonderful reminder!
Stephanie, these are wonderful care tips for moms post-c-section. While I didn’t experience this firsthand, my best friend did and everything you listed is spot on. Great post!
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