The first few days (weeks) of the postpartum period are hard enough, but for c-section moms it can be quite challenging. First there’s the pain, the need for rest, the immobility all added on top of the hormone fluctuations and the round the clock breast feeding and so on.
April is C-Section Awareness Month…did you know that?? Well it is! And as a fellow belly birthing mom, I wanted to put together a short list of my top 6 essentials for the first days. These are things I’m currently using and they’ve made a world of difference.
The Compression Band: I bought a Belly Bandit years ago when I was pregnant with Johannes. The intended use at the time was to slim down my waist after birth, but what I quickly realized was how much it helped with the healing and incision. After a caesarean birth everything will hurt, especially on days two and beyond. Laughing, coughing, walking, are incredibly painful whether or not you’re given medication or not. Having something to hold it all in helps take away about 75% of the pain for me. So I started using this band gently at first lower around my incision line and as my stomach shrinks I tighten a bit more. Its awesome….though I do have to take it off to pee.
The Peri Bottle: Most people think the peri bottle is just for vaginal births, but its not. I personally use it each time for cleaning rather than relief and its really really useful!
The Nursing Tank: I live in this for the first week, and as gross as it sounds I don’t even take it off at night unless the baby spits up on me. It makes life easier, oh and I wrap the compression band on top of the tank.
The Super Soft Joggers: Loose fitting, soft, adjustable pants are key. I have been living in these joggers ever since I was in the hospital, they’re amazing and still look pretty cute.
The Diaper Caddy: Moving is kind of not going to happen for c-section moms during the first few days. So standing at the change table is out of the question. I find it helpful to have all the diaper change needs on hand for easy access and that way I can change baby wherever I’m currently sitting, or lying down.
The DockATot: Loads of people swear by this, and I wasn’t sure what the hype was about but one thing I can attest to now is that not only does it help babies sleep well, but it allows me, and other c-section moms to stay put in one place while still feeling like their baby is sleeping in a safe spot. I can have Henrik next to me on the bed in his DockATot, pick him up and nurse him, burp and put back to sleep without having to move. And right now that’s so so so important.
Any other handy caesarean postpartum care tips you guys have discovered that you’d like to share??