For me this time, the most important thing has been staying active, but not overdoing it. The days that I have stayed in bed or lounged on the couch all day have been my worst. The pain has been horrible once I get up. Moving around, drinking TONS of water, and keeping up on my food intake and iron pills (I'm chronically anemic) have been key. I also keep a peri pad on my incision. I've noticed that if I don't have the pad over the incision, it ITCHES. My OB took my steri strips off at my 2 week appointment yesterday and said my incision is healing really well. All I've done is try to keep it clean (spray it in the shower) and dry (pat it really dry and then use the pad).
I have been very cautious, especially when I'm feeling great, to not lift more than a few pounds. I lifted my 25 pound 2 year old the other day. That wasn't pleasant. I have used more pain pills than I thought I would, but I find that life is easier if I'm not in a ton of pain on top of everything else.