(Please, do not give me rants and raves about why c/s is an inferior and unhealthy kind of birth. I need to knit myself back together and anger with you, with myself or with doctors will not help this process.)
I'm taking Arnica (homeopathic). I know I need to rest and take it easy, but this is what I find hardest about recovery.
Drink lotsa water and take care of yourself!
Congrats on your birth and new baby!
I second drinking lots of water. Also, rest up, and try not to climb stairs. I did find it helpful to walk a bit each day (around the outside of my house, up and down the driveway to get the mail...nothing earth shattering). The walking seemed to ease me back into more regular physical activity.
Also, my very wise doula told me NOT to carry the baby bucket/carseat around. It is very bad to carry it after a section, because it is just too awkward and heavy.
I personally found it easier to sleep in a partially sitting up postion on the couch until a few weeks after the surgery...at least until I felt as if I wouldn't rip in half when being stretched straight!
Good luck mama...in a few weeks, it will be so much better.
I rubbed vitamin E on my incision site for several months following my c-s.
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REST was equally important after my HBA2C. I was in bed for 2 1/2 weeks per midwifes orders. I don't know what she told my dh or my mother, but neither one of them would let me up out of bed, not even to sit and have dinner at the table -- sitting was uncomfortable anyway, swelling...
So REST, let the housework go. It will still be there when you are feeling better. Have a friend come in and help, they will come if you ask. It is hard to ask, but trust me you'll be glad you did. Have you dh or dp help out with cooking meals or bringing something home. Order in food. It's hard when there isn't someone to help out, however only time, rest and taking care of yourself will heal you and your dc needs you to be well to care for him or her.
My ds1 did not have a mommy for a long time, I was an emotional wreck on top of not healing well, I ripped my internal stitches and that damage was not fixed until 3 1/2 yrs later with the 2nd c/s.
Water, vitamins, Vit C internally helps skin, Vit E externally helps the scar. TED hose help with swelling in the legs.
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