By Tiny Hearts Education

C-Section Tips for you, my beautiful friend 💕

🤰🏼 ask if a maternal assisted caesarean is possible, it’s so empowering

🤰🏼 if they give you access to your room before birth, set everything up as you want it, unpack and plug chargers in and keep everything within easy reach once your out of surgery all of this is impossible as your numb and then in pain

🤰🏼 when sneezing or coughing hold a pillow against your c section incision to reduce pain

🤰🏼 take stool softeners and also a degas medication with you to hospital you get so bloated and the pain medication can cause constipation which isn’t fun post surgery also peppermint tea helps

🤰🏼chewing gum helps with referred shoulder tip pain

🤰🏼manage your pain, take the meds and lean on your support people to help when first getting up 😫

🤰🏼 stay hydrated and eat, juggling recovery plus a newborn is no easy feat

🤰🏼 pack disposable postpartum undies they are loose and sit above incision - you still will bleed after your c section

🤰🏼 pack postpartum black high waisted seamless undies (Tiny Hearts have these in birth kit) size up at least 2 so not tight but still supportive

🤰🏼 pack your own blanket and pillow makes you feel much more at home

🤰🏼 pack loose fitting clothing, feeding friendly PJ’s (buttons) and slippers

🤰🏼 buy a long charger cord at least 3m

🤰🏼 pack snacks you like to munch on during those long nights

🤰🏼 lip balm, dry shampoo and make up wipes

🤰🏼get a specific c section belly band that wraps around not pulls up over (ouch)

🤰🏼 discuss if and when you want people to visit and send out text with any boundaries you want people to know about (no kissing baby, sick stay away, must notify before visiting etc)

🤰🏼 eye mask to sleep and ear plugs

🤰🏼 express colostrum and take to hospital if baby needs - I had gestational diabetes and both kids had low sugars and went to special care if no colostrum baby will be given formula

🤰🏼 breastfeeding pillow as it’s a barrier between incision and baby

🤰🏼 you may not feel well in recovery so prep partner to jump in and do skin to skin if you can’t

🤰🏼 breast pump, if you plan to BF (although if you don’t have one the hospital will) I liked having my own and knowing how to use

🤰🏼 use instant ice packs for c section incision

🤰🏼 sit down for first shower and don’t have temp too hot 🥵

 

9 comments

  • Just had a C-SECTION last week. All amazing tips and would share with anyone planning a cesarean or have had an emergency cesarean

    Ashleigh on

  • Thank you so much for writing this!!! I found it so hard to find any info when I had my first….2nd was a maternal about 18mnths ago! BEST THING EVER!!!!!
    Can I add- holding pillow or towel while going toilet too, especially poos ;)
    - wee before you feed (once moving). It’s easy to avoid but this can impact pelvic floor :)

    I also want this to be the best resource as it will be my go to when supporting friends who become C section mummas 🥰 in thr first point it should be you’re-you are.

    Thank you thank you thank you for sharing so openly and normalising c section birth as a positive and empowering experience xxx so much love!

    Kelsie Jenkins on

  • Thankyou! So helpful, I’m having a c-section and this is my first baby so this list is great!

    Allison on

  • This is amazing, I’ve had 2 the first was an emergency, I actually found I healed a lot worse from my planned one. I’ve always wanted 3 kids which for me means 3 c sections however I play competitive sport and a decent community level and I am scared that I won’t come back at the level I am now if I have a third. I follow you and always read everything. You and your page are incredible 💕

    Brooke on

  • Congrats! So excited for Rach’s new niece 😆💜 But seriously your doing an amazing job by the way and love your help for the unknown!

    Maybe you can also add some tips for after birth because a lot of the time you get told so much info (especially if it’s your first c section) and you are overwhelmed!

    My tips I tell everyone are:
    1. Allowing time after delivery to recover – allow at least 3 weeks to not do much but your baby then another 3 weeks to get close to post birth.
    2. Your incision will be numb for a long time (this is varied for every delivery and could take up to a year).
    3. For the best recovery DO NOT bend over. This includes bending over to change baby. Get a change table or do it sitting down beside your baby.
    4. Accept help or ask for help. You can’t do as much as you just had a serious surgery. If you have someone available to help with dishes or washing let them. They want to help you just need to ask.
    5. Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed if things around the house aren’t done to your normal standard.
    6. Clothes you wear after birth need to be loose or at least not sitting where the incision is. This includes underwear and pj’s.
    7. When sitting up NEVER sit forward always turn to the side, drop your feet and lift your body with help of your arms. This will avoid any muscle damage while your body is recovering. Try to also avoid twisting for the same reason.
    8. Do not lift anything heavier than your baby for the first 3-6 weeks (if possible).
    9. Thongs or slip on sandles are your best friends. This avoids bending or twisting to put socks and shoes on straight after birth.
    10. Recovery is different for everyone. Some mums will be able to walk quickly others won’t. Some mums will need every medication and others might get sick from too much. Have open communication if it is too much or not enough. Every person is different and that’s ok.

    Most importantly enjoy this time and if your not sure ask a friend, a family member or a medical expert.

    Hope I haven’t over stepped! Good luck with miss Bambi and your beautiful family 💕
    Zoe (Kai, Taj, Eli and Ayla’s mum)

    Zoe Malinowski on

  • I wish I knew all of this before my emergency c-section! Might seem like little things but some are HUGE!
    The pillow when sneezing and barrier between baby was a life saver for me & the pillow under the seat belt for the car ride home also made me feel safer with the scar so raw 🙈😩
    The shoulder pain was insane and no one at the hospital said anything about this!!
    THANK YOU NIKKI 😘

    Shelby on

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