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Old 12-13-2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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Post here about what helped you most after your c/s. Let's help those who will be having their first and beyond.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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I recommend you get up and out of bed as soon as you can, the moving around will help you heal faster, remember not to over do it.
Take your pain medicine as needed, don't try to be a hero.
Use a cuddly pillow to cough, sneeze, laugh, this helps so much.
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I recommend you get up and out of bed as soon as you can, the moving around will help you heal faster, remember not to over do it.
Take your pain medicine as needed, don't try to be a hero.
Use a cuddly pillow to cough, sneeze, laugh, this helps so much.
yes, this exactly, stay on top of the pain meds! And a stool softener for sure, trying to use your body to push out a tough BM is awful because you don't have the core muscles to do it at that moment.
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I agree with you Sally and I also recommend stool softeners!
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To get out of bed, roll onto your side, swing your legs out, and push off with your arms. Effectively eliminating the majority of the use of your stomach muscles.
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Most of what the earlier mamas said plus a simple belly band helped me a lot,it just supports your weak tummy muscles and back.My mother stayed with us to help,so that did an amazing job of letting me be stress-free!
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A belly band? will it annoy the insision? OOOH these are great ideas ladies!!!

I didnt like the way the pain meds made me feel.. do you have to worry about them while nursing.. i know they say you dont.. but really does anyone know the scoop? this was my next thing to research! they gave me morphine untill they took my ivs out.. I dont remember how long i got it for.. BUT they wanted to push the button more then i needed it.. I didnt like that part... I have a high pain tolerance.. then while out of the hospital they gave me percoset... they told me to take 2. .. i wound up taking 1-1.5 for the first few days home.. ( i wasnt pro at getting up ill have to use less muscles this time!! ) and then i dropped it down to a half of one bc of the way it made me feel and tried to stick to the ibuprofen ... i was so scared it was going to get to the baby through my milk.. someone clear my mind of this.. I SO want to be outa bed asap!
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A belly band? will it annoy the insision? OOOH these are great ideas ladies!!!

I didnt like the way the pain meds made me feel.. do you have to worry about them while nursing.. i know they say you dont.. but really does anyone know the scoop? this was my next thing to research! they gave me morphine untill they took my ivs out.. I dont remember how long i got it for.. BUT they wanted to push the button more then i needed it.. I didnt like that part... I have a high pain tolerance.. then while out of the hospital they gave me percoset... they told me to take 2. .. i wound up taking 1-1.5 for the first few days home.. ( i wasnt pro at getting up ill have to use less muscles this time!! ) and then i dropped it down to a half of one bc of the way it made me feel and tried to stick to the ibuprofen ... i was so scared it was going to get to the baby through my milk.. someone clear my mind of this.. I SO want to be outa bed asap!
The hospital where I live, only gives you extra strength tylenol and ibuprofen after delivering, vag or c/s (this is in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). You can have T#3's if you need something stronger. After DS's birth, I had a pain control pump with morphine, but i used it for about the first 12 hours or so, then I didn't want it anymore and just used tylenol and ibuprofen. I was fine with that and didn't have any problems with constipation or anything afterwards.

These tips are great! I found it very painful and tough to get around. I'm a bit more worried this time about caring for a newborn and DS. DS is a super mamas boy so it's going to be hard not to hold or carry him or play with him like I'm used to. Anyone have any tips on how to care for a toddler while recovering from a c/s?
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I've had 4 Csections and these are my recs!

~Get up as soon as you can!
~Take your pain meds whether you hurt OR NOT! This is THE MOST important info I can give! I take my pain pills for 3 days straight days following my Csection. And I have PAINLESS recoveries! Even after I stop my pain pills, I have no pain!
~Use those mesh panties the hospital gives you! They go way up on your abdomen and you won't have to worry about them digging into your incision site.
~Don't be too limiting with your activity. Go up the stairs...move around! The more you lay around the worse you will feel! You will get stiff and uncomfortable!

That's all I can think of right now!!
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Re: C/S tips on recovering from a cesarean

sleep on your belly - sounds counterinuitive, but it was the only way I could sleep and it helped me be able to get out of bed on my own (I would get up on all 5=4 and back my way to the end of the bed and stand up, lol).
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