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I didn’t plan on having a c-section and had no idea what I was getting myself into but after a 40+ hour failed induction, all I wanted was my baby girl OUT and healthy. I thought I was prepared for recovery, but I wasn’t and don’t think any first time mom really is. I found that these 5 things made my c-section recovery bearable and if I could help another mama in the same boat, I feel it’s my duty to do so!
Yupp, I said it. Adult diapers were a win for me. I didn’t mind the mesh undies the hospital gave me but I found they got stuck to the velcro on the belly binder more than the diapers did. TMI, but I didn’t bleed for long but the diapers were more comfortable than my normal underwear because of my incision, so I wore them a bit longer. I didn’t even finish a whole package and they weren’t too bulky or uncomfortable. They really helped with my c-section recovery since they didn’t irritate my incision at all.
I just used the belly binder I got from the hospital. I am thinking of picking another one up just to help with my postpartum belly. The binder helps support everything and trust me, you’ll need it for a less painful c-section recovery. It hurt to laugh, sneeze, cough and even breathe half the time so the binder was a godsend. I wore it for about a week and weaned myself off, but everyone is different.
This might sound silly, but having a refillable water bottle near me was such a help. I needed to hydrate was much as possible since I was breastfeeding and recovering from a major surgery. I wasn’t able to move from room to room very easily either so having a large bottle nearby was really convenient for me.
We are all friends here, aren’t we? TRUST me on this, you want as mush assistance going #2 as you can get. Between the medicine from the hospital and the pain meds they send you home with, you’ll need some help. Talk to your doctor and make sure it’s recommended for you to take first but this is what I was told to take during pregnancy and postpartum.
So, I didn’t get a bidet and should have. They aren’t too expensive and I know it would have made my recovery a bit easier. The peri bottle worked but I wasn’t able to maneuver it without being in pain. I made it work though and toughed it out. I wish I would have Amazon Primed myself a bidet though. I can only imagine this being helpful for a vaginal recovery as well as a c-section recovery!
I needed help getting in and out of bed. It was painful but the step stool made it more bearable. Bless my husband for thinking of it. I used it for two weeks or so just because it took a bit of pressure off and really helped me get in and out of bed. I recommend one with a handle so it’s easier to pull yourself up and ease yourself down. I know having the handle helped me tremendously!
Beyond Yoga Leggings
I shared my love of Beyond Yoga Leggings in a previous post. I wore these during pregnancy and honestly they fit just as amazing postpartum. They are soft, stretchy and don’t irritate mat incision at all. Nothing fit me well when I came home from thee hospital and everything seemed to rub against my c-section incision. These leggings didn’t at all and gave me a comfy pair of pants that I could feel good in. I’m still wearing them 6 weeks out and loving them just as much.
I could add my husband as a 8th thing that really helped make my c-section recovery bearable but he’s not available on Amazon so I’m leaving him off the list. I urge you to accept help, all the help, if you’re offered. C-sections are major surgery and it blows my mind that women are expected to leave the hospital in 2 days and care for a newborn after the operation. I’m not going to lie, recovery was a bit rough for me, but I managed with the help of my amazing husband and the glorious products I’ve mentioned in this post.
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