11 Things Not To Do After A Caesarean Section
So you had a Caesarean Section. Things didn’t go according to plan, you ended up with a severe issue, lives are in danger, and caesarean section it is. It can be a hard reality for some women, but we can’t rewind to do anything differently so we have to press on and if possible at times find some sort of humor in it. Because laughing does help — though good God it’s going to hurt like heck if you laugh too hard.
- Don’t waste 67, 560 hours agonizing over the fact you didn’t have a vaginal birth.
- Don’t make the “anti-cesarean-no-matter-what crowd” get you down. There aren’t a lot of them — they just are loud. You will not find one Midwife or Obstetrician that thinks all caesarean sections are unnecessary. Sometimes they just are and THANK GOODNESS we have such an option to save mothers and babies when necessary.
- Don’t laugh unless you have that pillow handy.
- Don’t forget to have a lot of pillows around you at all times. You need them to protect your incision area for any coughs, laughs, and sneezes, but also to prop you up all nice and cozy at just the right angle so nothing hurts as you heal.
- Don’t think driving home from the hospital is going to be awesome. Yes, you are going home and that’s fantastic, but every bump the car drives over will inflict a dose of pain you didn’t even know you could have.
- Don’t expect the numbness to go away right away. It can take a while for you to get all the feeling back around your wound and for some women it might never feel the same again.
- Don’t think the doctors forgot to put your abs back in place. They’re there; they will just take a lot of time to feel like you can use them again.
- Don’t bother with housework. Let friends and family who offer to help out do the cooking and cleaning so you can focus on recovery and not rush things at the risk of derailing your progress.
- Don’t cry in the shower wondering when you are going to feel like yourself again. Okay, you can cry, but not too hard because your incision will hurt if you end up sobbing.
- Don’t forget that pain medications are your friend. Of course don’t take too many, but just enough, around the clock if necessary, so you aren’t in pain and you can enjoy your beautiful baby … or babies for my multiple mothers.
- Don’t ever think for one second that your caesarean section makes you less of a mum or that you didn’t birth your baby. Your baby just came out of a pocket in your belly, unwrapped like a gift.
You can find out more about elective and emergency caesarean sections in our antenatal classes and in a few of our blogs.
Written by Midwife Zoe
(This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional. All information is written from the experience and knowledge of the person writing the post).