3 Items to Buy To Prepare for C-Section Recovery
What You Really Need to Make Recovery Easier After a C-Section, from a women’s health physical therapist
You can find a million lists on the internet about what you pack in your hospital bag after you have a baby. C-section recovery is not talked about nearly enough. You may be reading this in preparation for a planned c-section, or you may be reading this after an emergency c-section, feeling completely unprepared and unsure about what to do.
Here are three things that we recommend to get to ease recovery after a c-section:
1. Belly Band
Your tummy will likely feel like a bowl of jelly, and that can make you even more apprehensive with movement. A belly band can make you feel more “put together” so you can get up and get moving (which is the #1 tip to an easier recovery). You can search online and find one. We recommend the simple, one velcro strap (verses elaborate strapping). You can put it on while laying down (rolling to each side to get it under and around you) or standing up. Wear it when you’ll be up and around, but take it off when resting. Typically use it for about 2 weeks postpartum. Some hospitals will have one for you, if you ask for it.
2. Bed Rail
Here are pictures of a homemade bed rail. Again, you can search the internet to
find one or make one yourself. This will help you get in/out of bed and minimize the strain on your abdomen. Learn the “log roll” here. This is the best way to move while you use a railing.
3. Magnesium citrate (or Natural Calm)
Constipation can be one of the most uncomfortable parts of recovery. It isn’t great on your pelvic floor and won’t make your stomach feel good. A lot of the synthetic medications you are given don’t work as well as good old magnesium. Read the instructions – take in the middle of a meal for best results. Natural Calm comes in a powder to mix with water, or a gummy chewable. Ask your physician if you have any other medical conditions that may limit your ability to safely take magnesium
We recommend physical therapy as early as 2-weeks postpartum.
Are you cozy at home but still want the virtual experience of a pelvic floor PT? Telehealth for new moms has been wonderful. We can watch you move, coach you in exercises, find the right stretches for after feeding your baby, and talk through all the things.
Birthing your baby (or babies!) via cesarean is a lot of work and you will need to recover slowly. If you have more questions, please check out this book, written exclusively for c-section mamas.
We look forward to all the ways we can support you!