It’s been 2 weeks since the birth of my daughter via c-section and I’m pretty happy with how I’ve been healing. My pain is way down from last week, I’m able to take longer walks, and my scar looks great. My hormones are still a bit out of wack but, I’m definitely feeling more like myself.
If you are recovering from a c-section, here are some things to keep in mind:
The more you walk, the faster you’ll heal. You may not feel like taking walks due to pain and fatigue but, it’s super important to do so. Even if it’s a short walk around the house, it’ll help. My husband and I would take Lilly on short walks around the neighborhood every day. I didn’t last very long at first but, I was able to go a little further each time.
Beware of funny husbands. Seriously. Laughing, coughing, and sneezing will hurt like hell that first few weeks post-op. My husband said something hilarious the day after we got home from the hospital and it felt like I was being cut open all over again.
Get someone to help you shower. You won’t be able to get the dressing wet so showers will be a little complicated. The easiest thing for me to do was stand in the my back to the water and have my husband wash my back for me. As for my front, I would use a wash cloth. My mom washed my hair for me while she was visiting our first week home.
Above all, be kind to yourself. It’s important to push yourself a little when it comes to walking but, know your limits. You’re going to be weaker and more tired, not to mention emotional, and it’s important to take care of yourself. Don’t overdo it and risk prolonging your recovery.
Perhaps my favorite thing about this recovery process has been how pleased I am with my postpartum body. So many women talk about “bouncing back” after giving birth – or feel pressured to do so – and it makes me sad. We should be kinder to ourselves and to each other. We make humans out of nothing and it just stands to reason that our bodies will be different after.
I love that I still have the Linea Nigra going vertically down my whole abdomen. I love that my boobs are a little saggier since I’ve been pumping my breast milk. I love that my belly still hangs out a little. And I really love the scar going horizontally across me to show how my Lilly came into the world. I weighed myself out of curiosity the other day and, honestly, I didn’t even care about the number on the scale. I’ve had body issues most of my life so, it’s nice to feel 100% comfortable and happy in the skin I’m in now.
I look like a mom and I think it’s my best look yet.