Did your C-section leave you unnerved? You could be one of the coolest moms out there and still cringe at the thought of a C-section that you’ve already had, or you might have in the future. Shockingly, the cesarean section is not always something performed by convenience. Come on!
Delivering a child is not something that will leave you smiling and giggling. So, when it’s time for surgical intervention, you probably need it. With C-section, there would be things that you will need to be watchful about for a good six months unlike when it’s a normal delivery. Here’s what you will need to stop doing following your C-section for quite a long time:
- Hold on to your sneezes. If you can think about the tricks, your mom taught you to control the involuntary act of sneezing, apply them now.
- Point no.1 also means you shouldn’t cough.
- Laughter is not the best medicine now. Not when your stitches are raw. Suppress your laughter! Be content with a half chuckle.
- Your pillow becomes your best friend. Every little motion will require you to use a pillow to support your belly. Don’t forget the bumpy ride from the hospital back home when every little bump will remind you of the wound on your belly.
- Don’t eat stuff that makes you gassy. Being gassy could worsen the pain.
- Now, this also means that you shouldn’t eat anything that will constipate you. Remember how tough it was for you to poop the first time after the C-section? Exerting too much pressure may loosen the stitches.
- Don’t get bogged down by the anti-cesarean remarks and slogans. Call yourself a ‘pioneer’ ;)
- Don’t climb stairs. Use elevators. If your building hasn’t one, consider sedentary life for few weeks even if it meant you set up a mini house of your own in your very room.
- Don’t cry in the shower. It could hurt the incision more than your soul.
- Don’t look too closely at your sagging belly.
- Don’t ever think of looking at the incision under the belly.
- If you want to check how far the incision has healed, ask your partner or husband to check it for you.
- Don’t be in a rush to get back to normal life. There are layers of incisions that may tear with sudden jerks.
- Avoid damp surfaces. Skidding is not allowed post-delivery either.
- Stop complaining of the numbness over the incision area. It’s normal. And, it could last!
- Don’t be shy about asking for help with household stuff.
- Don’t ignore the painkillers and the supplements your doctor prescribes.
- Don’t be grumpy about not having the joy of not being able to deliver vaginally.
- Don’t belittle yourself simply because your baby came out of you like a gift without you going into labor.
Giving birth is divine, whether it is through a vaginal delivery or a C-section. Enjoy the feeling and immerse yourself in motherhood.
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