If you are having a scheduled C-section, it’s always a good idea to know things you may need ahead of time. With my first child, my c-section was unexpected, 2 weeks early and I had no idea what to expect. I was a first time mom and rented a video on what to expect when delivering. On the last chapter they were discussing C-sections and I skipped it because I thought there was no need, as I was not planning to have one. But I was surprised when in the middle of that same night that I watched the video, I had to have an emergency c-section because my water broke as I sat up to go pee. I was 2 weeks early and she turned last minute and was breech. A few hours later I had the c-section and became a mom. I was unprepared and had to wing it and found myself having to figure things out on my own because I didn’t know anyone who had had one. I just wanted you give you a few things that were must haves for me, you may find that you will have other things to accommodate you, but I hope this helps!
It’s no secret that after you give birth you have your period for a while. Sometimes people think that because you do not give birth vaginally that you don’t get your period. But sadly you do whether c-section or not. I always lean on a tampon for my monthly, but after a baby, that’s not allowed. So if I got to use a pad, I go with a pad with wings. I liked it best because the wings make it stay in place and you can be at peace that there will be no leakage.
High Brief Underwear
C-sections hurt, therefore you want to buy yourself some undies that are not going to hit exactly where your incision is. Make sure you invest in some inexpensive high cut briefs to give your scar time to heal correctly.
Pain Relief Medication
Right before you leave the hospital they will prescribe a pretty hefty medication for your incision pain. I have a high tolerance for pain and am the type that doesn’t like to take a prescription strength drug. I was prescribed Norco but I never filled it. I decided to take 500 mg Acetaminophen Caplets and it worked great and I was able to be focused and alert for my baby.
At the hospital, they will not want you to eat right after delivery until you have passed gas. I asked for prune juice and it totally did the trick very quickly. I suffer from constipation on a regular basis but even more so after having baby. Drinking Smooth Move tea before bedtime helps have an easy bowel movement the next morning. A must have in my life.
Postpartum Tummy Control
Right after having the baby, my incision hurt a bit too much to use have anything remotely tight around that area, but everyone is different. I didn’t use one till about 2 weeks after my c-section. I found the one that works best for me, is Spanx. I like the one that is not too high up, because it will roll down. Also, shorts work best for me.
I used a towel in my bed under me for at least the first week. You never know what type of flow you are going to have and having that security is always a good thing, rather than staining your sheets and mattress.
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