c-section recovery tips
Tips for Your Cesarean Recovery
In the Hospital
- Breathe deeply. Use your diaphragm to expel stale, old air and breath fresh, renewed air into your body. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
- Ask your doctor what stretches/exercises are safe immediately following your c-section.
- Request a prescription for physical therapy. Cesarean is major abdominal surgery.
- Start walking as soon as possible. Begin by walking to the window in your room and then down the hall, slowly adding distance.
- Ask for manual core support: either a binder or a wrap to help support + stabilize during cesarean recovery.
Recovery from Home
- Continue to Breathe deeply. Use your diaphragm to expel stale, old air and breath fresh, renewed air into your body. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
- Do a hot castor oil compress to draw out toxins and “emotional baggage” from your scar and core area.
- If necessary, talk with your baby about your feelings around your labor and delivery. Re-birth with your baby your ideal birth.
- Ask for and receive support from others.
- Stretch your hamstrings, open up from your shoulders, stretch your spine.
When You are Ready
- Receive myofascial massage on your scar by a trained therapist.
- Exercise. Any exercise is better than no exercise and movement can help elevate mood and bonding with your baby. Start slowly and be patient with yourself.
- Get acupuncture to open up energetic blockages, improve circulation and healing and decrease pain.
- Have your adrenal and hormone levels checked if you are still feeling tired and foggy, or overwhelmed. Remember that sleep deprivation can impact both your energy level and your mood.
- When you feel ready and your baby is weaned, consider doing a cleanse or fast to remove toxins and “emotional constipation.” Always check with your health care provider before cleansing or taking any herbal supplements.