c-section recovery tips

Tips for Your Cesarean Recovery

In the Hospital

  1. 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.
  2. Ask your doctor what stretches/exercises are safe immediately following your c-section.
  3. Request a prescription for physical therapy. Cesarean is major abdominal surgery. 
  4. Start walking as soon as possible. Begin by walking to the window in your room and then down the hall, slowly adding distance.
  5. Ask for manual core support: either a binder or a wrap to help support + stabilize during cesarean recovery.

Recovery from Home

  1. 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.
  2. Do a hot castor oil compress to draw out toxins and “emotional baggage” from your scar and core area.
  3. If necessary, talk with your baby about your feelings around your labor and delivery. Re-birth with your baby your ideal birth.
  4. Ask for and receive support from others.
  5. Stretch your hamstrings, open up from your shoulders, stretch your spine.

When You are Ready

  1. Receive myofascial massage on your scar by a trained therapist.
  2. 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.
  3. Get acupuncture to open up energetic blockages, improve circulation and healing and decrease pain.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.