10 things I wish I had known after my 1st C-Section
I’m going on my 2 week post-partum after my 3rd C-section and I have learned a few things after my experiences. My biggest regret was not knowing what to expect AFTER my first surgery. To help prevent you from falling into my footsteps, here are a few of the things I wish I had known and that no one had ever told me.
#1 Check your modesty at the door, you will become very close to your nurses. Trust me!
#2 You can’t cough, sneeze, laugh, blow your nose or even sit up for a while. If you have to do any of them hug a pillow over your abdomen and it will help. Pillows will be your best friend!
#3 Stand up as soon as your able too! I know you’re probably thinking I’m crazy but seriously it helps! They usually want you to be able to stand and even walk a little before you hit the 12 hour mark.
#4 Stairs are a beast!! You’ll get a big wake-up call with how much you use your ab muscles. Tip: Climb them backwards, and you won’t cry every time you face them.
#5 Shave! Not kidding! I know you can’t even see down there but I promise it will save you some embarrassment (Again, very close to your nurse!) and it will save you some tears when you have to take off that dressing.
#6 Showers are ok! Those death drops that you’re afraid will rip open your incision if they even touch you are actually ok. They may seem scary at first, but will actually make you feel better.
#7 I never knew this but sometimes when you have abdomen surgery they us Co2 to make the hole bigger instead of making a bigger incision and when they do this you sometimes get air bubbles that make their way to your right shoulder and it is OUCHIE. It feels like you’re having a muscle spasm that lasts and lasts. It helps if you get up and move around and heat helps.
#8 Bring either high waisted stretchy pants or a dress to wear. You are not going to want anything to touch your incision area. I promise! Also bring your own underwear, the mesh panties they give you to wear are good for when your dressings are still on, but when they get removed and it’s just your staples and your mesh panties, they can get caught on them and you will be hating life! Also while you’re at it bring your own maxi pads. The huge diaper pads are great for the first few days, but after that the hospital ones don’t quite fit the purpose and they will never stay in place. Trust me!
#9 With my first C-section I didn’t know that I needed to ask for my pain meds. I figured that they would bring them to me when it was time. They don’t do that. And with my third, I knew better. You should always consult with your doctor when it comes to medicine. But, with my first experience, if I waited until I was in pain to ask for my medicine I waited too long. It took twice as long for the pain to stop if I didn’t take it every four hours. And, it hurts. It’s not just a little painful. When you have a C-section, it feels like they cyt through your ab muscles and you’d be surprised just how often you use those muscles. So, after that first time, I learned to ask for pain meds every four hours whether I felt like I really, really needed them or not.
#10 Don’t ever think for one second that your C-section makes you less of a mom or that you didn’t birth your baby. That baby just came out of your belly, like all the others moms so rock on, my C-section mamas. May you heal quick!
Did anything surprise you when you had your cesarean?