Recovery from a C-section is altogether different from recovering from regular delivery of a baby. This surgical procedure requires more medicine, more rest, and a longer healing time. Recovery is in its own class when abdominal pain does not allow lifting, and makes everyday movements difficult for long time.

Experiences among women will vary. Whether your C-section is planned or unexpected, the following tips may help once you head home from the hospital.

1. Get Help at Your House

You will need someone to assist with cooking, cleaning, and, if you have other children, childcare.

2. Put Together a Carry-All Bag

Especially if you live in a two-story house, having a bag that is easy to sling over your shoulder should help keep you from making unnecessary trips up and down the stairs. Fill it with items you may need within arm's reach, but keep it lightweight:

  • burp cloths
  • diapers and wipes
  • snacks
  • extra baby clothes
  • sanitary pads
  • lotion and lip balm
  • reading material
  • water bottle
  • medication

3. Take It Easy

While it is important to get up and around some, the medicine used during your surgery is still wearing off, and you may feel like taking on more than you should. Rest frequently and let others do the work.

4. Read the Papers

Review the C-section recovery instructions and information the hospital gave you when you were discharged, so that you know what to expect and what may be out of the ordinary for standard recovery. A C-section is major surgery; contact your doctor if you have pains or other problems that concern you.

5. Make Good Friends With Your Boppy Pillow

Whether you are breastfeeding or using a bottle for your baby, this u-shaped pillow allows a place for the baby to rest and takes the pressure off of your healing abdomen.

6. If Breastfeeding, Learn to Do It Lying Down

This will also take pressure off your abdomen and can be a very relaxing and comfortable way to nurse your baby.

7. Know Where Your Meals Are Coming From

If a friend or family member is organizing meals for you, have her check out Food Tidings. The website allows the organizer to put in dates for bringing food, lets everyone — including you — know what others are making for you and your family, and sends email reminders.

8. Talk With Friends

Be sure to ask questions and information from those who have been there before about their experiences. Good girlfriends are your best resource!

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