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My recovery wasn't great because I over did it way too much. I suggest resting even when you feel pretty good. Give your body a little time because we all heal differently and you could be setting yourself back if you don't get your rest and recuperate.
My advice is walk, as much as you can, as far as you can in the hospital. I started walking as soon as I could feel my legs/feet. I was 6 and a half hours post op when I took my first walk down the halls. I was moving slow but I went as far as I could (about 300 steps or so). I did this another couple times the first day and 6 times the second day, each time a little further. The nurses all called me super mom for doing this but I came home and haven't taken any Percoset, just Ibuprofen!
It's funny because after my vaginal births I felt so good that I was prone to doing TOO much and then getting really sore. So definitely take it easy, even if you feel good! There's a lot of blood pooling and healing going on. Rest and cuddle your baby, that's my advice.
Although I must say, last time I had some witch hazel pads I put on top of my pads, those things were great! Much less soreness where I tore. Oh and use that bottle they give you, to spray wash yourself as you pee!! Urine stings like crazy.
My life improved significantly after hubby bought me a hemorrhoid donut from the drugstore. Even if you don't have hemorrhoids or have just minor ones (that's me), it helps so much to sit on a cushion and elevate the sore/swollen bits.
Otherwise, +1 on resting, the peri bottle, and witch hazel pads!
And I totally agree...walking as soon as possible helps HEAPS!!!... As painful as it might seem that first time you get up out of bed... It gets easier REALLY quick... Surprisingly so... This was my 4th C-section and have found if you walk.. You recover alot quicker... I usually pop the baby in the crib / wheeley thing and walk around the ward once every few hours... It also helps with swelling in your feet / legs and to get your circulation moving... And DONT lift anything too heavy... I lifted my 20 mth old a little 5 days after C-section... BAD idea,....hurt HEAPS!!!!... I was told I could only lift anything as heavy as the baby...nothing more...
Yes, rest. BUT, don't be afraid to get up and walk. As soon as I was cleared to get up out of bed at the hospital with my first baby I did. Even if it just means standing. I loved my spritz cleaner bottle thingy, that felt amazing I also used a donut ring with my first baby. Showers are amazing as well. If you have a detachable shower head the warm water feels good down there.
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I started walking as soon as my spinal wore off and I could feel my legs. But I think I was motivated because he was in the nicu. I showered and walked a lot. At first pushing the wheelchair and then without. I think it helped me so much. So Walk, walk, walk!
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Like the ladies above said, take and use what the hospital gives you (sprays, pads, etc.). Also, when u get home, don't forget to take care of yourself. Drink lots of water and don't skip meals, it will make you feel lousy and slow down your recovery.
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