Monday, February 18, 2013

C-Section Tips

I remember being extremely anti c-section when I was pregnant with Grace. I read so many books about pregnancy and labor, but skipped all of the chapters about c-sections. I pretty much zoned out when they were talked about in my childbirth class as I was sure I wouldn't need the info. Well, of course when it came time for my c-section, I had absolutely no clue what to expect or how to handle it. Now 3 months after my 2nd c-section, I thought I'd share some tips for those expecting in case you do end up having to have one. I know it's not the ideal situation for anyone, but they do happen and it's best to be prepared!

Scheduled c-section tips
Grace Elaine- Unplanned c-section after a failed induction- 1/14/11

Connor Michael- Planned c-section- 10/29/12

1. You will generally be awake during the surgery, so be vocal. By that I mean let the doctors know how you are feeling. If you are starting to get nauseous, tell them right away so that they can give you something to stop you from throwing up. I had to do that 3 times during my surgery with Connor and each time they gave me something that immediately relived the nausea. It is okay to ask "is this normal?" in regards to what you are feeling.

2. This is your birth experience. Ask questions and don't ever feel like you don't know what's going on. I regret that when I had Grace I was scared and intimidated and didn't ask questions. I had no idea what was going on or what would happen after the procedure was finished. With Connor, I asked tons of questions and felt much more in control of the experience,

3. Take time after your surgery to bond with your baby. You will not get the immediate moment that a vaginal birth mom gets of holding your baby right after delivery, so be selfish and take as much time as you want/need before allowing any visitors. Nurse your baby as soon as possible!

4. Don't try to be superwoman. You just had major surgery and it will hurt. Take the medicine your doctor prescribes when you are supposed to. If you keep on the schedule for the medicine, you should be able to stay ahead of the pain. With Grace, I thought I was ok and stopped taking the meds too quickly and regretted it.With Connor I was very careful to stay on the medication schedule and I feel like my recovery was much easier because I didn't push myself as hard.

5. Ask for help. If you have people offer to help you, say yes! This was a hard one for me. I hate not being able to do things for myself, but honestly Mike and my parents did so much the first few weeks with each of our kids. For the first few days, Mike changed all of the diapers and I think it was a great bonding experience for him! This is the time for you to rest and enjoy bonding with your baby. Let everyone else worry about cooking and cleaning!

It took about 6 weeks before I felt completely back to normal each time. Feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions about c-sections! You can read both of our kid's birth stories here.


  1. I didnt have a c-section but i can totally understand the bit about trying to jump up and just get back on with things straight away. It took my stitches opening up for me to finally give in and just have a few days rest. Lovely informative post :) x

  2. What a great post - like you I didn't expect it so just skipped over finding anything about it. Would have helped so much to know a little bit more about what to expect.

    I would absolutely love for you to link up at The Friday Baby Shower, a new linky party for all things pregnancy and new baby. Old and new posts very welcome. Alice @ Mums Make Lists



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