C-section recovery kits are an absolute must for anyone who has had a C-section! Yes, C-section recovery is tough, but you’re tougher!
One of my top tips for postpartum is to create your very own recovery kit. I wrote one for vaginal birth, and since it has been my top post for months, I wanted to create more of what you love!
This is for the warrior mamas who gave birth by C-section and are ready for their own recovery kit to speed up postpartum healing.
If you’re here, that means you’ve had or are anticipating a C-section. There are countless reasons for a C-section. And while I fully believe that they are oftentimes overused, there are many times where they can and have been life-saving.
If you have had or are anticipating a C-section, no matter the reason and whether it is your first or fifth, you are a warrior.
There has been a misconception that C-sections are the so-called “easy way out”.
What?! Are you kidding me right now?!
Being numbed in your spinal cord, cut open, having your intestines and internal organs removed, and your uterus and surrounding muscles cut open, pulling a child out, then all that put back in and sewed back together, does not strike me as the easy way out.
I have had three kids, and none of them have been by C-section. But I have heard the misconceptions and had my heart sink for the Mama on the receiving end of the passive aggressive jabs, because very likely, she had little to no control over it and many women would not chose that if it were up to her. But she gets put down anyway.
I have heard the subliminal “put downs”. I have heard and seen moms put themselves down and feel like less of a mother or not a “real” mother because they didn’t happen to push their child into the world.
Sweet Mama. If that’s you, hear me here for a minute: you are a warrior of unmatched bravery. Whether your C-section was planned or not, whether you saw it coming or not, whether you felt like you had control or it had slipped between your fingers, whether you felt like you knew what to expect or not, no matter what you have been told… You are not and never will be less of a mother because of how your child was brought into the world.
Being a great Mom starts well before birth, but that’s just the beginning. What comes after that is monumentally more important. How and who you shape your child into is what determines the kind of mother you are.
Emotional healing is a different road and the postpartum road is paved with hormones. I want to help.
Since I haven’t had C-sections, I talked to my best friend, who is about to have her second, and a few other moms who were kind enough to help me out here. 😊
You can check out my postpartum care kit to read more on my birth stories, what to put your C-section recovery kit in, common postpartum questions, breastfeeding products that helped me and more!
Let’s dive in.
What do you need for a C-section recovery kit?
Number one, these are just far more comfortable. Additionally, they will help support your incision and support your belly as your uterus shrinks back to size. Remember, during pregnancy it expands to nearly 500x its prepregnancy size!
It’ll take months go to back to anything that feels even relatively normal. And that’s normal.
Keep reading: Ultimate Postpartum Guide: 100+ Things They Don’t Tell You About Giving Birth for absolutely everything you need to know about postpartum from your healing, to your newborn, to trusted baby products, to safety, and more! This post will help equip you to rock your postpartum and give you the tools and knowledge I wish I knew when I had my first baby.
Binder for Post Surgery.
Your hospital should supply you with one of these snazzy contraptions to smush everything back together. These goes back to support to help your incision and uterus heal well.
Pads are far from glamorous, but nothing about motherhood is. These are my favorite pads because of their absorbancy.
One of my favorite postpartum hacks is to sleep on puppy pads for several weeks. These are awesome for a quick change to save your sheets and mattress cover. They’re super fast to change in the middle of the night, too. You can also take them for covers for public diaper changes.
High waisted pants or leggings.
I loved these leggings so much, I bought them twice! They’re comfortable, high quality, and can be paired with just about anything for comfy lounging at home to going out.
They’re fabulous for those first few weeks of recovery, no matter how you gave birth.
Common misconception about C-section: you won’t bleed. You will! Stinks, I know. Rinsing makes it easier to stay clean and minimize bending as much as possible. This was my favorite peribottle. Many times they will give these in the hospital, as well.
Have some Tylenol and Ibuprofen on hand to alternate to reduce pain along the incision.
This pack can be used on your incision for added comfort!
From what I’ve heard, you’re going to want to do what my Grandpa did for awhile. Have a little grabber handy to pick up things for a few days. Probably not leaves and sticks in your yard in this case, but it will help you minimize bending over, help keep you more comfortable, and help your body heal faster.
Back rest lounger pillow.
This will help prop you up a bit so you won’t have to get up so “deep” off the couch or off the bed, if ya know what I mean. You do.
A good book.
You will want to stay parked on the couch as much as possible to help yourself heal quickly! Particularly if this is your first baby, you might find yourself with more time than you know what to do with. You can only watch TV or scroll Facebook for so long.
Immerse yourself into an amazing book to escape to a different world in between feedings. Here’s a few ideas if you don’t know what to read!
An alarm or watch.
To remind you to move when you need to move! Sounds counterintuitive, but moving can actually help you to heal. You want to make sure you’re walking.
You won’t wash your hair for days at a time. It’s a thing. It’s fine. You have so much more to worry about.
I have come to trust anything from the Earth Mama brand. This cream will calm soothe your incision.
Laxatives and gas relief medication.
I have seen this over and over again, so there has to be some weight to it. I have been told you can have gas pains even in your shoulders because of the air that can be left in your body from being opened up.
Also… You can’t push. At all. Laxatives will help for a few weeks.
Dos and Don’ts after a C-section
After a C-section, DO:
- Wear high-waisted pants.
- Wear your binder for support and healing.
- Use a pillow on your incision when you have to cough or sneeze.
- Breastfeed if you’re able. It helps your uterus shrink back by inducing natural contractions.
- Rinse instead of wiping.
- Shower regularly.
- Ask your partner for help! You will need help getting off the couch and getting your binder snug. Being okay with accepting help with make your recovery faster and easier.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take your temperature if you don’t feel well. As with all surgery, there is a risk of infection. Report anything over 100.4 to your OB.
- Do what your doctor asks. Chances are, they are trying to get you well, and complying will get you there faster! And remember, if you ever have any qualms or distrust in your doctor, switch.
- Take it easy for several weeks.
- Give yourself grace! You have earned it. 😊
After a C-section, DON’T:
- Do any rigorous exercise or activity for at least 6 weeks or until cleared by your doctor.
- Have intercourse until cleared by your doctor. It’s usually 6-8 weeks but can be shorter or longer depending on your experience.
- Lift objects heavier than your baby.
- Take baths for several weeks.
- Drive for 4-6 weeks or until cleared by your doctor.
- Take any form of blood thinner such as Aspirin.
- Push yourself. Don’t be like Christina and walk K-mart a week later! Your rest is vital and will help your incision heal faster.
- Scratch your incision.
- Scrub or rub the incision. This can damage the sutures. Wash gently in the shower and pat dry with a towel.
- Try to Hulk woman through the pain. Take the stinking pain pills for a few days. It’s easier to stay on top of pain than try to get it under control.
Positive C-section Birth Stories
Emergency C-section Birth Story (19 minutes)
18 Tips for After a C-section from the Mama Matters
27 Things I Wish I’d Known Before my C-section by Mother.ly
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it made it easier for you to make your own C-section recovery kit!
Enjoy and remember to share with a loved one who has had a C-section or make this kit into a C-section gift basket!