As a Pre/postnatal Exercise Specialist at The Lotus Method, I get asked this question a lot. We know that not every client has a c-section in their birth plan, while some may be scheduled others might come as a surprise. It is my goal to help prepare you for anything.
BE AN ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF
Have a conversation with your physician before going into surgery. Give them permission to take their time in closing you up! Your health and baby’s health is always top priority, but we also want that scar to be taken care of. We know that they will be cutting through seven layers of scar tissue to get to baby, the surface scar only makes up 10%! Allow the surgeon to take as much time and care when finishing the surgery to make sure your scar is as beautiful as it can be.
Yes I said it, bowel movement can be very intimidating after surgery! You want to make sure that you are setting yourself up for success prior to delivery.
Ask for Stool Softener
Get off Pain Meds ASAP
During recovery you won’t be maintaining your usual amount of daily activity, which means your gut mobility isn’t great. By staying hydrated and eating clean you are promoting an easier bowel movement. Pain meds are known for hardening stool, which can make things even more complicated. Don’t be afraid to ask for a stool softener to give yourself some extra support, and get off the pain meds as soon as possible!
meet your new best friend
If you haven’t caught on already…. we are kind of obsessed with our SQUATTY POTTY! In an ideal world, every bathroom would have one readily available, but we know that isn’t always the case. Don’t you fret, you can easily create some version of your own! A stool, step, side lying trash can, or partner if they allow, are all great substitutes. Basically anything that can elevate your knees above your pelvis should help to soften the pelvic floor, allowing you to relax and not bare down.
There are many different forms of compression available to mamas postpartum. We do advocate for our clients to choose what is most comfortable for them. Compression helps to maintain swelling, which in turn will help to manage pain. Binders can be a lot of pressure both on the scar and pelvic floor, we suggest talking to your physician or pelvic floor physical therapist for their best recommendations. Make sure you bring some form of compression support in your hospital bag. Our recommendation is to wear it right away!
We hope these tips give you confidence and peace of mind going into surgery. Know that there is no “right way to give birth”! Every birth is beautiful and the top priority is always safety for both Mama and baby. Move your body, drink water, breath, and take care of yourself. YOU GOT THIS MAMA!
Feeling better prepared? Share which tips you are trying in the comments below!