What should I expect during the C-section recovery process?

During the C-section recovery process, discomfort and fatigue are common. To promote healing: Take it easy. Rest when possible. Try to keep everything that you and your baby might need within reach. For the first couple of weeks, avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby.

What can I do to relieve pain after a C-section?

For the first couple of weeks, avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby. Seek pain relief. To soothe incision soreness, your health care provider might recommend a heating pad, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or other medications to relieve pain.

How soon can I exercise after a C-section?

Exercise after a c-section: Your doctor will probably have you to get up and walk within 24 hours of giving birth—but just to the bathroom or down the hospital hallway. Walking and moving around will help you heal, but keep your activity level low, until you get the go-ahead for exercise from your healthcare provider.

How should I breastfeed my Baby after a C-section?

Experiment with breast-feeding positions. Breast-feeding positions that work well during C-section recovery include: Football hold. Hold your baby at your side, with your elbow bent. With your open hand, support your baby’s head and face him or her toward your breast. Your baby’s back will rest on your forearm.

What is a C-section and how does it work?

When it’s time to deliver your baby, if there is the chance of a problem for either you or the baby, your doctor may advise a C-section. It’s a surgery that allows your baby to be delivered through a small cut in your abdomen and uterus.

How can I breastfeed after a C-section?

Breastfeeding after a c-section: Finding a comfortable way to hold your baby while breastfeeding is a common concern after a c-section. You’ll want to position baby so they’re not pressing against your incision. The football hold and side-lying are two post-c-section-friendly breastfeeding positions you can try.