Caesarean section recovery Sarah’s top 10 tips | The Physios
1 in 4 women will deliver their baby by c section each year. This could be via elective or emergency surgery. It is important to remember that this is major surgery and like any abdominal surgery it takes some time to recover. Seeing a women’s health physiotherapist after this type of delivery will ensure safe and effective return to previous activities and address any potential problems, optimising caesarean section recovery.
Here are Sarah’s top 10 tips on recovering from c-section.
- Move slowly to begin with, get comfortable with pillows, especially when feeding for longer periods
- Protect your wound with your hands when coughing, sneezing or laughing – it can help to make you feel more secure and reduce the discomfort.
- Start pelvic floor exercises early. Unfortunately a c-section doesn’t mean your pelvic floor isn’t still vulnerable, especially if an attempted vaginal delivery progressed to an emergency c-section. The process of pregnancy and hormonal changes can still affect the function of the muscles, leaving urinary leakage a potential problem. Start with 5 slow squeezes for 5 seconds and 5 quick contractions in sitting or lying, ideally three times per day.
- Progress exercise slowly. Walking is the best way to aid with circulation after surgery. Try to bring your shoulders back and breathe deeply into your tummy as pain will allow. Increase walking distance each day, building up to around 30-45 minutes in 6 weeks.
- And breathe….Deep breathing exercises are a great way to help with any pain, get much needed oxygen into your body for healing and start to move your abdominal muscles and tissues in a gentle way. Start in supported lying or sitting and breathe into your lower tummy, slowly in and out. Repeat 3-5 times.
- Don’t rush back into household chores, hand the hoover over to your partner or a willing friend if possible or if not, just do 5 minute stints at a time.