Let’s face it. Postpartum – the time after we’ve had our baby, is a huge time and a lot goes on. (Scroll to the bottom to hear/watch the video)
Having a baby to care for, 24 hours a day , every day is big enough in itself. But caring for your body – especially after a caesarean means even more care is required.
Some time Caesareans are definitely necessary, for sure. However, like hearing this or not, many are totally unnecessary.
It’s a major abdominal surgery, and has become increasingly common yet only 3-5% are true emergencies, with US Statistics anyway.
When someone has had a major surgery they are told to rest, rest, rest! But how on earth do you do that when you suddenly now have a little human depending on you?!
What happens once you get home from hospital? It’s not just about dealing with a physical wound but now with a body that is healing on all other levels, including hormonally, emotionally, mentally all whilst caring for your baby 24/7.
Regardless of why you had a caesarean, if you had one, you need extra special care, nurturing and nourishment!
Even though I’ve not personally experienced a caesarean, I’ve seen the pain and discomfort and limitations it causes.
Now, without caesarean, a mother is meant to rest and take time to recover and bond with their little one, have help on hand and have specific nutritional needs met.
With a surgery thrown in the mix, extra hands are required. Even for breastfeeding – it can be difficult and painful to hold a baby to be breastfed with a wound on your tummy.
Get the support you need. Have a Certified lactation consultant come to your home and guide you with how to hold your baby so you can breastfeed with minimal discomfort.
Now is not the time to be scared of spending money. If you need a cleaner for 8 weeks, get them in.
If you need help with a gardener, hire them.
If you need breastfeeding support pay for a professional to come to your home, or have a zoom consultation.
If you need nourishing meals, see if there’s a delivery service specifically for postpartum needs. Your nutritional needs are imperative for your healing. Make sure the meals are warm, simple and easy to digest. Broths, soups, stews, high in quality protein and fats.
Eat well, eat often. Slow cookers are so great for having a warm meal on hand, no matter what time it is – even if you’re suddenly starving at 4 am, you can have something there.
If you’re yet to have your baby, I urge you to be prepared and put some money aside for this help. It will be the best money you ever spend as far as children go.
Put this as a priority over the brand new cot or pram if you’re not so financially secure.
Gather friends and family who you know can support you in a non-invasive way, and be respectful of your needs. Ask for them to contribute towards a postpartum doula, healing massages, physio therapist, or a cleaner or laundry service or a certified lactation consultant.
Have a trusted family member, or your partner to take your baby at times during the day so you can nap.
If you have someone helping you with meals, be sure to give them the guidelines – simple, soupy, warm, protein rich, quality fats and gluten and dairy free.
People want to help they just need to be told how, rather than guess.
If you’re not sure where to start or what you might need, or even who can help you, book in for a free chat with me and let’s get you fully supported so you can have a smooth and healthy transition into motherhood.
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