Healing from a C-Section
My baby never flipped so I had a planned c-section, I knew what I was getting into, but as a new mom everything takes you by surprise. The main thing to keep in mind when healing from a c-section is NOT to lift anything over 12 pounds until you are cleared by your doctor at 6 weeks postpartum. That means carrying the baby is okay, but not the baby in the car seat. Plan for help during doctor visits!
When you have a c-section (planned or unplanned) you can plan to stay in the hospital for 2-4 nights, pending healing. At the hospital they will give you handouts for what to watch out for. The main things to monitor at home are:
Amount of bleeding. During the surgery they will clean out your uterus so bleeding should be minimal.
The color of the incision (a nurse will visit you after being home for a day or two, she will take a peak and reiterate what's normal and what's not).
Wear compression socks for the first week at home to help avoid blood clots (this was a major surgery).
Stay away from exercise and exertion until your 6 week visit! You don't want to be ripping open any stitches!
Does your scar seem huge to you? Well remember a baby needed to fit out of there, but as it heals it does shrink too! A year later mine was almost half the size, and I know other women who's shrunk to a couple inches.
Do you also feel super swollen everywhere? Well labor is intended to help clear the water your body has been retaining during pregnancy. So for planned c-sections your body doesn't get that luxury. Some people lose the water relatively quickly (weeks) and others take months. I didn't lose all my water retention until my daughter was 9 months! I bought new "fat clothes" and accepted the fact that I would have kankles for life. Then literally one morning I woke up and my old clothes fit again. Sometimes this happens when you stop breastfeeding, sometimes there's no indication and it just happens.