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04 Jun Parenting During Your Cesarean Recovery

 

Picture it with me: You are home. Finally.

The thing you have been dreaming about since finding out you were pregnant is finally your reality and the future is now. New baby, your partner, your favorite pillow and a hot shower…

If your experience has included giving birth by cesarean, then let’s talk. Because, the details of your recovery are likely to be uniquely intense and I hate to see new parents walk this road alone.

One in three people give birth by cesarean in the US, today. Whether planned or unplanned, there are some very important things to consider about the recovery process for physical and sometimes, emotional healing afterward.

As with many circumstances in life, compassion, connection and comfort are keys to a quality experience. Recovery from a cesarean birth is no different, and will be most completely achieved when you are well cared for.

Healing happens best with expert support.

 

The postpartum period and transition into parenthood is filled with powerful moments, unpredictable challenges and surprising emotions. Even without doing the work of a surgical recovery! And the changes your family is experiencing are real.

Physical Recovery 

The demands of physical recovery and healing after any major surgery are a big deal. The body must work hard during this process. For most of us, they bring an eye opening combination of discomfort, lots of rest and the need to take it slow. Slower than we’d like.

Cesarean recovery is all of this, but with the added dynamics of caring for your new baby, who does not understand your need for rest and slow going.

  • You can plan on needing physical assistance with getting up, sitting/laying down, traveling stairs, lifting everyday items, etc for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
  • The potential for challenges with feeding your new baby and establishing a comfortable system whether breast or bottle feeding may be greater.
  • It may feel frustrating to have to limit your daily physical activity levels, including certain baby care tasks, as you recover and let your body take the time it needs to heal fully.

Enlisting expert support during this time is designed to not only lighten your physical load as needed, but do so in a way that leaves you with increased peace of mind and confidence as a new parent. Here’s one example that paints the picture: New Baby – The First 48 Hours At Home.

Emotional Recovery

For some, giving birth by cesarean introduces a whole host of emotions that had not been anticipated or wanted, previously. No matter how your baby is born, it is common to need to process the experience. Even more so when your cesarean was not the original plan.

It can bring about strong emotions and even trigger unwanted thoughts/feelings. Having a trusted unbiased listener often lessens the intense sense of isolation when traveling these emotions, and is one of the most valuable pieces to our support puzzle.

 

Within both physical and emotional support dynamics, DNW doulas are known to be the calm in the postpartum storm, and provide a stable consistent presence assuring everything is going as it should, and reducing doubts.

With this in mind, picture it with me: 

You are home. Finally.

The thing you have been dreaming about since finding out you were pregnant is finally your reality and the future is now. New baby, your partner, your favorite pillow and a hot shower…

without the worry of “how will we manage everything today/tonight when we are so exhausted and overwhelmed?” 

 

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(360)602-1564

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Kristyn
info@doulasnorthwest.com
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