Originally Posted by roxyfoxy
Well ladies, tomorrow is the big day! I will be welcoming my baby boy into the world around 12:30pm. I am very calm and relaxed right now, which is odd. I usually panic before a "big day."
I've recently posted questions about what to expect during the section, but now I want to know how to better care for myself to help progress the healing process. This isn't a question to rid myself of the scar that will be left behind, I know that is far fetched, but any ways to minimize it? I assume as with most cuts it will itch and burn to an extent. Can I use anything over the counter to help ease this discomfort? Would polysporin do any good or is this just too big of a cut for that? It says on the tube not to use in large areas. I've never had a section so don't know exactly how large the cut is.
How about the stomach pains? Is movement the best option? I was told by one c-section mother that the faster you move around the faster you heal, is this true? Oh, and is it true that I won't be able to hold the baby afterwards?
Hi There, As far as the length of the incision it will be approx. 5 to 7 inches (could vary as each physician has their own techniques) at first and then of course as it heals will most likely shrink a bit in length.
I would most definately ask your doctor about putting anything on it as far as itching and burning as most doctors dont recommend putting anything on the incision during the healing process. It is best just to be sure and keep it clean and dry. After it heals i would definately recommend using Mederma to minimize the appearance of the scar.
Yes, getting up and moving around will help you to not only heal but to also make you feel better. Once you have the C-Section you will have a period of time that the hospital will want you to stay in bed (each physicians protocols for their post-op pt's are different) the nurses will tell you how long as well as they will tell you when they want you to get up and walk. The nurses will assist you with getting out of bed and helping you to walk. Considering the size and the location of the incision when you get up to walk the first few days it may be helpful as well as more comfortable for you to hold a pillow firmly in front of you over the site of the incision. Using the pillow in the same manor while you are in bed should you have to cough or sneeze can be helpful as well.
You can hold your baby as well as breast feed after the C-Section, you just may have to modify the way you would normally hold your baby to minimize the discomfort from the weight of your baby on your abdomen. The nurses at the hospital will help you as well as show you some helpful tips.
Congratulations on your new little bundle of joy!