Hey Y’all Hey! Kijan ou Ye!
Would you believe me if I still said I can’t believe I’m a mom?
Do all new moms feel like that?
Well for me, sometimes it still feels surreal that I am a mom and that one day before I know it my little munchkin will be walking around after me calling me mom and I can’t wait!
When I use to think about giving birth it never crossed my mind that I would give birth by Cesarean and not vaginal. From the beginning of my pregnancy I always imagined that I would give birth naturally and drug free. Even my doctor was on board with that plan. My doctor actually said to me one-time women were not born with a zipper so we are only looking at a Cesarean as an emergency option only. This was part of my birth plan, to give birth vaginal and drug free like I would have received some type of trophy for doing that but that was my birth plan. I have to laugh because plenty of moms use to tell me a birth plan does not mean anything and that it goes out the window when you are in active labor. I went into labor three weeks before my due date and ended up giving birth by Cesarean (read more about my birth story here).
Let me just say…Can we stop mom shaming women that have Cesarean births please?!?! It doesn’t matter how you gave birth. All that matters is delivering a healthy baby. Also, there are plenty of moms like myself who did not choose Cesarean…my baby was coming and Cesarean choose us.
After giving birth I was wheeled off to the postpartum area for recovery. The first 24 hours postpartum was a bit hectic. I really didn’t get any sleep in the hospital because I was being woken up by nurses and doctors round the clock. During the first 24 hours I was immobile because I had a catheter. After the first 24 hours they removed the catheter and this is when recovery started for me.
The first step in recovering from a Cesarean is to pass gas! Fart! It took my body two days while in the hospital to fart but after that first fart boy oh boy do you feel better and all that air in your stomach starts to dissipate. After farting we all know what comes next and it’s to poop. Pooping can be uncomfortable at first but it has to be done. I can’t tell you how much prune juice I drank but it was well worth it at the end.
My nurses encouraged me to walk. While in the hospital I would walk laps. But walking was uncomfortable and painful however it was necessary to get my body moving. The key to walking after a Cesarean is slow and steady. Although I was walking with a hunch, I made sure to get my laps around the maternity ward. My nurse provided me with a belly band to help with walking which ended up being a life saver. Till this day I still use my belly band especially when I’m in a car. It helps to keep everything in place internally.
After getting discharged I was told to make sure I get rest. After all I just had major surgery and my body needed to heal and recover. At this point pillows became my best friend. Sitting up straight was uncomfortable and laying down was uncomfortable, so propping pillows behind my back made life better.
Take it EASY
Easier said than done especially when you have a newborn to take care of but definitely take it easy as much as possible. I had to keep telling myself that my sutures needed to heal. The only way I was able to take it easy was letting my love ones HELP. My mom was the biggest help because she took care of the household chores from cooking to cleaning to laundry. And having my babies crib right next to my bed was helpful for the late night feedings.
Giving birth isn’t easy.
Recovering from giving birth isn’t easy.
Take the time needed to let your body heal. They say it takes 8 weeks to recover from a C-Section but for me I didn’t start feeling like I was healed till about 12 weeks postpartum.
Lastly, I made sure to enjoy the cuddle sessions with my little one. Those moments are always priceless.