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When can resume normal activities after Caesarian section?

Pain is the Real Thing

Having real help in the first week or two at home after caesarian section cannot be overdone. You may have prepared meals in advance and done all the laundry, but tasks that were once no-brainers, like opening or closing the dishwasher take on a whole new dimension - pain. Use your tolerance level as an indicator of how much is too much and increase only a little at a time.

   
How can I stand sleeping in a hospital bed?

Rock and Roll Takes on New Meaning

Ask the nurses to leave one side rail up at all times. This is not necessarily to prevent you from falling off the bed, but rather as a ready support to help pull yourself into a different position without another person to assist. Just changing from lying on your back to one side has never been more of a challenge. When you are being settled in for the night, ask for both sides to be put up, especially the first night.

   
When can resume normal activities after Caesarian section?

Bathroom Priveledges

Re) Learning good posture is never as important as now, immediately following abdominal surgery. This holds for when you have to lower yourself onto a toilet seat. The term 'squat to pee' holds a lot more meaning now, especially when your arms are being used to hold your incision area like a splint.

   
When can I resume normal activities after C-section?

Lochia

If the lochia (post delivery bleeding/period) has changed to blood streaked or clear, then suddenly changes back to real blood, mentally review your recent activities. Often this is a sign that you have overexerted yourself with what you 'thought' was just enough. Sit down and relax and go back to the day before's acheivements.

   
How long do I need to keep the catheter after surgery?

Get up. Get out. Get moving.

You now have to learn to walk again. Once you have figured out all of your new attachments (I.V., catheter, maternity pads and belt, bulky wound dressings) slowly increase your target distances. First, the bathroom. Next to the doorway of your room. The nurses's station. The end of the hall. Do a little more each time you get out of bed. You MUST walk to help prevent gas, rid your body of remaining anaesthetic drugs, prevent blood clots and prevent pneumonia.

   
How can I stand sleeping in a hospital bed?

The Perfect Pillow

If you have a favorite pillow, be sure to bring it with you to the hospital, or that your first visitor brings it along.

   
How can I stand sleeping in a hospital bed?

Finally - a good night's rest.

Invest in a roll (single bed size) of eggcrate sponge to take with you to the hospital. Help make up your bed with this underneath the sheet. It will provide a little softness, prevent slipping, and be cooler than hospital plastic covered mattresses. It is almost guaranteed that it will collect blood and other fluids, so don't plan on bringing it home with you - it will have to be discarded, but the little bit of comfort it will provide is worth the investment.

   
When can I resume normal activities after C-section?

Deep breathing and coughing

Deep breathing and coughing is a required excercise post general anaesthetic. Grab a pillow. Hold it as tight against your abdominal dressing as you possible can. Then do it. Big breath in. And huff cough. The splinting of your incision will help lessen both the pain and the fear of pulling everything apart.

   
How can I stand sleeping in a hospital bed?

Hospital Beds - Don't try this at Home

Hospital beds can be intimidating. They are higher than your bed at home, and quite a bit more narrow - especially if you are used to double, queen or king size. Practice with the controls before you need to use them.They are a great tool for helping you sit up and prepare to stand for the first time post-op.

   
How long do I need to keep the catheter after surgery?

Drinks are on the House

Drink, drink, drink. Post C-section surgery is no different from other major surgeries in this respect. You will have an I.V. (intravenous) and a catheter to drain your bladder. Both will stay in place until you are drinking well, and your output is regular and clear.

   
When can I resume normal activities after C-section?

C Section Recovery

Recovering from C Section? Do not lift ANYTHING heavier than your baby until your first Dr. visit at six weeks after surgery. Beware grocery shopping!

   
When can resume normal activities after Caesarian section?

Some drugs are OK.

Your obstetrician will leave orders for heavy duty pain medication available for your use for the first 48 hours. Do not be a martyr. Use them. You have years and years ahead of you to play the role. For now, lessen your pain, gain back your mobility and get at least one last good night's sleep.

   
How can I get out of bed with all these attachments after surgery?

Your new Pole-ish Friend

Manoeuvering around with your new I.V. ('pole-ish') friend and hand (catheter) bag is a challenge. Most I.V. poles have a hook about a foot from the floor to hang the catheter bag and a loop of the connecting tubing. Use it. This will free one hand to help 'splint' your incision and/or use the support bars available in the washrooms or along your walkways. Use the other to push the pole. Don't use it for balance, though.

   
Why do I have to walk so soon after Csection?

I feel hollow!

Your first few trips out of bed might have you both looking and feeling as if you were a hundred years old. By leaning/bending forward, you are actually not helping yourself return to full functioning. There is a lot of "free" space inside where your baby used to live, and your bowels and other organs need to shift back into position. Take your time and try to stand tall, everytime out of bed.

   
When can resume normal activities after Caesarian section?

C Section Recovery

If a Csection has become a necessity, gently remind your husband that there will be NO SEX for 6 weeks, and NO Vacuuming for YOU. Ah, shucks!

   
How can I get out of bed with all these attachments after surgery?

Get Out Of Bed! Now!

The first time out of bed after surgery is not an activity to be undertaken by yourself. First of all, you have drugs still floating around inside you. Your judgement as well as your balance and blood pressure are all impaired. Getting from your bed to the washroom, whether 6 feet or 26 feet away, is never going to be more difficult. You may feel dizzy and light headed, you will experience a great rush of fluids between your legs, your abdomen will be jelly like and sore, but... you might be able to see your toes! Just do it! Practice often.

   
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