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8 After-Delivery Care Tips For C-Section Birth

After-Delivery Care Tips For C-Section BirthIt’s always a good idea to think about caring for yourself after your baby is born. Some things you can prepare for and others — like a c-section may not be planned, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to think about it beforehand.

We often spend time thinking about our new baby and worried about changing diapers, our milk coming in and making sure we have everything they need that we can forget about ourselves. After a c-section it’s important to slow things down and recover as well — it’s major surgery after all.

There are some important factors you should remember when it comes to taking care of yourself after the delivery of your baby and some special considerations for after a c-section delivery.

Click through for 8 after-delivery care tips for a c-section delivery:

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  • Accept Help 1 of 8
    Accept Help
    If you're lucky to have people offering to help, take them up on the offer. Don't feel like you need to entertain them, but allow them to help around the house while you care for yourself and your baby.
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  • Grab a Pillow 2 of 8
    Grab a Pillow
    If you're coughing, sneezing or laughing holding a pillow to your incision tightly can help reduce the pain from using your abdominal muscles.
    Source: BabyCenter
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  • Try a Stomach Binder 3 of 8
    Try a Stomach Binder
    A stomach binder can help keep the right amount of pressure on your incision so it doesn't hurt as much to move, which is a good thing.
    Source: SheKnows
    Try this one out from Amazon, $89.99
  • Get Your Fibre In 4 of 8
    Get Your Fibre In
    Everything slows down when you're near the end of your pregnancy and after surgery, it slows down more. Making sure your diet is high in fibre will help keep things going.
    Source: WebMD
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  • Keep Hydrated 5 of 8
    Keep Hydrated
    Water is important for your healing and for other postpartum happenings. It will keep the constipation at bay and aid in your milk coming in as well.
    Source: WebMD
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  • Follow Doctor Instructions 6 of 8
    Follow Doctor Instructions
    If your doctor has prescribed pain medications or other instructions, make sure you follow them.
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  • Keep Walking 7 of 8
    Keep Walking
    While it may feel better to lay down, getting up and walking can help in healing. It increases blood flow which will speed healing and can help you get back to feeling better.
    Source: WebMD
    Photo credit: photostock
  • Rest When Needed 8 of 8
    Rest When Needed
    Advice good for any new mom, getting rest when you need it is important. It may be easy to overdo it when on any pain medications, but be sure to listen to your body and take it easy.
    Source: BabyCenter
    Photo credit: photostock

Related: Care tips for vaginal birth

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