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Top 7 Recommendations for Post C-Section Recovery!

Posted by Jesse Lillejord on
Cesarean sections (C-sections) are surgical methods of delivering a baby.
C-sections can be common in women who develop pregnancy complications or those who do not want to deliver vaginally! 
Whatever the birth process looks like, it is important to recognize that recovery post C-section is going to look different than recovery after a vaginal birth. 
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Here's what we'll talk about in this blog:
1. When do I come in? 
2. Nursing / carrying holds to help support the body in healing
3. Nutrition support
4. Scar rehab
5. Movement post c-section
6. Pelvic floor recovery
7. Great tools / products to c-section support
Pregnancy Chiropractor

 

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When do I come in? 
- for both vaginal births and C-sections we recommend waiting TWO WEEKS postpartum to give yourself some time to heal and enjoy your new bundle of joy! 
- we use our specialized pregnancy pillow that has unique spaces for mom's healing belly and breasts - this means we can safely see you prior to the 6 week mark!  
Prenatal Chiropractor
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NURSING / CARRYING HOLDS
- simple ways to optimize your positioning to help your body safely heal : 

 


 

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NUTRITION SUPPORT: 
Following a cesarean [ or vaginal ] birth, mama + babe have been given a LOT of antibiotics + pain medications so the gut has been wiped of helpful bacteria essential to digestion. Some women may have painful bloating, constipation or generally poor digestion following a c-section!
Here are our favorite nutritional support options: 
- PROBIOTIC [ support gut health + prevent yeast overgrowth / "thrush" ] 
 - LIQUID IV [ for hydration ] 
- CARMINATIVE HERBS [ to reduce gas + promote digestion - peppermint, cloves, basil, thyme, garlic, ginger, lemon, cumin ] 
- PROTEIN [ to help replenish blood + nutrients following surgery ] 
IRON [ to support blood replenishment post-surgery ] 
- VITAMIN C [ for wound healing + to help with iron absorption ] 
Postpartum chiropractor
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SCAR REHAB: 
 Rehabbing a c-section scare can seem scary, and we are here to re-assure you that it is OKAY! Once the scar is fully closed + healed, we can start to think about ways to help further support the healing process + minimize the amount of scar tissue. 
1.  Acupuncture [ to help further heal your scar ]: 
East West Acupuncture Kerry Hayes, Nikki Vanecek
Acuhaus  Dr. Angie Weber 
Function: Acupuncture + Massage Shari 
 2. Cupping [ to break up scar tissue ]
East West Acupuncture Kerry Hayes, Nikki Vanecek
Acuhaus  Dr. Angie Weber 
3. Personal Scar Massaging
- place fingers 2-3 inches from scar
- stretch the skin by moving the fingers up and down around the entire scar
- repeat step 2 by stretching side to side and clockwise/counterclockwise
- massage completely around the scar, repeating each movement 5-10 times
4. Re-generate Scar Tissue + Neurological Input 
- take a washcloth and rub lightly / gently over the scar
- the shower is a good place to do this
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MOVEMENT POST C-SECTION: 
 Once you have had the proper amount of time to rest + recover [ 6 weeks at least ] it is time to start thinking about adding in some movement! 
Below are some great options to support recovery post c-section! 

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PELVIC FLOOR RECOVERY: 
The pelvic floor plays a large roll in recovery post c-section! Even though babe was delivered via cesarean section, the pelvic floor went through many of the same changes and involvement as a vaginal delivery.
The pelvic floor is responsible for supporting the floor of the pelvis + your growing babe! Read our latest blog on pelvic floor + the postpartum lower body listed below : 
- adjustments [ sacrum + pubic bone attachments to pelvic floor muscles ] 
- pelvic floor PT 
- online resource course "post c-section category" [ use code THANKYOU for complimentary access to our online course ] 
- pelvic floor recovery BLOG 
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TOOLS + PRODUCTS FOR C-SECTION RECOVERY: 

C-section recovery
 girdle [ for support while healing ]
nursing sweatshirt [ that holds babe ] 
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 *** As always don't hesitate to reach out with questions /// thoughts surrounding this topic! ***
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