hi everyone welcome back to my channel I'm so excited to have you here I've been getting a lot of questions about having a c-section and tips and tricks that I might recommend to people that might be about to have one so I just decided to do a video on it I don't think I was fully prepared for what I see section would me for me once it was finished so I just wanted to offer some of the things that I learned through the process and hopes that it will help someone in the future not make the same mistakes that I did so without further ado let's get into it so I just want to start by throwing like a TMI warning out there I wouldn't be talking about things they're a little bit gross I guess I mean there are natural part of birth but they might make other people uncomfortable so if you're a man for instance I know this type of topic like will not be your cup of tea so you might just want to turn it off right now and for any women out there who are not interested in hearing the gruesome after-effects of having a baby maybe you also want to turn it off right now so now that I've got that disclaimer out of the way let's talk about my first recommendation which is do not neglect your colace what is colace you might be asking well it's a stool softener yes my first recommendation is not to neglect your stool softeners so what I wasn't prepared for was that the hardest part about having a c-section birth for me anyway wasn't actually the birth of the babies themselves it was trying to have a bowel movement afterwards now keep in mind you just had major surgery on your abdominal wall and this plays a key part in like you having a bowel movement am i right also through the surgery the doctors have been messing around with your your bowels and sometimes that causes them to act a bit funny in fact the doctor said that it is completely normal to not be able to have a bowel movement for several days after your surgery now for those of you who are regular going several days without having a bowel movement it's a lot of days and I mean things start to get backed up in there hence not wanting to have a big heart as rock poop to have to get out when you have a major incision going on down there I lead with this tip because I did not neglect my colace which is what the doctors had me after my surgery and I still had a difficult time I make jokes that this was like having my third baby now I know that this is gross and uncomfortable to talk about but you need to know this if you're about to have a c-section if the doctor gives you anything in terms of stool softening or anything to help move things along make sure you're taking it my next step is to get up and get moving as quickly as you can and as much as you can now obviously right after your surgery there's a period of time where you can't walk because you literally cannot feel your legs of course I'm talking about once feeling has returned and the medication has worn off now the nurses will come in and try to get you up way earlier than you feel ready I know that's how I felt I thought woman are you crazy I can't walk yet I'm not ready and it was torture to get up and even make it to the bathroom the first time but I promise you the first time is the worst and it gets exponentially better every time you get up so the more you get up the quicker you'll start to feel better and be able to move with more ease now many of you that have been following me already know that my baby girls were in NICU for several days after their birth and this actually is what I credit to helping me get better and get on my feet to the point where doctors and nurses were commenting on how well I was doing so quickly now my husband would go home for the night so overnight I was by myself but of course I was trying to breastfeed and so I still needed to get to NICU several times throughout the night which means I had to walk down the hall now this wasn't a very far walk Nikki was pretty close to where my room was located however movement is movement and it did really help me get better and every time I got up it got easier my next step is to stay on top of your pain medication now if you're anything like me taking too many pain medications while you're trying to breastfeed if that is the route you are taking can make you a little bit nervous I know that I want it to be off of pain medication as quickly as possible but also keep in mind that you just had major surgery and it is not easy and it hurts quite a bit if you were just to like drop that pain medication altogether I was taking it whenever the doctor to me on their schedule at their dose for the first several days in the hospital especially now I thought I was doing great and I thought well like I can't believe how like little I feel this and it's not so bad yeah until I missed one of my doses by accident and I realize like oh boy like this hurts and once you're in that pain zone I'm telling you it's much harder to get under control again so if you just stay on top of that pain medication for the first little bit it'll be way easier on you and you're not doing yourself or your baby any favors if you're too in pain to even take care of them another tip is to have something to support your core now I used a product called Belly Bandit which basically wrapped around my core like a corset and used velcro now it can be any product it doesn't specifically have to be belly banded that's just the one that I use and have experience with but anything that kind of tightens and that gives you support in the core region will be so helpful after your c-section now as you can imagine if you've just been pregnant whether or not it's with twins or with one or with even more than that your core has been stretched out and it is weak you've pretty much lost whatever muscle you've had in that area so if you have something there to provide support it can make your day-to-day activities a lot easier I know for me it made walking laughing sneezing so much better because it gave me the support and allowed me to do those things without making me feel like my insides were about to fall out it also provided a lot of support for me on the car ride home going over those little bumps can seem like you're going over a mountain when you have a c-section so it just provided again that extra support around that incision to make me feel like I was a little bit more secure now this next tip might seem a little bit weird but if you can help it wait to shower until you get home now obviously this will depend on how long you're in the hospital if you're there for over a week you're probably not going to wait to shower until you get home but if you're only in the hospital for a few days and you can help it I highly recommend you just wait now I don't know what your hospital is like or what your hospital bathroom is like more specifically now my hospital bath the way the shower was designed it was pretty open into the rest of the bathroom with just a little curtain now I don't know if you know this but there is a lot of blood involved after you have a baby no matter how you deliver whether it's c-section or vaginal now this shower was in a loud water and blood to kind of get everywhere now I tried to keep it as contained as possible but only that little curtain was there like I said so it pretty much got all over the floor in the whole bathroom now because I was sharing a room with another girl and I didn't want to leave it that disgusting mess for her this left me cleaning up the bathroom fresh after having surgery and having twins I was in no shape to be doing this and it was not an ideal situation so if you can wait till you get home I think it'll be a much calmer and more pleasant experience but of course if your bathroom in the hospital is not like mine and you won't have this messy problem maybe this tip doesn't need to be followed after all and my final tip is to see a pelvic floor specialized physiotherapist as soon as you are able to after giving birth now this goes whether or not you had a c-section or not your pelvic floor physiotherapists while that initial assessment is not comfortable it's kind of an awkward thing as you can imagine they're assessing your pelvic floor health is so beneficial now I had issues going on that I just attributed to having a c-section and being pregnant with twins and just expected them to heal like I just thought it was part of the healing process and this went on for months until I realized it's not getting any better so I went to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist and they identified some issues that I was having that I definitely needed help in resolving and if I had of just gone as soon as possible I wouldn't have had to suffer with that for so long now the reason I mentioned a pelvic floor physiotherapist in a c-section specific video is because they can also help you work with your scar tissue now if you haven't had a c-section before you might not be aware that that scar tissue tightens up and puckers and can pull the skin around it causing a bulge or a hangover if you will a little bit of extra belly now this is a problem zone for us already ladies after you've had a baby and you're trying to flatten up that tummy the last thing you need is scar tissue working against you so they can work with you and helping to loosen up that scar tissue so that it doesn't create that puckering and that bulge okay that's it for now thank you so much for watching I hope that this helps someone going into a c-section and you can learn from my mistakes if you've had a c-section and you found something to be exceptionally helpful that I did not mention please feel free to leave it in the comments below I do love to hear from you if you liked this video and its content please feel free to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel thanks so much for watching everyone I'll see you my next video bye


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