Post-Cesarean Emotions & How To Cope

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This post is part of a series of articles on Cesarean birth. For more on dealing with recovery from your Cesarean, please visit our Life After C-Section Series.

After the birth of your baby by cesarean surgery, it is common to feel a wide range of emotions that can be difficult to process. It is normal to feel alone in this, because the people around you are so elated at the birth of your new baby that they assume you must feel just as overjoyed. Postpartum hormones and the stress and sometimes trauma of a birth experience are not something we prepare ourselves for while pregnant. Naming your emotions and finding some coping strategies will get you on the road to recovery and bonding with your new baby.

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Hospital Bag Necessities

Part of feeling prepared for your little one to arrive is to efficiently pack your hospital bags with all the possible necessities you can think of. It’s easy to get carried away but it’s also hard to make sure you have all your bases covered. If this is your first baby, you likely don’t know the details of how this is all really going to work out and what will help you get through it. This list of hospital bag necessities is of the must-have variety. Items such as make-up or hair dryer are not here. You can certainly have a baby without those things and still be comfortable. Feel free to pack your luxury comfort items but it’s quite possible you won’t even touch them!

This list is broken down into separate bags: Labor Bag, Recovery Bag, Partner’s Bag and Baby’s Bag. If you know that you will be laboring and recovering in the same room, you can easily pack your labor and recovery items into one bag.

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Life After C-Section: What to Expect After a C-Section

Moving Around After a Cesarean

The first and most important thing you need to be aware of is that any movement is going to feel impossible after a c-section. In order to make things more bearable bring your own pillows. The hospital pillows are pretty flat and you are going to need to prop yourself up into comfortable positions. Take help from any friends and family to get you up in those first few days and take advantage of the different chairs in the room to get into different positions. Don’t be shy asking the nurses for help venturing from your bed either, especially the first trip to the bathroom. The sooner you get moving, the faster you will start healing so try to take your first short walk within 24 hrs after surgery.

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10 Best Books to Read While Pregnant

With the intimidating sea of books and information available on the topics of pregnancy, birth, and babies, it can be confusing and daunting to choose which books to read. Even just within the topic of baby sleep, you could read a handful different books! We have put together a nice well-rounded list of the best books on each topic to help you feel educated and prepared for the new journey you’re taking.

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Asking for help after a C-section

 

When people who live far away from their family are preparing to have a baby, many times they request no out-of-town house guests immediately after. In order to have a complete birth plan, you need to discuss the possibility of having a c-section, though frequently, people tend to discard that possibility in an “out of sight, out of mind” way.

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Preparing For A C-Section

No expectant mother wants to envision their labor ending with a c-section, but that’s your first lesson in motherhood: expect the unexpected. It is not uncommon to feel an array of negative emotions after having an unplanned c-section. Plan ahead of time for everything that could happen during labor so that whatever road your birth story travels, you will be as happy as possible.

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How To: Photographing Your Pregnancy

Taking the time to capture the amazing changes that your body goes through during pregnancy can sound difficult when you’re low on energy and maybe not always feeling your best. A simple setup, a consistent timeline and commitment are your keys to success. That, and of course, your growing belly! Once you have decided on how and when you would like to take your photo, it will become a habit and also a personal little celebration of your pregnancy milestones as you grow. A little effort will go a long way when, at the end of your pregnancy, you have a beautiful timeline of your baby’s growth!

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