How to Recover From a 1st Time Cesarean Section: Powerful, and Easy Tips

The physical, emotional, and mental expenses of pregnancy and motherhood to a woman’s health are rarely discussed in public, and if they are, they are supposed to be happily paid as payments for the Sacred Honor of Nourishing Life. It’s not a long-lasting serotonin high.

Hello to all the wonderful mamas-to-be out there; especially those of you who are having a Caesarean Section. Now I have never had a C-Section, but I sure have nursed so many who required my assistance to get well sooner than later. Understanding the recovery process can be aided by a reputable doctor, a caring network of other individuals who have had cesarean deliveries, looking out for number one, and a willingness to ask questions.

A Cesarean section (C-section) is a technique that involves making abdominal and uterine incisions to deliver a baby. For certain pregnancy issues, like as breech presentation or maternal high blood pressure, C-sections are occasionally scheduled in advance. C-sections are scheduled around one week before the due date, according to Michele Hakakha, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in Los Angeles. She explains, “This is done to try to prevent a woman from going into labor before her C-section date.”

Now I know you probably did not come here by chance or maybe you did. You came here because you are curious to know how you or someone you know can be successful in having a comfortable recovery from a C section.

Many women are confused as to how they should feel about having a C-section. Some have voiced their real feelings about it.

Our goal today : I am going to help you conquer the fear of having a Cesarean section for the first time and teach you powerful tips to recover while in the hospital and at home . You got this mama.

This site contains affiliate links -As an affiliate I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase. Thank you for your consideration. I would love you to leave a comment, like, share and sign up to join our tribe. See our disclaimer here

Our exciting topics are:

1.What are other mothers saying about their experiences?

2.How can I prepare for C-section delivery

3.What can I expect from my first C-section?

4.Do you shave before C-section? shave before a section

5.How should I shower first after C-section?


1.What are other mothers saying about their experiences?

Everyone has their views about having a C -Section. I never desired to have one. I was amazed to hear some patients requesting to have a cesarean section. They actually preferred to have that over a normal delivery . C Sections should ONLY be performed for medical reasons that support needing one. There must be a reason why the woman cannot be delivered vaginally.

While there is loss in section one, there is also appreciation weaved into the thread. “It’s important to be grateful for the knife and the anesthesia when they can save your baby’s life, or your own,” Rabins writes in “My Unnatural Birth Stories” (6–7). She overcame the trauma of losing her first son during childbirth.

because “a doctor avoids using the word ‘caesarean’ until there is no other option” (42),

In her article “Wounds,” Robin Schoenthaler expresses her joy at having given birth to her second son.

Kenzie was delivered via caesarean section, which she recalls as “stately, beautiful, and uncomplicated” (44). “Wounds,”

Rachel Moritz notes how she is “shocked by how much of Finn’s birth narrative still resonates with loss” while narrating her birthing journey as a lesbian parent whose son spent his first days in a NICU as a result of a lung infection caused by a delayed surgery. The heartbreak I felt while attempting to bring someone fresh into my life the world, which was a win in the end. Some losses are unavoidable; they’re a part of life.

The physical, emotional, and mental expenses of pregnancy and motherhood to a woman’s health are rarely discussed in public, and if they are, they are supposed to be happily paid as payments for the Sacred Honor of Nourishing Life. It’s not a long-lasting serotonin high.

everybody. We are willing to make compromises. We come out scarred. This is your first C section, so I do not mean to scare you but I just want you to hear from those who have gone through it. And of course you will have your own view about it as well.

2.How can I prepare for a C-section delivery?

Shower #1: Night Before Surgery. You and your doctor would have already discussed the fact that you need a C-section. Make sure you ask them any question you need to before the pending day.

Shower #2: Morning of Surgery. Do not use any perfume , powder, other fragrances, or deodorant. Put on clean clothes and head to the hospital with your packed suitcase. You can check this link out for your DONE-FOR-YOU HOSPITAL PRINTABLE.

Your doctor will instruct you before surgery that you are free to eat and drink normally until 8 hours before your C-section. Do not eat or drink anything until instructed and ask questions.

• At least 8 hours before your scheduled C-section,

a glass of apple juice (8 ounces)

• Continue to drink clear liquids until you feel better.

2 hours prior to your scheduled C-section.

• Two hours prior to your scheduled C-section,

a glass of apple juice (8 ounces)

• Begin 2 hours before your scheduled appointment.

Do not take anything if you are having a C-section. ASK DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR MEDICATIONS

Know what time you are having your surgery and relax. Do you know the best way to relax?

No matter what you are going through God cares for you. Trust Him in every circumstance

Don’t forget your support person

Support at this time truly is needed

They will be excorted to the operating room (OR) with the medical team. They will also change into the OR clothing
• Will sit near your head during the surgery
• Can help hold your baby or even cut the cord in the OR after delivery. This is how it used to be. As you know the new norm with Covid-19 has changed that situation.

• If you haven’t previously done so, sign consent documents for surgery during labor and delivery.

• Schedule a meeting with the anesthetic team.

• Have a meeting with the delivery crew.

A nurse will do the following:

• In your arm, insert an intravenous (IV) line.

• Take a blood sample so we can check your blood sugar levels.

• Keep your pubic hair trimmed.

• Begin using a fetal heart rate monitor so we can monitor your baby’s heart.

Before Surgery

Preparation for a C section is so necessary mama

The medical team will guide you into the things that need to be done.

• You will drink an antacid drink.
• The anesthesia team will give you spinal anesthesia or
place an epidural.
• You will start to feel numb from your breasts to your
• No need to worry because a nurse will help you as things go along:

You’ll spend 60 to 90 minutes in the operating room. The baby is usually delivered within just 10 minutes.

<a href=”http://

You’ll spend 60 to 90 minutes in the operating room. The baby is usually delivered within just 10 minutes.

Following the delivery:

  • A pediatrician will examine you the health of the child
  • We’ll bring your infant, if it’s safe to you in exchange for skin-to-skin contact and

assist you in starting to breastfeed.

  • If further attention is required, we will provide it bring your kid to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NICU stands for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Every mother’s dream is to see their baby after delivery. This is the time you get a chance to do it. The medical team would allow you to see your baby including the genital area. Your partner may also be allowed to cut the umbilical stump

Immediately after surgery

• You will be taken back to your Labor and Delivery room to recuperate after the surgery.

• Your vital signs will be taken by nurses.


• The sensation in your legs will begin to deteriorate.

as the anesthetic wears off.

• You can start eating and drinking.

• Your doctor would inform you of any further procedures that might need to be done at this time and inform you of how things went.

Recovery in postpartum

We encourage you to walk often, with help. Walking will help you heal. Plan to walk in the halls several times a day.

• Your appetite may be lower after surgery. You may need to eat smaller meals at first. You will begin the next day with liquids graduating to a soft- normal diet. Once you tolerate everything without nausea or vomiting you are good to continue a normal diet. I am always delighted to see my clients reach this stage.

• You will be helped as you breastfeed your baby. Ask for help when you need it because work in the hospital can be very busy. on

breastfeeding. Ask for lactation services staff to visit, if needed.

• We will remove your Foley catheter as long as you are ambulating well. Walking is great to get your blood circulation flowing again and prevent respiratory problems.

Pain control

The medicine you receive during surgery will help control pain for 12 to 18 hours after surgery. As needed, you will also receive:
• Acetaminophen (Tylenol) A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Advil) or ketorolac.

Opioid pain medicine (Oxycodone or Hydromorphone) Acetaminophen and ibuprofen will be your main pain medicines. Opioids will be given only if needed.

In addition you may also be given:

You may also receive these other medicines while
you are in the hospital:
Bowel medicines (constipation
is common, especially if you
take opioids)
• Anti-nausea medicines

• Anti-heartburn medicines
• RhoGRAM (if needed)
• Birth control (if desired). By this time you should have decided which birth control is your preference.

Preparation for home sweet home

Generally, the majority of women go home 2 -3 days after their C-section. The wound is assessed in 8-10 days. Before you leave the hospital, the medcal team want to make sure you can:
• Walk without help
• Eat without nausea or vomiting
• Urinate (pee) as usual
• Control your pain with only pain pills.

Take care of yourself and your baby. Some hospitals which are public have a system where they check on new mothers at home for a few days.

Don’t forget your discharge medications

When you leave the hospital, you will keep taking these medicines at home:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)/ pain medications
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Opioids, if needed
    Bowel medicines (to prevent constipation)
    Birth control (if desired)

Pain control at home is a must!

Pain control is a must so you can take care of the things that matter the most

Take your pain medicines as prescribed.
• If you are taking opioids do not drive while you are taking opioids (decrease) your dose over the first week you are home. To do this,
first start taking a lower dose. Then allow more time between doses until you are no longer taking any opioids.

Self care at home is very important mamas

• Go for a walk. Walking will assist your body heal. Put on some nice casual clothing and take a nice stroll with your little star.
• Consume nutritious foods and beverages a lot of water.

• Your  healthcare provider will give you instructions of when to have your first shower after delivery.  Gently remove the tape covering the wound.   Allow the water to flow easy over your wound. No scrubbing, no soap directly on the wound. The soap and water running down from your body will help to cleanse it.

Home activity limits!

For 6 weeks after your C-section: Limit your household chores. You can seek help if needed from friends and family. Do not lift anything that weighs more than 10 pounds. (A gallon of milk weighs almost 9 pounds.) Ask for help as needed.
• Do not use tampons, have sex, or put anything else in your vagina. Right now your body is prone to infection and besides you may be having lots of pain.

Warning signs

Be aware of postpartum blues and depression

Mama you are to seek medical assistance if you incur any of the following:

  • Fever higher than
    100.4°F (38°C)
    • Chills
    • Nausea or vomiting,
    or both
    • Redness, warmth, or
    drainage at your
    • Severe pain not responding to pain relievers
  • Severe persistent headaches. Preeclampsia symptoms or sometimes if you had a spinal anesthesia can cause this.

Bottom line

So there you have it first time mama. Here is a step by step guide to your recovery from a 1st time Cesarean Section: Powerful, and Easy Tips . It was my pleasure to talk with you today. Remember, you are not alone. Are there any concerns you may have? Let me know in the comments below.

God is always there. The key hear is not to fear. Do not think you are less than a woman if you are unable to deliver vaginally. At the end of the day all we want is a live healthy baby. Right? I hope I was able to help you in some way. So what are our take home points?

  1. Accept your view point about a C section
  2. You are now equipped to prepare for your C section
  3. By all means do not forget your support person
  4. Remember the steps before, during and after matters a lot
  5. Recovery after a C section postpartum along with pain management is critical in your transition from delivery.
  6. Remember to control your pain from the first day. This would be better for both you and baby. Take pain meds as indicated to control it. I have met many moms who gave up breastfeeding because of poor pain management. Don’t let this happen to you.

Connect with me on facebook-

Instagram-LinkedIn- Twitter- Pinterest

Sign up now for your KICK CHART SAFETY WATCH

Success! You're on the list.

Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

%d bloggers like this: