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8 tips for preparing for your c-section and recovery

Tips to prepare for your csection and recovery
This post is sponsored by Bio-Oil but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

If you know you are going to be having a c-section or in the event that you may need one, there are some things you can do ahead of time to prepare. I just had my second c-section a few months ago and this one was definitely smoother since I knew what to expect. Knowing how to prepare for your C-section and recovery can help make it less scary and help ease your recovery.

Here are 8 tips on how to prepare for your C-section and recovery.

1.) Have a discussion ahead of time with your OBGYN.

Have them explain the procedure in detail from start to finish. Being familiar with what is going to happen ahead of time can help alleviate any anxiety or fears you may have.

2.) Make your wishes known.

Even when a csection is necessary, it doesn’t have to take away from your birth experience. If there are special things that you want, talk about it with your provider. Many hospitals now have clear drapes or a drape with a window so that you can see when baby is born if you wish. Ask if someone in the operating room can take photos for you so that you can capture those moments. And if skin to skin is important to you, ask if you can do skin to skin in the OR as long as baby is healthy. You can still make the experience as special and memorable as possible.

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3.) Be realistic about pain management

A c-section is major surgery. I will say it again. A c-section is major surgery. The idea that you will be pain free is unrealistic. Depending on the type of anesthesia you receive, usually your pain will be really well controlled for the first 18 or so hours, maybe more. I remember my first day post-op, I had no pain, I felt like a million bucks. I got up, took a shower, walked some laps around the unit. My nurse had offered me some pain medication throughout the day and I declined since I felt great. Later that night, once all of the visitors left and the adrenaline wore off, I was hurting. Don’t wait to take pain medication until your pain is unbearable because then it can be hard to keep up.

It’s normal to feel some burning or a pulling sensation around your incision as well as cramping. This is especially true if you are breastfeeding or pumping. That cramping or “afterpains” as they are called, are due to your uterus shrinking back down to its normal size.  If the cramping becomes unmanageable, try a warm pack or some over the counter pain medication.

4.) Bring comfortable clothes to wear postpartum.

I lived in these dresses throughout my recovery and still when I am just around the house . Not only were they loose and looked cute, but they were also great for nursing. You don’t want anything that is going to be binding around your abdomen. Check out my checklist of what to pack in your hospital bag here.

8 tips for preparing for your csection and recovery

5.) Get moving

It’s important to get up and moving soon after surgery. I remember that first time I get out of bed I felt like all of my organs were going to fall out of me and I was slow, but each time got easier. Light walking and moving around not only helps with healing, but also to get your bowels moving again after surgery and to help prevent blood clots. But with that being said, you just had major surgery. Listen to your body. If you get tired, rest. And use your bleeding as your guide. Sometimes when you get home and you start doing more you may notice that your bleeding picks up. This is your body’s way of telling you to take it easy.

8 tips for preparing for your c-section and recovery

6.) Prepare your home

You may need to make some minor adjustments to your routine when you get back home. First, you will need to limit your use of stairs. I mostly hung out on our first floor in the living room. In there, I created a little changing station with diapers, wipes, and extra clothes for baby in the pack and play.

I also found it difficult to sleep in bed for the first week or so since lying flat really pulled on my incision. Sleeping in a recliner was the only way I could get comfortable. And once I was back in bed, having a co-sleeper that you can pull right up beside you is great that way you can easily tend to baby.

7.) Nourish your body

It’s important to eat a healthy diet. Foods rich in protein, Vitamin A and C  are known to help with wound healing and repair. Also increase your dietary intake of fruits, vegetables and fiber. This will help keep your bowels regular. Be sure to drink plenty of water, even more so if you’re nursing.

8.) Accelerate healing

It takes time for your incision to heal. Keeping it clean and dry will help prevent any infection.  Once your incision has healed completely, Bio-Oil can also be helpful in reducing the appearance of your scar as well as any stretch marks from the pregnancy.  (You can read more about Bio-Oil in a post I previously published here.) I used Bio-Oil throughout my pregnancy to help keep the skin on my growing belly hydrated and to help reduce the appearance of any stretch marks. I have continued to use it twice daily and while it has not taken away my stretch marks, they are definitely less noticeable.

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Tips to prepare for your csection and recovery

 

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New Mom and Baby Essentials

New Mom and Baby Essentials
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx

As a new mama to two little boys, I was thrilled when Babbleboxx wanted to send me their New Mom and Baby box. It’s filled with so many amazing goodies that can make pregnancy and motherhood a little easier. So whether you have one on the way or are a new mama, I’m sharing some of my favorite products below.

For mama

Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Morning sickness is no fun. I was lucky with my first pregnancy and didn’t have any at all. My second pregnancy however, that boy did a number on me.  Before I realized I was pregnant, I actually thought I had the flu. I relied on alot of crackers and ginger to help ease my tummy.

Ginger has been used for over a thousand years as a natural remedy for nausea and stomach issues. These Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace are convenient to keep stashed by your nightstand or in your purse for when the queasies hit.

Anti-Aging Moisturizer from Vichy

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Motherhood can cause many skin changes from dryness, to breakouts, to uneven skin tone and even wrinkles (thank you to stress and all those sleepless nights). Vichy’s LiftActiv Peptide-C anti-aging moisturizer helps correct the visible signs of collagen loss on your skin.  This moisturizer is packed with tons of peptides for your skin to strengthen it’s structure, as well as Vitamin C to help brighten and firm your skin. It’s a great way to pamper yourself and look brighter and more energized!

Click here to get 10% off and free shipping when you use code “BABBLE19” through 9/30/19.

The best undergarments

I didn’t truly appreciate comfortable undergarments until I became a mother (#momlife). Playtex’s Nursing Bras and Maternity Panties are soft and breathable and offer full coverage making them great for postpartum.

For Baby

New Mom and Baby Essentials

Phillips Avent Soothie Snuggle and Natural Bottle

When I was pregnant with my first and it was time to make my registry, I was so confused with all the various types of bottles and pacifiers there were to choose from. Ultimately, I relied on good old fashioned trial and error to find which ones my baby preferred. Phillips Avent was one of the brands we loved.

I love Phillips Avent Natural Bottle because it’s great for moms who are breast and bottle feeding. The breast-shaped nipple makes it a smoother transition for baby to go back and forth between the two or transition from breast to bottle. It also features an air valve to help reduce feeding issues such as colic. If you’re looking for a versatile bottle I highly recommend you try this one from Phillips Avent.

I also am a big fan of the Phillips Avent Soothie Snuggle. It combines a soothie with a soft plush toy which makes it easy for your little one to grab and hold onto. What I love best about it is that the snuggle can be easily detached for cleaning the soothie.

First Aid Kit

The Medipro Baby First Aid pod is great for the mama who is always on the go. I keep this compact kit handy in my car so that I’m always prepared. This kit contains a variety of bandages of various sizes, a cold pack, tweezers, antiseptic, and more for your basic first aid needs.

Click here to get yours.

And when you use code BABBLE2019 you can get 25% off through 12/31/19.

Bedtime Story

Guess How Much I Love You has been a beloved story for over 25 years selling over 43 million copies worldwide. This book was given to me at my baby shower and it is one of my favorites. This 25th Anniversary hardcover edition makes a great gift for the new mama as it highlights the special bond between parent and child.

Click here to purchase your copy

Use code CANDLEWICK at checkout for 25% off your book order (U.S. purchases only).

 

What are some of your must haves?

 

New Mama and Baby Essentials

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What to eat to increase your milk supply

what to eat to increase your milk supply
This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

If you are breastfeeding or pumping, you might be searching for ways to increase your milk supply. I have always struggled with supply issues and it’s something that every nursing mama has experienced at one time or another in their journey. One thing that I learned is that diet plays a huge role in milk production.

I’m sharing what to eat to increase your milk supply plus my favorite recipe for lactation boosting overnight oats.

Galactagogues

If you have been doing research on ways to increase your milk supply, you may have seen the word “Galactagogue”. What is a galactagogue? A galactagogue or latogenic food is any food that can help increase lactation. You may have heard your friends say that eating a lactation cookie or drinking a beer has helped increase in their milk supply. This is because there are certain foods that contain milk boosting ingredients.

Here is a list of some of the more popular galactagogues:

what to eat to increase your milk supply

 

 

What to eat to increase your supply

Eating a balanced diet is important not only for enhancing your supply, but also for making sure that your baby is getting all those vital nutrients as well. In the beginning of my breastfeeding journey, I was eating healthy, but I found that I was not eating enough to maintain a supply. Once I started adding in more nutrient dense foods and incorporating a galactagogue at each meal, I noticed a boost in my supply.

(It’s important to note that this does not replace the importance of frequent feedings or pumping. Remember when breastfeeding, demand = supply!)

1.) Breakfast

Overnight Oats – I’ve seen those mason jar recipes floating around pinterest but never ventured to make them until I was breastfeeding. Not only is this recipe filled with milk-making goodness, but it’s also super easy to make the night before and keeps me feeling satisfied.

Here’s my easy recipe:

Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

-1 cup of rolled oats

– 3/4 cup of almond milk (I like my oats a little thicker, but if you like yours to be a little thinner, add more)

– 1 banana

– 1 tbsp peanut butter

– 1 tbsp of ground flax seed

– honey

Directions:

1.) In a mason jar add your oats, almond milk, banana and peanut butter. Mix well.

2.) Store in fridge until the next morning.

3.) Top with ground flax seed and drizzled honey to taste.

what to eat to increase your milk supply

 

2.) Snack

Yogurt with a handful of almonds

3.) Lunch

Spinach salad with grilled chicken

Fruit

4.) Snack

Veggies and hummus

5.) Dinner

Some kind of protein over brown rice

Asparagus or broccoli

6.) Dessert/Something sweet

Berries with chocolate hummus

Chocolate milk made with almond milk

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Since your milk is composed of 80% water, it’s also important to stay really hydrated!

I find that I drink more water if it’s always on hand and I have a straw. I love my Yeti and these stainless steel straws.

I’ve also seen success with Mother’s Milk tea which contains many lactogenic herbs. Shoot for at least 3 cups a day.

 

Be sure to stay tuned for my tips on how to get the most out of your pumping sessions!

And if you liked this post, please share with your all of your friends who are breastfeeding.

 

what to eat to increase your milk supply