Healing After a C-Section: Essential Tips for a Smooth Recovery

25 Jun, 2024

Congratulations, mama! Whether your C-section was planned or an emergency, you’ve brought a new life into the world, and that’s truly amazing. Now, let’s focus on your recovery and what’s involved in healing after a c-section.

Debrief and Celebrate

First and foremost, take a moment to debrief from your C-section experience. Whether it was elective or emergency, it’s important to process the journey you’ve been through. Celebrate your strength and the incredible achievement of childbirth. This reflection can be an important step in your emotional healing.

Rest for 40 Days Postpartum

Rest is crucial for your recovery. The first 40 days postpartum are a time for you to rest, heal, and bond with your baby. Avoid standing for long periods, especially while holding your baby. This helps to prevent strain on your incision and allows your body the time it needs to heal properly.

Care for Your Scar

Caring for your C-section scar is essential. Around 5 days after the scar has closed, you can start using castor oil packs. Castor oil packs are great for promoting healing, reducing inflammation, and minimising scarring. You can continue using them anytime in the future for added benefits.

Gentle Massage at 6 Weeks

Starting at 6 weeks postpartum, you can begin gentle scar massage. Focus on the area around your scar daily for at least 5 minutes to help break down tightness and improve flexibility. This can be an important part of your healing routine. For more guidance on scar massage techniques, book a call with me.

Yoni Steaming and Binding

Hold off on yoni steaming until at least 6 weeks postpartum. This waiting period allows your body to heal internally without overstimulating during early recovery stage. Similarly, be cautious with postpartum binding until after 6 weeks. Binding too early can interfere with the natural healing process of internal tissues, potentially causing adhesions and discomfort.

Gentle Nutrition for Recovery

Your digestive system might be sensitive post-surgery, so it’s best to eat gentle, easily digestible foods. Soups, broths, and nutrient-rich smoothies are perfect. These foods will nourish your body without putting too much strain on your digestion.

Breastfeeding and Milk Supply

It’s common for your milk to come in a bit later after a C-section, but don’t worry. Your baby’s stomach is tiny – about the size of a marble – and they will be satisfied with the colostrum you produce in the first few days. Keep nursing frequently and regular skin-to-skin with your baby to stimulate your milk supply. Try fenugreek, oatmeal, nettle tea and fennel for a milk boost.

Self-Care Shop for Recovery Supplies

For your recovery journey, check out my Selfcare Shop for essential supplies. From castor oil packs to herbal teas, womb oils, and postpartum yoni steam herbs, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to support your healing process.

Healing after a C-section

If you encounter any difficulties or need personalised guidance, consider booking a 60-minute womb wellness call with me. Together, we can create a tailored plan to support your recovery and address any concerns you might have.

Final Thoughts

Your postpartum journey is a time for healing, bonding, and self-care. Take it one day at a time, and remember to be gentle with yourself. You’ve done an incredible job bringing your baby into the world, and now it’s time to take care of you.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. I’m here to support you every step of the way.

In Health and Happiness,

Habibah 🌸

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