How To Sleep After A C Section

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Are you scheduled for a C-section section and are worried about how you will be able to sleep? What’s the best position to sleep in?

Having a C section is major surgery, and as such, the recovery period is 8 weeks and maybe longer, depending on you. The best position to sleep in is on your left-hand side; it helps to improve blood flow and digestion.

How should I sleep after C-section delivery?

C section delivery

It depends on you, the mother. If you prefer to sleep on your back, you can do so. But, sleep is slightly elevated to help with general healing and maintain a good airway.

Finding a comfortable way to sleep after a C section will not be as bad as expected. For the first couple of weeks, you will need bed rest, and you will have your pain medication to get you through the initial recovery period.

You may find sleeping in a sitting position is best for you. It makes breastfeeding easier, and it’s a good way to sleep during the recovery period. If you are experiencing obstructive sleep apnea OSA, sleeping in an elevated position will be preferential to keep your airway clear.

The preferred way to sleep from a medical standpoint is to sleep on your side in bed. Sleeping on your side removes pressure from the wound site.

You can make good use of a few extra pillows to prop under your tummy for extra support and comfort.

Sleeping on your left-hand side is the best side to sleep on if you opt for side sleeping. By sleeping on your left-hand side, you increase blood flow around your body and digest your food properly.

If you have some blood pressure issues after your c section, sleeping on the left-hand side will benefit you.

In addition to all the benefits of side sleeping, you will find you can maneuver yourself easier in and out of bed, simply supporting your torso and swinging your legs over the side of the bed before standing.

If you find none of these positions particularly good for you, then you can sleep upright in a chair. A recliner would provide the ideal solution.

Use lots of soft, comfortable pillows for support when sleeping upright. It may seem not easy but remember, and it’s only going to be for a short time.

The most comfortable way when sleep on your back is in an elevated position with several pillows around you for support and comfort. You may wish to place a pillow or two under your knees for additional support and comfort.

How to speed recovery after C-section?

Having a C section is a big deal, but you can help your recovery period by following a few simple rules.

  • After any surgery, sleep is of paramount importance. If you are not sleeping, your recovery time will be extended, so make sure you rest as much as possible.
  • You have just had surgery so ask for help! You will need help to take care of yourself and your newborn baby for a couple of weeks and maybe longer. Newborns are demanding at times and need a lot of care and attention, don’t worry about bonding with your baby. That will come easy when you are fit and well.
  • You will have a lot of hormones raging in your body. You may feel like crying. You may feel like shouting. It’s all very typical. Talk your emotions through and try to look at the situation rationally.
  • As soon as you are allowed to walk, get out and walk with your newborn in a stroller; walking will help your recovery and make you feel better within yourself.
  • Constipation may be an issue for you; narcotics hurt how often you use the toilet. If it’s an issue, speak to your health worker.
  • If breastfeeding is not going well, speak to your health worker for support. You can try different methods to help the milk flow, like expressing milk for a helper to feed the newborn while you sleep.
  • Keep an eye on your incision site for any signs of infection. If your incision site is weeping or oozing, let your doctor know asap.

Is it OK to shower every day after a c section?

Yes. You can pat the incision site carefully when drying off if you feel like showering every day after your C section. After 7 to 10 days, the stitches should come out. If they are still in place, you can remove them yourself, but they will come out over time.

How should I sit after a cesarean?

For the first two weeks, you will find moving around difficult, so stay there unless you need the bathroom if you are in a chair.

When sitting in a chair with your back supported, remember your stomach muscles have been cut so that you will find it a little weak for up to two months so remember you can’t do what you did before.

Plant your feet firmly on the ground for maximum support when in a chair.

You may be sleeping downstairs for the first two weeks after surgery, so moving around too much is not recommended and could slow your recovery progress if you push yourself too early in the recovery stage.

Sleeping after a C section

Sleep is vital when you have had a C section. Even when you are at home, you will need as much support as possible for the first two weeks and possibly longer. Take advantage of the additional help during this time.

Sleep in a position you find comfortable and rest as much as possible with painkillers.

Keep your baby in your arms reach sleeping in a bassinet close to you, your bonding period has started, and you will want your baby close to you most of the time.

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