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Important No-No's After a C-Section: A Guide

Important No-No's After a C-Section: A Guide

postpartum May 21, 2024

In the postpartum period, your body goes through a remarkable transformation as it recovers from the intensity of childbirth. If you've undergone a Cesarean section (C-section), this recovery process is even more crucial, and there are certain no-nos you should be aware of to ensure a smooth and safe healing journey.

No Heavy Lifting

After a C-section, your abdominal muscles have been cut and stitched back together. Lifting heavy objects, including your newborn, can strain these muscles and cause complications like reopening the incision or developing a hernia. It's advisable to avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby for the first six weeks postpartum.

No Strenuous Exercise

While light walking and gentle exercises are encouraged to promote circulation and prevent blood clots, strenuous activities or exercises that engage your core muscles should be avoided for at least six to eight weeks. Postpartum, your body needs time to heal and recover its strength gradually.

No Driving

Operating a vehicle or machinery requires quick reflexes and the ability to apply sudden pressure to the brakes, which can put stress on your incision site. It's best to refrain from driving until your doctor gives you the green light.

No Baths or Soaking in Water:

While showering is generally permitted, soaking in bathtubs, swimming pools, or hot tubs should be avoided until your incision has fully healed. Exposing the incision site to water increases the risk of infection and can delay the healing process.

No Intercourse or Tampons

Sexual intercourse and the use of tampons should be avoided for at least six weeks after a C-section. These activities can introduce bacteria into the healing incision site and increase the risk of infection or complications.

No Ignoring Pain or Discomfort

Postpartum discomfort and pain are normal, but if you experience severe or persistent pain, fever, or unusual discharge from the incision site, it's crucial to contact your healthcare provider immediately. These symptoms could indicate an infection or other complications that require prompt medical attention.

Don't Diet

After a c-section, your nutrition needs are elevated to help you heal from surgery. Nutrition can help speed up the healing process after birth. Eating enough calories (especially from protein), vitamins and minerals can help you heal faster from birth. Eating a wide variety of nutrients is crucial during this time.  If you want to leverage your nutrition to feel your best mentally & physically after the baby, The Postpartum Shift is for you!

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I'm Brooke Miller,

Before becoming a mom, I chronically dieted & thought "eat less, move more" was the healthiest option. I dealt with exhaustion, mood swings, hormone imbalances (not getting a regular cycle), high cholesterol and weight cycling. I felt like something was wrong with me.

Before I got pregnant with my first son, I discovered the balanced nutrition approach I teach inside The Postpartum Shift. Once I implemented the framework, I was energized, gained strength, got my period back, lowered my cholesterol & maintained my healthiest weight. I continued this during my pregnancies & postpartum periods and recovered quickly after birth, made more than enough milk for my babies, had energy (even with the sleep deprivation) & stable mood. Postpartum was really enjoyable.

With a decade of experience as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor, I created The Postpartum Shift to help moms boost energy, mood, metabolism & milk supply to have a stress-free & enjoyable postpartum experience.

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