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Cesarean Recovery Starts on Day 1

cesarean recovery mental health postpartum journey Oct 05, 2023

Today's video is all about Cesarean birth recovery—specifically, the crucial first 6 weeks. Many people underestimate the importance of starting recovery right from day one, so let's dive into why it matters.


Why Start on Day 1?


A lot of people think you should take it easy for the first six weeks after a Cesarean, but that's not the whole story. Although you should spend most of your time resting, there are specific things you can do early on that seriously speed up your recovery game—no more chronic pain, weakness, and even improving that scar appearance.

Cesarean recovery is a big deal. Moms dealing with pain, juggling a newborn—it's tough. Forget the idea of doing nothing for six weeks; that's a myth. Today, we're spilling the beans on a few essential actions that can make a huge difference.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty tips, shout out to our amazing community. Your stories about scar worries, back pain, and more are invaluable. Today, we're dishing out knowledge to help you tackle these challenges head-on.


Best Time to Start Recovery


Whether you're a newbie mom, a seasoned pro, or expecting your first bundle of joy, the golden time to dive into Cesarean recovery is right now. Don't buy into the "it's too late" idea; it's never too late. Starting early is the key—during pregnancy and right after surgery. And if you’re several months or years postpartum, now is your time!

Cesarean recovery is like the forgotten sports injury— it needs attention! There's a gap in info after this major surgery, not blaming doctors, just saying we need more focus on specialized recovery.

Tip #1: Keep Moving 

First things first, movement is king. It's not just about walking; it's about gentle arm movements too. Raise those arms slowly, especially if you've been babying yourself due to pain.

Bonus tip: Arm movements early on can prevent excess scar tissue. Simple, yet game-changing.

Tip #2: Infection Prevention

Don't sleep on this one—prevent infections. Keep that incision clean and dry. Simple hygiene is not just for physical healing but also for your mental well-being. Infections can lead to more scar tissue and emotional stress. Keep it clean, keep it dry.

Tip #3: Emotional Healing Matters 

Let's get emotional. Reflect on the first word that pops into your head when you see your Cesarean scar. This exercise creates a space for emotional release. Imagine comforting a younger version of yourself with the same feelings. Emotional healing is a big player in this recovery game.

Whether you're joining live workshops or reading this blog, remember your journey is unique and worth celebrating. Embrace the process, lean on your community, and make your well-being a priority. Post-Cesarean recovery is a profound journey—filled with self-love, understanding, and the joy of rediscovering your strength. You've got this!


Remember, you're not alone, and your journey is uniquely yours. Here's to strength, healing, and embracing the incredible power within you.

Want a handy cheat sheet with these tips and more? Download my free resource: DON’T Wait: Cesarean Birth Recovery Starts Day 1