Caesarean Section and Recovery – The Glass is Half Full, Stay Positive
No mother wants to see the c-section at the end of the road that started with a positive pregnancy test or a small shadow on ultrasound. But sometimes there is no alternative. C-section or Caesarean section can be scary, after all, it is a surgery, less personal and does not feel like birth, more like hatching. It should not. Yes, there are risks. Also yes, there are benefits and tricks on how to speed up the recovery.
Some studies say the lower risk of urinary incontinence or pelvic prolapse are some of the benefits to c-section. Check for yourself since what is one of the benefits of being highly pregnant? You have a lot of time! You do your research online, read books, consult your friends… Stretch your mind before you’ll have to stretch your muscles.
In Latin, “caedere” means ‘to cut’ so lets cut to the chase. Your body changes for 9 months to prepare for birth, so, what exactly happens to your muscles? Your bean is growing (kind of hard to not notice, right?) and as baby grows, the uterus does too. Joints get loose. Hormones go wild. Breasts are beyond wild. But back to the core and thing that keeps parts of the body moving- muscles. You can get muscle cramps and spasms (calves at night, especially), your abs obviously change, the arch in your lower back hurts. Consult your doctor. Some women make changes to their diet or try yoga for the first time now when they think of two bodies they need to protect.
I bet you never thought that the muscle(s) that will give you the most “pain” will be “down under”. Pelvic floor muscles, close to your bladder and urethra are doing their best to adapt and support bowels, womb, and bladder even if you might feel like bursting. If you feel like you are not in control and those leaks between bathroom visits are too much, know that you are not alone. More than one-third of mums-to-be experience involuntary incontinence in their second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
No worries, there are ways you can help your body and you should. Doing exercises such as Kegels or training pelvic floor muscles with a special device Aniball both help with control of muscles in a conscious way.
If you do it all and you do it right, c-section recovery should be a lot easier. With first contraction or when the date of a scheduled Caesarean section approaches, your mind will be elsewhere. And it is perfectly normal. Later, however, keep in mind that medical devices and exercises work wonders for muscle regeneration and commit to the process. Pelvic floor muscles play an important role in the life of every woman, from simple bodily processes to sex.
And after following tips above you will be back to the latter one sooner too 😉