Post c section must haves
Are you scheduled to have a c-section or are you just preparing yourself for all delivery situations? Either way, a c-section may not be your desired birth plan but if you do end up getting one, at least you can be prepared and plan everything in advance.
For a c-section birth you’ll want to:
- Grab your printable hospital bag checklist for c-section
- Pack your bag and baby’s hospital bag
- Learn the dos and don’ts of c-section recovery
And finally, get your c section recovery essentials, which we will be going over today! By the end of this article, you’ll know everything you need to know to create your very own c-section recovery kit.
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C-Section recovery kit
This doesn’t have to be an actual kit, although it can be. Basically, you want all of the things you’ll need to not only take care of yourself after having major surgery but also the things you’ll need to help you take care of your baby while you’re still recovering from your c-section. I didn’t take the time to gather c-section recovery essentials ahead of time, which was a huuuuge mistake on my part.
DON’T DO THAT.
Instead, take the time to get everything you need now so that you aren’t up in the wee hours of the morning holding a new baby and frantically searching Amazon for your postpartum needs. Having everything organized and ready to go will be a game changer for sure. Plus, it’ll make for an easier recovery.
Luckily, there are some premade c-section recovery kits too if you don’t feel like creating one of your own.
Here are a few of my favorites:
So what exactly are you supposed to have in this c section recovery kit?
Let’s find out now.
What c section recovery items will I need in the hospital
One of the best things about having a baby in the hospital is all of the free things they give you! Well, they aren’t really free, you’re being charged for them one way or another, but you get what I’m saying.
You won’t really need to pack anything for recovery itself except maybe a belly binder, and some hospitals even supply that. They will definitely provide you with pads, disposable mesh panties, and a peri bottle.
Read this very carefully! You take everything and I do mean everything that they give you. You are going to need those pads at home and you’re going to want their panties too. Trust me on this.
Do you plan on breastfeeding?
Bring this to the hospital too. You’ll need it to make feeding as easy as possible and to avoid having your baby on your incision.
What to wear home after a c-section
The ride home after a c-section can be very uncomfortable. Depending on how far you live from the hospital, you could very well be in the car for a long time. To make things less painful, you’ll want to pay close attention to what you pack to wear home from the hospital.
Keep in mind that just because your baby is out of your tummy, it’s going to take some time for your belly to go back to it’s pre pregnancy size. This is true if you have a vaginal delivery or a c-section delivery. It can take several weeks postpartum before things start to look like normal.
Remember that you’ll have an incision and you’re not going to want anything rubbing against that incision, especially not your underwear. You’ll want to wear a pair of high waist panties that’ll both support your tummy and protect your incision from irritation. These were my favorite.
You will want your outfit to be something loose fitting that won’t bother your incision. If it’s warm outside, consider wearing something like this. It’s breastfeeding-friendly and something that you can continue to wear even after you’ve returned to your pre pregnancy weight.
Let’s get back to the postpartum c-section must haves you’ll need once you get home.
C Section recovery essentials for mom
Most hospitals will give you an abdominal binder after you deliver the baby, mine did not. Luckily I had already ordered one and brought it with me to the hospital. An abdominal binder is good for any delivery but especially important after a c-section.
With a c-section many of your muscles layers are cut and you want to make sure everything comes back together and heals appropriately. The binder will help reduce swelling, support your core, and help your uterus get back to it’s normal size sooner rather than later.
You’ll want to wear the binder daily for the first 2-6 weeks after delivery.
Read this to make sure you use your belly binder correctly.
High waist panties are a definite must have after a c-section, unless you want to feel the pain and pressure that come after having a c-section.
These panties are comfortable, very supportive, and provides just the right amount of compression to not make your incision hurt.
You’ll be busy taking care of your newborn so you’ll appreciate the fact that don’t require a lot of fuss to clean and dry.
Expect a lot of heavy bleeding following your cesarean section, especially if you plan on breastfeeding. You’re not going to want to risk ruining your own underwear, and it will happen if you wear them. It’s much more convenient to wear disposable underwear until the bleeding subsides.
The material is very soft and it basically feels like you’re wearing boy shorts. It’s so comfortable, especially under the circumstances.
C-sections have come a long way in terms of the location of the cut and the overall appearance of the incision. But, they can still leave a hideous looking and painful scar. This herbal salve will make the healing process more tolerable, reducing discomfort, and the itchiness that comes with healing. As an added bonus, the routine massaging of your incision and the moisturizing properties in the salve, will reduce the appearance of your scar.
Regular pads won’t cut it when it comes to postpartum bleeding. You’re going to need pads that were made for the occasion. These maternity pads definitely fit the bill.
You’ll love how big these are and how absorbent they are. I used them for the first 6 weeks postpartum and was not disappointed.
Lounge wear is going to be your best friend when you first come home with the baby. These leggings will come in very handy. More importantly, they are high waisted making them perfect for post-c-section recovery.
The first couple of days to weeks after having your c-section you’re going to need your pain medicines. Unfortunately, the pain medicines can make you constipated. Stool softeners will be your best friend.
If you have a scheduled c section, these might not be necessary. But, if you end up having a c-section after hours of pushing to no avail, these will work wonders. It will help to relieve pain and swelling, making your recovery much more tolerable.
Here is another option in helping you reduce the appearance of your scar even if you’ve had it for a while. The scar sheets are self-adhesive and able to be used on a daily basis.
Between the trips to the pediatrician and your own postpartum appointments, you’re going to be in the car a lot. Keep this with you to make the car rides more tolerable.
If you developed hemorrhoids during pregnancy, they can prove to be even more uncomfortable as you’re trying to recover postpartum. Use this perineal ice pack to help you feel better.
It’s also great for postpartum care in general, especially after a c-section.
Have you ever experienced a peri bottle before? There is nothing that can describe the relief it brings after delivery. It was the first thing I made sure to pack in my bag when we were leaving the hospital.
It helps you get clean in your most intimate area and takes away the sting when you use the bathroom postpartum. This is one c section recovery product that you can continue to use well after you’ve actually recovered.
C section recovery essentials to help mom care for baby
Do you plan on breastfeeding or bottle feeding? Either way, you’ll want a bassinet that going to make it as easy as possible for you to get to your baby in the middle of the night. You’re not going to be doing a lot of bending and getting out of bed by yourself can be a bit of a chore in the beginning.
Here are my favorite bassinets for moms recovering from a c-section:
The fourth trimester, also known as the first 12 weeks after giving birth, can be hard on both mom and baby. Especially when also trying to recover from a c-section. One of the best ways to make this transition as painless as possible is baby wearing. Babies love being close to mommy, just like they were in the womb. The wraps keep baby off of your incision, allows you to bond, and makes recovery from a c-section that much easier.
Here are my favorite baby wearing wraps for newborns:
Breastfeeding can be challenging for anyone especially if you haven’t taken a breastfeeding class. But, the positioning can be even trickier if you’ve had a c-section. A breastfeeding pillow can simplify things for sure.
Here are my favorite breastfeeding pillows for moms who have had a c-section
What do moms need after c-section
Do you feel prepared for your c-section recovery? Don’t worry, you now have a complete list of all of your must-have c-section recovery essentials. You know everything you need for the hospital, the ride home, and once you get home. Now all you have to do is load up your Netflix que and decide what books you want to check out on audible!