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6 THINGS TO TAKE A C-SECTION MAMA

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Help her c-section recovery with one of these helpful items...

This is what you should take when you're visiting a mother who's just had a caesarian

Are you visiting a mother who has just had a c-section and fancy being remembered as the best and most considerate visitor ever? Here’s how to do it… Take a selection of the items below to help her with the c-section recovery. Then, if you take a present for the baby (obviously) and do something useful for the family while you’re there, you might soon be promoted to favourite friend/relative/colleague too. Easy.

1) Lipbalm

If it was a planned c-section, she will have been nil-by-mouth before the surgery and have had fluids restricted immediately after too, to prevent nausea. Planned or unplanned, she may now be breastfeeding, and both of these factors mean dry, flaky lips. And though nipple cream doubles up as a handy lip balm, a nicer one like Dr Paw Paw will be a pleasant and useful surprise.

2) Exciting soft drinks

It’s pretty likely she’ll be dehydrated, as above, so end the tyranny of tap water by bringing over a crate of non-alcoholic beer or some mix-and-match sodas, like these by Square Root.

3) Litter claw

Post c-section surgery, she will have been advised not to carry anything heavier than her newborn. She will also need to be careful about bending over, so this litter claw will come in handy for picking up clothes/nappies/the remote control, or for prodding you with when you've overstayed your welcome.

4) Bio Oil

There’s going to be a c-section scar, there’s not much we can do about this. I see mine as a badge of honour, personally. But that didn’t stop me some slathering on the Bio Oil after each shower just to limit the damage.

5) Arnica

I also took Arnica, which can help to limit the bruising, although this works best straight after the surgery, so only take it if you’re an early visitor (and only be an early visitor if you’re sure they’re ready for you.)

6) Caesarean belt

This c-section belt is a bit like a bum bag/fanny pack, worn under the clothes, to protect the c-section wound from knocks and bashes. It also has a heated pad and a freezer pad to help soothe the pain, if it’s aching. Handy.

:: Did you have a c-section? What did you find helped your recovery? Let us know below...

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Guest192
I made up a 'breastfeeding/I can't move' station in a box for when everyone suddenly abandoned me in a room with the baby & would thoroughly recommend. In said box: - massive bottle of water - tube of lanolin - box of tissues - breast pads - muslin x 1,000,000 - tv remotes - snacks - phone & charger
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Guest192
I made up a 'breastfeeding/I can't move' station in a box for when everyone suddenly abandoned me in a room with the baby & would thoroughly recommend. In said box: - massive bottle of water - tube of lanolin - box of tissues - breast pads - muslin x 1,000,000 - tv remotes - snacks - phone & charger
Magpiemather
I bought a SnüzPod cot which attached to our bed and supposedly meant you could slide your baby in and out for every feed and have the comfort of looking at each other and feeling close. However, no one said that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to get in and out of bed without painfully wriggling up the bed or rolling in from the other side! Or that it would mean forgoing a bedside table, which you need for any breastfeeding parafanalia and, more importantly, painkillers if someone can't get them for you! Luckily we were gifted a beautiful stand-alone moses basket which we could slide up next to the bed, move into the living room, etc - so much more flexible (although get used to delegating and ask whoever is helping you to lift baby in and out until you feel you can!).