Once you are home with your bundle of joy you find your responsibilities doubling which makes it difficult to recover especially after a C- section. However, your body needs to recover fully if you want to get back to following your pre-pregnancy routine. A few tips will help you get ideas on how to recover at home after a c-section.
During the first couple of weeks you will still be in pain and moving around to do chores will not be quiet comfortable. While it is important to get down to walking after a c-section you must also take care not to wear yourself out. Therefore keep requirements for you and the baby close at hand.
If you do not have any help around the house to do dishes then stock up paper plates and cups and use them. This way you will be able to save time which would have been otherwise spent washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher.
Discourage family and friends from visiting too often unless they come to help with household chores. You can take help of friends for washing clothes, cooking meals, cleaning the house or, even for looking after the baby while you take a short nap. And do not feel guilty about discouraging people from coming over.Once you have recovered completely you can ask friends over.
Pay careful attention to what you eat and drink. Eating a well balanced diet is as important for your health as it is for the baby you feed. Do not stock up on ready-to-eat meals. This way you will have no choice but to cook food; and food prepared at home has a higher nutritional value than ready-made foods. Also drink plenty of water and vegetable juices as this will keep your bowel movements soft and regular.
Rest whenever you can. This may also mean taking naps at odd times during the day along with your baby. Do not give in to the temptation of working around the house as the baby sleeps. This will leave you tired and you will find it difficult to take care of the baby when he/she wakes up.
Do not indulge in any strenuous physical activity the first couple of months after the c-section. Also do not lift anything heavier than your baby.
You can begin taking walks with your baby after the first month. But do not start any other exercise without first consulting your doctor.