Our bodies are just plain mean, aren’t they? After a cesarean section, or c-section, you need lots of rest to heal. However, the pain from the c-section can make it impossible to sleep. As a mother, you need all the sleep you can get not just to heal from the c-section, but to keep up with your baby.
How can you sleep well when you have a c-section? What is the best way to sleep soundly? Let’s find out.
Why Is It So Hard?
The obvious reason is it’s due to the pain, but there are a few other factors at work here too. After giving birth, you can have trouble breathing due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is caused by hormonal changes and body changes that happen shortly after pregnancy.
Plus, the crying of the baby. That’s a different story. For now, let’s talk about the best place to sleep.
Changing up your sleeping positions can help you after you have a c-section. We all have our sleeping preferences. Maybe you prefer sleeping on your side, on your back, or on your belly. You may have to switch it up due to your C-section. Some positions:
A good sleeping position is on your back. This is because you don’t put any pressure on your scar. If you are a back sleeper or can sleep on your back, it’s worth trying. You may hurt yourself a bit standing up, and it’s not good for bad blood pressure, but otherwise, it’s worth trying.
Let’s talk about side. It’s also good because it puts no pressure on your body. Any side works, although left may help with your digestion. It hurts less to get out of bed with this position, too.
What about belly sleepers? This is probably not your best bet, as you are putting pressure on your stomach. Some may use a pillow to reduce the pain, but this usually doesn’t work all the way. Try avoiding it until you can comfortably do so.
An upright position may be worth trying as well. This is sleep in a chair, couch, or recliner. It’s a non-intrusive sleeping position, and some pillows can deliver support. It’s not the most ideal spot to sleep, but when you’re having sleeping problems, it can be a temporary solution.
Using some pillows to support you or make you feel more comfortable is a good move. Buying some cheap, yet comfortable pillows from a store and putting them on places that make you feel uncomfortable may be your best move for sleep. Try them out and see if they work well for you.
Getting Out Of Bed
Obviously, you can’t be in bed forever. When you have to get out, what is the best way to do so without hurting yourself? Here’s how.
Roll onto your side. This causes you to make less effort when it comes to getting out.
Hang your legs off the bed and use your elbow to push you upwards. Then, put the feet on the ground, rest, and stand up.
Have someone help you up if you’re still having trouble. There isn’t any shame in seeking assistance when you’re in pain.
There Is No Shame In Trying Medicine
Your doctor may have prescribed pain medications. Try them. Alternatively, ask for medications that can make you drowsy and put you to sleep. As you heal, you can slowly wean off the medications, so you no longer have to rely on them anymore. Don’t be afraid to try them if you’re having a problem.
Exercising after a c-section birth may seem like the last thing you want, but some light exercises can make it easier for you to fall asleep, and your brain can reduce pain-killing endorphins too. We obviously are not talking about lifting weights, but instead we are talking about small walks, stretches, and various other wholesome activities you can try. As you heal, you can increase the intensity of your workouts and this can help your body return. With that said, no rush to return to your pre-baby weight.
During your recovery, it’s important you eat well. Good foods can make it much easier for you to heal. Foods in vitamin C, omega-3s, and other minerals allow you to make a recovery faster and help to lower your inflammation. In addition, stay hydrated and eat lots of fiber. Constipation can keep you up at night, and it’s not fun. A diet can help or hurt you, so remember that.
There Is No Shame In Getting Help
You gave birth, and you did so in an unpractical way. It’s okay for you to take some rest while your body heals. If you have a supportive partner or family, they should be glad to help you rest. Just take it easy and feed your baby, but don’t overexert yourself and make your wounds worse. You’ve carried your baby inside you for nine or so months and are now healing. Leave it to some others for a bit.
How Long Until I Heal?
Everyone heals at their own pace, but when you’re having trouble sleeping, you may wonder how long until you’re able to sleep normally.
The pain usually stops a few days to a week. While the healing time isn’t too extreme, when you’re having trouble sleeping, it can feel like an eternity, and this may make you frustrated. Again, nothing wrong with getting some help until you can recover. Rest, medicine, and positivity can keep you up for longer.
Talk To Your Doctor
If you are still having problems sleeping or are still in pain after a week or so, it’s time to talk to your doctor. You may have a problem that you need to address. As a new mother, it’s important that you be in the best health possible if you want to succeed.DISCLAIMER (IMPORTANT): This information (including all text, images, audio, or other formats on FamilyHype.com) is not intended to be a substitute for informed professional advice, diagnosis, endorsement or treatment. You should not take any action or avoid taking action without consulting a qualified professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about medical conditions. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here a FamilyHype.com.