We think Moms are amazing, beautiful and strong humans and sadly don’t always get the support and guidance they need pre-and post-delivery. This e-book is all about learning how to care for yourself following a Caesarean Section – whether planned or unplanned. It is designed to be an adjunct to your pelvic health physiotherapy and to help keep you on track and get you feeling your best as soon as possible!
We want to provide you with the tips, coaching and support you need in order to have a speedy and successful recovery so you can get back to doing all the things you need and love to do.
Caesarean sections – more commonly referred to as c-sections – can either be planned (giving you time to prepare for the procedure and recovery) or unplanned.
In Canada, recent stats show that 1 in 4 births are by caesarean section.
A c-section refers to the delivery of a baby with a surgical incision through a woman’s abdomen and uterus. The exact surgical procedure may differ slightly depending on whether the section was planned, unplanned, or an emergency, but typically a horizontal incision is made very low on the abdomen. The surgeon then separates the abdominal muscles, and makes an incision in the uterus in order to deliver the baby.
Though c-sections are common, it seems to be oftentimes forgotten that they are in fact a major abdominal surgical procedure. Because of this, there are certain restrictions women need to give themselves in order to properly recover post-delivery. That said, typically when leaving the hospital new moms are simply told to “take it easy” and to not lift anything heavier than their baby or drive for six weeks, with little other advice.
This lack of advice, support and coaching can be frustrating.
We want to guide you through what your recovery should look like and answer your questions!