3 steps forward, 2 steps back, 5 steps forward, 4 steps back...
This seems to be the trend in my healing process post c-section. I went for a 4 mile walk last week because I was feeling extra jazzy! New clients signing up to work with me privately and guess what their major goal is...recovering from a c-section and losing the last 10 pounds!
3 months after Bode's birth and I have my passion for coaching back.
Developing a group program for postnatal mama's and we already have some pretty powerful people on board! I told Alex this is the most excited I've been about a program since last year.
Okay, back to the recovery...
I'm 10 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy body, but I've lost almost all of my muscles. The line on my thighs are coming back, ya know the one? The muscle line. I love it. Makes me feel toned and womanly.
I've learned a lot and I want to teach you what I've learned.
First of all, salads are a no-no and smoothies are not an every day occurrence. You have to be kind to your stomach. Eating warming foods, sauteed veggies, soups and broths are key to a healthy digestion when recovering from a major stomach surgery.
It's funny looking back. Right after Bode was born, I was so happy to finally eat something after 25 hours of labor. No one told me I couldn't have a smoothie. So I drank the smoothie with such veracity only to throw it up within seconds.
Then I thought bland was the jam. This slowed down my digestion and zapped my energy!
Nothing is worse than trying to nurse a newborn and feeling life getting sucked out of you.
So many lightheaded moments. Days when I thought the pain couldn't get any worse, until a cough attack and then it did get worse. Shuffling to the bathroom. Wanting to be "normal" again.
Now here I am, 3 months later with a smiling boy who makes me laugh and IT DOESN'T HURT!
But the physical symptoms are a piece of the puzzle. The other pieces are what I'm working on with clients. The mindset. The adjustment of going from a career hustling woman with massive success to a mom who's job is folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher, breastfeeding, cleaning up, diapers and more.
It's the transition that isn't talked about enough.
It's going from a fit, exercise loving gal to someone who hurts after walking.
If you do not move through the pain, it will eventually take you down.
If you do not heal from the trauma of a c-section with massage, therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic care, the body will remember and so will you.
This is no light feat, my sisters. This is a major surgery and you need major care.
I know, "WHO THE HELL HAS TIME FOR ALL THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A BABY OR TWO KIDS ALREADY?"
Prioritizing will help, so will friends + family, but you have to ask for it. People can't read minds.
Remember that if YOU are not well, not recovered, then you will not have the energy to take care of others.
But if you reach out, embrace the change and get the recovery tools in your daily life, slowly, but surely, the reward will be picking up your little one without pain and marching forward into your badass recovery.
Here's what has worked for me:
Massage - My hands fall asleep while breastfeeding and I can barely scoop up Bode from his crib, apparently it's due to carpal tunnel post delivery and will return to normal once I finish breastfeeding. Massage is also great for really tight shoulders, neck and back from holding this bowling ball all day long!
Acupuncture - c-section scar healing and increased blood flow. I lost a lot of blood with my boy and we are working like dogs to get everything replenished. Weak blood flow = dark circles, tiredness, low energy and nightmares.
Walking a few times a week - energy flow, heart pumping, good for my mind and soul.
DoTerra Essential oils - I rub lavender and frankinsence over my scar and it's helped the inflammation and redness. My acupuncturist calls my scar 'angry.' Can't help but giggle.
Baby probiotics - Babies born via c-sections have weaker digestive systems and need a little help with their tummies.
Would love to read in the comments below what has worked for you! Hope this helps!