How to prepare and recover from c-section

Did you know 1 in 4 babies in the Ireland are delivered via Caesarean section (c-section)?  Some women will be offered an elective c-section from 39 weeks of pregnancy for medical reasons, whilst for some women, an emergency c-section may be the optimal choice of birthing their baby, given their individual needs and circumstances.

Our midwives have information, and top tips and advice on all aspects of c-sections, whether it is an emergency c-section, or planned, and how best to plan for your recover.


Our midwife written blogs cover in detail what will happen on the day of your c-section, and how to plan and prepare yourself

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Preparing for your planned, or elective, c-section is just as important as preparing for your labour and vaginal birth.

Understanding why an emergency c-section may be offered to you and what happens during one will help you feel informed, prepared and more at ease, were you to need one.

Skin to skin contact with your newborn – this can still be an option after most c-sections. In some cases, it may not happen immediately, or it may happen initially between your baby and your partner. Just remember that all skin-to-skin contact is beneficial.

Plan for your recovery with your partner and support network ahead of time, if possible. You will have had major abdominal surgery and your recovery will be slow - you will need all the help you can get.

Side effects of a c-section that you may not expect include trapped wind (giving you shoulder pain!), difficulty and pain when coughing, laughing or getting off the sofa, and numbness around your scar

Selfcare after a c-section is essential. From looking after your wound, to getting plenty of rest and eating nourishing foods - make sure to prioritise your wellbeing

Top 5 tips for recovery from c-section

  1. Take it easy, your body needs time to mend, avoid lifting heavy objects – your abdominal muscles have been significantly weakened and lifting anything too heavy may cause you future back and abdominal muscle problems.
  2. Your body needs fresh, nutrient rich food to recover and plenty of soluble fibre (fruits, vegetables and wholegrains) to help with bowel movements.
  3. Access help wherever possible with day-to-day chores and jobs, by asking your partner, family, older children, friends for assistance or if possible, hire some help.
  4. A curved nursing cushion can provide you with support and help prevent soreness when you are resting, holding or feeding your baby.
  5. Take regular pain relief prescribed or recommended by your doctor or midwife to keep on top of your discomfort.

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