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