Getting the right balance after a C-section is extremely important. Your body needs to recover and rest is very much needed. Rest whenever you get the opportunity in the first 4-6 weeks. Whenever the baby is sleeping, forget the housework and take a nap too (and anyone who knows me personally will know that me saying forget the house work is not something to be taken lightly.)
Eventually your body will start to feel like yours again and exercise can help the healing process along. A good form of general exercise is walking, starting with as little as 5-10 minutes daily and gradually building the time up to 30-40 minutes over the first 2 months.
Your lower trunk will also need to be strengthened and stabilised. This includes pelvic floor muscle exercises – which should not be forgotten by any women, not just those who are post c-section. Pelvic floor exercise should be carried out at least 3 times a day. Holding a contraction for 10 seconds and doing 10 reps of these, and also doing a quick contraction with a quick release also doing 10 reps of these.
Transversus abdominal exercises are another main area to focus on, (which includes pelvic tilts).
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the bed. Pull in your tummy and tilt your pelvis up, flattening out the lower back. Hold this position for 2-3 seconds and then slowly relax half way. Continue tilting your pelvis up and relaxing to the half way position. Aim for the movement to be slow and smooth.
If you are suffering from any pain and would like to book an appointment, please contact me on 0544485086 or by email to email@example.com. I can arrange to see you in Bishvilaych Women’s Comprehensive Medical Centre in Givat Shaul, Jerusalem or a home visit if you live in Gush Etzion.