Accelerate Cesarean Recovery with Hypnosis
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A cesarean section is major abdominal surgery. For 1-5% of mothers and babies, cesarean sections are life-saving. While for others, it’s an unexpected intervention or an informed choice.
Healing from a cesarean section can take up to eight weeks or even longer. While the muscles and tissues need time to heal, there are a few things you can do to speed up your healing process.
It’s recommended to get up and out of bed within 24 hours of having a cesarean section. This will help ease any gas pain, help you have a bowel movement, and prevent blood clots. You might be recommended to use compression socks to help with circulation and prevent blood clots. While walking is good for your recovery, avoid climbing stairs. This can cause your incision to open back up. This counts for getting in and out of bed. Make sure to roll onto your side and then onto your back. Don’t lift anything heavier than your baby. Avoiding any movement that could put too much pressure on your incision.
Make sure to stay nourished and hydrated. Good nutrition always aids in rapid healing. While taking care of yourself physically is important, it’s just as important to take care of your emotional well-being. Take time to reflect on your birth, write it down and talk about it when you’re ready. Taking the time to rest is extremely important. We all know how we feel after a bad night’s sleep. Adequate sleep will aid in your physical, mental, and emotional recovery. In the first weeks your baby will sleep more, this is the time to really sleep when your baby is sleeping. Ask for help with cooking and cleaning from friends, family, or a doula. Many postpartum doulas offer massage which is amazing for any postpartum mother and massaging your feet and legs is recommended to prevent blood clots.
Hypnobirthing has gained massive popularity in the last decade. Especially when Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, used it to ease her hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition which causes a women to vomit severely during pregnancy. For more than 150 years hypnosis has been used to treat everything from anxiety to pain. Treating fears and phobias, enhancing sports performance, weight loss, addiction, and so much more. In 2003, a small study led by Carol Ginandes of Harvard Medical School proved that hypnosis speed up wound healing and recovery. By using the mind to make structural changes to the body she was able to prove how hypnosis does in fact accelerate healing at tissue level.
Mindful Hypnobirthing is now offering a gentle cesarean workshop to prepare you for a gentle cesarean birth.
Massaging your scar is so much more important than you think. Scar tissue lays down its fibers in all different directions. It can attach itself to your organs and cause adhesions in your abdomen. Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that can bind one organ to another. After having a cesarean section it’s very common to have adhesions on your colon, ovary, bladder, and uterus. This can cause pain in your lower back, incontinence, problems with your pelvic floor, and painful sex. Massaging will help to release scar tissue and heal your fascia. You can use olive oil, coconut oil or any other natural oil to massage your scar. Take a look at how you can massage your cesarean scar.
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