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- Accept help from everyone who offers - don't try to be a super-mom and do everything by yourself. The people asking truly want to help and will be honored if you accept. Every little bit of help you get is that much less you have to do. Even if it's just 15 minutes for you to sit down and relax. Accept the help even if you don't want your mother-in-law over doing laundry or your Dad mowing your lawn. Whatever help is offered, accept it.
- Take care of yourself. You cannot be a good mother if you don't take care of yourself as well. Make sure you set up your schedule so that you have some time to do what you need every day whether it's a long, hot bath or a walk in the woods. Whatever you need, make sure you get your husband and others to help you get the time you need to take care of yourself.
- If you're nursing, ask your husband to get you a big drink of water or juice every time you sit down to nurse. You don't want to get dehydrated.
Congrats again. Enjoy this time since it's gone in a flash.
I have no advice on the birth part, but did have surgery which was similar to the C-section.
I found that it took a good 8 weeks to get my "mojo" back and that didn't include caring for a newborn.
I was able to get into the pool pretty soon after, but couldn't swim hard. I did a lot of walking, though was a little leery of tripping. At about 4 weeks I was able to sort of "jog", but could feel a little pulling over the incision area. Lots of speed walking was actually a better cardio workout.
Funny enough, the bike was the last thing to return to. Being bent over was not at all comfortable! There was no way I could have ridden in the aero position for a couple of months.
After about a week, I went down to the dojo and did some very easy hitting on the bag, not even getting the body into it. Just back and forth with the arms. That was a pretty good cardio workout at the beginning. No kicking or real punching for 8 weeks. No ab work for about 6 weeks.
Hope that helps.
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As far as the incision pain, yes I felt it...for months (MONTHS) afterwards, especially when doing pilates. Just take it easy and listen to your body, which is sounds like that is your exact plan.
CONGRATS on your new little baby!!
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Thanks for all of the advice everyone. We are taking advantage of any and all help being offered. It sounds like it's going to be slow to recover. I tend to do stupid things but I am going to do my best not to do too much too soon.
The only thing I can caution is - don't press it within the first 6 weeks, I thought I was all cool loading the dishwasher - I was not, I was dumb, sore and tired !
Tri Hard !
Did nothing but walking for 6 weeks.
Then started swimming.
Started easy riding to and from work at 4 months.
Started running at 6 months.
Was doing crit racing by 7 months.
Did IMWA at 20 months. ;-)
I basically took up the sports in the reverse order I stopped doing them (ran til week 25, road til week 30, and swam til week of). FWIW, I took it pretty easy but I had incision pain for almost 18 months, as my incision had trouble healing (I had to use steri-strips for almost 6 weeks post-op). I still have bladder sensitivity today. Oh and DON'T FORGET YOUR KEGELS!
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I had a c-section four years ago (June 2008) and it took about 6 weeks to start running slowly. The biking came back much more slowly, not for physical reasons, but for lack of time. I had an 18 month old and a newborn back then plus was breastfeeding the little one, so a few hours away on a bicycle was not an option! But I was able to pick up the mileage by the 8th week and lost all the babyfat by the 3 month mark so felt human again. Can't advise you on swimming as I didn't pick that up until '06.
Enjoy the new baby, it' so exciting to have a little one in the house.
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