I didn’t expect to have a C section. It was my one and only request for my birth– No C sections! So I never researched or prepared for having one. Three days later I am home and suffering all kinds of weird side effects with no clue what to do. While most of my side effects– swelling, and hives — don’t happen to everyone the pain and lack of mobility do. Here are my top 5 C-section must-haves that helped me during the recovery stage.
C Section Must Haves:
- HALO® Bassinest™ swivel sleeper Premiere c/o– I can’t say enough how helpful this has been over the last 8 weeks. Everything hurt for me when I would stand, sit up, sit down or basically move! I know that isn’t the case for everyone who has a C section but because I had a ton of swelling ( my legs doubled in size!) I was in a lot of pain. The HALO pulled right up to my side of the bed making it easier to nurse, soothe, and check on Olivia right from bed. I didn’t have to get up. When I did the bassinet swivels so I could easily get out of bed without having to move it. It is super sturdy and more than once I had to use it to catch my balance. For me, the see-through sides and collapsible wall were really handy for checking on the baby while she slept. I choose the premiere edition for the soothing music, vibration, and nursing timing features. The first 3 weeks would have been miserable without this item from my C section must-haves list!
2. Miracle Milkookies – They told me in the hospital to expect milk delays because of the C section. I was lucky and milk came in right away but it didn’t increase in volume. Olivia was struggling to put on weight and I was frustrated trying to produce more milk. I found these cookies and they actually worked! Olivia put on weight at her appointment two days after I received my first order. They taste great too; like a regular chocolate chip cookie. I tried another bar out which worked great but I had trouble with the flavor. The cookies come baked and shipped right to your door. I order two weeks at a time to save on shipping.
3. C Panty – At the hospital, they gave me a stomach binder but it was so hard to get on and off myself. Without the help of nurses, I knew I needed to find an alternative. These panties keep just enough pressure on the incision to relieve some of the pain and pressure. I bought the high-waisted version but I wish I bought the classic. These are expensive but SO worth it.
4. A pump kit – I received the Thermal Gel Pads and Medela hand pump as a gift. Who knew they would be so important! The gel pads can be used hot or cold and they really help with all things breastfeeding. They even clip-on while you pump to help increase milk supply. The handpump was great the first few weeks while I stayed in bed a lot. It was easier to use than the electric pump they gave me in the hospital and for some reason, I get twice as much milk with the hand pump.
5. Owlet Smart c/o – I tried everything I could to not move much the first week but I was so paranoid about the baby. The Owlet sock helped ease my paranoia so that I could get a bit more rest. It sends stats directly to my phone so I know Olivia is sleeping soundly. Check out my full review on the Owlet.
Bonus C section must-haves: Uber EATS – This is so spoiled but I just didn’t want to cook those few weeks. I was tired from pumping every two hours even at night and my body felt exhausted. So thankful that we have this in our area now. I would get a chipotle brown rice bowl almost every day to help increase my milk supply. Again, I know super spoiled. If you have a friend or family member who will come cook for you say YES! I couldn’t eat much those first few weeks but I really needed the fuel to charge up my body.
All items marked c/o were gifted to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.