Cpanty Vs. Abdomend – Abdominal Support After C-Section

motherholdingbabyTwo big things that concern C-Section moms postpartum are pain relief and getting her tummy back in shape.

Short of medication for pain and exercise for shaping up, the best remedy for both these things is to use an abdominal binder.

Abdominal binders or tummy wraps offer abdominal support after having a C-Section by compressing the abdominal tissues to reduce pain, shrink swelling and help you get your shape back sooner.

So which abdominal binders work the best? There are lots of them on the market.

Frankly, anything that can hold your abdominal muscles firmly in place will work. But finding the right abdominal binder for you really comes down to overall comfort, effectiveness and price.

Abdominal binders are available as wraps and pull-ons, each providing a variety of  products to choose from.

From my experiences dealing with C-Section moms there are two products that I think target the concerns of C-Section moms the best…

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Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction In Pregnancy – Get Relief!

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction In PregnancyAre  you pregnant and experiencing pelvic pain?

You may be experiencing symptoms of  Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction or SPD.

What is SPD?

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction in pregnancy is a pelvic joint condition where the ligaments that support your pelvic bone become so relaxed and stretched that your pelvic joint becomes unstable causing pain and/or discomfort.

While I’m not an expert in the area of SPD, Rachel Bloom of  lafeenoire.com is.

In fact Rachel has been kind enough to extend some of her expert advice  on the topic of SPD and how you can get relief. Continue reading →

7 C-Section Birth Stories & Posts I Love

womenI read a lot of C-Section birth stories and posts but these are some of the most enlightening, interesting and fun articles on C-Sections I’ve found so far.

It’s always helpful to get the perspective of other moms and benefit from their experiences, so I wanted to share these posts with you.

Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, find a quiet little spot and enjoy :-)   Continue reading →

C-Section Incision Closure – Staples, Stitches Or Glue?

c-section incision closureWhat’s the best C-Section incision closure method?

You actually have a few options.

Namely staples, stitches or glue.

But what incision closure method is best when having a C-Section?

There’s really no perfect method.  Each has its own pros and cons and results vary from woman to woman.

To help you find a method that’s best for you let’s look at the pros and cons of each and also why doctors might use one method over another.

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Is A Calm, Enjoyable, Worry Free C-Section Really Possible?

worry free c-sectionHave you ever heard the horror stories women have had with their first C-Section and being scared to death?

Or women suffering through their recoveries and having nothing but disdain for their C-Section experience?

I’ve not only read countless stories like that, I was one of those women myself.

I had a wonderful pregnancy with my first baby. I felt good, looked good and just all around loved being pregnant. I had no medical issues, no cause for concern; it was just an ideal pregnancy.  

But I had a C-Section despite all of that.

So we have to ask ourselves if having a calm, enjoyable, worry free C-Section is even possible. 

I think it is. In fact many women do it every day.  

What’s their secret?

There really are no secrets but these women have a few things in common that have helped them.  

So grab a cup of coffee or your favorite snack and let’s make having a C-Section birth the best it can be  :-) Continue reading →

How Planning For C-Section Recovery Helps You Recover Faster

planning for c-section recoveryIf you will be having a C-Section you may be busily planning the birth, the date and hopefully creating your C-Section birth plan, but are you planning for C-Section recovery?

Planning your recovery deserves just as much planning as the birth itself, mainly because for a mom it’s the most difficult part.

One of the things I’ve discovered about recovering from a C-Section is that women who plan their recoveries heal faster and recovery is much easier.

Why?

Because planning requires forethought.  Understanding what you can expect helps you anticipate problems or concerns, meaning you can address them now and avoid surprises later.

I once heard that planning is a basic element of intelligent behavior. I like that ;-)  

But I’ve also experienced in my own life that it’s much better to take a pro-active approach instead of reacting to situations as they occur.  I think that’s true for just about anything.

So how do you plan for C-Section recovery? Continue reading →