Finding The Motivation to Exercise After Having A C-Section

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Photo by Stuart Miles.

As a new mom, it’s hard finding the motivation to exercise after having a C-Section.  I remember being there myself.

But what’s even harder for C-Section moms is that you can’t do any real exercise until several weeks after having C-Section surgery. Sometimes it can be months.

But it gets worse. Often when the time comes that you can begin exercising you lose the motivation.  That’s what happened to me.  Continue reading

C-Section Preparation From A Labor & Delivery Nurse

c-section preparationIf you’ve ever wondered what C-Section preparation takes place just prior to surgery, you’ll find today’s post especially helpful and informative.

I have with us Cassie Phillips, a labor and deliver nurse who has so kindly offered to contribute a guest post sharing with us what happens during the C-Section preparation phase. Cassie will also be discussing  why C-Sections most often occur, the differences between planned, unplanned and emergency C-Sections and a few details about having a C-Section that you may not already know.

Take it away Cassie…

It doesn’t matter if this is your first baby or tenth; first c-section or seventh, every delivery is different.  As a labor and delivery nurse I’ll share with you my experiences with regard to C-Section preparation and I encourage your questions below.  Continue reading

6 Important Things I’ve Discovered About Having a C-Section

having a C-SectionSince I began my C-Section research ten years ago I’ve discovered a few importing things about having a C-Section.

I’ve not only made new discoveries with regard to the C-Section procedure and how it’s changed, I’ve also seen how first time moms and moms in general perceive C-Sections and their attitudes toward other moms who have C-Sections.

Here I’ll share some of my thoughts and I invite you to add your ideas, comments or experiences as well 🙂 Continue reading

Tubal Ligation After C-Section – Procedure, Recovery & Reversal

tubal ligation after c-sectionWhen I had my second child I had a tubal ligation after my C-Section.

The procedure was easily done right at the time of my C-Section surgery and there was virtually no impact on recovery that I could tell.

However the biggest concerns for many women are how the tubal ligation after C-Section is done, the risks, recovery and reversing the procedure.

All great concerns that we’ll discuss here…

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Effects of C-Section Pain Medication When Breastfeeding

c-section pain medication when breastfeedingI’ve often heard that the effects of C-Section pain medication when breastfeeding are minimal and won’t harm baby.

I’ve also heard doctors recommend delaying breastfeeding for at least 2-3 days after surgery because pain medication can enter breast milk and is dangerous for baby.

So which is it?

And if C-Section pain medication does affect your breast milk how does it affect your baby?

The effects of C-Section pain medication on your baby depends on the medication.

For example, the use of oral medications such as Oxycodone* when breastfeeding not only cause infant drowsiness, it can cause central nervous system depression; even death according a article on the use of Oxycodone while breastfeeding.

Now that’s scary to me.

Many C-Section pain medications used cause nothing more than some drowsiness in baby, however some medications offer more dangerous side effects for your baby.

Here’s a run down of the possible pain drugs administered when having a C-Section and what to look out for. Continue reading