C SECTION RECOVERY TIMELINE
a short series of videos helping new moms take a proactive role in their c section recovery
6 years ago I was a young, first time mom. I had a textbook easy pregnancy, everything went perfectly. Barely any nausea or back pain, perfectly round belly, and I kept my energy right until the last day.
My water broke in the middle of the night- I thought I had peed my pants. But a quick trip to the doctor confirmed otherwise, and before I knew it we were headed to the hospital to meet our first baby.
Smiling and naive, I was more worried about making sure I had my phone charger than I was about labor.
"Labor is natural. My body was meant to do this, it's no big deal I told myself. And if it get's bad I'll just get an epidural, I've got this."
I completely took for granted that I would have a vaginal delivery.
34 hours later, I found myself flat on my back in the operating room. Cold, nauseous, and shaking from the nerves, I was having a c section.
That was not part of the plan.
That was not how I wanted to start my life as a new mom.
Why was this happening to me? When so many women around me managed to have vaginal deliveries, why was I the only one having a c section.
Ok, obviously I'm not the only one to have a c section. (In fact, around 33% of mothers in the US experience a c section.)
But it certainly felt that way.
I felt alone.
I was in a great deal of pain, struggling to bond with my baby because all I could focus on was making sure I always had a pillow nearby in case I needed to cough.
Or move in any direction.
And when I finally got to go home the only instructions I got on how to care for myself were "Don't lift anything heavier than the baby."
Super helpful. NOT!
I didn't know how to care for my scar, I wasn't sure if I could safely shower. Every night was a new personal hell as I tried to find the right combination of pillows to help me sleep.
And don't even get me started on breastfeeding or the fog I was in because of all the pain killers.
I was a hot mess. And 10 days into motherhood, I was re-hospitalized because of an infection.
My c section recovery had just gone from bad to worse.
Then what happened?
Overtime I healed. It took a while but I eventually returned to all of my normal activities.
Then I went on to have a second c section (that's another long story). But this time my recovery was different. I couldn't quite put my finger on it but it had been easier.
Not easy. But easier.
How could that be, what was the difference?
The Difference in Recovery
Eventually I figured out the difference in my second c section recovery.
I knew what to expect.
I knew how to take care of myself, how to manage the pain, the best positions for sleep, and how to bond with my baby.
My husband knew how to support me. We were prepared.
Because we had done this before.
And then it hit me: women shouldn't have to have more than one c section to know how to take care of themselves.
They should have access to information from day one.
Or better yet, before they even have a c section.
C SECTION RECOVERY TIMELINE
My c section recovery timeline originally started as a long, detailed post on my blog where I shared exactly what to expect during the first two months of your c section recovery.
That post got so popular and so many women loved it that I turned it into a free email series, and eventually it became this short video series.
C SECTION RECOVERY TIMELINE was created for c section moms who want quick, actionable steps to start feeling better.
C SECTION RECOVERY TIMELINE is the answer to some of the most common questions women ask after their cesarean delivery, including:
- What can I do to have a better recovery?
- How do I take care of my older kids?
- What about maintaining my house when I'm recovering?
Whether you are preparing for a scheduled c section or you're already recovering from a cesarean birth, this is the course for you!
I'm Jenn, a two time c section mom and I'm passionate about helping you have an informed c section recovery!
Frequently Asked Questions
After my first c section I was young, scared, and had no clue what to expect!
I was a brand new mom, struggling to connect with my baby and catch up on sleep - recovering from a c section was not part of my plan!
The pain I was experiencing was tremendous and I spent hours crying....wondering why my body had failed me and begging God to help me feel better soon so that I could be a better mom to my baby.
Fast forward three-and-a-half years and I was recovering from yet another c section.
But this time everything was different.
I wasn't a scared, young mom. I was empowered. And I was going to crush my c section recovery.
Because I knew what to expect.
I knew when my pain would get worse and when it would get better. I knew how to take care of myself properly, I knew how to heal AND be a mom at the same time. My husband knew how to take care of me better - we were a well-oiled, c section recovery machine!
Because we'd done it before!!
And then one night it hit me- you shouldn't have to have two c sections just so you can learn what to do to have a better recovery. There should be a resource out there for women to help them recover better the first time!!
So I started writing and creating the c section recovery resources on my blog, which took off!
Every time I wrote a new post about anything related to c sections, the post immediately took off and became one of my top posts of all time!
And then I started getting even more questions.....and here we are!
THE C SECTION RECOVERY MASTERCLASS is my answer to women who are having c sections and have no clue how to recover.
Did you know that roughly 1/3 of the births in the United States are c sections?! That's an awful lot of women who are being sent home to recover from major surgery, take care of a tiny human, and handle it all with very few resources.
C SECTION RECOVERY MASTERCLASS is the answer to that!!
Let me help you have an informed c section recovery so you can focus on what matters most- your family!!