Just because you are having twins, doesn’t mean you will be having a c-section, however, there are a lot of doctors that do suggest a c-section to avoid some of the complications that can happen with twin births. My doctor was one of those. With her, I didn’t have an option when we found out Baby A was breech. Before we even knew that, she had mentioned that she was not a fan of turning babies and even if both babies were head down, Baby B could turn while pushing Baby A out, that was one of the reasons she encouraged a C-section. There are doctors that will be willing to work with you if you would like to do a Vaginal birth. Find out your options.
If it is the case that you need to have a C-section, don’t be worried or concerned! It doesn’t have to be a horrible recovery. Here are a few tips that I found helpful. I recovered very well and quickly, and you can too!
- As soon as they let you (usually when they remove your catheter) get up and walk around. It may be hard at first and you may not feel up to it, but it will make a huge difference!! Try to walk the halls a few times a day while you are in the hospital. This will help you so your muscles aren’t stiff and adds in recovery so much.
My story: My twins were in the NICU the second day for 24 hours. I had sent my husband home that night to get some sleep because I needed him fully rested during the day. I let the NICU feed them during the night, but I wanted to nurse them as early as I could in the morning. The NICU was a mile away from the maternity ward, I swear. Okay, so not really, but it was on the other side of the hospital. I didn’t realize that I could ask a nurse to wheel me down there. Which I should have done. So here is me, walking what felt like a mile by myself just 1 day after I had my c-section to nurse my babies. I was so exhausted when I got back to my room and was in tears. Although I don’t recommend this, I really feel like the walking back and forth that day help my recovery. I really had no problems when I got home form the hospital with walking, even upstairs. I’ve heard many people suggest this too.
- Keep up on your pain meds at least for 6-7 days. You may feel like you are doing well and so you lay off the pain meds, and then bam, the pain hits you in the gut (literally) and it’s hard to get back on top of it. Millions of nursing moms take Motrin and Percocet and there has been no link to side affects in the baby. If anything it may make them sleepy, and hey, that’s a good thing when you are trying to recover from a major abdominal surgery. If you don’t like the way Percocet makes you feel, ask for Lortab, or vise versa. After day 6, I stopped taking Percocet and just did Motrin for a few days and I felt great.
- GET a Postpartum Binder! Ask for one! If they don’t have one in the hospital, buy one from Amazon or Motherhood Maternity.I wore mine the day I got home from the hospital 24/7 for 2 weeks. It helped me sleep! While the muscles are recovering, it feels like all your “insides want to be on your outsides” (Brian Regan reference). Seriously, though it feels like everything is going to fall out when laying on you side. The binder keeps it all in. It also gives your support and protection during the day. It is a MUST!
- Use long maxi pads to give you extra padding on your tummy and protect your incision from that lovely counter or table that always seems to be there, or even baby’s legs kicking you. It will also help if any blood leaks through your bandage. Change it regularly to keep it dry.
Hope this helps! Let me know if these tips did. Please also let us know what other tips are helpful!