Natural Cesarean Recovery Remedies

Natural Cesarean Recovery Remedies

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Cesarean recovery. What to expect? What is not normal? Let’s back the conversation up to what is a cesarean section or c-section? Cesarean delivery (Csection) is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through incisions in the abdomen and uterus. A Csection might be planned ahead of time if you develop pregnancy complications or you’ve had a previous Csection and aren’t considering a natural birth after cesarean (VBAC). This is MAJOR abdominal surgery. Your doctor will make an incision that is roughly 6 inches long cutting through the skin, fat, and muscle. Most incisions are low on the abdomen made side to side, often called a “bikini” incision. Once inside the abdominal cavity, your doctor will then “open” the uterus by making another an incision. This uterus opening is cut “just wide enough” for your baby to fit through. One doctor will support the baby through the incision and apply traction as needed, while another doctor forcefully pushes the top of your uterus to help push your baby out. Once your baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is cut, and the placenta is removed. Your newborn baby will be held up for you to see before being whisked away for fluid will be suctioned out of your baby’s mouth and nose, vitals taken and other after birth procedures the hospital performs. After the extraction of your baby and placenta, your doctor then cleans and stitches up the uterus and layers of the abdomen. Closing incisions takes the bulk of surgery time.


Computer generated view of c-section & reasons why a c-section may be necessary


Live footage of a c-section

Natural Cesarean Recovery Remedies

  • Rest: Make rest your BFF. Your body experienced a major surgery, with or without hours of labor, plus the 10-ish months it took your body to  grow a living, breathing, unique human. Make your turn to rest a priority.
  • Good nutrition: Foods are fuel and all post part mamas need to eat good nutrition to aid in recovery. It is of even more importance to eat for healing post surgery. Eating lots colorful fruits and vegetables and protein-rich foods.
  • Prenatal supplements: They can fill in for any area you lack in your current daily food intake. Most prenatal supplements contain iron which is needed to rebuild your blood cells. Zinc and vitamin C also aid in proper wound healing.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink, drink drink. The better your hydration level the faster you recover. As an added bonus, it assists in milk production and keeps the bowels regular for less straining durning postpartum pooping.
  • Up your fiber intake: Speaking of poop, constipation post c-section is not only common (ugg!) it is very uncomfortable. Add high fiber foods like prunes, lentils, blackberries, avocados, chia seeds and any other of your favorites to keep things chugging along smoothly.
  • Heat therapy: Adding low heat can assist in healing by improving circulation and blood flow to a targeted area. A heating pad set on “low” or warm compresses will ease the pain around your abdomen and incision. Not only does the added heat heal damaged tissue, it also aids in relaxation and soothing sore muscles.
  • Belly binding: Bengkung Belly Binding is the art of wrapping a postpartum women’s belly for physical support and to help hasten the healing and recovery process after childbirth. This is a sacred practice, if you can find someone who provides this ceremony service, I encourage you to invest in the experience. Binding can help repair diastasis recti (ab separation), adds support for internal organs, and aids in the return of uterus to its prepregnancy size. Post c-section, it is recommended to wait for binding until 6 weeks postpartum.
  • Scar massage: Massaging the incision site has shown reduction in chronic pain, reducing scar tissue and improving your skins elasticity. (Here is a video how to!)
  • Healing salves: Cocoa butter and vitamin E oil have been mama approved for years. There are many items out on the market. Search for one that is all natural and organic! This one from Earth Mama Organics is a tried and true favorite.

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What is normal post c-section surgery? What indicates a call to my doctor?

Post surgery, you will likely feel some soreness in the incision area.  It is also normal to experience some bleeding or discharge up to six weeks post surgery date. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, call your doctor:

  • swelling, redness or oozing pus from the incision
  • incision pain or pain around the incision location
  • fever of more than 100.4°F (38°C)
  • discharge from the yoni that is bad-smelling
  • heavy yoni bleeding
  • redness or swelling in your leg(s)
  • breathing difficulty
  • chest pain
  • pain in your breasts
  • feeling sad or dark mood that never leaves
  • thoughts of hurting your baby

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Intentionally Present, Elena Sonnino Season 1 Episode 15

Intentionally Present

Elena Sonnino discusses being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, doing everything you were told is not possible, being intentionally present, taking on others’ emotions, and pranayama.   

This episode is for anyone that is facing a serious disease, looking to switch their perspective, hearing the impossible happen and living with intention.

Malcolm did hit us with his favorite line to have mama come running for assistance…again. You will hear him yelling a little bit.

Since recording together, Elena has started her own podcast, Sunrise in your pocket. Her podcast is geared at becoming the go-to disruptor for anyone who needs a reminder to get out of their own way so that they can reconnect to the inner strength and wisdom that is always with you. It is a gentle nudge. An outstretched hand. A friend who knows just when you need a boost.  

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Finding your SOUL, Jennifer Lyall Season 1 Episode 14

Finding your SOUL

Jennifer Lyall discusses discovering and embracing your soul’s purpose, the vicious cycle of not believing in your self, sacred places, signs from the universe, finding actionable power in your own backyard, and animal medicine.

This episode is for anyone that is soul searching, curious about seeing and recognizing signs, and ready to take action in your own neighborhood.

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“We all came here to do something special in the world. Sometimes it’s hard to know what that “something special” is. I can tell you, that you’ve been doing it in some way your whole life. It’s something unique that you do. And it’s magic. It’s time to believe in your magic, your unique gifts that only you can share, by connecting with your soul, developing your intuition (your soul is talking to you all the time!) and standing in your truth, being your authentic self. The world needs you. It’s time let them see your True Self, I can show you how to live in alignment in you personal life and career. It’s ok for you to be you.” – Jennifer Lyall, Connect to U

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Ignite your intuition, Willow Bradner Season 1 Episode 13

Ignite Your Intuition

Willow Bradner discusses how she became the girl who speaks to dead people, spirit “kidnappers”, tight butt syndrome, self sabotage and postpartum in relation to the soul.  

This episode is for anyone who is searching to light up their intuition, add more perspective to postpartum and understand how their limiting beliefs are in correlation to each chakra in their energetic being.

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  • 3:00 Using your intuition as a GPS
  • 4:00 Speaking to dead people
  • 8:00 Day after reactions to dead people channeling
  • 9:00 Soul kidnappers & soul jumping
  • 12:00 Building foundation, trusting intuition
  • 16:00 Drinking the kool aid as followers
  • 22:00 Perceptions
  • 25:00 Five glass ceilings, what is the most common?
  • 29:00 Self recognition beyond rewarding self with food or expensive thing
  • 31:00 Stretching your joy ceiling
  • 33:00 Postpartum and not being grounded or connected to self
  • 39:00 Tight butt syndrome & the chakras
  • 44:00 Religion and intuition…do they mix?
  • 47:00 Victim & the scapegoat
  • 50:00 Husband’s current reaction to channeling ability
  • 52:00 Rise to Ignite Program
  • Book: Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill (Do the Audible version!) & The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
  • Spirit Animal: Hummingbird
  • Crystal: Amazonite
  • Spirit Cats by Nicole Piar 


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“Yesterday I did a medium reading. The client asked towards the end how to handle her FEARS that kept coming up. The response I received woke me. And it woke me again at 3am this morning in a dream. I told my client – the same I will tell you now. The voice from the other side explained, “The fear you are experiencing is not yours…It is the fear left over from the women that came before you.” – Willow Bradner, Accidental Psychic


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This stage of life

This stage of life. It’s hard, you guys.

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I’m talking right now to you moms who are in your late 20’s to mid 30’s. You have kids. Likely two, three, maybe four of them. They probably range in age from newborns to 7 or 8 year-olds. (Give or take a few, on all of the above mentioned stats).

In this stage of life, you are dealing with exhaustion. Mental, physical, and emotional.

In this stage of life, you are dealing with teething. With ear infections. With stomach viruses. You are juggling nap schedules, and feeding schedules and soccer, dance, or cheer schedules. A million balls you are juggling, and you probably feel like you are dropping most of them.

In this stage of life, you are dealing with guilt. Guilt over having a career, and not spending enough time with your kids, or guilt over staying home with your kids, and not doing enough to contribute financially. Guilt over being too harsh with your kids. Too lenient. Guilt that your house is clean, but your kids were ignored, or guilt that you enjoyed your children all day, and now your husband is coming home to filth. Guilt.

In this stage of life, you are bombarded daily with a whole host of decisions. Some of them life-changing, some of them not. None of them with clear cut answers. Do I vaccinate my kids? Do I not? Do I send them to public school? Homeschool? Charter school? Do I continue to breastfeed? Do I blow the budget so that I can buy all organic? Do I force my child to apologize, even though the apology will be insincere? You don’t know the answers to ANYTHING, but you feel constant pressure to figure out EVERYTHING.

This stage of life is less and less about watching your friends get married and have babies, and more and more about standing by and witnessing your friends struggle in their marriage, and even get divorced. It’s a stage where you’ve got to put in the time and the effort and the work and the energy to make sure your OWN marriage stays healthy. And that’s good, but it’s hard, too. At this point, you or someone you know has experienced infertility. Miscarriages. Loss of a child.

It’s a stage where you are buying houses, selling houses, remodeling houses, packing up houses. And then you do it all again a few years later.

It’s a stage where your hormones are all out of whack. I mean, you’ve basically been pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding for the last ten years, right?

It’s a stage where you are struggling with identity. Is my entire identity “mommy”? Is there anything even left of me that isn’t about mothering? Is there something more glamorous I could have/should have done with my life? I LOOK like a mom now, don’t I? I totally do.

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It’s a stage where you are on a constant quest for balance, and can never find it.

It’s a stage of life where you are overloaded. Constantly. You are overloaded with questions. Your children never stop asking them. You are overloaded with touch. Someone is constantly wanting to be held, holding on to you, hanging on to you, touching you. You are overloaded with to-do’s. There is so much to do. It never ends. You are overloaded with worry. You are overloaded with THINGS. Your kids have way too many toys. You are overloaded with activities. You are overloaded with THOUGHTS (thoughts about how to not be so overloaded, perhaps?).

It’s hard.

So….what do you need to do to survive it all?

You need to ask for help.

You need to accept help when it’s given.

You need to not neglect your marriage. You need to put your kids down for bed early. Sit outside on the back porch with your husband, drink a glass of wine, and have a conversation.

You need girlfriends.

You need your mom.

You need older friends, who have been there and done that. Who can reassure you that you AREN’T screwing it all up as badly as you think you are.

You need to not feel bad about using your kids nap time every now and again to just do whatever the heck you want.

You need to lower your expectations….then probably lower them again.

You need to simplify. Simplify every single part of your life, as much as it can be simplified.

You need to learn how to say “no”.

You need to practice contentment.

You need to be ok leaving your kids overnight, and going away somewhere. Anywhere.

You need to do something you enjoy, every day, even if it’s for no more than 15 minutes.

You need to pray. Girl, you need to pray.

You need a coffee you love, a wine you love, and a bubble bath that you love.

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Finally, and maybe most importantly, you need to remember that…..

….this stage of life is beautiful, too. Like, really really beautiful. This is the stage of life where every single older person you ever meet tells you, “you’re going to miss this”. And you already know it’s true. It’s the stage where your kids love you more than they are EVER going to love you again, for the whole rest of your life. It’s the stage where they can fit their entire selves into your lap to snuggle…and they want to. It’s the stage where their biggest problems ARE ear infections and teething and stomach viruses, and you’re not having to deal yet with things like broken hearts or addiction or bullying. It’s the stage where you are learning to love your spouse in an entirely different….harder…..better…. way. The stage where you are learning together, being stretched together, shedding your selfishness together, and TRULY being made into “one”. It’s the stage where you get to see Christmas, Halloween through your kids eyes, and it’s so much more fun and magical than it would be just through your own eyes. It’s the stage of life filled with field trips, class parties, costumes, swim lessons, bubble baths, dance parties, loose teeth, and first steps. And those things are so fun. It’s the stage where you are young enough to have fun, and old enough to have obtained at least SOME wisdom. It’s SUCH a great stage.

But, man it’s hard.

-Hayley Hengst