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Just wondering for those of you who have had a c/s and already have another child/children (sorry finding hard to phrase this question). How did you find caring for your other child whilst recovering from your c/s- not being able to hold your child (6 weeks)... etc..... How did your child find this- and how old was your child at the time of your recovery???
I went ok my DD was 3 the week i came home with DD2 i found it alright for her to climb up on my lap for cuddles when mum went home DD2 was nearly 2 weeks and cause she had a nappy on at sleep time i would put the change mat on her bed and she would climb up by herself so then i wouldnt have to lift her.
I think i did alot more this time after rather than leave everything for DH dut at 4 weeks i hung out my 1st load of washing:rolleyes: and also swept as got sick of asking for it to be done. I was a bit saw after that but i took Voltaren and that worked really well. Kaylee did mis being picked up but i said to her remember that mummy has a sore tummy and then she would kiss it and say mummy go to the doctor now. I lifted her again just before 6 weeks and that was fine didnt hurt just found her heavy after lifting only a newborn.
Good Luck to you hope everything goes well:thumbsup:
Cheeky Little Monkey
DD1 was 16 months when I came home with DD2.
I will admit that it was very hard not being able to pick her up etc more so from the fact that SHE didnt understand why I couldnt pick her up.
Bathing her was a problem when DH wasnt around to put her in and out of the bath, but we overcame this by putting a large babybath in the bottom of the shower and made a bit of a game out of it for her.
Prior to the c-section we tried to get her used to climbing up to me to sit on my lap on the lounge etc .
It is hard, but if you are careful it is managable.
I found it quite challenging caring for the other children. I was lifting my other kids from 2 days post op tho, there was no choice.. I had a 4 yr old, 3 yr old and 12 month old as well as a newborn.. my 12 month old was not walking so what other option was there when I am caring for them!
you just have to try and lift more carefully, take it easy and get as much help as you can.
It is hard work but definitely manageable! I'm a bit nervous about when we have #5 though!
well jaxon who was (3) knew that my belly was off limits because i was pregnant anyways, i didn't find it too difficult. He didn't really need picking up that often anyways. If he needed a cuddle i just sat on the edge of the lounge and put a pillow in front of me and let him stand between my legs and cuddle me like that. I had help from dp too but that was only for 1 week as he had to go back to sydney. You work around it the best you can:)
Is this your first csec? I found it was harder & longer to recover from my first csec when I had DS. My second cs, when I had Evie, was a better recovery than the first as I had other responsibilities that just couldn't be put to the side. Yes, my DS was older when Evie was born (6), but he still needed me to be his mum too...... I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it all falls into place - just make sure you do take it easy though & not do too much all at once :)
Really interested to read the replies to this post, as I'm due to have my 2nd c/s in just under a week and I am a little concerned about how I will cope looking after my 2yo - esp as she loves climbing onto me and being picked up!! I will have DH around for the 1st three weeks, so I'm hoping I should be feeling good by then, will let you know!!
I've had 3 c/s first was very painful afterwards as I had an emergency c/s I had trouble looking after 1. Second one was easy #1 was 2 and was really good. my third c/s 14wks ago was not too bad had my mum help for the first to weeks with #1 who was 5 and #2 who was 3.
They both understood my tummy had been cut open to have him and behaved themselves. was a bit hard for #2 cause she is so cuddly and was used to me picking her up and cuddling all the time.
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