Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I didn’t plan to have a C-section, but I ended up having one. The recovery was more than I had expected. For the first few weeks after my daughter was born, I felt very wounded.
In the hospital, the beds and chairs are hard and adjustable, and that’s actually better than soft furniture after a C-section. I thought that it would be great to get home to my comfortable house, but actually I found that it was best to sit on a high, hard chair and put my feet up on a nursing stool. That was much easier to get out of than a soft couch or bed.
Another thing that helped me to get comfortable nursing my daughter was my Boppy nursing pillow. That helped me to get my daughter into a good position to nurse. It took a few weeks after my C-section before I started feeling better.
—Dina Strachan, MD, a mom of one five-year-old daughter, a dermatologist and director of Aglow Dermatology, and an assistant clinical professor in the department of dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York City .