Childbirth, whether natural or C-section, can take a toll on your body. It can be hard to get the rest you need to recover with a newborn. However, taking care of your body is just as important as taking care of your newborn. Babywearing is one way moms get chores, errands, and outings accomplished with a baby. Before babywearing after a C-section, you should consult your care provider.
Keep reading to learn more about babywearing after a C-section.
Tips for Babywearing After C-Section
Table of Contents
- When can you start babywearing after C-section?
- How long is the lifting restriction after C-section?
- Can I wear a baby carrier after C-section?
- Would a soft structured carrier work well after a C-section?
- How long is too long to babywear after a C-section?
- Can I use a sling after C-section?
- Can I use a wrap carrier after a C-section?
- Can I use a ring sling after a C-section?
- Can I use a hip seat carrier after a C-section?
- Bonding with baby after C-section
When can you start babywearing after C-section?
The appropriate time to start babywearing after a C-section depends on how quickly your body is recovering. Before babywearing you should consult your Care Provider and listen to your body.
Listen to your care provider
Not one birthing journey is the same, especially when it comes to having a C-section. If you’re wondering when you can start babywearing after surgery, it’s best to first consult with your healthcare provider. They should understand the uniqueness of your surgery that would result in less than or more restrictions than another mother who has had a C-section. As a new mom, it may feel challenging to feel as if you are held back, but listening to the recommendations of your care provider will get you healed quicker so you can start to adjust to your new normal with your little one. Overdoing it can prolong the healing journey, so it’s equally important to listen to your body.
What is your body saying?
Even if you are adhering to your healthcare provider's recommendations, it's equally as important to listen to your body. You have gone through alot, and it’s okay to pause to take the time to heal. Your baby will need you in good health, so it’s best to not overdo it now. Do not force yourself to do anything your body is telling you that you aren’t ready for. Whether that is babywearing or doing dishes, it’s okay to enlist some support!
How long is the lifting restriction after C-section?
Having undergone surgery, lifting restrictions will likely be put in place. Lifting restrictions after a C-section can vary for mothers dependent on what their surgery entailed. Your healthcare provider will be able to give you the most safe and appropriate estimate, but lifting restrictions can vary based on both time and weight. For example, a mother may be recommended to not lift over 8-10 pounds for the first 4-6 weeks. It’s completely understandable that you want to get right back into the swing of things, especially with the new little one in your life. By following the restrictions set in place, listening to your body, and having the right support you will be back in no time.
Can I wear a baby carrier after C-section?
After a C-section there are certainly a few things to keep in mind when looking to use a baby carrier, but it’s absolutely possible. A baby carrier can be a great ergonomic tool to keep your healing body safe while still being able to hold your little one. Tushbaby’s Hip Seat Carrier is designed to do just that. The hip seat is designed to distribute the baby’s weight evenly as to avoid any additional back and arm strain. From safety to practicality, it’s no wonder the Tushbaby Carrier is the best-selling carrier on the market.
If you’ve been envisioning those days of walking through the farmers market using a baby carrier with your little one, they aren’t gone! Consult with your healthcare provider to identify what restrictions you may have in your healing period.
Would a soft structured carrier work well after a C-section?
Every mother’s needs may be different when it comes to carrier type after a C-section. One of the benefits of a soft structure may be the ability to maneuver the carrier in a way that it avoids your healing abdomen area. If you are unsure about which carrier to go with, ask your doctor. They have likely been asked the question many times, and can guide you to what type of carrier can be most practical to honor your healing and allow you to hold your little one close and safe. Tushbaby is recommended by pediatricians, chiropractors, physical therapists, orthopedists, pelvic floor therapists, and spine surgeons, for parents and babies.
How long is too long to babywear after a C-section?
Some days might feel different than others, so we can’t stress enough how important it is to honor what your recovering body is going through. Moms don’t have to do it all every single day, that just isn’t realistic. And let's face it, it’s unsustainable. If babywearing is feeling great and you are healing well, PERFECT! If babywearing is feeling like it’s too much, pass the Tushbaby carrier to your spouse or nana and let them take over. There is no shame in honoring your body and doing what is best for yourself, and ultimately your baby too! The Tushbaby carrier is adjustable, so it can fit whomever you enlist for support for those moments when you need rest.
Can I use a sling after C-section?
A sling can be a great option as it is very lightweight and allows you to keep your little one close to you. If looking for a sling, be sure it provides enough support and isn’t sitting in places that are most tender in your healing process.
Can I use a wrap carrier after a C-section?
Much like a sling, a wrap carrier can be a lightweight and hands free option for after a C-section. If you’re unsure if a wrap carrier is safe, it’s always best to consult with your care provider.
Can I use a ring sling after a C-section?
A benefit of a ring sling after a C-section may be the ability to wear the carrier in higher positions to avoid your more tender areas. When making those adjustments to accommodate your healing needs, be sure that the sling is still holding the baby in a safe way. The most important choice when choosing a carrier after a c-section is finding one that is safe for both mom and baby.
Can I use a hip seat carrier after a C-section?
A hip seat carrier can be a great option after a C-section. With the ability to hold your baby in 4 different positions, the Tushbaby Hip Seat Carrier provides a great versatile option to find what is right for you and your little one in your healing journey. In addition, the Tushbaby Hip Seat Carrier is designed to distribute your baby’s weight, which may cause less stress to your healing and less strain on your back and arms.
Bonding with baby after C-section
A C-section can rightfully leave mothers with a lot of different emotions. Especially if it was a traumatic C-section, mothers may struggle with coping with those emotions. One of the common struggles mothers face emotionally after a C-section is the feeling as if they have missed out on an important connection with their baby.
One of the best ways to process all the emotions you may have after birth is through bonding with your baby. Bonding methods can look different to every mother, but it’s no question that holding your baby closely allows you to build a deeper connection. After a C-section, you may need extra support.
C-section or not, babywearing can allow you to bond with your baby while going about everyday life. It can also help keep your baby happier too. Most babies like to be close to their parents whenever possible. Being more interactive and closer to your baby can also help them develop faster. With so many baby carriers on the market, you may be wondering which one is best for you and your baby. The Tushbaby Hip Seat Carrier is the best-selling carrier on the market. Safety is at the forefront of its design for both the baby and the wearer. The Tushbaby Carrier keeps the baby’s hips in the pediatric “M” position which can prevent hip dysplasia. In addition, it evenly distributes the baby’s weight so that the wearer is protected too. The carrier can also double as a breastfeeding pillow, just another way it can support you and your baby. Designed with intention, love, and the hope of making your day-to-day life easier, Tushbaby has your back. . . literally! Before babywearing after a C-section consult with your healthcare provider to see if the ergonomic Tushbaby Hip Seat Carrier is the right option for you.