Where do we even begin with this wonder Mommy? Amber is not only a c-section Mommy extraordinaire, but she has had FOUR! Yes, just pause and take that in for a minute. Talk about amazing…
Each of her children, currently ranging from 1 year to 10 years old, needed to be delivered via c-section due to medical reasons relating to her cervix. As you can imagine, this is a lot to put anyone’s body through…so much so, that her incision burst open while she was laughing with her youngest baby, Grayson. Not a laughing matter, but Amber never let it get her down!
Despite these complications, she admits that the first one, with her daughter Izabella, was the most difficult. This was even more challenging than her second and third babies, Zander and Matthew, who were born only a year apart.
Like many c-section Mothers, you undergo the procedure with no prior experience and knowledge of just how hard it can be on your body and mind. In fact, most of the multiple c-section Mommies that we speak with tell us that the first one was the most difficult. So if you feel this way, you are certainly not alone!
Amber’s advice to new c-section Mommies? “Get some probiotics to help while your stomach is getting back to its normal behavior.” Since organs (including intestines) are moved around during the procedure, c-section patients often experience some serious challenges with digestion as their bodies work on the long recovery process.
She adds that Mommies should “really wait to work out until your body is well healed.” This is probably the hardest thing to deal with for those who begin to get restless with the inability to move around at all during their recovery. You can start to go mad!
However, patients really need to be careful and follow all of their doctor’s advice, even when 2-3 months of avoiding anything strenuous or ab-related can seem like an eternity to those who are focused on getting their body back together. It’s best to remember that your stomach muscles have been cut through and, therefore, it can take months for you to feel them. This can create a ton of risk when it comes to aggressive exercise routines.
Thank you again Amber for sharing your remarkable story! I think any Mom who reads this will agree that you are a rock star Mommy!