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My experience during first trimester
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October 24, 2008 - 7:33 am
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Hi Shanthi,

I don't entirely agree with Donna. The type of physical exercise you perform should be mentioned to your doctor first. Consult your doctor for an opinion that matches how you feel and the medical precautions that are particular to your circumstances. Gentle Yoga may or may not be an option.

Recovering from labor and delivery is definitely different when you have a cesarean section. But within a day your physician will usually ask you to begin walking, in order to help you heal faster and lower the chance of blood clots in your legs.

Walking can also help relieve gas build up that commonly occurs in the abdomen after a cesarean birth. Walking around is uncomfortable at first, but most women find the pain subsides within a few days after delivery.

Now you have been healing for 3 months, but walking is still very important. You can take your baby out in a stroller, practice pranayama, and get some fresh air. You can meditate at night or any time your baby is sleeping. This is not exactly Power Yoga but your body will feel much better from doing so much walking and pranayama. And you will feel better during your sleep time.

As you already know C-section incisions may take 4 weeks or more to heal completely, and most women report some tenderness for several weeks after that along the incision line. You are the best judge of your discomfort. If life seems overwhelming, slow down and remember to ask for help when you need it.

Usually the scar in your abdomen will gradually fade and you will feel like yourself in no time at all. Every woman is different, and each woman will recover from her cesarean labor experience at her own pace. Avoid comparing yourself with others, and remember to pamper yourself when needed.

Best regards to you and your new baby.

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