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I am currently pregnant with my third child, due any day now. For medical reasons I have to have a non elected c-section this delivery. As my other two children were vaginal births, I am starting to get a little scared about the recover period with two young toddlers. My Dr has advised I can’t lift for 6weeks. I will not have any assistance from anyone else during the 6weeks. Hubby is self employed and can’t take time off work and I don’t have any family able to assist. My question is to mums who have had a cesarean with other young children, how did they manage? Hubby leaves for work prior to kids waking and is home after they are in bed, so it’s all me. How do you manage after a cesarean with other young children?

Posted by Anon, 17/09/13

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  • Just wanting to say good luck with it. It was tough for me without any other kids

  • You just have to manage, take it slowly and carefully and adapt the way we do things.

  • it will be sore and you do have to be careful. let your kids know that you are sore and maybe set up a reward chart for them to help you with picking up toys and doing a few easy chores to help you out. good luck.

  • i was very sore but i managed. After about 4 days the pain is not so bad and you can do most normal things again

  • Hope all is going well for you

  • i hope all is well

  • Hope all is going well for you.

  • Sometimes there are services provided by the council which might help too so a good idea to ask

  • How was the C Section?

  • Have you had your baby yet?

  • You just need to talk to your kids. Don’t under estimate them. You will start to feel pretty ok at about 4 weeks but don’t push yourself. I made the mistake of trying to be super mum after mine and honestly it me it all worse. Do what you have to. Easy meals, reward your other kids for doing things like picking up toys etc. nappy changes on the couch or a bed etc.

  • I hope you found some relief. I had a C-section with my second bub and my eldest was only 18 months. I had to take the side of the cot and get her into a toddler bed as I was unable to lift her over the rail and all nappy changes took place on a mat on the floor rather than the change table.

  • You have a lot of weight on your shoulders there, it would be great if you could find someone to help when you really need it. Best of luck.

  • I hope you find the answers you need

  • My kids are 3yrs and 14 weeks and I had to have a C-section for both. I just explained to my toddler that mummy couldn’t lift him. We’d sit on the floor to get dressed and he was great. Lifting heavy loads of washing was my main problem so I use to do it all in the arvo or overnight and just get hubby to carry it to the line under our verandah so I could then hang it out. I found that after 2 weeks as long as I didn’t over do it I was right to lift. Listen to your body, you’ll know when you’ve done too much.

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