Help! My partner’s having a c-section!
Knowing how to support your partner during a c-section can be very scary, and lots of Dad’s ask us what to expect and how they can they help. Mumii has put together this guide to help you plan for easing her recover after surgery.
What goes on during a c-section?
Unless your partner needs a general anaesthetic, you can usually stay with them during a planned or emergency c-section. In the operating theatre, the midwife or operating assistant will usually give you a shirt, trousers, and hat to wear. This is to keep things clean.
How can I take care of my partner after a c-section?
A c-section is a major surgery, and your partner will need time to heal. It could take at least 6 weeks, but they could be in pain for much longer. They will be sore and have trouble getting around. At least for the first 24–36 hours, they will need help lifting the baby. After the birth, they won’t be able to drive for at least 6 weeks.
How can I help my partner after a c-section at home?
Here are some ways you might be able to help your partner:
- Help them get in and out of bed.
- Give the baby to them so they can feed and hold it.
- Help them feed the baby if they want you to.
- Make sure they don’t lift anything too heavy.
- Remind them to take painkillers at the right time.
- Give them emotional support by listening and encouraging them.
- Change nappies.
- Touch your baby’s skin with your own.
- Take the baby and any older kids out for walks in the stroller so your partner can sleep.
- Bring them to their doctor’s appointments.
- Make meals or set up a meal schedule with family or friends.
- Keep the house clean and tidy.
- Get the groceries and remember a few treats!
Can we have sex after a c-section?
It can take up to 6 weeks for a woman’s body to heal after a c-section. But everyone gets better in their own way. How they feel physically and emotionally will affect when you and your partner decide to start having sex again. Talking about it might help you and your partner feel less worried.
You’ve got this Dads – you’ve got this! Your partner has just been through abdominal surgery and it’s going to take time to recover whilst looking after a newborn. Be there for them, pamper them and above all, be patient.
For more advice why not read More advice for dads here