Freedom! (Or not being housebound after a caesarean)

June 20, 2016

Freedom! Or rather, not being housebound.

Much was made at NCT class about the importance of mothers not becoming isolated in the early days after their husband has returned to work after paternity leave. Great! I thought, I’ll go for lovely walks with the baby after she’s born; I’ll pop into the city and meet other mummy friends for coffee and cake and have a lovely time; I’ll go to various mother and baby groups to foster my child’s social, emotional and cognitive development whilst chatting to the other mums for a bit of emotional well-being myself.

They didn’t mention that when you have a caesarean the physio will scare you witless by telling you about a lady who ‘went for a thirty minute walk three weeks post section and did herself some serious damage’ and that you’re not supposed to drive for up to six weeks, depending on your recovery (apparently some women feel fine to drive after four, though; fortunately my insurance company are great and their policy says you can drive when you feel ready and can safely do an emergency stop – it’s worth checking with your insurance company though as apparently some require a letter from your GP to say you have recovered sufficiently to drive).

So I’m now four weeks postpartum and I’ve only been to one mother and baby group (with my husband, while he was still on paternity leave) and one yummy mummy meet up (which a pregnant friend who had already put her isofix base in her car agreed to take me to).

The yummy mummy meet up was lovely and my first proper trip out without hubby; we went to a trendy café in a local park and I enjoyed some scrumptious poached eggs and bacon on gluten free toast (That’s the good thing about trendy, it means they are more likely to cater to my dietary needs). It was soooo good to have runny yolk for the first time in nearly a year. Yum! Hopefully next time we meet I’ll be able to have a good walk around the park too with Little M.

This weekend I decided to give driving a go again, while I had hubby with me to take over if necessary. To be honest, I don’t know what I was worried about. I was totally fine driving and haven’t experienced any after-effects. I’m hoping this will make a huge difference to me as most of the mother-baby groups are in a small town a 10-minute drive away from where we live – not on a direct bus route and certainly not walking distance away. So I’m hoping to be able to be a bit more sociable this week.

Added to that, we bought a new car that actually fits the pram in without having to take the wheels off, and (I’m easily pleased) there’s nothing more fun than cruising around in a new car, is there?! We went for a Ford Kuga, which feels huge compared to my Fiesta. We managed to get a bit of a deal at the bank holiday weekend but this meant the only model available was a black one, with blacked out windows. I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of a gangsta…

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17 responses to “Freedom! (Or not being housebound after a caesarean)”

  1. Geraldine says:

    Fantastic youre feeling so well! I had an emergency c section and felt after four weeks I was up to anything but heard all th scare stories too which had me terrified. I thought the recovery would be much worse to be honest #marvmondays

    • Jules says:

      I know what you mean, the first couple of weeks were tough as I had quite a lot of pain but the last week or so I’ve felt pretty good. I suppose they scare you as it would be so easy to overdo it lifting car seats etc, which I’m still going to be careful about for a couple more weeks (but I am a weakling anyway!).

  2. blabbermama says:

    Glad your feeling better and able to get up and about. I remember gong to the supermarket on week 2 of my c-section and even walking around the shop was way too much. Although it was lovely to get so many comments about baby but I learnt my lesson after that. #marvmondays

    • Jules says:

      Yep, I didn’t leave the house for first fortnight! Need to make sure I don’t get too carried away just yet as I don’t want to set myself back.

  3. Abi says:

    Well done on getting out and about – I had an emergency c-section and was worried about my recovery. My sister had done too much too soon after her section and ended up doing some damage, so I was really conscious of not overdoing it but still getting out and about. I think I managed a good balance and ended up having a great recovery! #marvmondays

  4. Emma says:

    Yay, it’s great that you are recovering really well and now you can get out and about in your swanky new car. Blacked out windows are great though when you have a little one as they are more likely to have a lovely snooze in the car :- )#marvmondays

  5. Tammymum says:

    Oh I’m pleased you’ve got out and about it must make such a difference and a new car to boot, hello freedom. Taking the wheels off of the pram must have been a nightmare every time! Here’s to many more baby groups and yummy mummy meet ups xx marvmondays

    • Jules says:

      Thanks! Yep it makes such a difference not having to remove the wheels! Baby group tomorrow for the first time by myself! xx

    • Jules says:

      Thanks! Yep it makes such a difference not having to remove the wheels! Baby group tomorrow for the first time by myself! xx

  6. Claire says:

    I’ve been fortunate to avoid needing a caesarean and this is why I am so grateful. I’m glad you are on the mend and you will love your new found freedom. Enjoy. #marvmondays

    • Jules says:

      Thank you. Yes I have been very jealous of all of the mums who didn’t have a caesarean and have been gadding about! Pleased to be able to join them!

  7. Lucy says:

    Glad you are feeling a bit better and can get out and see people. I remember the first few weeks not going anywhere and feeling sore and tired. You just have to listen to your body and not overdo it – I had a couple of days where I had twinges after overdoing it a little and then rested up for a couple of days. One of my friends did manage to do a bit of damage when she walked too far carrying her baby…..eek!

    • Jules says:

      What is the nature of this damage? I didn’t ask the physio and wish I had so I can tell whether I’m overdoing it! x

  8. Congrats on the new car, definitely nothing like that new car smell! We’ve just upgraded ours too ready for the arrival of baby no.2 and im definitely enjoying driving it about town at the moment :-). Well done on finally getting out and about. There is something about being a new mum for the first time that makes you a bit more reluctant than usual to get out and about on your own (at least it was for me). I dont think I ventured out properly on my own for the first 4 -6 weeks and I didnt even have a c-section! Second time round im definitely going to try and get out and about sooner as it makes such a difference. So heres to lots more mummy and baby fun for us over the next few weeks 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

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