Between pain, anxiety, and waking up to feed your baby, getting a good night’s sleep after childbirth is pretty impossible. Well, at least for a little while. And if you're also recovering from a C-Section at the same time, you might wonder what the best sleeping positions after a C-Section actually are (or, honestly, if they exist at all). At such a chaotic time in your life, filled with so much change, it's important to rest so you can help your body recover from something as intrusive as major abominal surgery.
According to Specialty Surgery Center, the best sleeping position after any surgery is usually on your back. But according to University of Washington Medical Center, you should take special care to not sit up from a prone position after your C-Section. Instead, you should first roll onto your side, and use your arms — and not your abs — to help you sit up. Because you will be sore for a few weeks after surgery, it's best to keep your baby close by when you sleep. Then again, and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should take care to not fall asleep with your baby in bed, especially if you are taking narcotic pain medication after surgery. Like most everything involved with parenthood, what's required of you seems to be as counterintuitive as it is intense.
One study published in the journal CHEST found that the safest sleep position for new moms — especially C-Section moms who had anesthesia during delivery — is with their upper body elevated to reduce the risk of breathing problems. No matter what position you try, according to Athletico Physical Therapy, you might find that using lots of pillows to support your legs and back will help you get comfortable after your C-section. So with that in mind, if you're on the mend and caring for your little one, here's how to get some quality, necessary, sweet, sweet sleep: