Having a caesarian section is unique major surgery. Like other surgeries, it requires weeks for your body to fully heal, but unlike other surgeries, it is followed by your immediate need to suddenly care for a helpless other person. It's as if you had to return to work the day after a getting your gallbladder out. You may feel overwhelmed, but there are ways to recover faster from your c-section while still giving yourself time to heal.
The strategies to recover from a C-Section center on several theories:
It's important to get your body moving as soon as possible
It's important to rest as much as possible (yes, that seems to contradict #1).
It's important to protect your incision so that it can heal properly.
It's important to put the right foods in your body, including lots of water and healthy, well-rounded meals.
Be gentle with yourself and know that while you're probably eager to heal as soon as possible, your body has just been through a giant physical trauma. It's okay for you to take a while to get back to full-strength and ability, physically and mentally. As moms we often want to do everything for everyone but for the first few weeks, it's important to know when to ask for help and that no miracle is going to suddenly restore your body. However, there are a few things you can do to try to guide yourself toward that goal.