I’ll be using the A – Z challenge to document my pregnancy, birth and beyond, just in case I decide to go through this madness again. I probably will, because we’re getting a bit broody here and I hope that this would help refresh my memory of why we shouldn’t be going down this road again so soon. For expectant moms, aunts, grans, friends, family members and dear readers, I hope my journey inspires and educates as well as allows you to get to know me. The pregnancy and birth of my son was kept very private, because I chose to honour Mr’s cultural beliefs. Women or parents-to-be are not meant to over share information during the pregnancy, but are allowed to do so after the child is born.
So anyway, back to A, the Abdomend Deluxe C-section Recovery Kit. I was suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum, which is the same extreme type of morning sickness Kate Middleton had (I’ll get back to that at H). It resulted in constant low amniotic fluid levels and steroid injections throughout my pregnancy (Ouch!). I decided that a C-section was going to be the best option for me and the baby.
I did my research on belly bands and ordered the Abdomend Deluxe C-section Recovery Kit off Amazon.co.uk (.com doesn’t deliver to South Africa) and I don’t know how I would have recovered from my C-section without it.
What makes it special is that it is more than just a belt or belly binder. The extra bits in the kit help the incision heal by stimulating the skin and the muscle. The kit comes with a belt, which is quite comfortable to wear for most of the day, a skin brush and massage DVD.
I had the nurse wrap the band around my waist as soon as I was out of the recovery room. She found it strange, but I’m happy with the results. It reduced the pain from my incision, with help from my friend morphine and allowed extra support to assist in healing the muscles as quickly as possible. It was a great help for me especially in those first few days after the C-section. I was able to get out of bed and take a walk around the ward on the second day. It also helped reduce the pain when picking the little one up out of the hospital basinet. I wore my belt for three months after my son was born, but the duration of wear depends on you.
I know lots of moms complain that they have completely lost feeling near the C-section incision after delivery, but I don’t have that problem. I got Mr to brush my scar gently and massage it according to the directions on the DVD. It made such a difference! You can hardly see my scar now (two years later). I also found that the brushing moved around the excess fluid I had around the scar.
My Abdomend kit still looks brand new and I will definitely use it after my next pregnancy.
The Abdomend can be used for more than C-section recovery. It can be used after Hysterectomy, Appendectomy, Myomectomy, Tummy Tuck, Keyhole & Open Abdominal Surgery. It gives you the freedom you need to sit up, laugh and even cough, because all these simple things become so difficult after an invasive surgery.
For more information about the Abdomend and the Abdomend range, visit their website
You can order an Abdomend here
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