A - Z Challenge

Abdomend- C-section Recovery Kit

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Thanks so much for reading my first A – Z challenge blog post.

Don’t be scared to drop a comment in the box below.

Join me tomorrow for a post about breastfeeding.

 

Love and Blessings,

Lindsay Sign Off

 

 

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64 thoughts on “Abdomend- C-section Recovery Kit

      1. It’s been good thanks Lindsay. It’s Friday night here, nearly 11pm, went and saw mum today, had pizza tonight and just chilled out with the family. Nice and relaxing. And now I’m looking forward to the weekend. And you?

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      2. I just finished making the dough for a pizza (great minds?). How is your mum doing today? Sounds like you had a great Friday. Sam went into heat so I’ll be looking after her for most of the day. She is really under the weather. 😦

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      3. Mum was pretty out of it today so I just sat with her for awhile. Nothing new unfortunately, it happens a lot but at least she saw not only me but Daniel as well (it’s school holidays here). Good luck with Sam. And enjoy your pizza! 🙂

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      4. I’m so sorry to hear that, at least you went to see her. I’m sure she felt your presence. Thanks. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Are you travelling this weekend or having a staycation?

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      1. I think it’s more of a passed down knowledge. Both my grandmothers believed in ‘binding’ the stomach after giving birth to help you recover. This is the same principle for a modern woman :). I’m so happy that you were able to have a child. She must be such a blessing.

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  1. Hi Lindsay! I love how you are opening up and showing another side of yourself with this post and challenge in general. I found this interesting as I had 2 non c-section births (one medicated and the other natural) and didn’t know about the loss of feeling at the c-section scar site etc. Can’t wait to read more about your story!

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    1. Thanks Niki! There’s so much that people don’t tell you about C-sections. I thought it was going to be pain and nothing else. I’m looking forward to revealing more about myself and my journey. I can’t wait to join you at your Meet and Greet. 🙂

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      1. There’s just so much about pregnancy and childbirth in general! Even with my 2 full term pregnancies, I’m the same person but the pregnancies, deliveries and then the babies were so different!

        It’s so funny, I was on the A-Z signup sheet and decided to visit random blogs. I closed my eyes, scrolled and wherever the page landed I’d click, and it landed right on your blog!

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      2. That is so funny! Pregnancy has so many factors that make every pregnancy and birth a special and unique story. 🙂 We’ll see how it goes for me next time (hopefully less morning sickness and heartburn)

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      3. Especially if you have severe morning sickness like you described. I had it pretty badly with both of my girls but with my second every sign of pregnancy was a good one.

        Speaking of heartburn, did your son have a lot of hair when he was born? I know it’s an old wive’s tale but I always like to ask as that is supposed to be a sign of a full head of hair 😉

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      4. I always feel bad for moms that have kids that are spitting images of their dads. Not that it’s bad but I mean at least have something to show for the 9 months of pregnancy. My friend has 3 boys and not 1 of them looks anything like her…at all…

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      5. All I hear is “He looks just like his dad, but with your skin colour”, thanks guys. How about keeping your mouth closed next time. His dad is handsome, but his genes got ahead of themselves this time. 😦

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      6. Hahaha! That is the funniest thing I’ve heard all day. I’m praying that if I should have a daughter, she would look like me. It would be a waste if she doesn’t. Hehehe 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much. We are always told lots while we are pregnant, but we are alone after the baby is born. C-section stories here are pretty much you get cut, the baby comes out, you are going to be in pain for the rest of your life. I didn’t want to live like that.

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  2. You don’t know how I wish I had known about this after my c-sections. I had three..each one with a more difficult healing process than the one before, which the nurses told me was par for the course. The only thing I used to aid in my recovery was one of the awful velcro waist band things that the hospital sent me home with…. and it was so uncomfortable that I ended up not really using it much. Great info and best wishes to you and your family and new baby. xoxo

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