|With the great surge in
c-sections being performed in the US, there are finally books
being published about c-sections in general and recovery
in specific. I have also included other books you may be interested
including books about breastfeeding and coping with postpartum depression.
Indicates a CSectionRecovery Favorite
Essential C-Section Guide: Pain Control, Healing
at Home, Getting Your Body Back, and Everything
Else You Need to Know About a Cesarean Birth This
book, published in June of 2004, covers everything
from the basics of c-section procedures to information about side
effects and all aspects of recovery afterwards. Written
by two journalists who both have had c-sections themselves,
this book is a good first stop both for women who know
they will be having a c-section as well as those who unexpectedly
had one after an attempt at a natural delivery.
Your Mummy Tummy Written by R.N., personal
trainer, fitness instructor and childbirth educator
Julie Tupler it details how to get rid of you mummy
tummy (her term). A fresh approach that actually explains
why it is hard to get your tummy flatter after having
a baby. Detailed photos showing how to do exercises. Includes
a special section which addresses issues for those recovering
from c-sections. I liked the tone of the book as well as
the step by step approach. Instead of a laundry list of
exercises to do, the book explains how to gradually work
your way through the 'Tupler Technique'. Explains clearly
why doing a million crunches *won't* get your tummy flat
after you have had a baby.
Recovery (written by a personal trainer) This
book was written by a personal trainer and subsequently
focuses on an exercise program to bring the post
c-section mom from the hospital through to regaining her
pre-pregnancy body. It also has brief sections on breastfeeding,
emotional issues and a basic overview of the surgery
itself. Great photos of women doing the exercises along
with clear guidelines of when to progress to each level of
Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth (strong
medical focus) Written by two doctors, this
book is very focused on the medical point of view.
It has extensive coverage of reasons for, details
and risks of c-sections. With only seven pages on at
home recovery and five pages on postpartum depression (there is
a much bigger section on contraception which seems a
bit out of place with the rest of what this book is trying
to cover) - I would not recommend this book for the mom
looking for advice and help for c-section recovery. If you
are looking for basic medical theory on the why and how
of c-sections - this book may be just fine.
Isn't What I Expected : Overcoming Postpartum Depression Thorough coverage of postpartum depression
including symptoms, treatment options and stories from other mothers
to reassure you that you are not alone. You are not the first mother to feel this way.
If I Have a C-Section? This book is geared mostly
to the curious pregnant mom who wants to be prepared
in case she has a c-section. Chapter 2 (On the Big Day) and Chapter
3 (Recovering Quickly) provide 40 pages of information of
interest to those about to have or recovering from a c-section.
The rest of the book covers why one might have one,
information about deciding to have a c-section and
what you can do to avoid having a c-section. Good coverage
of basics of recovery and includes tips and personal
the New Mother: Women's Feelings and Needs After Childbirth a Support
and Resource Guide A fabulous resource for the new mom
and those who want to do their best to support her. While this book
does not have a special focus on cesarean moms, it is still a great
resource for all the rollercoster ride which is becoming the mother
of a new baby.
Womanly Art of Breasfeeding The La Leche League classic
handbook. Includes some information specifically for mom's recovering
from cesareans. Also has good diagrams and lots of supporting
information explaining all the ways that breastfeeding is good for
you and your baby.
Milk : Breastfeeding Adventures and Advice from Less-Than
Perfect Moms In the introduction, the author says she
wanted to write a book that would read like a middle of the
night support group from mom's who have been there - for mom's
in the midst of breastfeeding. A great read - and very supportive
of whatever choices you need to make. Includes stories from other
Nursing Mother's Companion, Fifth Revised Edition
A great book with all the basics - as well as an extensive
troubleshooting section. Good to have on hand for reference
- even if this isn't your first time breastfeeding.