A comment from the previous post:
Now you have my curiosity piqued, since I have two clients who may have Cesareans in the near future.
So, what ARE your tricks for the first time getting out of bed?
So here are my tips for getting out of bed for the first time after a Cesarean birth- this can be applied to anyone with abdominal surgery- that hopefully will make it much easier!
- No matter what- GO SLOW! Make each movement deliberate and slow and in steps.
- First, get yourself over as far to the side of the bed as possible. This can be done while laying flat or with the head of the hospital bed elevated.
- When moving in bed (as in above movement) place your feet flat on the bed, knees flexed, and lift your hips/midsection with the strength of your legs. Use the arm rails to help move your upper body.
- Once over at the side of the bed get into a sitting position, as high as you are comfortable.
- Next, start to turn your entire body as a whole to face the direction you are headed. Use the arm rail as support.
- Swing your legs down towards the floor while using the arm rail to lift your upper body straight up.
- Now, get yourself in a proper sitting position, feet flat on the floor. Keep your head up. Now just sit there. Get your bearings.
- Once you feel stable, its time to stand! You may want to scoot yourself further to the edge of the bed to get a better footing.
- To stand, pretend you are doing a reverse squat- in other words- use your legs! Stand up straight using your legs, trying not to bend at the waist.
- Do not hunch once you are standing. Stand tall!
- Just stand for several minutes, again, getting your bearings.
- When walking, keep your head forward, not focused on the floor- this can be dizzying.
- When sitting, do another squat- use your legs!
- Some like an abdominal binder or support pillow to hug across the belly.
I hope this helps!