My first C-section wasn’t planned. I had all intentions of having a natural birth, but after 3 hours of pushing and making no progress, the doctor advised we do a C-section and I was so desperate I agreed.
Everything went well. Rome was born and was a happy healthy baby.
Being that he was my first, I had no idea what recovery would be like. Since the C-section wasn’t planned, I had done no research as to what I would need to be comfortable. What the recovery would be like or what I was in for as a first time mom just having gone through a surgery. It was very overwhelming.
I was written a prescription for some narcotics for the pain and I was told to take them and ibuprofen for as long as I needed.
At that time, I wasn’t living the all natural, holistic lifestyle I am now, but I knew I didn’t want to take narcos everyday. Reluctantly, I was in so much pain, I felt I had no choice. I was a new mom and didn’t have the luxury of resting. The narcos caused me to have horrible constipation which would lead to stomach discomfort, but I pushed through thinking there was no other option that could help me.
Fast forward 2 years later, I am pregnant with my second and this time it’s a scheduled C section. I must have forgotten how painful it was because for some reason I thought I could get through the recovery without the use of pain meds. I had previously been diagnosed with a bowel obstruction so with constipation being a side effect of the narcotics, I didn’t want to risk anything. (I’ll be blogging about my bowel obstruction journey in the future).
As soon as the c section was over, I asked to be taken off all pain meds. They were making me extremely nauseous and I was throwing up constantly which is not ideal after having a brand new baby you want to hold.
As the pain meds wore off, I could feel the sharp pains from my new incision begin to creep into place. I felt like I couldn’t move. The pain was so intense. I finally gave in and allowed myself some ibuprofen.
At home, as you can imagine, I had zero time to recover. I had a bouncy 2 year old and a crying newborn both demanding my attention. Even while taking the ibuprofen, I was still in pain. I was constantly moving and bending over. With every little move I would make, I would feel like my incision was on fire. At times I wanted to cry, the pain was so intense.
I have a friend who owns a health/ fitness store. I texted him asking what he would recommend as a natural anti inflammatory. He quickly responded with turmeric or cherry juice extract. Later that day I stopped by his store and picked up a bottle of turmeric capsules he recommended. I took 2 pills and within the hour the pain melted away. I couldn’t believe how I was feeling. Suddenly, I could walk upright and not have to slouch. I could bend over and go up or down the stairs without having any pain! I felt over joyed and so relieved that I had found a natural solution for my pain.
Since that experience, I have used turmeric for many things. It’s helped me recover from another surgery I had a few months later too.
It has many health benefits. Some of them being a powerful anti inflammatory, aids in metabolism, natural antibiotic, blood purifier, promotes wound healing and cancer prevention.
My mom now uses turmeric for her arthritis. It’s brought her much relief. We also use turmeric for mild headaches! It really works! It is a supplement we will never be without. Neither should you!