These gifts and ideas for new mothers after a cesarean birth will lift her spirits and help her heal. The road to recovery after a c-section can be long and tiring; these gift ideas are inspired by advice from ob-gyns, family doctors and mothers who know about cesarean surgery and recovery.
The “Our Gift” Willow Tree is a beautiful carving of a mother, father, and child. It’s from the Willow Tree figurines, and might be one of the most unique gift ideas for a new mother after a cesarean. It’s a long road to recovery, and a gift that lifts her spirits and reminds her of her priceless connection to her child will help her heal faster. I love the Willow Tree figurines — artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figurine from her art studio on Kansas City, Missouri. It’s an intimate line of figurative sculptures that speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect and inspire.
A cesarean is major surgery. Healing can be a long and uncomfortable process. This beautiful figurine will bring a smile to her face. It’s also a wonderful companion gift. I call it a “companion” gift, because below is a list of more practical, thoughtful gifts and ideas to help new mothers heal and recover after the surgery.
If you want to give your new mother the gift of sleep, read 10 Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep. After a cesarean birth and surgery, the best gift of all is a good night’s rest.
Gift Ideas for New Mothers After a Cesarean Birth
How long it takes to heal after a cesarean depends on the woman and her unique genetic makeup. Some women feel great after a few weeks. Others take two or three months to recover and feel normal again.
The best tip for healing for all new mothers after cesarean deliveries is to balance lots of rest with slow bouts of gentle activity (eg, walking down the hallway of the hospital). Some cesarean surgeons recommend getting out of bed and moving within 24 hours of the birth, even if it’s just to the bathroom. Thus, the best gifts and ideas for recovering after surgery support both rest and activity. These gift ideas are supported by medical advice for healing after a cesarean section, and can be applied to all new mothers and babies.
A bassinet to bring baby close
The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet is a treasure. It rotates and swivels 360 degrees to bring the baby close without mom having to twist, bend or stretch (which all can be difficult maneuvers after a cesarean birth). The sidewall lowers and returns automatically so your new mother can tend to the baby easily — without leaving bed.
This is a practical, thoughtful gift for a new mother after she has a cesarean. After the baby weighs more than 20 pounds, however, a new crib or bassinet will be necessary (or after the baby shows signs of rolling over or pushing up on hands and knees). This gift idea will help new mothers recover after a cesarean birth it will offer comfort and support after the baby is born.
A “c-section recovery kit” for new mothers
The C-Panty C-Section Recovery Starter Pack isn’t the prettiest of all gifts for a mothers after a cesarean birth — nor will it be treasured gift like a baby bassinet — but it is so practical. Your new mother may not be able to afford to buy items that help with recovery after surgery, healing her scars and supporting her midsection. A full cesarean birth recovery kit includes an AbdoMend support belt and strap, a skin brush, and a post cesarean massage therapy guide DVD to help new mothers recover. The C-Panty uses a compression and silicone panel around the incision area to minimize the formation of a scar. This panel also compresses and supports the incision area.
One of the most important tips for healing after a cesarean birth is to take good care of the abdominal area. Doctors encourage new mothers to use good posture when they stand and walk, and to hold their abdomen near the incision during sudden movements, such as coughing, sneezing or laughing. This post cesarean recovery kit contains an abdominal belt and strap, which will make it easier to take care of the sensitive belly area.
A “cesarean delivery gift basket” with practical items for recovery
The Silicone Scar Sheets for Scar Removal After a Surgery will help your new mother’s cesarean scars heal quickly and painlessly. After surgery patients are given flowers, gift baskets, teddy bears — but a new mother may need help with healing and recovery more than anything. She has a baby to take care of, and this may be her first experience as a mother. She needs to get healthy and happy as soon as possible.
Practical gifts and ideas that help with recovering after a cesarean birth will lift a new mother’s spirits and ease the financial drain of taking care of a new baby. That’s why most of my gift ideas for new mothers after a cesarean birth aren’t glamorous. They’re practical and thoughtful.
Women who deliver their babies via cesarean birth need to rest as much as possible after the surgery. They should avoid lifting anything heavier than their infants (and sometimes they’re told not even to lift the baby). No housecleaning, grocery shopping, walking the dog, lifting the other toddlers or children in the house. If you can spend time taking care of those details so your new mother doesn’t have to, you’ll help her recover quickly and peacefully.
A “Baby Milestone” blanket for newborns and new mothers
A Baby Monthly Milestone Blanket is a heartwarming gift idea that your new mother will treasure forever. This gift is both practical (babies and new mothers both like to be wrapped in blankets after a cesarean) and priceless (it helps new mothers keep track of the baby’s milestones).
This blanket is easy to take care of, and will offer comfort and peace in either winter or summer. It’s something for your new mother to enjoy while breastfeeding, napping, or collapsing onto after a long day or night.
A post cesarean gift basket that contains four or five of the ideas in this list might be an excellent way to support a new mother. You could create a homemade gift basket full of practical items that help patients recover after surgery. It can be as simple as getting a pretty basket or cloth bag, filling it with a few of these gift ideas for after recovery from a cesarean birth, and tying it up a big red bow. Voila! The practical has become pretty.
In 17 Gift Ideas to Help With Healing and Recovery After Surgery, I offer several items that help patients feel independent and yet supported after a surgery that renders them bed-ridden.
Help getting healthy and healing after a cesarean birth
The Postnatal SlimDown by Lindsay Brin & Moms Into Fitness will help your new mother get the exercise she needs to heal and feel better after a cesarean birth. If she went to fitness, yoga or pilates class before the baby’s birth, she may not have the time or energy afterward. A DVD or fitness plan she can do at home is a good way to help her get fit after a cesarean.
I considered adding a couple of books to these gift ideas for new mothers after a cesarean, but realized most patients get lots of information from the hospital, doctors, nurses, relatives, friends with babies, etc. It may be more thoughtful to give a gift that emotionally comforts and physically supports a woman after a cesarean birth instead of more information to absorb.
Breastfeeding milk gift set for babies and mothers
A Breast Milk Storage Gift Set will help your new mother settle into feeding her baby while recovering after cesarean. The Kiinde Breast Milk Storage System allows mothers to collect, store, prepare, and feed using a single disposable breast milk storage bag. She won’t need to worry about contaminating her breast milk supply by using the same milk storage pouch to feed her baby. The system eliminates the risk of spills when transferring milk and provides the convenience of no dirty bottles to wash. A practical and perfect gift idea for a new mother healing after a cesarean birth! Unless, of course, she isn’t breast feeding her baby.
Twist pouches, direct pump adapters, breast milk storage bags, active latch nipples, and items don’t sound like good gifts for mothers after a cesarean delivery, but they will help her transition from breast to bottle feeding. This is another good companion gift idea that can accompany a more practical gift for post cesarean recovery, such as the cranberry juice or abdominal support kit.
Healthy foods that are easy to digest
A “Soup’s On” Healthy Soup Gift Basket is the best gift for patients recovering after a cesarean birth because it helps the new DADS support a new mom. Healthy soups don’t have to be homemade, and frozen pasta or casserole dishes may be too confusing for busy new parents to thaw and heat. A gift basket of healing soups can be saved for last-minute meals, and won’t take up more room in the freezer or fridge.
Pure cranberry juice – not cranberry “drink”
A Cold Press Juicer Machine with Quiet Motor, Juice Jug and Brush for High Nutrient Fruit and Vegetable Juice — talk about saving the best for last! Drinking lots of water, green tea, and healthy juices can help replace those lost during the surgery and breast-feeding, as well as help prevent constipation (gas and constipation aren’t the most pleasant gifts after a cesarean delivery, but they are natural).
After a cesarean birth (or any surgery) women experience painful gas and bloating in their intestines. Foods that are easy to digest – such as yoghurts, soups, and pastas – are a much more thoughtful gift for cesarean recovery than gift baskets of chocolates, nuts, coffees, or candies. Homemade soups, organic natural yoghurts, mild pasta dishes without heavy meats or fats will be welcomed by the new mother.
Similarly, a big supply of juices such as Lakewood PURE Cranberry Juice is a thoughtful, practical gift for post cesarean recovery, because surgeons recommend drinking plenty of fluids after surgery. Cranberry juice can help new mother avoid urinary tract infections after surgery – but it’s really important not to drink cranberry “drink.” Pure juice is more expensive, but it’s far more effective than cranberry drink (which is mostly cranberry-flavored apple or orange juice). That’s why this is a thoughtful and practical gift for after cesarean surgery recovery – it’s expensive but o so valuable.
Healing ointment for surgery scars
Earth Mama Angel Baby C-Mama Healing Salve is for later in the healing process, after the incision left by the cesarean surgery heals. The scar will become faint and purple, but it may heal better if the new mother applies healing salve that is made with botanicals, oils, and vitamins that boost her natural wound repair.
Earth Mama healing salve for cesarean recovery is naturally rich in Vitamin C, phytosterols and essential fatty acids necessary for proper healing. It’s useful for closed surgical wounds, inflamed rashes, old scars, stretch marks, burns and for first aid treatments.
A stool softener is also a practical, useful gift idea for women healing after a cesarean birth. The painkillers and narcotics lead to constipation, which can be very painful. This is probably the most awkward gift to give a new mother, though, because it’s difficult to know what kind of stool softener she prefers! I like Dulcolax myself, but everyone is different. Her doctor may have better ideas about stool softeners as gifts for post cesarean recovery.
If your new mother is celebrating a birthday, read 40th Birthday Gift Ideas That Will Surprise and Delight Her.
None of these gifts or ideas for after a cesarean are intended to be medical or health advice. All new mothers should talk to their surgeons, gynecologists, nurses, or health care providers to get specific tips for recovering after surgery.