These 10 gift ideas for new moms after a cesarean section are a combination of practical and inspirational. The road to recovery after a cesarean section is often long and tiring! These gifts and ideas will lift her spirits and help her body heal after the surgery. All surgery patients need rest and encouragement. A new mom also needs practical baby items for her family.
What do you give a new mom after a cesarean section? Gifts that help her and baby transition from hospital to home quickly and easily. It’s also good to give gifts that help dad and the rest of the family adjust to a new baby and a mom recovering from surgery. You’ve come to the right place! These gift ideas are inspired by advice from family doctors, ob-gyns and mothers who have firsthand experience with cesarean births and recovery.
These gift ideas are divided into two major sections:
- Gifts for a New Mom, Dad, and Baby
- Gifts to Help Her Heal After a Cesarean Section
Most of the gifts on this list are practical and helpful, not cute or fluffy. This is because a cesarean section is major surgery. It may even be a new mom’s first experience with being hospitalized and undergoing an operation. It’s definitely her first time being a parent! Not only is healing after a cesarean a long and uncomfortable process, learning how to be a mother to a new baby is difficult.
6 Gifts for a New Mom, Dad, and Baby
The first set of gifts are traditional and family-oriented. The second set of gifts are meant to help new moms heal after a cesarean. They’ll also smooth the transition of bringing a new baby home and ease the financial burden of recovering from surgery.
1. 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 section, and tying it up a big red bow. Voila! The practical has become pretty.
2. Healthy foods that are easy to make, eat, and digest
A “Soup’s On” Healthy Soup Gift Basket is the best gift for patients recovering after a cesarean section 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.
After a cesarean section (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.
3. A juice or smoothie maker for quick, nutritious meals
A Cold Press Juicer Machine with Quiet Motor, Juice Jug and Brush for High Nutrient Fruit and Vegetable Juice is perfect for quickly making a healthy, delicious smoothie or veggie blend. 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).
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.
4. A practical gift idea for new moms who are breastfeeding
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 section! 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.
5. A warm memory of bringing baby home
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 mom after a cesarean section. 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.
What do you give someone after a c section? Something that brings a smile to her face. This Willow Tree mother, father and baby is a wonderful companion gift. I call it a “companion” gift, because it can be combined with one of the more practical gifts below. How do you help a new mom transition from hospital to home with her new baby? Combine comfort and practical.
6. 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 section). 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 section it will offer comfort and support after the baby is born.
What is the best gift for a new mom? Sleep! Read 10 Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep. After a cesarean section and surgery, she needs a good night’s rest.
4 Gifts to Help Her Heal After a Cesarean Section
How long it takes to heal after a cesarean depends on the woman and her body. Some new moms 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 women after a cesarean is to balance lots of rest with slow bouts of gentle activity (eg, walking down the hallway of the hospital). Some doctors 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.
1. A Cesarean Section Recovery Kit for new moms
The C-Panty Cesarean Section Recovery Starter Pack isn’t the prettiest of all gifts for a mother after a cesarean section — 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 section 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 section 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.
2. A pampering, healing gift for belly scars and blemishes
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 section 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 section 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.
3. Earth Mama Angel Baby Healing Salve
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 section 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 section. 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.
4. The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother includes 60 simple recipes for healing soups, meals, snacks, and lactation-boosting teas – all formulated to support the unique needs of a new mom. In addition to the recipes, this warm and encouraging guide offers advice on arranging a system of help during the postpartum period, navigating relationship challenges, and honoring the significance of pregnancy and birth..
Encourage a new mom to heal at her own pace. Many modern mothers are pushed to prematurely “bounce back” after a cesarean section – or even a natural birth. They are often left alone to face the physical and emotional challenges of bringing a baby home from the hospital. New moms who are recovering from surgery are particularly vulnerable, especially if the cesarean section was their first surgical experience.
Give your new mother a source of connection, nourishment, and guidance. What this means to her, her husband, and her new baby depends on her unique circumstances. You might even ask her what the best gift is for a new mom, or how you can help her recover and heal after a cesarean section.
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.
None of these gifts or ideas for after a cesarean section 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.