Update for those interested:
We were able to get pregnant a second time last June, and I had a relatively smooth pregnancy aside from a late Gestational Diabetes diagnosis and some repeat Gestational Hypertension this time around. I gave birth in March to a perfectly healthy baby and have so far had NO bowel complications postpartum!! I feel so fortunate not to have had to deal with a SBO this time around. I am hoping things stay this way. I have another surgery to face in the future to repair a substantial incisional hernia and excise and revise my large midline scar from my SBO repair surgery 2 years ago, but otherwise am hoping for no more surgeries for a while - if ever again!
We may be finished having children at this point, but will re-evaluate in a couple of years.
Thank you all for the advice/replies! This time around what I feel helped me was to avoid all opioids post-C-section (just took tylenol & ibuprofen around the clock/IV toradol inpatient), get up and walk a lot once my legs were working again after my spinal, and start very slow with eating. No ileus this time either!