A cesarean is a surgical delivery of a baby done by making an incision in the mother’s abdomen and the uterus. The risk and complications before pregnancy or during labor could make doctors chose a c-section over natural birth.
Since it is a major surgery, the recovery period after the birth gets prolonged—almost, to a month. Also, the mother is in need of sufficient rest and care including good nutrition. Though the pain experienced during the first month of recovery will significantly reduce, mothers might experience occasional pains in the area where the incision has been made. This could continue for as long as a year.
Your health will be constantly monitored after the surgery. In the first 24 hours, the doctors will make sure that you haven’t developed any complications or issues, which include an infection. You will be given medication to help relieve the pain. The mother
The mother needs to stay in the hospital for 3-4 days after a c-section. Initially, you won’t have a sensation in your lower body due to the effect of anesthesia. A catheter will be attached to your body to collect urine while the intravenous (IV) will provide you will necessary fluid and medication.
You will be encouraged to get out of the bed to walk and move around, probably on the same day. It sounds a little too much, but movement will help in your recovery. Walking around will also help remove gas in the stomach and in turn bring relief from pain.
On the second day, your catheter and intravenous will be removed. This will allow or rather require you to walk to the bathroom and back. The movement will be painful, however, it will benefit you by improving blood circulation and bowel movement.
When it comes to breastfeeding your little one, you might find it difficult to get into a proper position. Eventually, you will be able to hold the little one the right way and feed them.
Before you leave the hospital your doctor will guide you on how to take care of the incision and to look out for signs of infection or any other complications. If you have sutures, they will dissolve on their own, while the staples will be removed by the doctor. The incision will be covered with wound closure strips.
Tips For Recovery
Your doctor will inform you about some do’s and don’ts. The most important recommendation is to take as much rest as possible. After c-section, you mustn’t lift any heavy weights (nothing heavier than your newborn). You will be told not to indulge in sex, douching and use of tampons. Strictly avoid driving and climbing stairs. You must wear comfortable clothes and ask for help with any physical work.
For these days, you must only concentrate on your and your baby’s health. If you seem to develop symptoms of depression, talk to your partner and consult a therapist. Don’t keep it to yourself and leave the condition to get worse.
Focus on a nutritional diet that your body will need while recovering. Since you are breastfeeding, which is your baby’s only source of nutrition, you must know that your diet as important now as it was during pregnancy.
Make sure your bedroom or the place where you will take rest has all the necessary things that you will need to avoid a lot of movement during your recovery. Keep water bottles, toiletriess, diapers, baby wipes and some snacks for yourself closeby. Make yourself comfortable with different pillows during breastfeeding. Keep some books or magazines to read while you take rest.
Most importantly, have someone to help you with the baby—be it, family or friends—while you are recovering.