I had to have a Cesarean delivery with my last baby and having had four natural births, there was quite a lot to learn. It was unexpected, I was scheduled for an induction but went into labor about four hours before it was scheduled. I was in pain but wasn’t progressing fast enough and it was stressing baby which made his heart rate drop. The doctor decided to do an emergency C-section.
A C-section is major surgery, so taking good care of yourself afterwards is vital if you want to recover quickly.
Giving birth is a huge milestone that changes a woman in several ways – some in good way, other people not so great. It gives us women new confidence in what our bodies can do. If you’re a C-section mom, you deserve a medal. Several people say it’s the simple way out or that it’s lazy, but any mom who has had a Cesarean knows that’s far from the truth. The recovery can be a nightmare, but there’re a lot things you can do to assist yourself so you can heal and feel better faster.
The thing that helped me the most was my Postpartum Belly Band
With that in mind, here are eight tips to help yourself recover faster from your C-section.
Take your time
C-Section can take up to six weeks or so to recover, but due other circumstances you may require more time. It’s important to listen your body – don’t push yourself to do too much, too soon. You probably have to stay in the hospital for a few days after delivery, and complications can require you to stay longer.
I found that walking really helps a lot. Regular walking reduces the risk of blood clots and gets you out of the house, get some fresh air. Try to avoid lifting, climbing or running until your doctor says it’s okay. Take care of your body while you heal. Although you may feel strong enough, avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby. Also, hold your abdomen for support when you cough or sneeze.
Communicate with your doctor
You’ve just delivered and undergone a major surgery. Be sure to talk to your doctor or midwife if you encounter any of the following
- Feeling Sick
- Your wound swells, turns red, becomes painful or has a discharge
Take care of your wound and make sure it heals properly. Wash, clean, and dry your wound everyday. Expose it to air, too, in order to make it heal faster. You can use gentle soap, as long as you rinse it thoroughly. Gently pat your wound dry, don’t rub it. Do not try to remove stitches or staples by yourself unless your doctor or midwife says you can.
Get plenty of rest
Rest is important to recover from any surgery, but as any new parent you will hardly have any sleep. If your newborn is keeping you up, you may feel tired and overwhelmed. Try to sleep while your baby naps. Quick naps and few minutes of rest every now and then can really help you get through the day. Don’t worry about housework, having guests over, or cooking meals. Do what you need to do so you can heal faster.
Eat healthy food. Mainly if you breastfeed your baby, excellent nutrition is as necessary now as during pregnancy. This will additionally help you get stronger. Drink plenty of water and other fluids. This will help you avoid being constipated, feel less tired, and boost your breastmilk supply.
Ask for help
Accept help, and if it’s not offered, ask for it. You don’t have to struggle with this alone. Don’t disregard baby blues or feelings of disappointment, exhaustion, sadness, and particularly urges to harm yourself or your baby. Talk to your spouse, a friend, a counselor, or your doctor for your emotional and mental health.
Manage your pain
Be sure to take the prescribed medications given to you by your physician. If the medications don’t help enough, talk to your doctor and ask for alternatives. You can also use a heating pad to relieve pain at the incision site.
Watch for signs of infection
Be sure to look out for
- ● Pus, warmth, redness and swelling on or around the incision site
- ● Increasing or sudden pains around the site
- ● Fever higher than 100.4 ℉ or 38℃
- ● Foul smelling vaginal discharge
- ● Heavy vaginal bleeding after four days from a C-section
- ● Swollen legs or one leg is more swollen
- ● Difficulty to breathe
- ● Chest or breast pain
- ● Frequent urination or even urge incontinence but only little urine comes out
- ● Burning or pain during urination
- ● Dark, sparse, or bloody urine
A C-section is a major operation. Recovery can be tough. It’s so necessary to remember that your child requires you to remain healthy and happy.