Caesarian Section is the most common major abdominal surgery done in women and during the first few weeks after a cesarean section, you will be told not to carry anything heavier than the baby.
After the baby is delivered you will be observed closely in the hospital for the next 24 hours to make sure that complications do not occur and to relieve pain you will be given pain medicine. The doctor will probably encourage you to start walking a few steps within 24 hours of surgery as this decreases indigestion, buildup of gas in the abdomen, constipation and other complications such as formation of blood clot in the legs. Read to know more on what is required after a C-Section.
[Read: Why have a Caesarian Section?]
Stay in hospital
Most mothers need to stay in the hospital for about three days after a C-section. The catheter to drain urine and IVs lines are mostly removed shortly after the C-section. Your health care team will examine you daily for signs of infection (at the site of infection or any general infection). Your appetite, fluid intake, and bladder and bowel function will also be monitored. Before being discharged from the hospital, discuss with your baby’s doctor about vaccinations and any other preventive care you need to take.
Breast feeding may seem difficult after the surgery, but it is important to start breast-feeding soon after the C-section and take help as required. The nurse, doctor or any other member of your health care team can teach you how to position yourself and support your baby while feedingso that both of you are comfortable. Breast-feeding may be painful in the first few days, but it helps to form bond between the mother and baby. Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking to ensure that the medications don’t interfere with breast-feeding.
Care after you go home
About four to six weeks are needed for the C-section incision to heal well. You may feel tired and fatigued and may have discomfort for the first few weeks. During your recovery period:
- Take adequate rest and avoid straining yourself. Keep everything you may need for yourself and the baby within reach. Avoid exerting yourself and don't lift anything heavy during the first few weeks.
- Keep your abdomen supported. Maintain good posture while standing, sitting and walking. On sudden movements (such as coughing, sneezing or laughing) hold your abdomen to support it near the incision. While feeding the baby keep pillows or rolled up towels for extra support.
- Eat healthy and have plenty of fluids. Fluids help to prevent fluid deficit in your body due to breast-feeding, environment and as well as prevent constipation. Your diet should include plenty of vegetable, fruits, whole grain food products, dairy products and avoid fatty food, processed foods, carbonated beverages.
- Urinate often to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections.
- It is recommended to avoid sex for four to six weeks after surgery or till your doctor declares you fit for it. However during this period do not avoid being intimate. Spending time and relaxing with your partner/spouse can make you feel better and relaxed.
- Take your medications as recommended and go for follow up visits to your doctor as advised.
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