A Caesarean is a major abdominal surgery. Recovering after you have had a baby is extremely important and takes time. It does not matter whether your caesarean was planned or an emergency, you will need to take a lot of care of yourself so that you recover safely and at a good pace. You will recover slowly and over months so take it easy until you have fully healed and don’t rush into things. Here are some tips on how to recover from a C-section –
Listen to your doctor – You have to make sure that you listen to what your doctor says and follow her advice properly in order to recover. You will probably have to stay at the hospital for 2-3 days after you have had the surgery. While you are at the hospital, you will be taken care of by the hospital staff but once you are back home, you have to make sure that you do what the doctor has told you. Take the medicines that have been prescribed by your doctor on time as you will probably be hurting from the surgery. Do not, in any case, neglect anything that your doctor has said. Your doctor will also advise you to drink lots of fluids and eat healthy and nutritious food.
Be patient – After you have reached home, do not rush into doing everything at once. Take it easy and rest as much as you can. Do not lift any heavy objects, do any cleaning or do any task which puts a pressure on your abdominal muscles. Do not get up in sudden movements as it will put pressure on your muscles. Get up slowly and by first rolling to your side preferably. Take proper care of your incision and support it with the help of your hands or a pillow when you cough, sneeze or laugh.
Keep walking – Although, you might not feel like getting up but you should get up and start walking as soon as your doctor says it is okay because getting up and moving about will actually speed up the healing process. It will help to strengthen your muscles and also improve the circulation. It will also reduce the risk of blood clotting and help prevent constipation. You can take help of your partner/friend/relative while walking and can lean on them slightly if it hurts a bit to walk. If you have stairs at home that are unavoidable and you have to climb them then a good thing would be to walk up backwards with the help of someone so that it does not put any pressure on your abdominal muscles. Also, try to stand straight slowly and gradually as it will reduce the pressure on your muscles.
Keep your doctor updated – Make sure you keep your doctor updated and contact her in case of any anomaly like if you experience any pain in your abdominal region, redness, swelling or any sort of discharge near your incision. Immediately inform your doctor if you have breast pain accompanied by fever, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, leg swelling or pain, painful urination or any other sign of infection.
We hope you have a complication free delivery and enjoy the bliss of parenthood!