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10 Effective Tips to Recover Faster after C Section

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Know the ways to bounce back to your healthy self again by reducing pain and effective prevention of complications after C-Section. Taking proper rest and sleep, having medicines on time, Eating nutritious food, Fighting constipation, Breastfeeding the baby with support, Performing easy exercises and Staying positive are some of the proven ways for a faster recovery post C-Section.

As compared to a normal vaginal delivery, a C Section takes little longer to heal. Cesarean delivery or C-Section is a surgical method of delivering a child. Birth of a baby may not always turn out as a pre-decided plan. Irrespective of the fact that your C-section was an instant decision or a planned one, you would definitely ask for extra care and time to get completely healed after surgery. It usually limits the excitement in women who look for the vaginal delivery as a way to give birth. This article tries to present you with some tips on recovering quickly from a c section delivery by updating you on reducing post-surgical pain, healing of incision, regulating metabolism through exercising, maintaining balanced nutrition, medication, and other important know-how.

1. Take Plenty of Rest

C-section surgery is a major abdominal surgery and just like any other surgery requires ample care and rest. Post to surgery, your body needs rest hence usually doctor’s advice to stay in the hospital for at least 60 hours for the healing process. After a stay of three to four crucial days of operation, you are allowed to go home. Sometimes they stay in the hospital may get longer depending upon your health scenario. So you might be asked to stay back in the hospital for a week or two.

Even after being released from the hospital, it could take 6 to 7 weeks for a woman to recover. Being a new mother, your sleep may get disrupted for breastfeeding and changing diapers so you’ll have to manage your rest time accordingly like you can rest when your baby is sleeping and may appoint someone to do things when you are asleep.

2. Have Medicines on Time

You can take medication to relieve yourself of pain post delivery. You may ask your doctor (if they haven’t prescribed already) to prescribe you certain safe anti-inflammatory and narcotic pain medication that can be taken when you feel that pain is unbearable. However, getting mild pain is something normal and you shouldn’t worry about it. Using a heating pad can bring a lot of relief from pain and provide comfort.

have medicine on time

3. Take Highly nutritious Food

Your body is in the dire need of a healthy nutrition not only to overcome the impact of the surgery but also because of the constant breastfeeding that follows shortly after you are ready to feed the baby. Don’t forget your health and get nutrition from time to time. This will not only help you heal but also benefit your baby while breastfeeding. Eating a variety of food will help you and your baby get enough amount of nutrition.

  • You should try to drink plenty of fluids, like juice, buttermilk, milk, and water to increase breast milk production for the baby and get a good amount of energy. The fluids will not only help you in getting relief from C-section but also get a good amount of nutrients. During that time, you should not eat those things that might affect your surgery. Try not to eat banana, curd, and jackfruit, as these are not advised after C-section while on the other hand eating green and leafy vegetables is helpful.
  • Nutrition is also very important for healing. Focus on eating foods that are anti-inflammatory and have vitamin C like berries, kale, and broccoli. Vitamin C supports the production of collagen, a protein that helps repair tissues. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like nuts and seeds are also anti-inflammatory. Limit intake of red meat, which encourages inflammation, and try to have chicken and salmon instead because they contain amino acids that form proteins that make tissues.
  • As an extension to this, making probiotic a part of your food is a good idea due to the fact that the antibiotics administered during a C-section can eliminate a significant amount of good bacteria from your system. Therefore, start with a probiotic supplement, which can help, restore healthy gut flora to prevent diarrhea and improve immunity and overall health.

4. Start performing Moderate Exercise

Make exercise as an essential part of your routine. Mild exercising or any kind of physical activity will prove to be helpful. You can start taking walks and try on with some breathing exercises and meditation to keep your mind focused for a fast healing process.

performing moderate exercise

5. Fight against Constipation

Constipation is a common problem that arises from the mixed effects of hormones and medicines. Be cautious that you do not strain your stitches else it may start paining. A toilet stool can be used as or even propping up feet can also ease you out as it straightens colorectal angle for smoother bowels. Moreover, having food that is rich in fiber along with lots of water acts as an additional benefit. You may also want to get a stool softer prescribed by your doctor.

6. Breastfeed with support

Modify the way you breastfeed by bringing the baby close to your breast and sitting in a straight back chair whenever possible. Leaning forward can reduce the amount of oxygen taken by the body so it may ease fatigue but would avoid the re-training of the transverse abdominal muscles and the fascia, tissues that keep your abdominal muscles attached together.

7. Take Doctor’s assistance whenever Required

Although, it is the rarest of rare you might need your doctor post-C-Section operation. But in case you come across any problem, don’t hesitate to call or visit your doctor for assistance. Other than that, if you find any problem you can make a call with your doctor, as it is always better not to take any risk.

Different situations for which you may need a doctor’s assistance:

  • Redness, swelling, or pus oozing from the incision site
  • Pain around the site
  • Fever of more than 100.4 degrees
  • Bad-smelling discharge from the vagina
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Redness or swelling in your leg
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Pain in your breasts

8. Caring for the site of incision

Although stitches dissolve on their own, if there are symptoms like redness, warmth, dryness, and pain, you should contact the doctor for it may be a sign that there is an infection.

caring for the site of incision

9. Awareness tips for C-section

Other than a doctor, medicine, exercise, rest, and nutrition you need to be more careful after C-section. These tips will help you know better about what you should not do and what are the steps to take.

  • Go for walking, but don’t use stairs post-C-section for 3-4 weeks.
  • If in case you have to sneeze or cough, take good care that the stress should not fall on your abdomen. It would be better if you hold your abdomen during that time, as it will help you protect the incision area.
  • You might feel different to start intercourse with your partner again, as sometimes it pains. So better, not to fear about it as you can ease back with sex and if you get into pain use of ointment and medicine will be helpful.
  • Getting emotional attention is always better, being happier helps to heal the pain and you will find an easy way to end up the recovery time.
  • Post to abdominal surgery exercises like crunches should be avoided for long.  
  • Always take the prescribed medicines.
  • If the medication that's been ordered for you isn't working well enough, let your nurse know. If the nurse can't help you, ask to see an obstetrician or anesthesiologist. The more comfortable you are, the easier it'll be to breastfeed your baby and to get moving again.
  • It is also important to get to the bathroom to urinate regularly. A full bladder makes it harder for the uterus to stay contracted and increases pressure on the wound.
  • Vaginal bleeding and discharge should diminish, though it may last up to six weeks, it should gradually turn to bright pink followed by yellow to white. You know you need to see the doctor if does not reduces.
  • If there are any signs of blood clot, it is the time to visit a doctor. Severe and persistent pain or tenderness and warmth is also an indication that something is wrong.
  • Take it easy with sex, as it can be really painful even a few months after the surgery.
  • Say no to the abdominal binder.
  • Avoid lifting heavy weights.

10. Get rid of scar

Not only can pregnancy put stress on the muscles of the pelvis, but also the scar tissue from the incision can reduce the mobility of the pelvic organs, which can cause muscle spasms and pain.

Getting assistance from family and friends

You should give ample time to your body to heal fully so that you can get back to the usual routine with your baby. Never hesitate in asking your friends and family to assist you with taking care of the baby so that you can overcome exhaustion and heal faster.

Hopefully, this information will prove helpful for you to take special care post-C-section delivery. If you are pregnant and want to know delivery option suitable in your case, call at +917899912611 to talk to an expert.

Dr. Sohani Verma

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Infertility Specialist Dr. Sohani Verma

Dr. Sohani Verma is an infertility specialist, gynecologist and obstetrician specializing in Infertility treatments like IUI, IVF, Endometriosis treatment and Menopausal problems treatment. She completed MBBS from Jabalpur University in 1976 and then pursued MRCOG from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, United Kingdom in 1983. She has also pursued FRCOG, FICOG, FIMSA, PGDMLS, PGDHHM, FMAS. Dr. Sohani has treated several patients with different types of health problems successfully and helped them achieve the desired results. Dr. Sohani is presently practicing at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Sarita Vihar, Delhi.


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