After childbirth, many mums neglect their mental and physical health as suddenly, it is only about the baby. Postnatal care is equally important, as it can speed up a mum’s recovery and ease her faster into motherhood. If you’ve had a cesarean delivery, then healing becomes even more challenging as, after all, a C-section is a major operation.
An obstetrician might recommend a C section to an expecting woman if:
There could be other reasons that call for a Cesarean section, and the doctor might suggest it depends on several factors.
During a C-section, local anesthesia is given to the mum-to-be and an incision is made in the belly and uterus and the baby is delivered through it. The mother is awake throughout the operation. Some mums might feel nauseated after the process. This could be due to the effects of the anesthesia. Painkillers and antibiotics are given to ease the pain and keep the mother safe from infections. Breastfeeding can begin soon after the baby is born.
The new mum will be monitored for at least 24 hours to see how she responds to the surgery. In addition, she will be asked to take fluids followed by light and nutritious diet about 6 to 8 hours after delivery.
Walking can commence 24 hours after a cesarean delivery. The stitches might hurt and walking might be difficult, but in a few days, this pain should settle down. Just like after a normal delivery, vaginal bleeding begins and continues for up to several weeks after delivery.
A C-section delivery is a surgery and a new mother needs to take some precautions to help heal faster. Here’s a guide:
Adequate rest is important to recover fast after a c section delivery
Have a lot of fluids to keep yourself hydrated and also to facilitate breast milk production
Do not lift heavy objects
Keep the area of the scar clean and continue to apply healing ointments that your doctor has prescribed
Your doctor might call you to open up the stitches and check the health of the scar
If you notice a swelling or discharge from the wound or have a fever or unbearable abdominal pain, notify your doctor immediately as the scar may have been infected
After a cesarean section, a mum has to get back to being active slowly and gradually. The more rest she takes, the quicker and better she will heal
Nutritional requirements for a mother after childbirth do not vary much between a normal delivery and a C-section birth. The diet must be rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy carbs and fibre, along with fluids.
Taking care of a new mother’s mental health is as important as her physical well-being. Women often neglect their emotional health after childbirth which could lead to depression.
Postnatal care is as important as taking good care of the newborn. Only if a mother is healthy and happy can she nurture her child with her heart, body, mind, and soul. Whether it is a C-section or normal delivery, a mother should be felt loved, nurtured and cared for as well.