Women are three times more likely to die during Cesarean delivery than a vaginal birth mostly due to blood clots, infections and complications from anesthesia according to a French study.
In 2012 nearly one in three women in US gave birth via C-section.
1. Incision care: Represents a miracle of life --your beautiful baby.
a. Keep it clean - Use warm, soapy water to wash your incision daily.
b. Air it out - Air promotes healing in skin injuries, so whenever possible expose your scar to air.
c. Support your incision - Hold a pillow over your incision when you need to cough or laugh.
d. Gentle scar massage - Can be done once the wound has fully closed to avoid adhesions.
2. Constipation: Common discomfort post C section.
a. Prunes- According to a study in the journal “Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics”, prunes can help soften stools and reduce straining during bowel movements.
b. Drink lots of Fluids- The Institute of Medicine notes that women need at least 2 litres of fluid per day.
c. Avoid processed
d. Pelvic floor exercises can help to relieve constipation.
3. Recovery period : Takes longer because a woman has pain and discomfort in her abdomen as the skin and nerves surrounding the scar need time.
a. Side lying position: This position is best for you as it can be very helpful during night when you don’t want to wake up or sit.
4. Breastfeeding: Review study has found that women who have had a C-section are less likely to begin early breastfeeding.
a. Pain from the incision site and after pains from your uterus make it very uncomfortable to breastfeed. Place a pillow over your incision site to protect it while nursing in sitting position.
b. Pump every few hours to stimulate the production of breast milk.
5 . Exercises to relieve back pain: When your back hurts, moving around may be the last thing you feel like doing, but it could be just what your need.
a. Relaxation techniques will help you cope with the discomfort and helps reducing aches and pains.
b. Gentle exercises like bridging, pelvic tilts and mild stretches help.
c. Get a massage to sooth tensed, sore back as it will help enhance blood circulation.
d. Avoid planks, abdominal crunches, Sit ups which can cause further separation of “mummy tummy” and worsen back pain.
Take care of yourself after having C section is just as important as taking care of your newborn.
Happy mom is the what your baby needs right now!