Recovering from a C-Section Delivery

Updated at: May 08, 2013
Recovering from a C-Section Delivery

Recovering from a C-section delivery is easy if you keep a few primary steps in mind, like that of ensuring that the incision doesn't open, that you take your medications regularly and take ample rest.

Bhadra Kamalasanan
PregnancyWritten by: Bhadra KamalasananPublished at: May 08, 2013

Recovering from a C Section Delivery

A caesarean section is a complicated surgery and the first thing that crosses a woman’s mind is how she will recover from the surgery to get started with caring for her baby. While there is no such thing as a typical c-section, there are certain things that most women who have been through the procedure claim to have experience commonly. If you are wondering what to expect, here is a comprehensive guide on what days after a c-section will be like.

[Read: Exercises after a C-Section]

Soon after the Surgery

After the baby is born, the pregnant woman is closely monitored for the next one to three hours. Exactly what you experience after the surgery depends on the type of anaethesia that was given to you. Those women who were given general anaethesia will feel more sleepy and groggy than those who were given a spinal or epidural for pain relief. Women given the latter will feel more shakey. The best way you can recover from the after-effects of anaethesia is to take rest. Taking as much rest as possible can fasten the healing process.

After you are Discharged

Ideally, it takes over four to size weeks for a C-section incision to heal completely. During this period of recovery, the woman is likely to be more fatigued and in discomfort compared with other times. To make sure the healing process does not get hindered, it is important that the woman follow the below mentioned steps.
Rest as much as possible: try to keep all the things that you and your baby may need within reach so you do not have to walk around the house and trigger the incision to open.

[Read: How to Care for a C-Section Scar]

Support the abdomen: make sure that you use a goos posture to stand and walk. Hold the abdomen near the site of the incision, especially during sudden movements like sneezing, coughing or  laughing.

Drink lots of fluids: Drinking a lot of fluids can replace the lose fluids at the time of delivery and breastfeeding. Fluids also help prevent constipation. Remember to empty the bladder as often as possible to prevent the risks of developing urinary tract infections.

Take medication as prescribed: you may be prescribed pain killers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen or other medications to relieve pain. Most medications used for pain relief are safe for breastfeeding moms.

Watch out for Signs of Infection: Check the site of the incision for any signs of infection. Talk to your health care provider if:

• the incision is swollen, red or leading discharge
• you have higher than 100.4 F
• experience any pain around the incision site.

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