Recovery after childbirth is not an easy process. The C-section recovery is a separate topic. Knowing all the rules and details of the process, a young mother will be able to restore her body strength quickly. We will talk about ways that can help a young mother cope with the consequences of C-section.
C-section recovery time
Immediately after the operation, the woman is transferred to an intensive care unit, where she is constantly supervised throughout the day. At this time, she needs ice on the abdomen and painkillers. C-section recovery should be started immediately:
The sooner a mother begins to move after surgery, the faster she returns to the familiar rhythm of life.
The first day, especially after spinal anesthesia, a woman should stay in bed, it does not exclude the possibility of moving.
You can turn from one side to another while lying and do exercises for your feet:
- Extend your toes up in the air
- Rotate your feet clockwise
- Strain and relax your buttocks
- One by one bend your legs at the knees and straighten.
Each exercise should be performed 10 times.
You must also immediately start doing Kegel exercises (periodically strain and relax the muscles of your vagina), which strengthen the pelvic muscles and prevent urinary problems.
When can you sit after a cesarean section?
Getting out of bed is allowed after the first night. To do this, turn to the side and pull the legs off the bed, then, lift the upper end of the body, and sit down.
After some time, you should stand up (you can use the back of the bed as support), stand a little, and then take a few steps, trying to keep your back straight.
Walking should be under the control of a doctor. Early physical activity stimulates peristalsis and prevents the formation of adhesions.
Skin stitches are daily treated with antiseptic solutions. Stitches are taken out in 7 – 10 days after the surgery.
For better resorption of the scar and in order to prevent the formation of keloid, it is recommended to lubricate the seam with special gels. Taking a shower is allowed in about 7 – 8 days after the surgery but do not rub the seam with a washcloth). However, if the hygiene is your high priority – you can use a special plaster that would prevent the water from penetrating under it. You can take a hot bath only in 2 months after the surgery.
A bandage will make your life significantly easier, especially in the first days after the surgery. It relieves pain, helps to maintain the correct posture, speeds up muscle recovery and elasticity of the skin. However, you should not wear it too long. A bandage should be periodically removed for the full and fast recovery of the abdominal muscles.
During the first day after a cesarean section, it is allowed to drink only water with lemon juice. On the second day, you can eat chicken broth and boiled meat scrolled through a meat grinder, low-fat cottage cheese, yogurt without fruit fillings, fruit drinks without sugar. You can return to your normal diet in 4-5 days.
After a caesarean section, women are often tormented by a cough, especially after endotracheal anesthesia. However, the fear of suture line disruption restrains the desire to cough. To strengthen the joints you can press a pillow to the stomach (a bandage, dressing towel), then take a deep breath and then completely, but gently exhale, producing a sound like “wow.”
Sexual activity can be resumed in 1.5 – 2 months after a c –section. This period of abstinence is necessary for the healing of the wound in the uterus.
Each woman who went through this surgery should remember that the IUD can be set in 6 months after the operation, and abortions are strictly contraindicated since they injure the stitch on the uterus. So it is necessary to consult your doctor beforehand about all possible measures of contraception.
Obstetricians recommend women to delay a new pregnancy after the surgery for at least 2 years (optimally 3). This period allows the woman to recover physically and psychologically, and the stitch on the uterus can be completely healed.
At a gynecologist
All women who have had a cesarean section are registered in the antenatal clinic, where they are under the supervision over two years. The first visit to a gynecologist should not be later than in 10 days after the operation, with a compulsory ultrasound of the uterus. Then, in 6-8 weeks, and in six months you should go there to assess the condition of the scar on the uterus, and after that, you will visit a gynecologist at least once every six months.
Do not be afraid of a cesarean section, because it gives us the most important thing in the world – a baby. And the recovery is not so hard. The main thing is to follow all the recommendations of doctors, love and respect yourself and your body, which has coped with such a difficult task.