Childbirth is a thrilling journey for any parent. You meet for the first time your little bundle of joy whom you have been carrying inside of you for 9 whole months. Yet, it can be tricky too. Especially, when the childbirth is cesarean. A C-section operation or cesarean requires up to 2–3 days in the hospital, and 6 weeks of complete rest at home. Here are a few tips to make the resting period easier.
Plenty of rest after any surgery is important. It might seem hard with a bawling baby at your side, but get help from your partner and family. Complete bed rest is advised for up to 6 weeks after the surgery. It is wise to rest when the baby sleeps.
- Your body is your baby too
Avoid having to walk about when you heal. Keep everything necessary at your hand’s reach. Do light exercises, like going for a walk which will prevent constipation and blood clot. But avoid strenuous exercises after a c-section at all costs. Consult your doctor regarding the right time to work and drive.
- Emotional health matters
If you feel disappointed or exhausted, do not ignore it. A cesarean may make you feel guilty or ashamed and bring about mixed emotions. The c-section scar may trouble your mind as a reminder of a painful experience. Talking to someone may reduce risks of postpartum depression.
- Good nutrition
A well-planned diet should be in place even after the months of pregnancy. Include fibre-rich fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water and other fluids to avoid constipation and to boost breast milk supply.
- Look out for infections
You must consult your doctor if you feel or observe the following symptoms.
- Redness, swelling or pus oozing from the incision site.
- Pain around the site.
- Fever of more than 100.4°F (38°C).
- Bad-smelling discharge from the vagina.
- Heavy vaginal bleeding.
- Redness or swelling on your leg.
- Difficulty with breathing.
- Chest pain.
- Pain in your breasts.
Of course, taking care is difficult after a major surgery. But, with the help of your loved ones, a supportive partner and an excellent medical team, the transition from childbirth to parenthood can be smooth and beautiful.