Right post delivery care is very essential after
a c-section delivery. Read on to find tips on care and safety precautions which
are required to be taken after a caesarean delivery.
Recovery of the mother post caesarean
delivery may not be as smooth as expected.
Caesarean is a major surgery where the effects and after effects of pain is
felt post surgery. So, due care must be taken by the mother after delivery as
she has to deal with the pain of surgery along with the demands of being a new
mother like breastfeeding, diaper changes
and the sleepless night routines. Here are some tips that can help you care for
yourself after a C-section:
as Soon as Possible
After a caesarean delivery the mother
might feel uncomfortable to breastfeed due to sore nipples, leaking breasts and
clogged ducts. But doctors recommend that breastfeeding
should commence at the earliest possible moment as it would prevent the
clogging from getting worse and reduce the discomfort levels. Besides, it will
also ensure that the baby’s nutritional requirements are not compromised and
mother’s first milk helps him to boost his immune system.
The baby can be rested on feeding
pillows so as to give some comfort to the mother. The lower abdomen should not
be strained at all. The soreness of the nipple can be reduced by applying
cremes suggested by your doctor.
Started with Slow Walking
Women suffer from excruciating pain
after a caesarean delivery whose intensity may not reduce even after taking
painkillers. The pain is often caused by the air that gets trapped inside the
stomach. This is why doctors recommend that the mother starts slow walking
within a few days post surgery. Since it might cause pain around the area of
the stitches, the walk should start off very slowly and very cautiously. It is
very important to start off as the more sedentary you tend to keep your body,
the cramps and the pain would only worsen with time. Walking would help you
Should be Gentle
Although you need to ensure that you
have an adequate amount of physical activity, you must also take care that you
do not over-exert yourself. You might want to get back in shape fast and lose
the extra flab, but you need to be slow. You must take care on the stitches on
your lower abdomen and remember that stress can cause undesirable complications
that can delay recovery, and even bring in the risk of hernia in later years.
So consult a trained fitness expert and your doctor on what type of exercises
are safe for you during this period. It has been found that yoga is highly
beneficial at this time.
Mothers must always take care of their post
delivery diet and after a C-section
you must all the more ensure that you take in a balanced diet that meets the
requirement of your and the baby’s health. Tea, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol
must be totally avoided. Avoid fast food and hot spices as they will delay the
healing of your stitches. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fruit juices and plenty of
water will keep you healthy and hydrated and also help in healing the scar.
Food high in fibre content is especially recommended for mothers after a
caesarean. You should have plenty of calcium
and iron supplements too.
As a part of healthcare after caesarean,
it is obvious that you take good care of your hygiene and ensure that your
stitches are protected from infections. Any mark of swelling or redness in the
scar should be immediately reported to the doctor. Follow the regimen of daily
care diligently and before long you would find yourself a lot fitter and on the
road to recovery.