Pregnancy is the wonderful opportunity to nurture and give birth to a new life. The process of childbirth may sometimes involve a C-section delivery. The recovery in case of vaginal birth is much faster than the C-sec cases. The impact of this is largely on the woman’s physically health as well as this makes it a little harder to take care of the newborn.
Since there are lots of precautions which need to be taken and many repercussions of the conditions, hence it is very much fair to have your mind overloaded with questions during pregnancy and even after having a C-section. To bring you ease, here are some of the most common questions which one may ask about C-section recovery.
Question: How soon will I recover?
Answer: A minimum rest for the first six weeks is required for healing of the body. The chances are that your gynecologist would have given you appointment for first and second meeting at the time of discharge. When you meet your doctor at around 6 weeks’ time, the doctor will monitor your recovery and accordingly suggest. You may feel the urgency to get back to your normal routine with added responsibilities of a new life, but it is equally important to take care of yourself to ensure complete recovery before taking charge of your daily routine.
Question: When should I start walking?
Answer: Walking and movement is very crucial after surgery. Even if you feel very weak to walk, but still, the sooner you start with your walk, the better it is. The initial walk may be of just a few steps and gradually you can keep on increasing your distance. This will help in blood circulation to your legs and reduce the chances of developing any blood clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT). The first walk should be taken with support and it should be done while looking straight or focusing on some object.
Be careful with the stitches and you may even support your incision with a pillow. Don’t overdo walking and in case it so happens, you increased blood flow which usually is bright red in color indicates that you need to reduce the amount of walking. Even if you fear the pain or as if the whole incision will tear apart, it is important part of the C-section recovery process.
Question: What is the diet supported for a smooth recovery from C-section before getting on to burgers and pizzas?
Answer: Food plays an important role in the recovery from C-section delivery. Once you have started with movement, you should start taking clear liquids and gradually migrate to eating solid foods. When on liquid diet, make sure to drink plenty of water to ensure your body is sufficiently hydrated. This even helps in holding back some amount of hunger pains.
After the initial 8 hours post operation, when there is no visible risk of heavy bleeding, the food is typically started. Start eating small amounts at a time and make sure to have good amount of fiber-rich diet which help you keep up with your mission of getting back to shape as well. In case of gastric trouble or constipation, ask your doc if they could prescribe some laxatives.
Question: When should I start breastfeeding?
Answer: Breastfeeding is a unique experience for every mother. In case of C-section, your breastfeeding would depend on the kind of anesthesia you were given. If you are given epidural or spinal block in which you are awake but free from pain, you should be able to breastfeed the new born as soon as you feel comfortable to do so. Some gynecologists even put the baby on mom’s chest to bring skin to skin contact even after a C-section birth.
Question: When will I be able to start with lifting weight after my C-section surgery?
Answer: Your C-section surgery largely involved your abdominal muscles. Hence it is utmost crucial for you to recover completely before even thinking of lifting any weight, anything which weighs more than your baby. In general, doctors recommend avoiding any sort of lifting of weight for the first 3 to 6 weeks. Further, it also depends on your physical health and body weight. As you come into routine, you yourself will be able to understand your body and how much weight you can lift. Overweight women have to be overly cautious as they have higher chances of developing hernia.
The plethora of questions may still continue to flow. And despite our effort to answer some of the important questions which may make you little comfortable, it is very important to always consult your gynecologist with your concerns to be safe in all conditions.