Precaution and Care after Caesarean Delivery

Precaution and Care after Caesarean Delivery

Post-delivery, every mother looks forward to meeting the soul she carried in her womb for nine months. Many women opt for a caesarean section, willingly or unwillingly. It is a procedure that requires time to recover. The following tips might help in a quick recovery.

Plenty of rest

Caesarean section, being a major surgery, requires hospitalisation for 2 to 4 days, which might extend if complications arise. It takes almost 6 to 8 weeks for the wound to heal completely.

Take it easy, as the popular saying goes, “Sleep when the baby sleeps,” i.e., follow the baby’s sleeping routine.

Always ask for help, whether changing the baby’s diapers or doing household chores. Rest whenever possible.

Pay special attention to your body.

Special care is required for the body to heal faster.

  • Do not climb stairs or sit on the floor. Any kind of pressure on the abdominal muscles should be avoided.
  • Frequently used items such as diapers, food, and snacks should be kept within reach.
  • Avoid lifting things heavier than the baby and ask for help whenever required.
  • Hold a pillow over the belly to avoid pressure while sneezing or coughing.
  • It can take up to 8 weeks to return to one’s usual routine. A doctor’s consultation is a must for all activities such as exercising, driving, or starting work.
  • Walking is recommended for the body to heal faster and for the prevention of constipation and blood clots.
  • Avoid physical contact as well as the use of tampons and douches.

Relieve pain

  • Only a doctor’s prescribed pain medications are to be taken, especially while breastfeeding.
  • A hot bag may be used to relieve discomfort, while special care and hygiene must be maintained.
  • Postpartum bleeding should be monitored. If it continues beyond 6 weeks, consult the doctor.

Good Nutrition

The mother should drink lots of water while breastfeeding to promote milk supply and avoid constipation. This reduces pressure on the abdomen and the chances of injury. Additionally, a variety of fruits and vegetables are to be consumed for the body’s recovery.

Postpartum check-ups are a must

Visit the doctor regularly for post-delivery check-ups. These help in the diagnosis of physical and mental health, energy level, chronic diseases, and other pregnancy-related complications like hypertension, diabetes, etc.

Time to call a doctor.

Some degree of pain, bleeding, or discharge at the incision site is usual within 6 weeks of a caesarean section.

The doctor should be consulted immediately if the following symptoms occur, as these could point to an impending infection:

  • Redness, swelling, pus discharge, or pain at the incision site.
  • Temperatures above 100.4°F (38°C)
  • Foul-smelling discharge of or heavy bleeding from the vagina
  • Redness, swelling, or pain in the leg.
  • Difficulty breathing or chest pain.

Also consult the doctor if the new mother feels sad, depressed, or feels like hurting the baby or herself.

Dear MoMsters don’t compare your own recovery with others’, as it varies with every individual and their body.

Focus on your self-healing by giving your body the time it needs to recover.

Guest Writer

Anjana Ghosal

Minor ailments during pregnancy and their management.

Minor ailments during pregnancy and their management.

Hello dear MoMsters, did you just come to know you’re pregnant or about to complete 1st or 2nd or 3rd trimester?

Are the minor ailments stealing your precious moments?

Do not worry! We can provide some much-needed support and with that information, you can manage the minor ailments of pregnancy without having any stress.

First of all, keep your mind cool and at peace.  I know it is easier said than done but discomforts are going to have a negative impact on maternal happiness; hence improved knowledge about it might reduce the need for medication during this phase.

Undoubtedly, pregnancy is one of the most precious and important times in a woman’s life. However, during pregnancy, it is always suggested to take safe medicines/treatment for minor ailments (All the ailments are explained in detail  in the next blog posts individually)  such as:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Nasal congestion
  • Cough
  • Indigestion/heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Toothache during pregnancy
  • Back pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Sleepless night
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Headache
  • Morning sickness

Again I am pointing out; please make sure the medicine is safe to take during pregnancy, and you can try safe home remedies before taking medicines.

let us start with the first ailment: Constipation >>>