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.
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.
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.
Dear parents stay positive. Your child will consider you as a role model and will cultivate
habits by just watching you. Be cautious about your behavior in front of your child.
Some children find themselves less attached to their parents and feel insecure just because of negative emotions shown by their parents. Parents should respond quickly or positively to all the infants’ questions. If a parent does not respond consistently in a warm caring way like – holding, rocking, cooing, stroking or talking softly- the baby might not feel safe and secure.
Handling naughty kids will sometimes make you frustrated. In that case, first, try to control your emotions and relax. Don’t yell at your kid or any of your family members.
Try your kid to take his/her own decision, wrong or right. It will help them to build self-confidence.
Advise them politely.
DO NOT beat them, they will become stubborn. Try to find out their weaknesses and divert them with that thing at that point in time. DO NOT bribe them.
Try to take a walk with your kids in the park (morning or evening time), go for shopping or grocery stores in your free time.
So, dear cool Momsters, Say goodbye to stress or depression. Stay motivated and keep reminding yourself that it is just a matter of time. You are preparing your kid for the future to be a good human being, to achieve success and that begins with your own self-love, to stay happy and be a role model to your kid.
Postpartum Depression is just a phase and it happens with most of the moms. So, create the best version of motherhood. Take a few simple steps to stay happy and motivated. It is all about will power. No one knows everything, they learn over a period of time. So, don’t feel bad if you have done a few mistakes. Feel happy that you are trying to give your best to your child.
“If you have expertise in managing your kids, then half of the stress will vanish”.
Over 90% of the world population is in the same situation. You are not alone. But the choice for a better life is up to you. If you select happiness over depression, love over hatred, spread love, give hope, live your dreams, share peace, be strong in raising your child.
“Motherhood is a gift to a woman. Not all women can become a mother. So, be thankful and give your best shot. Fill your motherhood journey with love, care, and happiness. ”
Share what you feel. The most important factor to overcome depression.
Come on Moms, you all are brave and strong to raise a strong and confident child….!! You need no support or sympathy to fulfill this task of your life.
Let us be happy and make our family happier.
Difficult but possible!
Spread this chain of love and care and concern to other moms. They need it.
Hearty congratulations Momsters on entering into the Motherhood world.
If you are reading this article that means you need suggestions or insight about breastfeeding.
You might be feeling guilty, sad or hopeless if you are not able to breastfeed your baby. You might be thinking something has gone wrong with you. Many doubts haunt the mind and eventually turn the thought into negative emotions.
But. we will say… Don’t you worry Momster. It is not new or any doubtful situation. All new mom has to go through a lot of new experiences, one among that is breastfeeding. Our momster community will help you with your further doubts on our Question Answer forum
There is a lack of awareness regarding exclusive breastfeeding, and the diet to be followed during this period.
I know it’s a tough time, because lots of suggestion and instruction by many people, you will be in a state of confusion now.
First of all, a breastfeeding mom relax, your stress plays an important role in decreasing breast milk (BM)
“The only mammals who use a top feed to their babies are human beings”
“Breastfeeding of an infant for the first 6 months is compulsory”, there is no need for additional food or water during these 6 months.