Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful things a woman can experience. If only we can say the same about childbirth. Most women suffer over 10 hours of pushing a baby out, while others opt for planned cesarean sections (although I do not recommend this as an option, if not for Doctor’s advice). Unlike, a normal childbirth, which involves pain during the delivery, the pain following a cesarean section springs up after the painkillers wear off.
Recovery post operation, is rather difficult at first, especially if it is your first born. Here are some tips on how you can recover faster, and get back to living a happy healthy life.
Drink lots of fluids
Drinking lot of fluids like warm milk, fresh juices and soup will help you recover faster and help produce milk when nursing your baby. You also need to keep the bladder empty so it does not cause discomfort to the incision. So drink up!
Get mobile, fast!
No, we don’t mean that you need to get your smartphone back!
Getting back on your feet is the most important thing after surgery. It may hurt like b**ch ( been there, and done that with lot of #*&* word running in my mind, while at it) when you get up and get back down, but getting mobile, is the only way you can move past the surgery. Always remember to take baby steps, and move around at your own pace.
Eat small portions of food
Everyone you know will ask you to eat mountains of food because “ it’s good for the baby”. This is actually pretty bad. That kos curry, your mom cooked for you? Chuck it! You need to eat small meals more frequently so that you can prevent constipation and building up of gas. Don’t forget to add a lot of vegetables and fruits!
Pass it out
There will be a serious case of gas building up and it will make you feel very uncomfortable. It’s most likely induced by the food and the fact that the incision is just below the belly. Try to stay away from gassy food for at least 4 weeks. You can thank us later.
Say no to constipation
Your gynecologist will also probably mention that it’s very important that you pass stools regularly to keep your system in good health. Make sure you eat enough vegetables and fruits to relieve pressure off the incision.
Keep your feet elevated.
Your feet may be swollen, after the surgery. This is probably due to all the drugs pumped into your system. In some cases, swollen feet can last up to a month. When you are seated, keep them elevated to release discomfort.
Warm water showers
Warm water baths can help the incision dry up faster. By the 3rd day following surgery , you should be able to remove the dressings during a bath. Nothing beats a warm water shower every day to de-stress yourself. Make sure you do not itch your scar or rub anything into it unless cleared by your doctor. Poor care of your incision can lead to damage of your wound and cause serious damage to your uterus.
Rest as much as you can
Everyone will keep advising you to sleep when the baby sleeps. But who is going to do all the chores at home? Mommy also can sleep like a baby.There is no shame in getting help. You will need it, now more than ever. So, relax as much as you can because baby duty and recovery will only stress you out further more.