How to recover from a C-Section

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to recover from a C-Section

A c-section birth involves surgery and, therefore, the recovery of the woman is slower than that of a vaginal birth delivery. Usually, the first few days are the most uncomfortable and full recovery takes place about six weeks after delivery. During this period of time, it is essential to follow a series of recommendations to prevent complications and to help you recover faster and completely healthy, which will also be very important to be able to take care of your baby with full energy. Pay attention to the following OneHowTo article in which we explain how to recover after a c-section.

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General care after a c-section

After a c- section, the abdominal muscles are weak from the surgery and it is completely normal to find yourself sore and that you need the help of your partner and family to care for the baby, because you need to somehow get some rest for a speedy recovery. Below, we give details of some recommendations you should keep in mind to take care of yourself after a c-section:

  • Sleep and rest as much as your baby allows you to. Take at least one nap a day.
  • It is advisable to get up and walk slowly and progressively from the first day to speed up recovery, help blood circulation and prevent blood clots.
  • Avoid lifting and any physical activity that involves the tightening of the abdominal muscles until the wound is completely healed.
  • Note that, just as with a vaginal birth, after a caesarean you will release blood from the vagina (called lochia), which will have a strong red colour at the beginning and go darker with each passing day. You only need to worry if you feel pain or have a temperature, in such case it will be advisable to consult your gynaecologist.
  • Have showers instead of baths and avoid using tampons until the scar has healed.
  • Try to follow a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and, above all, stay well hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water a day to prevent constipation.

Also, you should be alert to the appearance of these symptoms, because their appearance may indicate that something is wrong and it will be critical that you go to the doctor as soon as possible:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding.
  • Fever
  • Bleeding or discharge from the scar.
  • Severe pain or burning in the abdomen.
  • Pain or redness in the breasts.
  • Swollen legs.
  • Depression.
How to recover from a C-Section - General care after a c-section

Healing of the c-section car

The c-section wound needs approximately 10 weeks to heal, and to do it correctly you must carry out a series of specific care tips. It is essential to keep it clean by washing it only with water and a little mild soap. Dry it with a sterile gauze and leave it to air for a few minutes. It is not advised to cover it with dressings. Ask your doctor whether you should keep it covered or not and he/she can prescribe some kind of antiseptic to speed up healing or anti-inflammatories in the case of pain.

You must go to the doctor to remove the outer stitches, but the recovery process is slow and in the first weeks it's normal to feel tightness, itching or numbness in an area of the skin.

How to recover from a C-Section - Healing of the c-section car

Physical activity after a c-section

Doing physical activity after a c-section is usually resumed a month after the surgery. The wound is completely healed by then. However, this time can vary from one woman to another and it is best to start exercising when the doctor advises you to. We recommend starting with gentle exercises for the abdominal area once the woman no longer feels pain and the scar is healed, as well as exercises that help the contraction of the pelvic floor, avoiding high intensity activities under all circumstances.

How to recover from a C-Section - Physical activity after a c-section

Sex after a caesarean section

One of the most common questions is: Can I have sex after a caesarean section? Well, as recommended by experts, sexual encounters should resume when the woman has fully recovered and the wound has healed. It is especially advisable to avoid sex during bleeding occurring after delivery (quarantine) and wait at least six weeks to avoid complications. Still, it is always possible to enjoy intimacy with your partner using other techniques such as manual or oral stimulation, kissing and petting.

How to recover from a C-Section - Sex after a caesarean section

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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