Road to C Section Recovery
Tuesday, April 26th, 2022
A caesarean delivery usually takes more time to recover as compared to normal vaginal delivery. In either case, birthing takes a toll on you if you are a mother, physically as well as emotionally. Physically, you may experience unspeakable pain and you might also be emotionally drained. Holding your baby is indeed a heavenly feeling, but it brings an immense emotional storm.The first 24 hours after delivery is often remembered only as a faded memory. Cramps, dizziness, blood clot, infections are just a few of the threats that you are exposed to. The road to recovery is long, about 6-7 weeks. It is determined by individual health and other factors such as having older children to look after or a day job to tackle.
We have compiled for you a list of ways to smoothen your recovery process:
Rest..Rest..And Some More Rest : You’re not superhuman, you cannot pop out a baby and yet be cheerful and energetic. Your body needs plenty of rest for a speedy recovery. Honestly, taking care of a tiny human can be exhausting. Feeding, cleaning and entertaining them can take up most of your time. So whenever you have the chance, grab some sleep. And when your baby is sleeping but you’re wide awake; relax by taking a hot bath, reading a book or listening to music.
Seek Help – Newborns are demanding, they seek your undivided attention. Caring for a newborn all by yourself right after a major surgery is not commendable. Infact, it is unwise. Only a healthy mother will be able to take good care of her baby. Seek help from your friends and family and include them in your journey.
Gradual Transition – Getting back to the pre-pregnancy lifestyle will take time, so start moving gradually towards it. Take regular walks for short intervals, starting with just a few steps on the balcony. Avoid stairs. Start light exercises to prevent back and shoulder aches. Also, avoid any sexual intercourse during the first six weeks after delivery.
Baby Blues – The eagerness to hold your baby also comes with a series of ‘what ifs’. Your hormone level falls drastically after a C section, causing mood swings and self-loathing, exhaustion and even light insomnia. The reality of raising a kid can cause postpartum depression. Take things as it comes by, seek help, voice your emotions and most importantly, understand that moms are humans too! It is okay to make mistakes. If it seems too overwhelming, approach a counsellor.
Medical Guidance – Physical changes come as baggage right after delivery, and in case of C section they are a heavier load. Vaginal bleeding, afterpains, itching, hair thinning, sore breasts, latching, incision care, the list seems to go on. It’s like each of your body parts has some sort of struggle. Sadly, all of these are ‘normal’. It is best to be in constant contact with your doctor and seek correct medical advice at every step.
The transition to parenthood is difficult but it can be a beautiful experience with supportive friends and family. Seeking help at the right time, taking good care of the baby, and striking the right lifestyle balance are factors that contribute to a contented state of mind, directly impacting your physical wellbeing. So don’t compromise when it comes to yourself, mommys!