Pregnancy is a journey filled with a lot of anxiety and excitement as you wait for that precious moment when you’ll finally deliver. If you are one of the new moms who’ve had a Caesarean surgery, also known as C-Section, make sure you avoid these 8 common mistakes to help you heal faster.
Jumping Head-On Into Household Routine: Slow down – YOUR body needs you too! While it’s natural for you to fuss around your newborn’s wellbeing, remember that your body also has been through a lot since the last nine months. Let the cleanliness-freak-cum-perfect-mother in you take a back seat, and give your body its due rest. Also, considering you’ll be spending quite a few sleepless nights initially, follow the sleep-when-the-baby-sleeps rule, irrespective of what time of the day it is!
Spare Yourself The Guilt And Gloom! Due to the outdated belief of a normal vaginal delivery is a benchmark for motherhood, many women end up with a sense of guilt or inadequacy for having a C-Section. Relax! Having a C-Section doesn’t make you less of a mother. A positive mindset goes a long way in helping you heal. Rather, keep a sunny disposition and focus on bonding with your baby.
Neglecting Your Diet: Most women take great care of their diet during pregnancy. However, post delivery, they become careless about their food resulting in acidity and constipation. It’s important to avoid food that causes constipation, keep yourself well hydrated, and if need be, consult your physician regarding laxatives, as constipation or gas could lead to excess pressure on the delicate stitches.
Being Unmindful Of Reflex Actions: Laughter may be the best medicine, but if you are one of those who can enjoy a ‘belly full’ of the laugh, we suggest you be cautious before you crack up. Not only that, some reflex actions like coughing or sneezing while you are seated could also exert pressure on your stitches. To avoid dust or catching a cold as much as possible. It’ll do a world of good to you, and your baby too.
Do Not Lift The Baby Or Anything Heavier: The first post-delivery physical contact a mother has with her infant is for feeding. Follow the instructions of the nursing personnel diligently with regards to holding and feeding your baby. Ensure that you always remain seated while doing so. Avoid walking or strolling around with the baby as newborns have a tendency to kick their legs rapidly and may come in contact with the stitches. Even lifting your baby while you are standing may exert pressure and cause pain in your stitches.
Put Those Aphrodisiacs Away: As much as you and your partner may be eager to resume your sex life post delivery, it is prudent to put it off for at least 6 to 7 weeks more. Discuss with your gynaecologist before you go ahead. And while you grudgingly put in a few more days of abstinence, make it worth the wait by indulging in some old-world romance!
Do Not Resume Your Fitness Regime: Some of us may be obsessed with getting back in shape post pregnancy and try to hit the gym, or worse, take to climbing stairs as an alternative. Any sort of extreme physical activity, specifically climbing stairs, has an adverse effect on the healing process. However enticing that may sound, to avoid ripping your stitches apart, let your body shed its baby weight the natural way.
Avoid Frequent Showers: In the days immediately after surgery, avoid taking a shower as much as possible, or cover the wound with a waterproof dressing if you really must. The fresh wound, when it comes in contact with water, may lead to other infections or complications, which in turn can delay the healing process. Also, avoid changing the wound dressing on your own. Always seek medical help for doing so.
Never eat foods that may develop gas: It is extremely important you take care of your diet during the first few days and make sure you avoid any kind of food that may cause gas formation.
Avoid foods that can constipate you: It is also necessary for you to stay clear from foods which can get you constipated. Constipation will strain your bowels and make it painful and sore to excrete
Make sure you don’t fall sick: Ensure you do not develop a cold or allergy as sneezing can be extremely painful after a C section. Avoid people with infections or people who are sick
Do not laugh too much: This can also hurt incision like hell and so tell everyone around you not to crack jokes while you are around.
Don’t cough: Even a mild cough can hurt your stitches and so this also needs to be avoided. Make sure you do not consume anything that can give you a cough.
Do not spend time lamenting you were not lucky enough for a normal birth: There is absolutely no use regretting about what has happened. What is most important is you and your precious bundle should be healthy and happy.
Do not touch your surgical incision area unnecessarily: It is imperative you do not pry around your incision and it’s best you do not even look at it often. Your husband or nurse can take care of that area to ensure there are no issues.
Do not suppose the numbness will disappear soon: Some women complain of numbness even after three years! It is there and it is there to stay.
Do not get depressed or begin crying: You need to understand it will take quite some time before you revert back to normalcy. Remember crying can also make your incision pain horribly and so stop crying or feeling sorry for yourself.
Never begin housework as soon as you reach home: It is absolutely imperative to get the required rest and do not strain yourself in any way. Let your mom or husband look after household chores while you get the much-needed rest to get back into shape in both mind and body.
Climbing stairs: This is yet another thing that needs to be completely avoided if you have just undergone a cesarean section.
No need to bear severe pain: If you are experiencing severe pain, you can take a painkiller which will help you feel better and also make you better equipped to look after your little one. Just ensure do not pop in too many pills and always take your doctor’s advice.
Ensure that you get your quota of fibre foods: It is imperative you do not miss taking foods which have lots of fibre as it takes quite a long time for your bowels to reach normalcy again after a C section. So it is vital you do not neglect to eat fibre-rich fruits and veggies.
Avoid neglecting your wound or let it gets wet while having a shower: Make sure your wound is covered well while having a shower and do not by any chance scrub or let soapy water comes in contact with the incision area.
Remember not to lift your baby by yourself: Lifting your baby can be extremely painful for a while and so it would be ideal to not try doing it all alone for a few days till your wound heals.
Do not attempt conventional abdominal exercises too soon: Never begin conventional exercise before consulting your doctor as it may prevent healing of your incision.
Never let what people say to let you get depressed: Don’t pay heed to unnecessary comment that may pull you down.
Try not to lie down without a lot of pillows to make you feel comfortable: Ensure you have adequate pillows around you while lying down so that you can lie in the most comfortable position possible.
Avoid sex for at least six weeks: It is best to avoid sex for some time until you feel normal and your wound heals.
Don’t feel any less of a mom: Do not let the ‘vaginal delivery is the best’ squad get into your head at all. You are as much a mom as a woman who has birthed naturally.
So you just had a C-section and feel quite overwhelmed with the umpteen advice you have been receiving from all ends leaving you totally confused. Relax and don’t panic, as the C section is extremely common these days. All you need to do to follow some guidelines mentioned above to breeze through the initial discomfort and pain you may experience and enjoy your motherhood to the maximum. However you need to be aware that C section is not a minor operation, so you need to give your body adequate care to help it revert back to normal.
These simple instructions can definitely help you to become your old self in no time and enjoy your bundle of joy to the maximum.