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All your excitements are well answered and you’ve been waiting for this day for months. The wait is over and finally, you are set to meet your new baby. Like any new mother around, you’ll probably feel ‘out of the world’ and rejoice for the presence of newborn in your arms. Apart from all these happiness, you’ll also be recovering from major abdominal surgery ‘the c-section’. But you are still trying to deal with typical postpartum issues. These such as engorged breasts, mood swings, and vaginal discharge have to be managed along with the surgery you had just undergone- The C-Section Surgery.
A Cesarean section, (C-section) as it is popularly called is a surgery to deliver a baby. This surgery is relatively safe for mother and baby. But it is a major surgery and carries risks. Also, during the post-cesarean period, the pain of the mother is much. aThe time period taken for the recovery from this surgery is comparatively longer. Sometimes there are certain health hazards involved. This is due to the careless treatments taken by the mothers after the surgery. Due care should be given by the mother in such cases. Else this could cause problems with an attempted vaginal birth later. However, more than half of women who have a C-section can give vaginal birth later. Here’s a list of things about what you can expect after a C-section. We are trying to and list you with things which would help you to recover at the earliest and with ease.
What to expect after a C-Section and how to recover
1Sore breasts after C- Section
Don’t be shocked if you find your breast firm, swollen several days after the C-section. These discomforts could be easily reduced. Between feedings, place cold washcloths or ice packs on your breasts. Try and use a breast pump, apply warm washcloths or take a warm shower to express milk. It is a myth when people ask you not to wear a bra. Always remember to wear a firm, supportive bra (which is not washed by higher chemical powders, and by simple sterilising the cloth with hot or warm water is enough) to help stop milk production if you’re not breastfeeding. Never ever pump or rub your breasts.This will cause your breasts to produce more milk. This, in turn, increases the size of your breast and even makes it to sag.
2Loss of weight
Don’t feel bad if you’ll probably go out of shape after your C-section. There might be people who ask you if you are still pregnant. This is normal. It is found in most of the cases that women lose more than 10 pounds during birth. This includes the placenta and amniotic fluid and obviously the weight of the baby. During your recovery, you’ll certainly get to reduce more weight as your body gets rid of excess fluids.
Keeping all this in mind, you should also remember to have a healthy diet. Regular exercise can help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight. You can look as fit as you were pre-pregnant period. If the physician says not to lift anything of heavy weight, it is more important healthcare instructions which one cannot afford to ignore.
3After Pains or Contractions
It is very common to have after pains or contractions, just a few days after the C-section. These contractions generally can be easily identified as they often resemble menstrual cramps. These are not bad signs and give us indications that you are recovering. They help you in preventing excessive bleeding by compressing the blood vessels in the uterus.
If the pain seems to be extreme, it is just advisable to have a pain reliever as per the advice of your health care expert. But you should remember to contact your expert if you have a fever or if your abdomen is tender to the touch. This can be a sign that you are probably catching up a uterine infection.
Lochia or vaginal discharge as it is popularly called is a common symptom after a C-Section. This symptom due to C-section is accompanied by heavy blood flow. This blood is characterised by bright red colour. Don’t get shocked or panic if you happen to see some blood clots.
In most of the C-section cases, it is found that this discharge will gradually reduce after the first month postpartum. It starts to become watery. Its colour also changes from pink or brown to yellow or white. It varies with each and every one.
It is advisable to contact your health care expert if you find discharge with a foul smell or heavy vaginal bleeding. Sometimes it is also better to contact your health care expertise if you have a fever of 100.4 F or higher as it happens in some women.
5Hair loss and skin changes.
It is found that during pregnancy period, you tend to have a hormonal imbalance. These elevated hormone levels increase hair growth and put even ‘a normal hair loss process’ on hold, creating an extra-lush head of hair. This change takes a topsy-turvy curve, just after the delivery. The hair growth decreases and your body begins to shed the excess hair all at once. This hair loss typically stops within six months. But we should remember to take due care and treatment for our hair in our post pregnancy period.
At the same time, stretch marks typically fade from red to silver. It is found in certain people that ‘skin darkening’ appear on their face. It also appears in the areas around neck having dark patches which will eventually start fading away.
It is found that women’s emotional reactions and change to cesarean birth vary widely. It varies from individual to individual. Although some women recover fairly quick and accept the surgical birth as a necessary step to a healthy baby and to becoming a mother some other feel that as a bitter one due to the pains and loss of some health aspects.
In most cases, women experience various degrees of sadness, disappointment, anger and violation. They also face a loss of self-esteem, guilt and depression. And sometimes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is mainly because that a newborn demands so much care and attention. New mothers often find it tough to process these feelings. This leaves them depressed and unhappy. Melodious music, if believers, prayer type songs from your android or player is going to be a good remedy.
Some women experience their birth as a traumatic event. Most often they are not aware of how the trauma has influenced their life. They forget to appreciate and enjoy their feelings about motherhood.
It becomes the sole responsibility of the friends, family and even partners of mothers to provide them with a moral support. And to help them move on and help them relish this amazing period of nurturing their little ones.
Coping up with C-Section pains and recovering back may seem too frustrating and it might take a long time. But it is not a process which is not possible. As a mother by now, you tend to develop the sense of patience. We just need to practice a bit of patience and perseverance to overcome these pains. Try moving along with your new round-the-clock parenting responsibilities and be patient. In due course of time, you’ll start feeling better and enjoying a new life with your new baby. The kid will resemble you or your partner in appearance and you will re-live your childhood plays with him again. It is one of the most beautiful experience of the world, as said.