The effects of a c-section vary from one woman to the other and so does the recovery time. Here are some important dos and don’ts for you if you have just delivered a baby through caesarean.
C-sections will cause pain if you are not given the right painkillers. So do ask for them if they have not been given to you.
After an epidural, take help from the nurses to know how best to begin moving. They might also teach you how to hold your hand over the operated section, when you cough etc, so that it does not pain so much.
Walking around will be tough, but don’t let that stop you from trying, even if that is just waddling. The more you move, the easier the blood circulation post surgery will become, thus reducing the possibility of a blood clot.
Breast feed as soon as possible as that will help the uterus to shrink. Usually the best breast feeding positions for those who have delivered through a c-section is by lying down sideways, or sitting propped up and using a nursing cushion. Ask the nurse to help you, especially if this is your first time.
Make sure that you wear appropriate clothes, so that it does not rub against sore region of your body.
Use a Cesarean belt around your stomach for a few months after the operation. It will prevent your scar from suddenly getting a tear because of your moving around, and the possibility of developing a post operation sagging stomach is also reduced.