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What is the Recovery Time for a C-Section?

What is the Recovery Time for a C-Section?

by: Dr. Bharti Minocha
Consultant, Gynecology

Childbirth is an exciting experience. You finally get the opportunity to meet the child who’s been with you throughout the previous nine months. However having a child can be burdening to your body, particularly if you’ve had a cesarean delivery (C-section). You’ll require more time to recover than you would have required after a routine vaginal delivery. A cesarean section is the delivery of a child through a cut (incision) in the mother’s belly and uterus. It is regularly called a C-section. in most cases, a female can be awake during the birth and be with her infant soon thereafter. On the off chance that you are pregnant, chances are that you will have the ability to deliver your infant through the birth canal(vaginal birth). In any case, there are situations when a C-section is required for the safety of the mother or infant. So regardless of whether you anticipate a vaginal birth, it’s a smart decision to opt for C-section, in the case when unexpectedly happens. A C-section might be planned or spontaneous. In most cases, doctors do cesarean sections because of problems that arise during labor.

What to expect if you are going through a C-Section?

C-section is a major surgery so you will not be able to fully recover in as quickly as a few days. Rather, you will have to endure pain while doing everyday activities such as getting out of bed and putting on clothes for a couple of months. Nevertheless, your recovery will come in time, and having a positive outlook and a few tricks will help make the process more tolerable for you. Women who have just given birth are usually cleared to return to their normal routines on or after their sixth week. These include activities such as working out, driving, doing household chores, and having sexual intercourse.

Recommendations for a speedy recovery post C Section:

Here are few suggestions to speed up your recovery so you can spend less time sore and tired, and more time bonding with your new baby.

  • TAKE PROPER REST: A C-section is major surgery. Just like with any other surgery, your body needs time to heal afterward. Expect to stay in the hospital for 3-4 days after your delivery You’ve probably heard the advice from friends and relatives: “Rest whenever your baby rests.” They’re right. Try to sleep whenever your baby naps. Ask relatives for help with baby and housework so you can lie down when possible. Even a few minutes of rest here and there throughout the day you will be rejuvenated.
  • PAY ATTENTION TO GOOD NUTRITION: Good nutrition is just as important after you deliver as it was during your pregnancy. If you’re breastfeeding, you’re still your baby’s primary source of nutrition. Eating a variety of foods will keep your baby healthy and help you get stronger. It is proved that eating vegetables while breastfeeding imparts flavors in breast milk that increase your child’s enjoyment and consumption of those vegetables. Also drink plenty of fluids, especially water. You need extra fluids to boost your breast milk supply and to avoid constipation.
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