Table of contents:
- Standing time after cesarean
- Time in hospital
- Care to recover at home
- How to take care of cesarean scars
For a quick recovery from the cesarean section it is important to drink about 2 to 3 liters of water a day, as well as prioritize a diet rich in proteins, vegetables and fresh fruits that will help in healing.
Total recovery time from cesarean section varies from woman to woman. While some are able to stand a few hours after surgery, others need more time to recover, especially if there are any complications during childbirth. Anyway, cesarean section is a major surgery and the body will need, on average, 6 months to fully recover.
During the first days after childbirth, a woman may experience pain and discomfort and need the help of a nurse or a close person to get into or out of bed and for daily household chores, for example.
Standing time after cesarean
Because of the pain and discomfort after the cesarean, the woman may need to wait 6 weeks or more before having sex again. In addition, it is recommended that sexual intercourse not take place before the medical review visit, so that it is possible for the obstetrician to assess the healing process and indicate ways to reduce possible discomfort, the risk of vaginal infections and other complications.
Time in hospital
After the cesarean, the woman usually stays in the hospital for about 3 to 5 days, and after that, if she and the baby are doing well, the doctor releases them home. However, in some cases, it may be necessary for the woman or baby to stay in the hospital longer to recover from a situation.
Care to recover at home
After hospital discharge, the woman can recover at home, but during this period several precautions are still recommended, such as:
1. Get extra help
In the first 6 weeks at home, the woman should avoid efforts, dedicating herself only to her well-being, breastfeeding and baby care. That's why it's important that whenever possible, she has help around the house not only with household chores, but also to help take care of the baby while she rests.
2. Perform pelvic exercises
Performing pelvic exercises, known as pompoarismo, is a great way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, reducing the chances of urinary, fecal incontinence and hemorrhoids after childbirth. Check out other benefits of pelvic exercises and how to do them correctly.
3. Sleep on your side or on your back
The most recommended postpartum position is on your back, with a pillow under your knees to better accommodate your back and avoid pain. However, if the woman prefers to sleep on her side, she should put a pillow between her legs.
4. Placing ice to reduce pain and swelling
It may be useful to place ice packs on the cesarean scar, as long as it does not get wet. For this, it is indicated that the ice is wrapped in a cloth before being placed on the scar or using an ice pack, leaving it in place for about 15 minutes, every 4 hours to relieve pain and swelling.
5. Do light exercise
From the second day after giving birth, it is already recommended to take light walks for 5 minutes daily to help with recovery. About 6 weeks after the cesarean, it is already possible to do light physical activity and without impact, such as longer walks, as long as it is approved by the doctor.
Some types of exercises, such as the abdominal plank and hypopressive gymnastics help to strengthen the abdominal muscles, reducing the flaccidity of the belly that is common in postpartum. However, this type of exercise should only be done after 6 weeks of delivery, and with the permission of the obstetrician.Understand better how to do hypopressive gymnastics.
6. Avoid lifting weights and driving
Before 20 days, it is not recommended to make great physical efforts, or to carry weight that is greater than the baby's weight. Likewise, it is not recommended to drive between 4 and 6 weeks after the cesarean, as they can increase the pain and discomfort at the scar site.
7. Use healing ointment
After removing the bandage and stitches, the doctor may recommend the use of a healing cream, gel or ointment to help take off the cesarean scar, making it smaller and more discreet. When applying the cream daily, massage over the scar, with circular movements.
8. Eat a balanced diet
It is important to give preference to foods rich in protein, such as eggs, chicken and boiled fish, rice and beans, which are important for healing. In addition, it is important to eat fresh vegetables and fruits daily, as they contain vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, which help in healing and in the proper functioning of the intestine, preventing constipation and gas.
In addition, it is essential to drink between 2 to 3 liters of water a day, which will help in the production of breast milk, in the healing of the surgery and to prevent constipation.
9. Use contraception
It is recommended to take the pill again 15 days after giving birth. But if the woman prefers another method, it is important to talk to the doctor to find out the most suitable one, to avoid a new pregnancy before 18 months. Pregnancy in these first few months increases the risk of uterine rupture, which can be very serious.
10. Drinking diuretic teas to reduce swelling
After the cesarean, it is normal to retain more fluid and, to reduce this discomfort, the woman can drink chamomile and mint teas throughout the day, since these types of tea have no contraindications and do not interfere with production of milk.
How to take care of cesarean scars
C-section scar can take 6 to 10 weeks to heal completely. However, cesarean stitches can be removed between the 7th and 15th day, according to the obstetrician's advice.
Wound treatment is usually carried out by the nurse in the hospital, with saline solution and sterile compresses, until the stitches are removed.