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12 Ways To Recover And Heal Faster From a Cesarean Section

A few decades ago, the preferred method of childbirth by both doctors and women was always a natural one. Today, it is an entirely different story altogether where caesarian sections are all too common and being preferred by many young mothers not waiting to go through the pain, and rigors of childbirth.

A caesarian section was usually required only in the case of a breach or complications but now it’s a normal method and almost 1 in 3 babies are being delivered by a caesarian section. This is why it becomes important for any mother to know certain facts about a C section. Here are ten ways how to quicken the recovery process and heal the scar of a C section faster.

Probiotics and fermented food
As in all surgeries, following a C section, a woman will be prescribed doses of antibiotics lasting to 5 to seven days. While this is necessary, it will also cause as negative impact on the good bacteria and microflora of the gut. While some doctors, do, some will not prescribe Probiotics, so speak to your doctor about supporting Probiotics supplements along with the medication.

Fermented foods are rich sources of Probiotics
Live healthy bacterium that is got from Probiotics can help restore gut bacteria eliminated by anti-biotics since the medication doesn’t make a distinction between good and bad bacteria. Good bacteria also increases and improves immunity and prevents conditions like diarrhea. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and non-sweetened yoghurt are the best sources of Probiotics.

Go for walks
After a caesarian section, you will be advised bed rest but as soon as you are fit to walk again, it is advisable to condition yourself and start walking around at home. After that, walk around in your backyard or lawn and then start walking regularly for 30 minutes a day. Walking improves circulation, releases gas, decreases bloating, reduce blood clots, improves bowel function and improves overall body health. Some doctors will recommend you start walking a bit as soon as you are sent home.

Avoid inflammatory foods
A good diet is extremely important and inflammatory foods should be avoided like red meat, white bread, and fried stuff. Eat more of anti-inflammatorily foods like vegetables and fruits such as kale, broccoli, nuts, berries, and seeds. Foods like lean protein that contains amino acids are also healthy like chicken breast and salmon. These can help repair skin and muscle tissue faster.

Try painkillers
If you have had a C section, there may be pain for at least two weeks soon after. Your doctor may prescribe you anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen about 3-4 times a day for 2 weeks. Speak to your doctor about something suitable for your pain, but never dose yourself.

Consult your doctor for suitable medication
It’s normal for a mother to have pain even as long as 2 weeks after a C-section. Doctors will likely prescribe anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen, which might need to be taken as much as 4 times a day for 2 weeks. Ask your doctor about medication, especially to determine what will be strong enough to address specific pain.

Get plenty of rest
After any surgery, rest is important especially a C-section. When you have a newborn child, obviously you will be woken up at night and not get enough sleep but you need to manage the time effectively. Try to sleep when your child sleeps and take help from family members to help you make time for some well-needed naps. Usually, the work and stress of looking after a baby can overwhelm anyone but get your rest as much as possible.

Get support for breastfeeding
When you have had a C section and are breastfeeding your baby, you may need support as C-section procedures have been associated with difficulty in breastfeeding. Support can be a breastfeeding chair or a special cushion; you could also consult a lactating consultant. These are the few things you can do to get relief from discomfort and pain.

Get relief from constipation
Those who had undergone a C-section may face issues of constipation because of the hormonal shift, tired out stomach muscles and lying down too much. This can be a painful situation and straining can injure the incision. Drink a lot of water; eat a lot of fiber foods like whole grains, veggies and fresh fruit. You could also speak to your doctor to recommend a stool softener.

Take care of infection
Once you have had your surgery, it becomes important to keep looking for infection. Your temperature should be checked daily and signs to look out for are swelling, intense pain, red streaks, pus in the incision, sutures, or chills. If any of these are noticed consult your doctor immediately.

Use pads for vaginal bleeding
In spite of having a c-section, vaginal bleeding can occur as in the case of a natural delivery. This is known as lochia in the first-month post-childbirth and pads should be used for absorbing the blood. Do not use a tampon or douche as these could cause infection unless of course, your doctor tells you to. If you find excessive bleeding accompanied with a foul smell and fever, consult your doctor immediately.

Manage your emotions
A C-section delivery can take a toll on tour emotions especially in the aftermath. Firstly you should not feel guilty or ashamed in spite of what people may tell you as it is your body, your choice and your baby. To deal with any psychological or emotional issues associated with c-section childbirth, it is advisable to consult a therapist of group support. This helps avoid postpartum depression.

Taking care of a C-section scar?
There are many women who try to find the fastest ways to reduce the scar of a C section but in your desire to do this, do not resort to remedies that may make your skin worse. There are different types of scars that respond to different treatment. A skin scar can be closed by staples, surgical glue or stitches. Your doctor can advise you on how to reduce the scarring and heal it faster. Remember, there are certain things that can impact a scar like abdominal fat for instance.

The best way to deal with scar
Clean your scar with soap and water allowing it to drip on the wound. Never scrub but just pat the area gently. Dry with a soft towel. Keep the area exposed to air more often and wear loose clothing. Always keep your scar out of sunlight. You can ask your doctor if you can use petroleum jelly. There are silicone scar sheets that can flatten scars but these can be used after a month. Silicone gels and creams also have the same effect. But before applying them, consult with your doctor.