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February 4, 2022

Care And Recovery After  C-Section

Pregnancy is a very important phase in every woman’s and their family’s life. After spending 9 months providing extreme comfort to the growing self, when it finally is the time to feel the feeling of being a mother, every woman goes through stressful conditions. Just to let all the pregnant women know that ‘on the other side of this pain, they will meet their baby’.

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What Is A C-Section?

It is a surgical process and is a type of delivery procedure in which the baby is delivered through an incision in the mother’s abdomen. A c-section is also known as cesarean delivery.

 

A c-section is often performed in mothers who have previously undergone a c-section, vaginal delivery would be risky and on the choice of the mother. It is the most widespread technique and is a good one to avoid miscarriages.

 

The rate of c-sections performed in India has increased over the years with increasing medical facilities and technologies. Around 40.9% of women undergo a c-section during their time of delivery.

Why It’s Done?

    It is done under certain circumstances and keeping in mind the medical health of the mother. The situations are:
  1. Stalled delivery: the most common reason to perform a c-section is when the labor is not progressing. It happens when the cervix is not opening even after several hours of strong contractions.
  2. Distressed condition of the baby: if there are any changes in the health of the baby like a change in the rate of heartbeat, the doctor might consider doing a c-section.
  3. Abnormal position of the baby: instead of the head, if the legs, buttock or shoulder region of the baby enters the birth canal first then it is safest to perform a c-section.
  4. Prolapsed umbilical cord: if a loop of the umbilical cord slips through the cervix of the mother, ahead of the delivery of the baby.
  5. Difficulty due to the opening of the placenta: if the placenta covers the opening of the cervix then a c-section is performed.
  6. In the case of multiple babies: if a mother is carrying multiple babies then the positions of the babies might not be in the proper position for vaginal delivery. In such a case, a c-section is advisable.
  7. The mother has undergone previous c-sections: if the mother has previous uterine incisions, the doctor may suggest performing a re-incision.
  8. Health concerns: if the health condition of the mother deteriorates like heart and brain condition.
  9. Mechanical obstructions: mechanical obstructions like when the head of the baby is unusually large, a pelvic fraction or a large fibroid obstructing the birth canal.
  10. Infection at the time of birth: infections like genital herpes might occur at the time of delivery.
  11.  Choice of the mother: the mother might decide to undergo a c-section to avoid a long period of pain.

What To Do?

Before The Procedure

  1. The woman should bathe the pubic region with the antiseptic soap provided by the doctor before the process of surgery.
  2. Removal of pubic hair should be avoided. The doctors or nurses usually remove the pubic hairs before commencing the procedure.
  3. It is important to have a calming environment and mental space. Most c-sections are done under regional anesthesia. When under a good anesthesia the patient won’t be able to feel or see the procedure.

During The Procedure

During the procedure, there is not much that the patient has to do. The doctors and nurses usually perform the following activities:

  1. The abdomen is cleansed to make the incision.
  2. A tube is placed in the bladder to collect the urine.
  3. Intravenous linings in the veins are provided for delivering food and medications.
  4. A spinal block or epidural block as anesthesia will be done to numb the region.

After The Procedure

  1. It is most likely that the patient will stay in the hospital for a few days.
  2. Once the effect of anesthesia starts to fade away, the medical professionals might ask the patient to drink plenty of water and start to walk, to avoid constipation and deep vein blood clot.
  3. It is important to learn about the position and location the mother should hold the baby and place him or her for breastfeeding.
  4. If any signs of infection arise, the patient must not delay in informing the health care team.
  5. Before leaving the hospital, one should understand the time and amount of medicines they must take and the care necessary to incorporate in their lives.

What can be done at home?

After the discharge from the hospital, it adds more to the responsibility of the mother and her family to take care of the mother along with the child. Here are some tips that the mother can consider after cesarean delivery:

  1. Rest: first and foremost taking plenty of rest. During the stay at the hospital, at least spending 2-4 days in the supervision of the hospital is necessary. At home, sleeping for at least 8 hours or even more is required depending on how the mother is feeling.
  2. Getting used to the timing: getting rest in the presence of the baby is easier said than done. So, it is better to take a rest when the baby is taking a nap.
  3. Asking for help: it is always better to ask for help. The family members and caregivers should keep an eye on it. It’s not that the person cannot perform any activities, but there might be cases when they can face difficulty in performing it. So, asking for help is better than worsening the condition.
  4. Protecting the incision site: whenever sitting, getting up, sneezing or coughing the patient should hold the site of the incision while doing it.
  5. Avoiding stairs: climbing up and down the stairs should be avoided. It is better to keep all the necessary things like foods, medicines, water bottles, diapers, etc. near the mother.
  6. Lifting heavy objects: lifting objects heavier than the bay should be avoided.
  7. Performing strenuous activities: due to the fresh-cut in the abdomen, it is better not to involve in strenuous activities and exercises.
  8. Doing suitable exercises: doing light exercises or yoga postures recommended by the doctor can help.
  9. Regular walks: regular walks can help in body movement which can help to avoid constipation or any occasional blood clots.
  10. Avoiding certain skincare products: certain active skincare products like retinoids, niacinamide, peptides, etc. should be avoided during pregnancy and after pregnancy for a few days.
  11. Use of tampons: use of tampons should be avoided until the doctor gives permission to use it.
  12.  Avoiding sex: sex should be avoided for a few days until the incision gets haled.
  13. Mental health: mental health is a very important factor to take care of during and after pregnancy. Talking to and being surrounded by loved ones, eating favorite foods (if recommended), going for walks, listening to music, etc. can help to keep a healthy mental state.
  14. Pain reliefs: over the counter medicines like pain reliefs can be taken for occasional pains. Pain reliefs like Advil. Tylenol, Aleve can be taken if recommended by the doctor. (note: it is advisable to contact a doctor before trying out the medications)

Recovery

The timeline of recovery varies from person to person. It usually takes about 6-8 weeks to recover completely. Intake of proper medications prescribed by the doctor should be taken care of (note: it is advisable to contact a doctor before trying out the medications). If required, visits to the doctor should be done. If there are any signs of infections or unexpected occurring, one should immediately let their doctors know.

At times, being with the baby will make the mother forget the pain and suffering.

The excitement to be with the little person who is half the mother and half her love is a gift that every mother cherishes.

DISCLAIMER

The above-mentioned remedies and medicines; are over the counter medicines and are effective in most cases. It is advisable to contact the doctor before taking any medications.

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