My husband and I just had our newborn baby a month ago. During the delivery process, our baby’s head was too big to fit through, so the doctor decided to undergo a C-section to eliminate the risk of uterine rupture.
The procedure was less traumatizing than I’d expected, but the recovery process was a little overwhelming.
1. More Time at the Hospital
After the C-section, the doctor told me that I had to stay at the hospital for at least three days for the incision to heal. It felt like a hole in my stomach, since my muscles had to be patched up layer by layer. After I was released, the incision became quite itchy. For me, aloe vera cream worked best to sooth the itch.
2. Groggy Mother
The first two days I felt pretty lightheaded and groggy, almost as if I were pregnant all over again. The nausea was pretty intense, though some other mothers I’ve talked to experienced it to a lesser degree.
The doctor asked me if I wanted morphine to relieve the pain, but I refused because I was afraid if it could lead to an addiction. So they used medication instead. All I had to do is press a button whenever I felt pain and the medication is dispensed via a machine that controls the doses.
One advise I would give to mothers who have just undergone a C-section is to always notify the nurse of any changes you might feel. It’s not safe if you try to deal with the pain on your own.
3. Inhale, Exhale
One simple and useful tip is to breath deeply. This will help to clear your lungs of any fluid from anesthesia and reduce the risk of pneumonia. You can also try doing meditation to calm the body and your mind.
4. Eat Lightly
During the recovery process, expect a lot of gas and bloating during the first couple of days. As such, your diet should remain light, starting with fluids first. For me, white congee was the cure-all. It’s light yet filling and nutritious to help my body recover quickly.
5. Moving Around
Though it may seem tough at first, try to do light exercise. You may need help to get up at first, but don’t get discouraged because you need to get your blood circulation going again.