International Caesarean Awareness month is celebrated every April to raise awareness about the importance of C-section recovery and care. C-sections are a major surgery, and whether it was a choice or necessity, it's crucial to prioritise your post-surgery health. Here are some key tips to help you take care of yourself after a C-section.
Having a new baby can be overwhelming, and recovering from a C-section can make it even more challenging. That's why it's important to plan ahead and get support in place. Pre-cooking meals, asking friends for help with laundry, and ordering in dinner services can all make a big difference.
Take It Easy
Your body needs time to heal after a C-section. Don't try to do too much too soon. Rest as much as you can and avoid any strenuous activities. It's also important to avoid lifting heavy objects, including your baby, for at least six weeks.
Ask for Help
Don't be afraid to ask for help from your partner, family, or friends. You deserve to have extra support in those first few weeks, especially when it comes to lifting and carrying your baby. Having someone to help you with chores and caring for your baby can be a huge relief.
Stay on Top of Your Pain Medication
It's important to manage your pain after a C-section. Follow your doctor's instructions and take your medication as prescribed. If you're in pain, don't hesitate to ask for stronger medication or additional pain relief options.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
After your C-section, wear loose, comfortable clothing that doesn't put pressure on your incision site. Nothing too tight around your waist or belly, as this can be uncomfortable and even painful.
Keep Your Incision Clean and Dry
To prevent infection, it's essential to keep your incision clean and dry. Follow your doctor's instructions on how to care for your incision. Keep it dry, change your bandages regularly, and avoid any activities that could irritate your incision.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Having a C-section can be emotionally challenging, and it's essential to take care of your mental health. If you're struggling, reach out to a Plunket or a support mums group. Talking to other mums who have been through the same experience can be comforting and helpful.
Attend Your Follow-Up Appointments
Be sure to attend all of your follow-up appointments with your doctor after your C-section. They can monitor your healing and ensure that everything is going smoothly.
Recovering from a C-section takes time and patience. It's important to prioritise your health and well-being, and to seek help when you need it. By following these tips, you can ensure a healthy and speedy recovery.