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Recovery after Caesarean section


After cesarean section, it is not easy for a woman to return to her former activity. General weakness, the effect of anesthesia, a scar on the uterus make themselves felt. Gentle mode will allow mother to recover

For whatever reason, a woman had to give birthBaby by caesarean section, the happiness of motherhood is not overshadowed by anything. At discharge, the young mother will receive recommendations for caring for the child almost identical to those given to women who gave birth naturally. Some differences will concern how to recover from the operation.

The operation is normal and complications

Recovery after Caesarean sectionDuring caesarean section, produced underGeneral anesthesia or epidural anesthesia, the anterior abdominal wall is opened layer by layer and a cut is made on the uterus, through which the child is carefully extracted, and then the placenta.

After the wound is sewn, a resorbable or non-absorbable thread, sometimes metal braces, is applied to the skin of the abdomen, depending on the situation and the choice of the doctor.

During and after surgery may appearComplications: increased blood loss, the appearance of adhesions in the intestine and other internal organs of a woman, inflammation of the uterus (endomyometritis), a violation of contraction of the uterus after delivery. In the event of these or other complications, recovery after cesarean section will be longer, medical treatment, prescribed by the doctor individually, will be required.

Postoperative recovery

If we talk about the general case, when there are no serious complications, during the first days the mother is in the intensive care unit under the strict supervision of nurses and an anesthesiologist.

Already from the first days the woman helps to recoverSpecial care: correction of hemorrhage is carried out, antibacterial therapy begins to prevent infectious complications, digestion is triggered by stimulation of the intestine.

The first day mom can not eat, only allow water with lemon juice.

On the second day, you can treat the woman in childbirth with care and in small amounts:

  • Chicken broth;
  • Boiled meat, twisted through a blender or meat grinder;
  • Low-fat cottage cheese;
  • Morse without sugar;
  • Yoghurt without fruit additives.

As a rule, already on the 4th-5th day after the first independent chair, it is possible to return to the usual diet, not forgetting, however, about the diet for nursing mothers.

Both for mothers who gave birth naturally and for women after childbirth, there are nutritional restrictions necessary to ensure that the baby does not have stomach problems and allergies.

Mother's activity in postoperative days

On the second day, a happy mother, as a rule, can be transferred to the postpartum department. Here she begins to lead a very active lifestyle.

Recovery after Caesarean section

It is important to regularly get up, walk, and most importantly, to feed your newborn. You can sit down on the 2-4th day after the birth of the baby.

The condition of the abdomen after the operation is constantly monitored by nurses and doctors.

The first time after caesarean section, the suture is treated with antiseptic means (zelenok, for example), the dressing is replaced.

If the operation used a resorbable material for the seam, then its removal is not needed. Threads will disappear after 2-2,5 months from the time of delivery.

The scar on the skin is formed approximately on the seventh day after the cesarean section. After 7 days you can safely take a shower.

Just do not rub the skin in the abdomenWashcloth, it is better to wait another week or two, when recovery from cesarean section will be almost completed. To discharge from the hospital, the doctor will allow for 7-10 days after the operative delivery, if there were no serious complications requiring longer treatment.

Establishment of lactation after a cesarean section

At natural sorts milk in an organism of mumArrives on the 3rd-4th day, and after surgery - on the 4th-6th day. In the case of a woman herself entering into childbirth, she develops certain hormones responsible, inter alia, for the production of mother's milk.

After the planned operation, when the birthThe activity has not yet begun independently, the hormone responsible for lactation, enters the blood is somewhat delayed, even after childbirth. Typically, the condition and weight of the baby, this situation does not affect, because the child is supplemented with adapted mixtures that replace the mother's milk.

Gentle mode at home

Many women who gave birth with Caesarean section are concerned when it is possible to actively take up the restoration of the figure, do exercises for the abdomen, finally return to normal life.

Often, young mothers are wondering whether it is possible to go in for sports after surgery, pick up bags, or lead an active sex life. The answer is ambiguous.

There are general recommendations for recoveryWeight and shape, the normalization of general physical activity, but each time a woman must individually approach the issue, taking care of her body and refusing deeds.

Usually doctors forbid their patients afterComplex operations to raise more than two kilograms within 2 months. But in practice, the mother has to take care of the newborn, so such recommendations would be simply ridiculous.

Therefore, surgeons advise mothers not to lift anything heavier than their baby about 2-3 months after childbirth.

After natural delivery, women, as a rule,Can carefully adjust the figure almost from the first days after the birth of the child. For patients who underwent Cesarean section, the picture is somewhat different - they can start working on the stomach press only a month after the birthday of the baby.

Activity in terms of sexual life can beWill resume in 1.5-2 months after the operation. In this case, the recommendation is the same for all mothers. The matter is that the uterus after birth in place of attachment of the membranes and the placenta is a rather significant wound surface.

In order to prevent infection in the wound,The mucous membrane must completely heal, and the excretions and lochia cease. This happens, as a rule, 6-8 weeks after the operation. After this, you can resume sexual activity, not forgetting about contraception.

The abdominal muscles must get used to the wound, learn how to work independently again, so it is not recommended to abuse the supporting bandage.

Subsequent pregnancy and childbirth

Recovery after Caesarean section

As a result of caesarean section on the uterus, a scar remains for the rest of his life.

It should be understood that it can have a negativeInfluence on the course of the next pregnancy, so you need to take care of your health and lead a pregnancy under the vigilant control of a female doctor.

As a result of the research it was proved that from the point of view of the scar condition it is optimal to conceive the next child 2-3 years after the surgical intervention.

By this time the body is already capable ofRecover from a previous pregnancy. Earlier, the birth of a brother or sister is better not to plan. There is no consensus as to whether it is possible for a woman with a scar on the uterus without significant risks to her health and the life of the baby to give birth to subsequent children naturally.

By itself, the scar is already an indication forCaesarean section, recovery of the body can not be as complete as the woman would like it to be. But in any rule there are exceptions. If a woman is determined to give birth on her own, in general she has excellent health and there is no other indication for the operation, the doctor can give an individual permission for natural delivery on an individual basis.

In this case, the condition of the scar is evaluated with the help of ultrasound, and the process of birth control with increased attention from obstetricians and doctors.

Recovery after caesarean section isA long process, to which you must approach with all responsibility, in order to save your mother's health. At this time, the woman will need the care and help of close people, because now all her attention is focused on the baby.

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