Caesarean section is usually done in case the doctor feels that there is a risk of maternal and baby risk if the mother gives birth usually following the vagina.
Here are the things that pregnant women need to know:
- If your first birth is a caesarean, it is best to keep it for 3 years before the second child is born. A distance of less than 3 years increases your risk of having surgery in the next birth.
- There is a common belief that caesarean births must avoid all physical activity for the first 40 days or 6 weeks and avoid exercising until 6 months. This is a misconception. You can start basic physical activities and also participate in pelvic exercises that help strengthen your back health. Start slowly and gradually. You can start walking but avoid lifting heavy objects for the first 40 days. After 3 months, you can start regular exercise under the guidance of a fitness trainer.
- After surgery, breastfeeding is perfectly good if your body allows it. Most pregnant women begin to breastfeed the next day. However, breastfeeding your baby on the first day or immediately after birth does not cause any harm.
- Weight gain and caesarean birth are not related to each other. Many women have caesarean section and still maintain good physique thanks to their participation in basic physical activities and attention to diet. Weight gain, if any, is largely due to stress and eating too arbitrarily after surgery.
Ideally, drink lots of water, eat healthy foods and start basic exercises positively.
- A proper diet is very important
Soft food is recommended on the second day after surgery. Avoid eating high-fat foods. From day 3 onwards, eat solid foods rich in iron and fiber. Vitamin C also helps to heal wounds. Add fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low-fat yogurt and nuts to the diet. Maintain body water. A healthy and nutritious diet also ensures you don’t lose weight after surgery.
- Postnatal depression is very common. The reason is that you have a lot of stress when you give birth. This situation will decrease after a few weeks. But if you find things out of control or are always worried about your baby’s safety, talk to your doctor because you may be showing signs of postpartum depression.
- Although child care is important, you also need to take care of yourself to begin the recovery process. Keep it warm to avoid sneezing and coughing as they can put pressure on the incision. Not lying on your back. Lie on one side with the help of your loved one and keep your hands on the incision so you don’t get hurt. Take advantage of sleeping whenever your baby sleeps or ask a relative to look after your baby to help you sleep.
- If you are obese, the risk of deep vein thrombosis is higher because you are not working normally within 24 hours after surgery.