Taking Care After a C- section Delivery

Baby birth brings joy and happiness to your life. Childbirth via a c- section delivery involves a major abdominal surgery. In some cases, a mother may prefer to have a cesarean delivery while in some situations, it is a medical requirement.


A C-section delivery is important in the following conditions:

• Vaginal delivery or normal birth is possible only if the child is in a position where the head faces the birth canal. If the position of the baby is different like in a seated position, then cesarean delivery is a must.
• In a medical condition like herpes, there is a risk for the baby to acquire the infection. Thus, the doctor may recommend a cesarean birth delivery.


Important things to keep in mind after a C-section delivery:

• You may feel nauseous after the surgery because of the anaesthesia effect. The feeling of nausea may last for about 48 hours. Seek help from your doctor if you feel highly uncomfortable.
• You will have bleeding from your uterus for about 2-3 weeks post-delivery. Use sanitary pads and change them regularly to maintain personal hygiene.
• It may hurt while you cough, sneeze or walk. Support your wound using your hand while moving around. Use a pillow to help yourself while sitting.


• You may experience pain in peeing and passing stools as well. Ask your doctor for some laxatives to ensure easier bowel movements.
• Avoid stairs and lifting heavy things for the first few weeks post-delivery as these may induce pain to the wound.
• While taking a bath, wash and dry your wound properly. Do not rub against it. Gently pat it dry. Also look for any signs of infection. If you observe any abnormal discharge or bleeding from the wound, consult your doctor immediately.


• Take good rest. After such a major surgery, rest is essential for healthy recovery. Seek help from maids or family members for your household work.
• Take a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. A balanced diet with nutrient-rich food is important to aid recovery. Water helps in keeping your body hydrated.
• Wear loose clothes with a soft fabric to avoid any discomfort. Select clothes that may aid you in breastfeeding the baby.
• Along with rest, movement is also important in regaining strength in your abdominal muscles. Ensure you walk at least a few steps every day.