In general, most pregnant women want to give birth normally. But what can be done if the situation forces you to give birth by caesarean section, for the sake of the safety of mother and baby, this must be done. Giving birth by a caesarean section may not be as painful as a normal delivery. However, the pain may only appear after the surgery is finished, because the effect of the infusion drug will eventually disappear. Then, what will happen after a caesarean section?
Stages that occur after caesarean section
The following are the steps that you will experience after undergoing a caesarean section:
In the first 1 hour
After you have had a caesarean section, you will experience a postoperative or postoperative period where you will remain under your doctor's supervision until your condition is completely restored. Your condition is still monitored by the medical team, such as how much bleeding occurs, blood pressure, and body temperature. Intravenous (IV) fluids or infusions are also still being given and some of you may be catheterized to hold your urine so you don't have to make more effort to urinate.
At this stage you still feel nothing because it is still under the influence of anesthesia and you may feel a little trembling and dizziness due to the effects of intravenous fluids. If there are no complications, you can breastfeed your baby immediately.
On day 1
A few hours after you have surgery and if there are no complications, you will be advised to move to do activities, so that you do not just stay in bed. The more you move, this helps to speed up your recovery. Also, don't forget to eat to replace the energy lost during surgery. Maybe you will be given soft food first which is easier to digest, and then you will be given regular food.
On day 2
You will be encouraged to get out of bed more often and do activities, because increased physical activity will help your body to return to normal. You will experience bleeding and vaginal discharge called lokia, this can last up to several weeks after birth. This hemorrhage is a combination of residual blood, mucus, and also a whole uterine tissue. At this time your infusion and catheter will be released and you will be asked about the pain you feel. If you are still sick, you will be given a painkiller.
In addition, you will also be asked whether you have wasted the wind or not, because flue gas can be an important sign after surgery that indicates that you have no complications in your digestion. Currently you may also have been given regular food, this depends on your ability to eat food.
On day 4
In general, those of you who give birth by caesarean section will be allowed to return home on the 4th day after surgery, but this also depends on your individual condition. Before you return home, the doctor will examine your stitches and you should treat the suture wounds properly, keep the scars clean to prevent infection.
At week 2
This week you are advised to go back to the doctor to have your stitches checked, if there is swelling or signs of infection. If your doctor uses a thread that can be absorbed by the body, the doctor does not need to remove the suture. However, if the thread used is not absorbed by the body, the doctor will remove the suture as soon as the suture wound has improved. Tell your doctor about the complaints you feel at home.
At 4th week
Week 4, usually your condition starts normally, you can already do something as usual and also feel more comfortable. However, this condition varies by individual. Maybe at this time some of you have not experienced bleeding again, but some others are still bleeding. Consult these conditions with your doctor and your doctor will provide a solution.
At 6th week
At this time you will fully recover. Recovery from a caesarean section takes around 4-6 weeks. Your scars will dry out, your uterus returns to its normal size, and you can already have sexual relations with your partner.
Tips for speeding up the recovery process
Normally, you will be discharged from the hospital four days after a caesarean section and your condition will fully recover within six weeks. However, this condition will be achieved if you take care of your body properly. The following are tips to speed up your body's recovery after a caesarean section.
1. Adequate rest
Caesarean section is the same as other surgeries where the body needs adequate rest time after surgery. Maybe this is difficult when you want to fully pay attention to your baby. To prevent you from experiencing fatigue, you should also take a break when the baby is resting. A few days after giving birth, maybe you need someone else's help to help take care of your baby so you are not too tired. But this does not mean you just stay in bed. Do activities as soon as possible as you can to speed up recovery.
2. Watch your body
Your body needs more attention because it has just undergone an operation. You are advised not to first lift heavy loads and climb stairs, you should place all the needs close to you so that it is easier to reach. In addition, you are also advised to avoid sexual intercourse and put something in the vagina for several weeks to prevent infection. What you also have to do is move a lot, the more you move, the faster you will recover. Many moves can also help prevent constipation and blood clots. Just walking is enough to make your body move enough.
The suggestions above should be done until 6 weeks after a caesarean section because after 6 weeks your body will usually recover and be able to carry out normal activities.
3. Pay attention to the nutrients that enter your body
Good nutrition is important for you after giving birth. In addition to speeding up recovery, healthy nutrition is also needed because you are breastfeeding your baby. Eating a variety of foods can help you meet the various nutrients your body and baby need so they also support your baby's growth and development. Don't forget to drink a lot and eat foods that are high in fiber, this is useful for preventing constipation because usually you will have difficulty defecating after surgery.
4. Take care of your stitches properly
Sutures will be released a few days after a caesarean section. However, you still need to take care of it because stitches have not dried so that if not treated properly can cause infection. Pay attention to your stitches every day, if there are signs of infection, such as pain or redness in the wound. Immediately notify your doctor if this happens.
If your wound is still covered with a bandage, change the bandage every day and keep the wound clean and dry. Within 6 weeks, stitches will begin to shrink and change color as your skin returns, maybe you will feel a little itchy when the wound heals.
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