If you have a caesarean section, which is sometimes called a C-section, you will be hospitalized on average about 3 days after surgery. During this time, you will be given painkillers as needed. You may need drugs such as morphine.
Even though this drug is used, you will feel very sick. Initially, you may experience pain in the area of the incision. Afterwards, the pain feels like cramping when the uterus begins to contract and shrink. The bladder, which is attached to the uterus, may be swollen, and you will have to urinate more often so the bladder is not too full.
The next thing you will realize when you are in the hospital is to start wasting the wind. Dispose of the wind can be very uncomfortable, especially if it occurs below the incision area. If you feel a painful windpipe, ask the nurse or doctor to get help. Walking can help the body release gas. You will be encouraged to try walking again within 24 hours after a caesarean section, with the help of nursing staff.
First, you will sit with the help of a nurse. Then, the nurse will provide support when you move your feet on the side of the bed. Slowly, with a support, you will stand on the floor. You may feel dizzy at this time, and may need to sit down and later try again. After you can stand for 1 minute or more, try walking a few steps. Try to keep your body straight as much as possible, although it may hurt.
If stitches cannot absorb, they will have to be removed a few days after surgery, which should not be painful but may not be comfortable for you. When not dressed, ask the nurse to explain what is expected in the normal healing process, and what signs of infection to watch out for.
Complete recovery after caesarean section
Total recovery from caesarean section usually takes 6 weeks. During this time, you may need painkillers. Initially, you will have to walk carefully so the stomach is not interested, and needs help to go up and down the stairs. You may not lift items weighing more than 14.5 kg, or driving for the first few weeks. If you notice that an infection has occurred around the incision wound, calf pain, fever, worsening stomach pain, or other symptoms that worry you, see your doctor as soon as possible.
During recovery, you will feel tired. Women who give birth by caesarean section are much more difficult to get their energy back than those who have a vaginal delivery. You will need additional help to care for your baby during this time, from a spouse or other person such as mother, friend, or caregiver.
Breastfeeding after caesarean section
Some women have difficulty breastfeeding after having a baby by caesarean section. If you have difficulty breastfeeding, ask your health care provider to refer to a lactation consultant. Lactation consultants can provide home visits, education, and counseling to help you breastfeed.