C-Section Recovery Procedures

November 12, 2012

C-Section Recovery Procedures

C-sections (C means Cesarean) are more common today and in some countries have increased by 60 percent or more. Nevertheless, procedures have improved and you should feel relatively comfortable throughout this procedure so long as there are no serious complications and those are essentially rare. Below describes C-section recovery procedures for your perusal so that if this happens to you, you will have some prior knowledge of what to expect.

C-sections may have to be done at the last moment without any initial warning so it’s good to be prepared in the event this happens. As with any hospital procedure, C-section recovery is performed in a series of well documented steps.

Once your c-section has been performed you will be taken to a recovery room that is generally shared by other c-section patients to recover from anesthesia. How long you remain in the recovery room depends on the type of anesthesia you were administered. Anesthesia are either general or regional and tend to take several hours to wear off. Your vital signs will of course be monitored and the state of your uterus will be checked. C-section recovery is faster if you try to become alert, take deep breaths and then begin to move around a bit to increase your metabolic rate.

Once you are awake, you will be returned to your room along with any equipment your hooked up to. Pain at this time is unavoidable and you need to psych yourself out to handle it. If necessary, you doctor may give you something for the pain so you can get up and move around. This helps you to recovery faster so you can get on with business. Your doctor will know which pain reliever is best so as not to effect breast milk and your newborn.

The next hurdle is walking. When taking your first steps it is important to have help. You don’t want to fall. Walk as often as you can even if it is only a few steps. Remember you have stitches or staples on your lower abdomen and you need to take care. Doctors suggest that you take a pillow and hold it over this area for support. Do not lean over, make sure you stand up straight. This is important. Make sure you don’t look down. To ensure this, look at something at a distance and concentrate on it to keep you on track.

You may experience numbness and/or itching around the c-section but this tends to go away within a few weeks. Whether you are still in the hospital or at home by this point, the most important thing you can do is rest. If you’re still in the hospital, you may want to wait to see family and friends until you’re strong enough to handle it. Again, if you have any questions about C-section recovery, don’t hesitate to ask.

Given that you’ve had a c-section, your newborn may require additional attention than a natural birth but this is not always the case. This means that your baby may have to spend more time in the nursery. If so ask to be brought to the nursery as soon as you are capable of doing so. If there are no complications with your baby, you should be able to hold your newborn in the recovery room the whole time. If you have any questions about C-section recovery don’t hesitate to ask. Just as with natural birth, nursing can still be done although you will have to be careful how you hold your baby. You need to avoid contact with your stitches. Some women suggest you lye on your side to nurse as this is easy to do and keeps the baby away from your surgery.

You are now on your way to a new life in the house and that changes everything. No doubt you still have questions about c-sections and what happened at the last moment and want to know more about C-section recovery and you should. Don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you like until you are satisfied. Your doctor and nurses can help you with this. Good luck in motherhood.

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