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Also known as C-section, cesarean delivery has an impact on the physical and mental health of mothers in the weeks after the procedure. Different wellness techniques and lifestyles can help you recover faster from a CS.
About 31.9% of all deliveries in the U.S. are done through the C-section, making it common. The procedure involves major surgery of the stomach that takes several weeks to heal.
Although the procedure has risks attached to it, it can be lifesaving for both the baby and mother. And, it takes a long time to completely recover post a cesarean surgery.
Immediately after cesarean delivery, most mothers use catheters to support urination.
Women receive a spinal or epidural block anesthesia before a C-section to numb the body but keep them awake.
Post epidural admission, mothers take several hours to regain their feeling. And, using the bathroom without assistance is almost impossible. However, general anesthesia causes women to wake up after some time. It can leave you feeling afraid, nauseated, groggy, or even confused.
Blood clots – C-section may result in blood clots in your legs, especially if you’re overweight or stay immobile for prolonged periods after the procedure. In this case, you’ll get special leg cuffs to promote blood flow. Alternatively, you’ll be advised to walk around as often as possible if you’re able to move.
Cramps–it’s common for women to experience pain at the incision site. You may also feel post-birth cramps or sensations that resemble menstrual cramps, but more intense. This occurs as your uterus shrinks to its original size.
Infection–doctors or nurses monitor the cesarean incision for infection indicators or signs. The uterus sheds what remains behind after pregnancy, hence vaginal bleeding may occur anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks after delivery. However, it’s heaviest during the first few days post-delivery.
During the first few weeks after a cesarean delivery, the risk of developing an infection is high. You’re also likely to experience hemorrhage, dangerous bleeding. Therefore, don’t go back to your workout routine yet for about 6 to 8 weeks. Driving is also not safe at this time.