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One Little Bird is a blog with a focus on mothers. We help both new and experienced mothers to quickly recover after C-section deliveries. We also offer lifestyle, home management, time management, travel, ad cooking tips.
One Little Bird
A blog with a focus on motherhood and the varied experiences that come with being a mother.
We also cover lifestyle, travel, home management, and offer cooking tips for the modern woman.
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.
How it works
We encourage mothers to set reasonable expectations, embrace self-care and find a supportive medical team to ease the healing process.
Mothers need a good support network post a cesarean surgery to hasten recovery. Full recovery from a C-section can take anything from 4 to 6 weeks.
However, no two mothers are the same. Studies indicate that 60% of women who undergo the procedure experience some pain in the affected area 24 weeks post-delivery.
Mothers can understand the recovery process better with access to a community of women who’ve undergone the procedure, a trusted doctor and willingness to ask questions.
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.
Most new mothers are often concerned about their babies. Although women today receive gentle cesarean deliveries, the procedure initially involved the baby being taken away from the mother after delivery.
With a gentle cesarean, the baby is left to rest on your chest if it’s doing well. Alternatively, a caregiver holds the baby while the surgical incision is sewn up. Before undergoing this procedure, let your doctor know your concerns and wishes and explain how your baby will be cared for.
Within the 24 hours post a cesarean, women experience various challenges similar to those experienced after vaginal delivery. They include mothers attempting to breastfeed the newborn, adjusting to new parenthood, and handling visitors.
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.