7 ways to heal faster after your C-section

Do these things after a cesarean to keep yourself in top form and have more energy to bond with baby.

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Good post-partum care is all about helping your body heal from a major procedure― childbirth. Whether you decided to have your baby vaginally or via a C-section, giving birth is not easy. In fact, it’s a pretty traumatic process for your body.

When you’re recovering, you will always need more time to heal from a C-section scar than you would vaginal tears. Also, having to constantly carry and feed a hungry and fussy newborn taxes your incision even more.

Whatever you do, don’t let healing take a back seat to meeting your baby’s needs. At the end of the day, your little one needs you to be in optimum health, so that you’ll be there 100 per cent for him or her.

A C-section scar doesn’t have to spell doom, though. Use these seven health tips from medical experts to help your post-surgery body repair effectively, so that you can keep up with your new demands as a mum.  

Tip #1 Get plenty of rest

A C-section is essentially major abdominal surgery. Anything that requires your body to be cut open is considered trauma and can be very damaging physically, mentally and emotionally. “The damaged tissues need rest and the mummy needs rest,” points out SmartParents expert, consultant ob-gyn Dr Christopher Chong. “Not enough rest will lower her body’s resistance and make her prone to infection. If she’s breastfeeding, tiredness can also reduce her breastmilk supply and increase the risk of postnatal blues.” How does a new mum get rest though, when she’s expected to give her newborn round-the-clock care and soothe him whenever he cries? Take short naps as often as possible, Dr Chong suggests, who also encourages C-section mums to accept as much help as possible, from a domestic helper, confinement nanny, her husband or a trusted family member. If you’re breastfeeding, you can express your breastmilk and get someone else to bottle-feed bubba, especially at night, so you can enjoy a longer period of rest. Taking supplements will also boost your energy and help your body repair itself.   

“Not enough rest will lower her body’s resistance and make her prone to infection. If she’s breastfeeding, tiredness can also reduce her breastmilk supply and increase the risk of postnatal blues.”

Tip #2 Take pain relief meds

Being in constant from that raw C-section scar while you nurse can prolong your recovery process and exacerbate your postnatal blues. “Pain can decrease the rate of recovery and affect how well you’re able to look after your newborn child,” notes Dr Chong. “No one should suffer pain in this modern era. Pain relief medication, prescribed by doctors are typically safe, even for breastfeeding mums. Just consult your gynae first.”

Tip #3 Focus on good nutrition

While you’re no longer eating for two, eating healthfully after a Caesarean will help the tissues in your body recover from the trauma they experienced during surgery. C-sect mums are also more vulnerable to other health issues, such as being in a great deal of pain, or an infected scar. “Constipation is also not uncommon after a Caesarean,” notes Dr Chong. “So, it’s good to continue with the pre-natal supplements, include a high fiber diet of fruits and vegetables and take stools softeners if needed.”