Our guide helps you care for your C-section incision, plus, what foods to take and avoid as it heals.

Most mothers need stitches after giving birth. C-section wounds come in different shapes and sizes, depending on factors such as what methods and materials the doctors use for the stitches.

A C-section delivery usually requires a 10- to 15cm-long horizontal incision along the edges of the underpants. In other instances, the cut can also be vertically below the navel.

Depending on the C-section area, the epidermis of the wound may begin to heal after the first week of surgery. Once it’s cut, the C-section area changes to a reddish-purple colour for about six months before fading to a smooth white before healing fully.

How long does it take for a C-section wound to heal?

Normally, it takes about two to four weeks for the C-section stitches to , but it may vary from person to person. It may take as long as 12 weeks, depending on the nature of the stitches.

It's important to ensure that you keep the wound area clean to allow it to heal without complications and to prevent infection.

Protein helps to create new tissue and skin, so that the wound heals faster, and restores the body to good health quickly.

Food to avoid after C-section delivery

Mothers who have undergone a C-section should eat nutritious food from all the five food groups. Eat one to two eggs a day ― these great sources of protein will help to repair the body following the surgical procedure. Protein helps to create new tissue and skin, so that the wound heals faster, and restores the body to good health quickly.

However, do avoid consuming these:

* Alcohol ― The wound might heal more slowly and even become inflamed.

* Raw food ― Because you risk getting an infection.

* Foods that may cause allergic reactions Includes seafood that might trigger rashes and impact wound recovery.

* Fermented and spicy foods ― Which might affect your wound.

Post-operation tips

Ensure that the wound is clean and sterile and don’t open it, so as to avoid contamination. Cover the incision with waterproof wound dressing materials, to prevent it from getting wet.

The external skin tissue should heal within two to four weeks, although this varies between individuals. About one to two weeks after you’ve delivered, your doctor will remove the wound dressing material to examine your scar again. If the area around your C-section wound is inflamed or you’re experiencing severe pain, check with your doctor immediately.

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