Birth is a moment that Mom has long awaited. Seeing your miracle take shape is an incredible feeling! This event can happen in several ways, one of which is cesarean delivery. Cesarean delivery is the vast majority of procedures for births in Brazil. Although it is safe, it is certainly a major surgery and should be taken care of as such, it should not be treated as a simple and banal procedure after the baby is born.
The cesarean procedure involves cutting 7 layers of skin and tissues to remove the baby in the lower abdomen , approximately in the bikini line, in the pelvis. After the birth and cleaning of residues in the uterus, such as the placenta and endometrial blood, the doctor responsible for the surgery, begins to make the suture (seam) of the cut in the layers.
After birth, mom may feel awkward at the surgery site Some doctors put a band-aid tape on the cut site, which is removed in the mother’s first bath. Other doctors prefer not to use this tape, but care should be taken with infection in the area soon after delivery.
As for pain, it is relative, the fact is that each person deals with pain differently , so it is not possible to know exactly how your body will react. Some women report feeling pain in the area, others say they do not feel pain, just a feeling of drawing and burning in the cut area . Do not give in to terrorisms that may appear opportunely on the eve of cesarean delivery. Pain is not the same for everyone and you should always remember that there are pain medications ok? Usually the postpartum has to be guarded and some care for a good recovery and some of these cares are these:
Take Weight and Move: Sometimes we feel so good after giving birth that we forget about the surgery. It is not uncommon to see a mother a few days after surgery or still in the maternity ward, venturing to take a weight, be it a suitcase, another older child in her lap, etc. This is not recommended because the stitches are very recent and can ignite or burst with the force used to catch the weight.
As for the movements, it may be uncomfortable at first, but the more mommy walks, the better. Standing still brings up gas accumulation and swelling, poor circulation. So it is important to move. If you are uncomfortable, ask the doctor if you can use the postpartum brace , it will help not feel so much when sitting and getting up. However, use sparingly because of the risk of pressing blood vessels in the pelvic area. Going up and down stairs is not a serious problem, but you should avoid going up and down in the first days after giving birth, the ideal is to have someone to help you in case you need to go up or down or keep things close at hand on one of the floors of the house .
Wash the area properly: soap and water. It is recommended to clean the cut site right after the procedure and a few days after. There is no need to spend anything else in place unless the doctor indicates an ointment or medication to be ingested.
Take all medications at the right times: This is one of the most important points to be highlighted. In addition to anti-inflammatory and pain medication, it is essential that the parturient does not forget to take the antibiotic if the doctor has prescribed it. The pain medication , although sometimes seems to be unnecessary, is a measure that you can take care of your baby more willingly and without many troublesome, so if your doctor recommended, use without fear. Usually they prescribe for postpartum Lisador or some other medication that the woman can use without being allergic.
Observe the stitches: When the stitches are dry it is a great sign. However, when there is secretion, redness, intense burning on one side or both, and also when it is hotter than normal , you should see the doctor as soon as possible. These are signs that something may be wrong. Even if the surgery is glued on the outside, it has been sutured on the inside and there are stitches. In that case feeling is more important, if you feel that there is something abnormal, see your doctor. It is possible that the woman is allergic to the used line, and in this case the recovery seems to take much longer and have a lot more secretion, if it is your case, also talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
Recovery Report After Cesarean Delivery
In 2002 I had my first cesarean section. I recovered very well, despite the normal discomfort of the surgery. I had no dizziness or pain, but I still felt the hardest spot, perhaps because of the stitches and over time it has returned to normal, less local sensitivity. The recovery of the cesarean section was excellent, after 15 days, it seemed that he had not undergone any procedure, with the exception of the lack of sensitivity at the site.
In 2006, I underwent another cesarean procedure. Just like the first time, everything was fine, but with 2 days postpartum, I started to feel a burning sensation on the right side of the surgery. The spots were redder and hotter and started to hurt from the inside out. I went to the doctor who instructed me to take an antibiotic medicine, which was appropriate for postpartum because I had inflammation of the stitches due to the effort made after delivery. I was not prescribed any type of anti-inflammatory medication or antibiotics at the time of discharge as the first time. After 10 days of using the medication, the cut dried and healed very well.
The third time, the procedure, although quiet, left me more weak in recovery. I felt more pain after the postpartum due to the adjustment in the pelvis skin made by the doctor and also by the tubal ligation, which yes, it burned more than the cut points of the cesarean itself. It took me longer this time, I believe about 20, 25 days to stay like the 15 days of the other two times, but it was an equivalent pain, neither greater nor lesser, I just dedicated myself to taking the medication correctly so it wouldn’t happen as in the second childbirth.
See also: The Controversial Postpartum Belly
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.