It is a fact that cesarean section is a surgery. In it 7 layers of tissue are cut and among them the skin, muscles and the uterus itself to remove the baby. However, it is a very safe procedure that saves many lives, moms and babies, when properly applied. The number of cesarean sections performed in Brazil is extremely high compared to other countries, and therefore, doubts about the recovery from this type of delivery are quite common. Well, pain in the belly after cesarean section is one of those recurring doubts. Doubts regarding the intensity of pain, type of pain, whether the pain is still in recovery or in the immediate postpartum period . But after all, how is the pain of cesarean section right after recovering from anesthesia and also a few days later?
The pain in the belly after the cesarean is something normal to happen, after all there are 7 layers of injured tissue to remove the baby, but the pain is something relative. It can vary in intensity depending on the organism. Some people tolerate pain better than others, so the pain will be less, while for others, the pain in the belly after cesarean section can be unbearable. Of course, there is medication in the hospital for immediate post-anesthesia pain. In addition, they apply anti-inflammatories, accompanied by antibiotics to prevent any type of infection or that the cut has inflammation, which will hinder the woman’s recovery.
Getting Up For The First Time
There is a myth about pain when a woman gets up for the first time after giving birth . For some women, a possible pain that they will feel is a reason for panic such repercussion of the event. However, we must remember that the cut is still quite recent and yes, it can hurt, sting and even throb, but you will be medicated, supported and with a tape very efficient to hold the newly made suture.
In fact, speaking of this pain that some women feel and say is intense, other women may not even feel any discomfort, just a difference when sitting. It seems more that there is something in the lower abdomen that prevents her from sitting as before, and that’s it. The place of the points is quite hard for the points given. The thread used normally lasts, even if your cut of the last layer (skin) has been glued, the others will certainly be sewn.
How is Cesarean Pain?
The pain in the belly after childbirth looks more like a strange fountain. It is not a sharp pain , like a thousand knives entering the body, far from it. If the pain is similar to this, then there is something wrong and the doctor needs to be called immediately. The pain in the belly right after the cesarean, is mild most of the time, sometimes you can feel stitches and perceive the sore area as if it were the pain of a hit where the place is purple. Getting up and sitting on the first or second day can be uncomfortable, but not a war. If there is a lot of pain, talk to the obstetrician to be examined. It is extremely normal for the cesarean area to be asleep or numb and even with bruises do not be alarmed!
It is also possible to feel the warm place and to perceive a reddish color. In this case the recovery is not going as it should and then, the doctor must enter medication to help the wound heal. The correct thing is for the place to be dry, of a normal color, without a burning sensation or any secretion. If there is any change, the doctor must be notified immediately!
And after a few days?
The pain in the belly after cesarean section after a few days, tends to get much less. If treated correctly as indicated by the doctor and nurses (wash with soap and water and dry the area well) the cut tends to heal quickly, and with a few days after delivery, the woman will feel much better. However, in some cases it is possible for the woman to feel burning on one side or even both ends where there are stitches. It is also possible that you have a foul-smelling, purulent discharge. This can happen due to isolated inflammation in one or two points. This inflammation should be treated with antibiotics and if your doctor has not been discharged from the delivery, you should go back and ask for a prescription. Usually the antibiotic used is cephalexin for 7 or 10 days every 6 hours.
Important: pain is not a 7-headed bug. There are extremely effective medications for postpartum and if you are still in pain, you need to analyze if it is ideal for you. When you go home, strictly follow the medication schedules given by the doctor and whenever there is a doubt, consult the obstetrician responsible for delivery.
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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.