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Recovery after cesarean section: avenues for reflection

As with any surgery, re-establishing a caesarean section takes time and requires personal care. Here are a few things to consider to help you recover, from recovery time after caesarean section to cleaning the C-section scar.

2 mins to read Jan 13, 2021
  • Ask your family and friends to help you at least for the first two weeks after giving birth. Read our tips on how to manage visitors after giving birth.
  • If you know you are going to give birth by caesarean section, prepare and freeze a few meals before going to the hospital. Soups are an excellent choice as they usually contain a good amount of vegetables.
  • Stock up on groceries in your refrigerator and closets before you return from the hospital. Ask your family or friends for help, or place an online grocery order for your return home. However, you will need someone to put everything away.
  • You will need to gently clean the scar from your C-section, but your midwife will advise you on this.
  • If your scar is painful, talk to your midwife or doctor. They will check the scar and may recommend an analgesic if necessary.
  • Ask your doctor if it is best to cover the scar from the caesarean section or leave it in the open.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that won't irritate the scar and underwear that completely covers it.
  • Place your everyday belongings and your baby's (food, clothes, toiletries, dishes) at your fingertips so you don't have to stretch or bend down.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water to reduce constipation.
  • It is not recommended to drive for six weeks, so if you need to travel, ask your friends and family to take you.
  • Consider a V-shaped cushion or nursing cushion to make your baby's diet more comfortable
  • Try to avoid strenuous activities before your post-natal examination, which will take place six weeks after caesarean section.
  • Avoid wearing something heavier than your baby.
  • Try to stay active, as this avoids constipation and speeds up the recovery time of the caesarean section.