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At Home after a C-Section

Recovery from a C-Section is, as a matter of course, much more complex and a much lengthier process than recovery after having a vaginal birth. Even if there are complications with a vaginal birth, it rarely meets the level that abdominal surgery does. Knowing what to expect after your C-section can help you be ready to start the healing and recovery process after the procedure is done. In particular, it helps to know what you should do after you are released from the hospital to make sure that your healing process goes as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

Here are some things you need to make sure you keep in mind when you’re at home after a C-section:

  • Follow your doctor’s orders. Your doctor is going to want to put you on some sort of restricted activity level. You need to follow those instructions. Don’t overdo it, and don’t be pressured by yourself or by family members to do more than you’re capable of.
  • The bleeding you have after your C-section, known as “lochia,” will vary based on your activity level and other factors. In some ways, you can use this bleeding as a gauge as to whether you’re doing too much or not.
  • Make sure to get plenty of fluids and that you are eating healthy, well-balanced meals. Avoiding dehydration and getting the right nutrients are key to getting back up to the regular pace o lie.
  • Be smart about how you organize your room at home after a C-section. Have a changing station for your baby nearby. The same goes for any feeding supplies you might need. This makes it so that you won’t have to get up too often.
  • Keep an eye out for fever or for pain around your incision. These things can indicate an infection.
  • Avoid baths, swimming pools and hot tubs until your C-section incision is healed and until you’re no longer bleeding. All of these places make it much more likely that you will develop an infection.
  • When in doubt about an activity or if you think something might be wrong with your incision, don’t hesitate to call your health care provider.

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