AFTER CESAREAN BIRTH
After a caesarean section you have
to take a lot of care as to how you sit, lie, talk, and laugh
and do other daily activities. It is very important that you
take extra care so as to make sure that you do not hurt yourself
or do any act so that it affects the major surgery that has
been done to ensure that speedy healing and recovery. We have
therefore brought for you tips that will help you take that
special care you need.
The most important thing that you have to consider after a
caesarean section is your comfort while sitting, getting into
or out of bed, lying and coughing or laughing because in all
these acts your abdominal muscles tighten thereby causing
What you need to do while
Always place a small pillow
behind your back while you are sitting either on the bed
or a chair or in your car.
Always make sure that while
you are sitting you are well supported, your back is properly
propped up and this will help you feel comfortable and your
tummy will not feel as sore.
Bending one or both knees up
from time to time may help relieve discomfort.
While you are feeding the baby
place the baby on the pillow in your lap and this position
will not only give a good latch-on position for breastfeeding
it will also protect your stitches.
What you need to do while lying:
While you are lying on your
back placing a pillow under your thighs will give you more
comfort and will help you relax.
When lying on your side place
pillows on your side for comfort. This will also be a comfortable
position for breastfeeding the baby.
What you need to do while getting
out of bed or into the bed:
For getting out of bed first
roll on to your side, place one hand to support your wound
if necessary and with the help of your other hand try to
slowly pull yourself up.
Sit up on the side of the bed
and slowly stand up. Always stand tall and walk tall since
a good posture is essential and it will help you protect
For getting into bed simply
reverse the procedure but remember to support your tummy
and the stitches.
What you need to do while laughing,
coughing or sneezing:
Always support your tummy while
you are laughing/coughing or sneezing.
While you are sitting, hold
a pillow on your lap for supporting your tummy and try to
put as less pressure as you can on your tummy.
If you need to cough something
up, the least painful and most effective way is to "huff"
(a short forced breath out through your mouth, like steaming
up a mirror).
Briskly circle your feet, bend
forward and backwards and stretch your feet at the ankle
for 20 to 30 seconds. This exercise helps maintain circulation
and prevents swelling. Do this exercise as often as possible
and start immediately and continue until you are up and
Lie down with your knee bend.
Pull in your tummy and take both knees gently to the left
then to the right. Bend knees as far as it is comfortable.
Repeat several times.
Lie on your back with your knees
bend and your feet flat on the bed/floor. Pull in your tummy
and try to press the small of your back down into the bed.
Hold that position for a few seconds and then let go. While
doing this exercise do not hold your breath.
This exercise can be done at
any time anywhere. To perform this exercise imagine that
you are trying to stop yourself from passing wind and at
the same time try to stop your flow of urine mid-stream.
Remember not to tighten your tummy or buttocks, squeezing
your legs together or holding your breath. Hold the lift
for as long as you can and release. Rest for a while and