How To Take Care Of C-Sec Scar For Quick & Healthy Healing
Created by Urvashi Shah Updated on Feb 23, 2018
Child birth is an exciting time where you finally come to an end of the process of waiting for your little one who lived in you for a long 9 months. But having a baby can be taxing to your body, be it a natural birth or a C-section birth, both can drain you physically and emotionally. But mothers with C-section delivery require ample of time to recover than those who have a vaginal delivery.
Ways to Heal Your C-Sec Scar-Here are ways on how to heal faster from a C-section-
- Getting rest: A C-section is similar to a major surgery and hence you must seek rest for as long as you can and avoid getting back to your home duties for a couple of months at least. Apart from your baby, you only need to concentrate on healing yourself by giving yourself a break from other responsibilities. You might have to stay back in the hospital for 3 to 4 days after your delivery, which is a good time to begin your healing process. If possible get a help once you are home who can manage the house duties while you are on a break from it, resuming your baby duties
Pamper yourself:Since you have to look after your body until it heals from the C-section, you must keep everything in need such as diapers, wet wipes, your medicines and so on, right at your disposal so that you don’t have to move here and there. Avoid walking up and down the stairs for as much possible and take good rest. Don’t lift anything heavier than your baby as it will not allow your scar to heal. Avoid hardcore exercises and rather keep it simple so that no pressure is added on the scar. Having a baby can be overwhelming and you might feel sad and frustrated also, so talk about it to your partner or doctor if the emotions continue
Relieving your pain:If you are experiencing pain, seek medical intervention where your doctor will prescribe you some pain killers or any other medicines. You can also use a heating pad at minimal temperature on the surgical site to relieve some discomfort
Take good nutrition:Good nutrition is the key to remain healthy after your surgery, thus, helping you in healing your scar sooner. If you are breastfeeding, you become your baby’s primary source of nutrition, which is why you must not compromise on nutrition
When to seek medical intervention:You will probably feel some soreness in the incision and you may have bleeding or discharge for up to six weeks after the C-section, which is considered normal. But you must reach out to your doctor if there is-
- redness, swelling, or pus oozing from the incision site
- pain around the site
- fever of more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
- bad-smelling discharge from the vagina
- heavy vaginal bleeding
- redness or swelling in your leg
- difficulty with breathing
- chest pain
- pain in your breasts
C-section Scar CareBefore you are discharged from the hospital, your doctor will remove the staples (if any), while the sutures will dissolve on their own. Since your scar will be fresh for up to 2 weeks after the surgery, you will be advised on not lifting anything heavier than your baby. You can shower with a mild soap, which will not be harmful on your incision, but avoid scrubbing the area. If you are nursing, avoid the use of any cosmetic creams. You can ask your doctor to recommend some creams that will help you reduce the scar with time. After about 6 weeks, your scar will be healed while you can take up your regular activities of the house hold or office.
Follow these tips, which are ways to improve recovery after a C-section. Until then take care of yourself while you look after your child because whatever you do and eat will directly impact your child if you are breastfeeding.
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