5 Tips for Treating Your C-Section Wound

Some moms say that recovering from giving birth is a more challenging endeavour than the pregnancy itself, and they have their Caesarean section (CS) scars to prove it. For the first six to seven weeks after the birthing process, moms endure the pain of treating CS wound. Like caring for babies, taking care of this wound requires great effort. Keep these tips in mind to keep yourself reminded of the proper ways of treating your CS incision.

Scar of caesarean section

1.       Keep the Wound Clean

Keep your wound clean by washing it every day, but do so gently. Wet a bath sponge or washcloth in water with very mild soap and squeeze it to let the soapy water run over the incision area. Do not rub the wound as this can be painful and will peel off the scab, which is a necessary part of the healing process. Rinse it well, pat it dry, and then replace the dressing

2.       Eat Well
To minimize scarring, respect your body’s natural healing process. First of all, understand that healing takes time, so don’t rush it. If you must, take care of your skin from inside out so you won’t have to compromise the health of the wound. Bowel movements can cause pain in the area of the wound because of the stress in the muscles when you “push”. For smooth bowel movements and to avoid constipation, eat fibrous fruits and vegetables and drink enough of water.


3.       Give Yourself a Break
As much as you want to be “Super Mom” again, take it easy in the first few weeks of your recovery. Sudden turning and twisting is painful, so activities like cooking, sweeping, and driving should be avoided. Likewise, avoid moving in such a way that causes your abdominal tissues to be stretched, like getting something or reaching upwards. Support your stomach when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or push down to empty your bowel.

4.       Gradually Restore Proper Motion
When you feel that the pain is significantly tolerable, perhaps it’s time for you to slowly get back in motion and restore proper movement in the area. The increased circulation promotes faster recovery as the blood can bring the right amount of nutrients to repair damaged tissues. Also, muscle movements help eradicate cellular wastes out your system. Start with more subtle postnatal exercises and slowly increase intensity overtime.

5.       Check On It Every Few Hours
Check your wound every couple of hours just to see if it’s bleeding or the dressing has to be changed. Notice any change in appearance, and talk to your doctor if anything concerns you. However, keep in mind that redness, swelling, numbness, itchiness, and occasional spotting are normal. If you happen to experience high fever, foul-smelling discharge from the vagina, severe abdominal pelvic pain, shortness of breath, and random swelling or discharge from the wound, immediately see your doctor.

With patience and help from your body’s natural healing abilities, your incision will soon be just a humbling symbol of what you can do for love, rather than a reminder of the pain of pregnancy.



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