What to expect after a Caesarean birth

Most women plan for a natural birth and spend loads of time in pregnancy learning about the stages and process of a natural birth and gathering tips for recovery.

However, we can’t always control the way our birth looks and statistically in Australia many women will have a caesarean birth. Here is some information to give you an idea of what you might expect from Recovery after a caesarean birth in case your baby has other plans:

Immediately after the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be monitored closely. You may feel groggy from the anaesthesia, and you may experience some pain and discomfort. The nurses will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels to ensure that you are stable. You will also have a catheter in place to help you empty your bladder. 

Once you are stable, you will be taken to a postpartum room where you will stay for a few days. During this time, you will continue to be monitored and you will receive pain medication to help manage your discomfort. 

You will be encouraged to get up and walk around as soon as possible after your surgery. Walking can help improve circulation, reduce the risk of blood clots, and promote healing. However, you should start slowly and avoid any strenuous activity. 

It’s normal to experience some pain and discomfort after a c-section. You may experience cramping, soreness, and tenderness around your incision site. You may also have difficulty moving around, and may need help with tasks such as getting out of bed or picking up your baby. 

You should also take care of your incision site to ensure that it heals properly. Keep the area clean and dry, and avoid bathing or swimming until your scar has healed. You may also find compression wear or an abdominal binder feels supportive around your incision site and reduces pain.

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