The days of cesarean section recovery are known as the post-partum period.
Because a cesarean is a major surgical operation, a woman is at risk for many potential complications afterwards and so special care and plenty of rest is required in this sensitive period.
Try to set up a support team that will help, so that you will have time to rest and heal. Make sure you have someone to turn to for emotional support too, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed. It is no easy task to care for a newborn after a major abdominal surgery.
Within 24 hours of surgery you will be encouraged to get up and walk and use the bathroom. The sooner the better.
Regular, gentle walking will help speed up the recovery process.
Staples in the wound will probably be removed.
You will possibly be given a prescription for pain medication. Find out any side-effects and discuss your preferences with your caregiver.
One woman's advice was: "Get home and out of the hospital as fast as you can so you can rest!"
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