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Giving life to someone is one of the most fulfilling things a mother could experience. Our society embraces people with kids with wide arms than those without. Children bring more fun to the family although raising them is not a walk in the park. Modern day women or career women are less likely to have children of their own.

Tips on Preparing and Recovery for a C-Section | Stay At Home Mum

Elective CS vs. Emergency CS

Pregnancy varies, some women may have a difficult pregnancy while others have an easy one. Many people in the recent past have opted to go for a caesarian section as opposed to vaginal birth. C-section is the process of delivering the baby through a surgical opening in the abdomen and the uterus. Elective C-section is always booked in advance.

When there are complications during delivery, emergency C-section is performed especially in situations when a woman carries multiple babies, she is HIV positive with high viral load, has an impediment or like a fibroids, conditions such as placenta praevia, STDs like genital herpes that is risky to the baby, the position of the baby, among other situations. The risks involved include heavy bleeding, pain, risk of infections and blood clots. C-section is an expensive procedure and takes a longer recovery time. It takes about a month to recover fully unlike in vaginal birth that takes 1 to 2 weeks.

Caesarian section is a major surgery, and it poses risks to your health, adequate preparation is required. Here are some of the tips on pregnancy, c-section, preparing, and recovery.

Tips on Preparation for C-section

Preparing and Recovery for a C-Section | Stay At Home Mum

1. Choose a qualified doctor

Remember, this is an invasive medical procedure, so ensure that you go to a certified health facility with qualified doctors. C-section carries a lot of risks and has to be done by a professional. Ask for references from colleagues and friends and research online. A health facility could offer excellent services in other medical section, but could lack qualified personnel in the antenatal area. Choose wisely.

2. Proper documents

Ensure that you have all the required documents and are in order, so as to facilitate the easy process and avoid stress. Ensure all are signed appropriately so that your surgery goes as planned and at the scheduled time.

3. Stay positive and be ready to wait

Try to stay positive and calm. Do not let negative stories or experiences from other women get to you. Try to read on positive experiences or watch tutorials online. Hope for the best and stay positive. Try to center on the feeling you will have holding the baby in your arms. You can bring your friends, family members or spouse for moral support. For elective C-section, you may be told to wait even if you are scheduled for operation at a particular time. Be patient. You can bring along magazines or movies to keep you occupied.

4. Pack enough clothes and toiletries

Remember, the stay is between 3-5 days, so ensure that you have enough comfortable clothes and toiletries for those days. You can carry a book or magazines to read during the hospital stay to avoid boredom.

5. Eat well

Prior to the C-section ensure you are in your best health. Eat a balanced diet. A strong immune system facilitates quick recovery.

6. Anti-nausea drugs

You can request for anti-nausea medication if you are experiencing nausea after you have been given pain-reducing medicines. If you are taking other medications, you always inform the doctors. Mixing medication could cause complications.

7. Schedule early

You are not allowed to take any meals for 8 hours before the surgery. So the earlier the surgery is done, the better. You won’t be feeling hunger pangs and nervousness as you wait.

8. Shave yourself

The nurses will need to shave the upper section of pubic hair next to the abdomen. Reduce their work by shaving yourself at home.

9. Empty your bowel

Ensure you drain your bowels before the surgery, it enhances the recuperation process. Prior to the surgery take high fibre food.

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