Each woman's pregnancy, birth, and motherhood experience is as unique as she is. The same can be said for a woman's experiences as she recovers after c section. As you know, a c-section is a surgical birth; an obstetrician makes an incision in a woman's lower abdomen and removes the baby through this opening. This is a very different process from a vaginal birth experience. Because a c-section is major abdominal surgery, the recovery is quite different from a woman experiences after a vaginal birth. Additionally, women who have unplanned c-sections following a trial of labor may experience more challenges after their babies' births than those who had scheduled c-sections in advance.
There are varying degrees of discomfort for women during the c-section recovery period. In general, it takes women longer to recover from c-sections than from vaginal births. There are two incisions which need to be closed. Typically the inner incision - the one in your uterus - is closed with stitches that will dissolve away. The outer incision - the one you can see on your skin - is closed with stitches or staples. Stitches will usually dissolve on their own, but staples must be removed by the doctor. Additionally, if you notice anything strange about your incision, call your doctor immediately. If the incision feels warm or painful to the touch, if it is getting more red and tender, or if it is leaking any sort of fluid, you could have an infection. Call your doctor immediately.
Does wearing a Postpartum Girdle help?
One of the best ways to ease your discomfort after a c-section is to use an abdominal binder or compression girdle. Some OB/GYNs will recommend them to new moms when a c-section has been scheduled. Compression is a post-operative option for many types of surgery because it speeds the healing process. By increasing circulation to the area under compression, the damaged tissues experience a better immune response and receive more blood, nutrients, and oxygen. Bellefit offers a medical grade compression garment that is perfect for women who have had c-sections. Not only does the abdominal binder speed healing, it also supports the lower back by holding in the abdominal wall. This improves a woman's posture, which can be very poor during the initial postpartum period.