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Possible Complications After A Caesarian

Updated on August 20, 2016
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Possible Complications After Surgery You Need To Know About

After the first twenty-four hours, you will start feeling the side effects and start experiencing the same postpartum discomforts as any mother who has had a vaginal birth such as uterine contractions. Your doctor will be able to give you pain relief and can advise you how best to cope with any other problems you may be experiencing. You will begin to experience pain from the abdomen which means that the anesthetic is wearing off so it is important to find out what pain relief options are available to you. Morphine can sometimes be given through an epidural catheter to help you through the first twenty-four hours. Alternatively, there may be a special pump on your intravenous line that allows you to dispense your own IV medication when it unlocks during preset times during the first twenty-four hour period.

Emergency Caesarian is a major surgical operation.
Emergency Caesarian is a major surgical operation. | Source

Getting Mobile For Post Caesarian Mothers

Although at the early stage you may not feel like getting out of bed becoming mobile as quickly as possible is the best advice for post-Caesarian mothers. Breastfeeding mothers successfully breastfeed their babies after having Caesarian sections. Studies show that it is the mother’s ability to breastfeed is what makes success rather than the ease of the delivery. If you are committed to the idea of breastfeeding then having a Caesarian need not stop you. Think positive. Breastfeeding after a Caesarian section may be an additional challenge for you at first you should not stop doing it or detract from the plan to ensure your baby gets all the nutrition they need. Occasionally hospitals have to separate mother and baby after a Caesarian either because the baby needs special care or because there have been complications with the mother. However, if there have been no complications you can usually request that you baby remain with you so that you can start breastfeeding as soon after the birth. The first week can be the most difficult because you're feeling sore and uncomfortable while looking after a demanding new baby.

Breastfeeding And Nursing Your Newborn

if you are planning to breastfeed you should start as soon as you feel able to in the recovery room after an hour or two after surgery. Any pain relief medication that you are given has been checked to make sure it's suitable for use with breastfeeding. You yourself may only be taking sips of water for the first twenty-four hours but your intravenous drip will keep you hydrated.

If you had a general anesthetic you will stay in the recovery room until you are fully alert. However you can still breastfeed once you are more alert.
If you had a general anesthetic you will stay in the recovery room until you are fully alert. However you can still breastfeed once you are more alert.

The First Few Days After Surgery

After surgery it can seem almost impossible to do the simplest tasks. Getting into certain positions can be difficult when you sleep and even picking up your baby can feel painful. If you need help ask for it. Although there will be some pain from the incision you should not feel additional pain. If you make yourself comfortable then you will feel more relaxed and so will your baby ultimately this will make a pleasant breastfeeding and a rewarding bonding time.
Do not be afraid to experiment with different positions and to use cushions and pillows. Try to move a little more each day. The more mobile you are the more quickly you will recover. Even if it feels uncomfortable you need to be sitting up and getting out of bed as much as you can as soon as you can. It may not feel like the right thing to do as the more you move the easier moving will become.

Your hormones may also be playing havoc with your emotions maybe you are weepy at times. It is important to start your exercises as they will increase your mobility and make it easier for you when you go home. Before leaving the hospital you need to make sure that everything is prepared for you and your baby, and that there will be plenty of support when you return home

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Relieving The Pain

Do not be afraid to take painkillers during these early days. Taking pain relief is not a sign of weakness but instead it as an important aid to your recovery. If you are pain-free you will move around more freely and you will be able to hold and position your baby better. It is important that you do not wait for the pain to become unbearable before you request pain medication.

Depression after Pregnancy

After childbirth many women experience a period of weakness, known as the baby blues.
After childbirth many women experience a period of weakness, known as the baby blues.

Moods And Depression After Childbirth

After childbirth, many women experience a period of weakness known as the baby blues. This tends to occur between the third and tenth day. For some, their emotions can become persistent leading to feelings of inadequacy, and panic. At this stage, some women are diagnosed with postnatal depression around half of new mothers suffer from the baby blues feeling weepy for no reason and emotional discontent. There may be other issues too but usually with the baby blues if a woman has good family support these feelings recover naturally. Lack of sleep can be added to be a contributing factor physical fatigue can reduce the amount of stress you can handle. Make sure you get sufficient rest particularly when you and your baby are sleeping. Do not hesitate to take advantage of any help that is offered.

Usually the website will display a helpline number which you can use to talk to a counselor.
Usually the website will display a helpline number which you can use to talk to a counselor.

Where To Get Help

The first thing you should do is see your doctor if you or your partner perceives that there may be a problem with depression. Treatment for postnatal depression includes counseling for groups or individuals, therapy, and antidepressant medication. Rare cases of hospitalization may be required. If you feel uncomfortable talking to your doctor or not sure whether you are actually having depression, there are organizations that specialize in that condition. Usually, the website will display a helpline number which you can use to talk to a counselor. If you feel able to discuss your feelings talk to friends and family about how you feel so that they can respond accordingly. Ask them for help so that you can relax for a while.

Caring For Yourself After A Caesarian Birth

If virtually all of these negative feelings occur and they persist for any length of time you should seek medical help. Worrying about breastfeeding and loss of memory are quite normal. Health care providers now acknowledge that having a Caesarian is not only a major surgical intervention but an emotional experience. For some trauma and intrusive procedures can be so great that they can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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