The post-delivery time is crucial for the baby, and more for the mother for all the changes that she has gone through and the immense pressure she has been under during delivery. There is higher need for post-operative care in case of a caesarean section delivery. There is a need for the mother’s body to rest and heal, although she can start moving around a bit and even breastfeed her baby.
Some things to check during the hospital stay after delivery:
- Mother may be told to try and move around, albeit slowly because they may be weak and hence experience dizziness, within 24–36 hours after delivery.
- Depending on a case-to-case basis, some mothers may be advised to stay back in the hospital for 4–5 days also.
- In case the mother suffers from pain, make sure she is given pain-relief.
- The sutures generally get removed five days post-operation if they are not soluble ones. Modern sutures are not visible and do not need removal.
- Make sure that the mother does not put any kind of pressure on the abdomen during the recovery time; even driving or bending down is not advisable.
- In case the mother has undergone a C-section, post-operative is more important. Urinating after the catheter is removed may be painful and the mother may need some assistance the first few times.
- Before leaving the hospital, make sure you carry with you a prescription for all medicines that you need to take (if recommended). Be doubly sure that the medicines marked safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Doctors may advise mothers to take gentle strolls to prevent build-up of gas after the abdominal surgery. Remember to not over exert and take support when necessary.
- Mothers will experience heavy bleeding of bright red blood with the uterus shrinking back to the pre-pregnancy size. This is called lochia. Remember to keep menstrual pads of high absorbent quality handy.
- Once home, keep activities to a bare minimum. Also mothers should drink as much water as possible. Mother should eat healthy to restore energy and prevent constipation.
- Avoid sexual intercourse, use of tampons or douche, refrain from bathing until the incision in the body has healed well, avoid using public pools, using the stairs often, and lifting of heavy objects.
- Always keep your gynaecologist’s number handy and give the doctor a call immediately if the mother contracts fever, has severe headache that refuses to go away, experiences sudden pain in the abdominal area or near the incision area, if rashes or hives show up, or if there are sore, red, painful area on the breasts, accompanied by flu-like symptoms.
The world may seem to be different for a new mother. Emotional changes, hormonal changes, bodily changes, would sweep in. Suddenly the mother may feel light and hollow, after months of carrying the baby inside her. One should talk out whenever they feel like venting out any kind of positive or negative emotions though.