In C-section, there are four stages of reaching the uterus to take the baby out safely. First, an incision is made in the lower abdomen of the mother. There is a skin layer that is cut, followed by another layer and then the muscle layer. Following this is the rector sheath in the abdominal cavity and then the uterus is opened to remove the baby. All this leaves a wound in the lower abdomen region and there are some restrictions on the movement of the mother.
Bengaluru-based gynecologist Dr Surendra Shenoy says: “There are some restrictions, like you cannot bend down; you cannot lift things from the ground, because of the wound there. And you cannot travel. You will take few days to get back to a normal diet.”
Recovery will take some time but to a large extent it does not cause inconvenience to the mother in feeding the baby.
“She can run around or walk normally. The external wound will take about ten to fifteen days to heal and the internal wound will take almost two to three months. However, it does not affect the mother’s mobility. She is almost as normal as before,” says Dr Shenoy.
Over the years, the C-section procedure has improved. “In terms of pain, recovery, everything has improved. Today, patients get up in about six hours’ time and walk around. By next morning they are up and about like before. Sometimes we can send the patient home in about two days’ time. Earlier we used to keep them for 8 to 10 days,” says Dr Shenoy.
Constipation can pose a hazard for women who have undergone C-section as any undue pressure on the sutures can cause strain. So, doctors advise eating a lot of fibrous food for smooth bowel movement.