Recovery After Cesarean – Part I

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Everyone’s experience with labor is different, as is everyone’s experiences with a Cesarean. Whether it’s an emergency C-section with high stress, or a planned C-section with low anxiety, recovery is a whole different story. Some women can recover from a Cesarean within a matter of weeks, some a matter of months. And while everyone’s experience with C-section recovery is unique, there are a few things that you’ll need to be aware of when returning home with your new addition to the family.

Cesarean Recovery

You will have a million questions both before and after surgery; how is the post-partum pain, what will I be able to do, what are my restrictions, when can I hold my baby, how long with it take to recover?

Cesarean recovery involves a variety of steps; all monitored closely by your OBGYN and the hospital staff.

Initial Moments after C-Section

 In the initial moments after your Cesarean, you will be closely monitored in a post-op recovery room. Your OBGYN and the hospital staff will closely watch all of your vital signs for the next one to three hours depending on how much anesthesia you were given. The staff will keep an eye on your level of nausea, which could be a result of the anesthesia, your blood flow, any pains you might be feeling in your abdomen, and the firmness of your uterus.

As with a vaginal birth, you could still go through ‘the shakes,’ as they are called, feel extremely fatigued, groggy and nauseous. Much of the way that you will feel immediately after the surgery has to do with the anesthesia that was given.

If you were given morphine through your epidural, an itchy sensation is quite common and can be counter-treated with medicine.

Recovery Room

When you’re OBGYN feels you’ve recovered well, they will move you into the recovery room. You’ll probably notice that this room is a bit more ‘roomy’ and allows for more visitors. You will also notice that things are beginning to hit you first the first time. With C-Sections, once the affects of anesthesia wear off and you’re moved into the recovery room, it is quite common to feel a bit overwhelmed with everything that has just happened. Whether you were completely prepared and it was a planned Cesarean, or it was an emergency situation, when you move into the recovery room is usually when the gravity of the entire situation sets in.

This is the time when family and friends, and the sight of your newborn baby, are extremely important. It is also a very important time for your partner to step up and be by your side, reassuring you that all is well.

You will continue to be closely monitored by the nurses, and will most likely have your catheter, blood pressure monitors, and IVs with you in the recovery room for another day or two. You can expect to feel some pain and discomfort. It is important that you remain honest in discussing the amount of pain you’re in with your nurses so that they can prescribe the proper pain medication.

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