Giving birth is undoubtedly one of the hardest and most painful experiences any woman endures, period. No matter what route the baby decides to take or how the mother chooses to give birth, the process of incubating and birthing another human being has got to take a toll on the mother’s health. If the mother has a C-Section surgery instead of a vaginal birth, the healing process can take weeks if not months, to heal properly.
Although drugs are the first line of choice to deal with the pain and healing, they also carry many side effects like drowsiness, depression, gastric distress and issues in lactation. For this purpose, here are some natural ways that can help the mother heal the C-Section surgery and get up on her feet in less time.
1. Aloe Vera
This is literally God’s gift to mankind. Apart from being the cure to everything under the sun, aloe Vera gel is also great for healing surgical scars. In a study conducted, women whose c-section wounds were dressed with 100% fresh aloe vera gel for 24 hours after the surgery showed significant improvements in wound healing as compared to the control group. Do not try and apply this immediately after you come home from the surgery. Once the wound has closed and your doctor thinks it’s safe, apply the gel topically to speed up the healing process. (Ask your doctor about it)
It is believed that a light pressure or some compression can be the best pain reliever after giving birth. Many post partum doctors suggest investing in binders which are basically like corsets for you lower belly. As uncomfortable as it may sounds, the pressure of the binder and the support it provides really helps manage the pain and keep everything ‘where it needs to be’…
In my research I found that women who get hand and foot massage after getting a c-section surgery recover much faster and don’t experience too much pain as compared to the rest. Although there’s no logic behind it, what’s the harm in trying, right? Another kind of massage that really helps you heal faster is a scar massage. After any surgery, the chances of adhesions and infection are very high. By massaging the area around the scar, you bring more blood, hence protection, to the area. It also prevents pus and stickiness from developing.
It is important to stay hydrated after a surgery as many people experience constipation post operatively. This can be extremely painful after giving birth, as you can well imagine. So, to avoid this, adequate amount of water should be taken.
5. Eating Well
It is extremely important to take care of your diet immediately after a c-section surgery. Foods that speed up the healing process, such as fruits and green leafy vegetables, should be taken along with foods that give you a balanced nutrition. Spicy, greasy foods should be avoided. Chicken broth can be quite beneficial and provide you with strength and energy.
6. Get Enough Rest
It is said that a mother should be sleeping when the baby is sleeping in order to match their rhythms. Whilst sleeping, your body goes into repair mode and healing occurs faster. So, rest up, because you’ll want to be in the best shap
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