Caring for Suture WoundsCesarean section incisions are usually 10-15 cm long. Maybe the scars initially appear prominent, slightly swollen or darker in color than other skin surface colors. If no infection occurs, the wound will shrink and heal significantly, in about 6 weeks. For less than 48 hours after a caesarean section, the usual complaints are nausea, difficulty moving, and itching in the surgical wound. Here are some ways that can be done to help support health recovery after a caesarean section:
While avoiding doing activities or household chores that are too heavy. Physical activity that is allowed is classified as mild, and the burden you lift should not be heavier than your baby, until the doctor says you can add to the activity.
Pay attention to the fluid that comes out through the vagina after a cesarean section
Make this liquid medically known as lochia as a reminder so you don't move too much. This fluid is originally reddish in color (in the form of blood), and gradually turns pink, until yellowish. Lochia discharge, also known as puerperal blood, is a natural thing to happen after giving birth, but the amount of fluid that comes out will generally increase if you do too much activity.
Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods
Foods that are rich in fiber and nutritious such as fruits and vegetables, along with adequate fluid consumption by increasing drinking water, can help restore energy. In addition, it also makes it easier to defecate, so you do not need to strain too hard when defecating. This will reduce the excess pressure on the cesarean section scar. Vitamins contained in it are also good for helping wound healing.
Try not to go too far
Try your place of rest in the house, close to the toilet or dining table, so you do not need to move too far or in a hurry. Also avoid making movements or sudden changes in position.
Take a shower carefully
When bathing, the wound may be exposed to water or soap. Still pay attention to the cleanliness of the wound, but do not rub. Also avoid bathing by bathing, especially in the first days after surgery.
Things to AvoidTo speed healing and anticipate infection after a caesarean section, you should avoid the following:
- Sexual intercourse before being allowed by a doctor
- Using tampons, or vaginal douches.
- Soak in a hot tub, or swim in a public bath.
- Lift heavier weights than babies.
- Up and down stairs repeatedly.
- Exercise before the doctor suggests the time.
Recognize the Symptoms of Infection that Must Be Checked ImmediatelyA few weeks after surgery, the incision will turn reddish. This means that your wound is getting better. However, if there is swelling in the area around the cut or seems to drain fluid, you should immediately consult a doctor because this could be a sign of infection. In addition, symptoms of infection after a caesarean section can be:
- Pus discharge from the surgical scar area.
- Lower abdominal pain and pain that does not go away even worse.
- High fever.
- Pain when urinating.
- Leucorrhoea that smells bad.
- Large amounts of bleeding, or full of lumps.