In our time, a cesarean section is an ordinary "procedure". Firstly, the number of women who choose to give birth on their own is growing. Secondly, the number of pregnancies without complications is reduced, so the cesarean section is increasingly carried out "according to the indications." It does not matter how exactly your baby will see the light, the main thing is that he or she should be born healthy, and the operation or natural childbirth went without complications.
Cesarean section is an operation in which the uterus is surgically cut and the child is removed from it, crossing and bandaging the umbilical cord, and also extracting the bladder and placenta. Then the incision is sutured, and a sterile bandage is applied to the wound. The woman gradually comes out of anesthesia and comes in her life another difficult stage - the stage of recovery. New mother is worried about many questions. When can I get up after anesthesia? How to care for the seam? What to eat? And many others.
Special attention is paid by doctors and mothers to the discharge after cesarean section. After each birth (and natural and by caesarean section) from the woman's vagina, the so-called lochia (this postpartum discharge) is allocated. Many women discharge after delivery are called plentiful monthly. In fact, there are many similarities: the abdomen aches, and a red highlight with clots. That's just last for such "monthly" much longer, and the nature of the secretions has the property to change.
"Normal" discharge after cesarean section
So, the allocation after birth is already a normal process. Through the genital tract outward, the placenta remains and the dead endometrial microparticles together with the blood. In the first 2-3 days after the operation the excretions are bright red and they are abundant enough. The "normal volume" of secretions is difficult to determine, because much depends on how the operation was performed and what complications accompanied the woman during pregnancy and during childbirth. Gradually, the nature of the discharge changes. First they darken, acquiring a brown shade, and become serous-sucronic, then they become liquid and lighten. Somewhere in 6-8 weeks of allocation should stop at all.
Absolutely normal discharge with clots and lumps, especially after cesarean section. Usually, after the operation, the woman moves little, so the blood collects into clots, and then leaves. Do not be alarmed if, during breastfeeding, the discharge intensifies, and there is pain in the lower abdomen - this is normal, moreover, it is necessary for an early recovery. Isolation "pushes" the uterus itself, contracting, and it is reduced by the hormone oxytocin, and oxytocin in turn is intensively thrown into the blood precisely during the application of the baby to the chest. This is how everything is interconnected and clearly thought out by mother nature.
When should I sound an alarm?
Unfortunately, the postpartum period does not always go smoothly, especially after caesarean section. Serious complications often occur, and it is often postpartum discharge that helps to suspect them, so thatit is important to know about the norms and "deviations". So, immediately you need to go to the doctor if:
- Allotments too soon ceased. As already mentioned, after cesarean section they last from 5 to 8 weeks. If the lochia are delayed for some reason in the uterine cavity, they become an excellent environment for pathogenic bacteria, which can provoke either hematomas or inflammations in the uterine cavity.
- Allocations last more than 8 weeks, while not scaling or changing color. With a bad contraction of the uterus, bleeding may increase, and they are very dangerous for a woman's life, so if after a week the bleeding has not changed at all - seek immediate help.
- Allocations have an unpleasant odor. In the first 2-3 days, the smell of lousy smell is normal, but if it continues to increase, then it already indicates a pathology.
To avoid all possible postpartum complications, after a cesarean section a woman is given antibacterial drugs, and if necessary, inject oxytocin, which contributes to better uterine contraction and, of course, pain medications.
How to take care of yourself?
And the woman herself must take care of her health after Caesarean section. To avoid problems with excretions, you need to follow the following directions:
- To get the uterus cut better - from time to time you lie on your stomach, wear a postpartum bandage, empty your bladder and bowel, Apply ice on the bottom of the stomach (from 3 to 5 times a day for 5-10 minutes).
- Carefully observe the hygiene of the genitals: after each trip to the toilet, wash the external genitals with clean warm water; take a shower daily; the first 2 weeks after childbirth it is better to use not gaskets, but diapers to create the effect of ventilation; change the sanitary napkins every 4 hours; do not use hygienic tampons.
And most importantly: no "initiative". At the first suspicions on "not normal" address to the expert.
We wish you easy recovery and good health!