In Japanese Culture, Giving birth either Cesarean section or normal delivery is viewed as a great accomplishment so as well as a hardship to a woman, there is a need of extraordinary care and take in mind the importance of what to do and not to do as on doctors instruction. For your own safety so as well to your long-awaited child.
It is in the survey that maternal and infant mortality that Japan is among the lowest in the world. Making it one of the safest places to have a baby.
Doctors and midwives monitor and check the health condition and weight gain of pregnant women very seriously during check-ups. The general advise in weight gain during pregnancy is quite a strick with the recommendation that pregnant women shouldn’t gain more than 8 to 12 kilograms during pregnancy.
The reason given to this is that the delivery would be a lot easier and less risky when the gain weight has been moderate. Also, there is a big emphasis on moderate weight, women will be able to return to their pre-pregnancy weight easily with less stress.
In normal delivery mothers generally, stay in a hospital for about 5 days and for the c-section the mother and the newborn baby stays in the hospital for 15 to 18 day to regain strength and recover from the incision with the proper assistance and care from the doctor and nurses. Proper nutrition is also provided, have a good rest and sleep is also required during the stay in the hospital.
After Giving Birth
So as well after pregnancy especially having a baby by c-section it is normal to experience pain, soreness, even bleeding and also concerned about the belly fat that was accumulated during pregnancy. After all, you’ve just had major abdominal surgery and your body needs time to recover. It also means you’ll need to be more aware of what you can do and want you can’t do as your body heals.
Things for you to consider while healing the incision.
1. Things you can do physically and practically after the delivery.
The biggest change ( other than having your new-born baby) is changing your routine or physical activity until you’ve healed. These guidelines for what to expect will help your body heal as quickly as possible.
Things you must do.
- Take time to sit and rest when you are tired.
- Take a slow and gentle deep-breath through your nose, feel the air gently to your stomach and breath out through your mouth as slowly as you can.
- Walk every day, through walking it helps you prevent the blood clots and constipation.
- Hold a pillow over your incision especially when you feel like coughing or laughing.
- Do shower normally.
- Reach out to a lactation consultant if you have trouble in breastfeeding.
Things you must not do
- Taking bath or soaking at a hot bath. You can take a bath or soak in a hot bath until your incision is healed and you postpartum bleeding has stopped.
- Lift anything heavier than your baby.
- Use tampons or douche until you have your doctor permission.
- Have sex. Having sexual activity is not permitted until your doctor says you can.
- Participate in rigorous activities. Doing core muscles exercise must be done until your doctor clears you for this activity.
- Afraid to ask for help. That might mean asking friends and family to watch the baby while you nap or rather having them the laundry.
- Take the stairs repeatedly.
- Soak in public pools and a hot bath.
2. Diet after c-section
Taking care of yourself after surgery means getting the right nutrition.
- Drink enough water and other fluids.
- Eat a well balanced and healthy diet.
- Take a fiber supplement daily, this can help avoid constipation.
Macrobiotic diet or Crash diet, Ask your doctor when you can start trying to lose the baby weight.
3. Incision Care
After delivering your baby by c-section, your doctor will tell you how to care for your incision. This care should be included.
- Use warm, soapy water to wash your incision daily (usually when you shower). Pat the area dry after cleaning.
- Always keep the area dry and clean.
- If your doctor used tape strips on your incision, let them fall off on their own. This usually takes about a week.
- Use cleansing products that can make your wound heal slowly.
4. When to call the doctor
How do you know if your symptoms after c-section are normal?
Call your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
- A Fever of more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Difficulty in breathing.
- Signs of infection including pain, pees, swollen lymph node and other things that are not normal.
- Discharge from the vagina that smells bad.
- Severe pain in your belly.
- Bright red vaginal bleeding that soaks through more than one pad in every 2 hours or less.
- Vaginal bleeding that gets worse or still bright red in more than 4 days after you’ve had your baby.
- Sign of blood clot, including pain in your thigh, groin, back or calf.
- Your incision comes open.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Trouble in passing urine or stool.
- And last but not least, Depression, sadness, hopelessness or when you are having troubling thoughts.
Most women experience childbirth in Japan is very positive. The most important thing regardless of where you give birth whether normal or c-section is to keep a flexible outlook of all stages of the process.
Even if you have a very definite birth plan, the situation in obstetrics can change very rapidly so be prepared to abandon your plans at the last minute if it is necessary.
Taking care of your self after delivery is just as important as taking care of your newborn. Allow yourself to take it easy.
Rest whenever possible and call your doctor if you have a concern about your health.
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