Cesarean section is a major operation, so it's normal that you need time to rest. Still wondering when you can resume your normal activities, so here are some answers.
Is there a waiting time to respect, after a cesarean, before being able to regain intimacy with the loved one? In fact, there are no defined rules, except that of your desire and your desires. Of course, the caesarean section is an important intervention and it is advisable, just like after a natural childbirth, to wait until the pain and bleeding have stopped. This means that there is no urgency: the important thing is to listen to you. In fact, after the caesarean section, the resumption of sexual life is more psychological than physical. Talk it over with your lover and, step by step, you'll get your sex life back to normal.
Take a bath
Before taking a bath, wait until the scar is well closed: it must be clean, without suppuration. Healing does not occur at the same speed for all women, but usuallyyou should be able to take a bath after 3-5 weeks.
Pain and scar
The scar is painful. For the first few days, you have difficulty moving, then you constantly feel a slight tightness. This dull pain can last for a month. That said, the pain, which is less severe, can last for several months, especially if you have had healing problems or a blow to the wound.
Usually the doctor will try to make the incision so that it is not too visible. But, depending on the urgency of the situation and your physiognomy, it could remain apparent, like when you wear a bikini. From red, the scar will change to pink, then turn white. After a year or two, it will be a thin line.
Go to the sun
If you are planning a vacation in the sun to recover, be aware that exposing your scar to the sun is not dangerous: only, you risk hyperpigmenting it. As always, use sunscreen to protect it and prevent it from changing color.
Take your time: in the beginning, it is best to ask your spouse to lift your baby to entrust it to you, when you are well settled in a chair or on the bed. By forcing, you risk opening the wound and hurting yourself. If you have older children, avoid lifting them and carrying them in yourarm.
Similarly, do not carry heavy packages, at least for the first month and, if possible, for 3 months after the caesarean section.
Restart the sport
Like a vaginal delivery, it is best to wait about 1 month before resuming physical activity. Some doctors advise resuming physical activity only after abdominal rehabilitation, and that of the perineum, is complete. We first favor non-contact and gentle sports: swimming, walking… Some yoga classes are designed specifically for women who have just given birth. Avoid overstimulating your abs, especially in the beginning.
It is better to wait about 2 months, so that the scar is completely dry, to have your bikini area waxed. Also tell your beautician to take a little more care around your scar, which will remain sensitive.
Put in an IUD
If there were no particular complications during the caesarean section, you can make an appointment with your doctor for your routine examination, either 4 or 6 weeks after delivery. They will also be able to explain to you all the means of contraception that are available to you, so that you can make an informed decision.
We always recommend waiting at least a yearbefore getting pregnant again. This break allows your uterus to recover, which will greatly promote natural childbirth if you want another child. However, it happens that some women get pregnant before, without this causing trouble.
Of course, no one is immune to depression. While many women have to juggle the ups and downs after childbirth, some women are very reluctant to accept the fact that they have had a caesarean section. If you feel like you've failed your birth, you feel a deep sense of helplessness, exclusion, frustration, even shame, you should talk about it. Sometimes, our spouse is not equipped to fully understand these typically feminine tuggings and a group, or professional help could do you the greatest good. Virginie Lanoix's book, A birth without disappointments, could also help you to feel guilty.