You can eat the foods that are in your normal diet. If your stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, broiled chicken, toast, and yogurt.
Drink plenty of fluids (unless your doctor tells you not to).
You may notice that your bowel movements are not regular right after your surgery. This is common. Try to avoid constipation and straining with bowel movements. You may want to take a fiber supplement every day. If you have not had a bowel movement after a couple of days, ask your doctor about taking a mild laxative.
If you have strips of tape on the incision, leave the tape on for a week or until it falls off.
Wash the area daily with warm, soapy water, and pat it dry. Other cleaning products, such as hydrogen peroxide, can make the wound heal more slowly. You may cover the area with a gauze bandage if it weeps or rubs against clothing. Change the bandage every day.
Pain in your calf, back of the knee, thigh, or groin.
Redness and swelling in your leg or groin.
You have trouble passing urine or stool, especially if you have pain or swelling in your lower belly.
You feel sad, tearful, or hopeless for more than a few days, or you have troubling or dangerous thoughts.
Some women feel shoulder pain for days after a cesarean
section. This is
referred pain, caused by trauma to the abdominal
muscles during the delivery. It goes away on its own during recovery.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 23, 2012
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