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Mothers who had a caesarean delivery (C-section) need more time to recover than those who had a routine vaginal delivery. According to gynaecologists, full recovery from a C-section takes 4 to 6 weeks. But some mothers may take a significantly longer recovery time.
Caesarean delivery is the surgical delivery of a baby through incisions made in the mother's abdomen and uterus. C-sections are generally safe, but sometimes infections may develop in the uterus, belly, or incision, which often require treatment with antibiotics. About 6-11 percent of caesarean deliveries may develop infections, say experts.
A C-section wound can get infected if bacteria enters it and spreads. Further, it can cause a uterine or abdominal infection. The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of C-section wound infections. The risk of infections is slightly higher in an emergency C-section than a planned C-section, since the doctors and patients didn't get much time to prepare for the surgery.
Certain maternal factors like obesity, poorly controlled diabetes, having a previous C-section, taking immunosuppressant medication, and smoking, can increase the risk of infection after a C-section. Also, if you have a penicillin allergy, then you have higher risk of C-section infections. Talk to an allergist to find out if you're allergic to penicillin or not.
Signs and symptoms of C-section infections may start appearing within a few days of surgery. Incision Infection may lead to -
Internal or uterus infection after a C-section can cause symptoms like:
If it's a planned C-section, doctors usually suggest using an antibacterial soap while showering prior to the procedure. Women are also discouraged from shaving beforehand. Expected moms are also given antibiotics before Caesarean section to decrease the risk of uterine infection. Below are some tips to for would-be-mothers and new mothers to prevent infections after C-section delivery.
Your c-section wound will continue to feel sore and bruised for a few weeks. Your doctor may recommend taking painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, for at least 7-10 days after your c-section. Take your pain relief regularly and on time, even if you don't have pain during this period.
Contact your doctor immediately if:
These can be signs of infection. C-section infections may be treated with antibiotics. But in severe cases, a small surgery may be conducted to prevent further complications.
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