Mommies, watch out for these signs after your c-section surgery! (P.S: Don’t ignore it)

Postpartum recovery is no walk in the park for any woman. For any woman, recovering from a delivery is a time-consuming process and this only gets harder if you have undergone a c-section. Not only are you recovering from pregnancy and birthing, but your body is also healing from a major surgery. So, just as you are on your way to recovery, being aware of the signs of infection is crucial.

While you may have done your research about the common symptoms, here are 6 silent signs you did not realise are signs of a c-section infection.

1. Fever

A fever can show up for various reasons including lack of sleep, tiredness, or feeling under the weather from the surgery you just had. However, if your temperature rises above 104 degrees, make sure you don’t ignore it. Studies reveal that a persistent fever post a c-section surgery can be a sign of an infection.

2. Foul odour

If you do notice an unnatural or off-putting smell from the incision area, it’s time to meet the doctor.

3. Flu

It is perfectly normal to feel under the weather after a major surgery. However, if you do experience a cough, cold or if the pain is shifting into flu-like symptoms, chances are you may be headed towards an infection. Chills, fatigue, body ache, and headache are all signs of an incision infection.

4. The incision is hot!

If your site of incision is hot to the touch, it means things are not alright. Redness, soreness, or persistent hotness to the touch, may mean it’s time to reach out to your doctor.

5. Change in discharge colour

Some discharge from the site of incision is normal, but if it does get too much and if you do experience pain, swelling or redness, make sure you don’t ignore it.

6. Swelling

Lastly, swelling at the site of incision or on your legs may be a sign of infection too!

A uterine infection, also known as Endometritis occurs in about 10-30% of women following a C-section. This is normally accompanied by abdominal pain, bloody or yellowish green vaginal discharge, hardening of the lower abdomen or fever. Persistent burning while urinating or a sore back can also mean infection.

Although infection after c-section can be very common, it is important you don’t ignore it. Keeping the incision area clean and taking care of your health are two ways in which you can prevent infection.

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