This is what happens to a woman’s body after a c-section!

Your body goes through tremendous changes during pregnancy. Well, but if you thought it would all bounce back to normalcy once you push out your little bundle, you may be wrong! And this only gets harder if you are having a c-section.

Recovery from a c-section can be daunting. And just when you are barely managing to sit up or breastfeed, your body is also undergoing a whole lot of changes, some of which you might not even notice!

Here’s what you need to gear up for after a c-section.

The pooch

No matter how big or small, no woman is going to feel nice about having to live with a scar. During the surgery, the skin is stapled or sutured, leaving a scar. However, the fatty subcutaneous layer underneath may not be sutured. And depending on how much fat tissue the mother has, this comes together, leaving a pooch. And this pooch, my dear ladies is hard to get rid of!

The ‘F’ word

We mean ‘Fat’! Dealing with a post pregnancy body can be hard and this only gets harder if you have to recover from a c-section. Stretchy skin from the surgery cannot be fixed easily by diet or exercise. Exercise, including bridges, pelvic tilts, and planks, can also help tone the abdominal area, but the effect is often subtle. After getting your doctor’s okay to exercise, it’s best to work out with a trainer who has a postpartum experience to ensure you are performing the abdominal exercises correctly. But keep in mind that no matter how much you exercise, the shelf of fat or the subcutaneous tissue is not going to vanish.

Your breasts

While you might very well know that your breasts tend to grow bigger and faster during pregnancy, there is one thing you must know about your breasts after a c-section. Unlike a normal delivery, a c-section will might not always permit your breasts to lactate immediately. Blame it all on the medication. However, your milk comes in on the third or fourth day after your baby is born. So, hang in there!

Your vagina

Yes, your vagina is no way involved in birthing if you are having a c-section, but nature does not permit it to remain as is after birth! Pressure from the growing uterus, baby, placenta, amniotic fluid, and an increased blood volume can all lead to your vulva and vagina getting a little swollen. In addition to swelling, many women notice increased vaginal discharge and even a darkening of the tissues of the vulva and vagina. These changes are normal and take a while to recede.

The return of your menstrual cycle after your c-section completely depends on your hormones. Remember that breastfeeding can also delay your first menstrual cycle by almost 6 months. Your period might differ in a number of ways, including in length of occurrence, menstrual blood colour, and the amount of blood. After you deliver a baby, you may experience bloody discharge for 4 to 6 weeks after delivery, which should not be confused with your period. During the first week after your surgery, you will notice a white discharge called Lochia, which becomes lighter and also vanishes with time.

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