Weekly Nutrition advice
How you feel emotionally and physically after a C-section will depend largely on whether you had an elective (planned) or an emergency section (rushed into theatre because of concerns about you or the baby). The latter can leave you feeling shocked and emotional and you are more likely to have had a general anesthetic.
- Side effects of anesthetic
- Fatigue and tearfulness
- Insufficient lactation
- Get as much rest as possible to aid healing and recuperation.
- Allow yourself time to recover properly and do not attempt to do too much.
- Eat a healthy diet, especially zinc-rich foods as this will help you heal faster .
A good diet is important following section. Take a daily multivitamin and eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin C, (citrus fruits and broccoli) iron and zinc (fish, poultry and wholegrain) to encourage your body to fight infection and aid iron absorption, to help your wound heal and to prevent anemia (if you lost a lot of blood). In addition take energy rich drinks and light meals or snacks regularly. Take a DHA supplement if you are breastfeeding.
Note: if you develop fever, chills, extreme fatigue, flu-like symptoms or your wound is inflamed and does not seem to be healing properly you may have an infection. Consult your doctor.