Do you know anyone who made the 8% ?
According to the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Caesarean guidelines, around 8% of women who have caesarean births will develop a wound infection.
Caring for your Caesarean wound is important to avoid infections and other complications. It is important to keep your wound clean with gentle washing and drying daily. Be sure to dry thoroughly with a soft towel and if possible allow some time to air before getting dressed. Daily Inspection of your scar is important preferably with a with a hand held mirror, looking for any signs of redness, gaping, swelling or bad-smelling discharge. Notify your midwife or doctor if you notice any of these signs.
After a surgical birth there will normally be some numbness around the wound for several months which is owing to nerve endings taking time to repair after being cut during the caesarean section. The timing of the healing process for the nerves varies in individuals. Loose fitting clothes and cotton underwear are advisable for the early weeks and some women find progressing to recovery shorts helpful. Gentle pelvic floor exercises are also important to remember to commence as soon as comfortable to do so. Avoid any unnecessary strain on the wound, ideally not lifting anything heavier than your baby for 6 weeks. Supporting the wound with a splint or cushion when coughing, sneezing and other painful movements is helpful. Advice from the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) suggests that it is quite normal a women may not feel comfortable enough to resume having sex for weeks or even months after any birth so it is advisable to avoid sex until she feels comfortable enough after her major surgery. In addition (NICE) suggest it may take up to six weeks to feel comfortable enough to drive a vehicle and perform an emergency stop without hesitation.
Finally, rest and good nutrition are key to a good recovery, particularly including foods which are rich in vitamin C, vital to tissue repair and healing.
NICE (2019.) Caesarean section.Retrieved from pg.9 https://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/caesarean-section/care-after-caesarean-section#content=view-node:nodes-care-of-the-woman
RANZCOG(2019) Caesarean section. Retrieved from https://ranzcog.edu.au/Womens-Health/Patient-Information-Resources/Caesarean-Section