C-section deliveries have become very common nowadays. Some women opt for a C-section delivery because they fear giving birth naturally or bearing all the labor pain during delivery. But most women give birth through c-section due to complications in pregnancy. Emergency c-sections are also done when the delivery doesn’t happen naturally at the last moment. There are many cases like this in which the baby gets stuck in the uterus during labor or has changed his position, and the vagina hole is not opening completely, the heartbeat of the mother or the baby slows down, and the mother gets chills or high bp during labor. In all these cases, emergency c-sections are done though you still have labor pain or your baby is trying to come out.
I also had an emergency C-section when I had my first child. Because my baby’s heartbeat was becoming low during labor pain. He was trying hard to come out. I felt he was pushing very hard to come outside, but since his heart rate was dropping slowly, my doctor recommended an emergency C-section. So I was taken to the operating theater though I still felt my baby trying to come out. It felt like there is a vibration in my stomach. All the amniotic fluid, some blood, and other substances from the vagina already came out during labor pain. To know the full story of how my c-section happened pls read this article. “My First C-section delivery“.
Though c-sections have become very common nowadays, they shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is a major surgery in which the 7 layers of your abdomen skin are cut open to remove your baby from your stomach. We all know how much it bleeds when we have a small cut on our hand or leg. So just imagine how much we bleed when the muscles are cut. It is very important to get knowledge about the c section and its recovery before your due date. Though the procedure of c-section has changed from time to time and it became easier and safe today with science and research, it is still important for the mother to take care of her wound after delivery.
Taking care of the wound or for a quick and healthy recovery of your incision, it is very important to take a healthy and nutritious diet along with lots of fluids, fiber-rich food, and some light walking to recover fast. A healthy diet is also useful for breastfeeding your newborn baby and for weight loss after delivery. Here is a diet chart for all the c-section mothers recommended by the best gynecologist in India. Try to follow this chart for at least 40 days after delivery. This can also be used for a normal mother who had a natural delivery. Because it boosts breastmilk supply and healthy weight loss that you gained during your pregnancy.
Diet chart after 3 days of C-section:-
After a c-section, your stomach and abdomen muscles may become very weak and loose. So digesting foods can be tough for your stomach and intestines. Thatswhy, for the first 2 days, mothers are kept on complete glucose but can also some food in a very low quantity. On the third day of the c-section when you are preparing for discharge, you can start having some light foods like idli with light chutney or sambar, bread with milk, plain or vegetable upma, and milk oats. Since your body has become very weak and lost so much blood during c-section, it needs rest to recover. And we all know taking proper rest is not possible for a middle-class mother though she has maids or someone to help out. Many women have started pumping and storing their breastmilk so that others can feed their babies and she can take some rest. But this is not possible for every woman. Because you need to breastfeed your baby all the time. So it is also a better option to drink more fluids than eat because your digestion will be very slow initially. Another problem that every woman faces after delivery is constipation. To deal with this, you will need more fluids like warm water, vegetable soup, mutton soup, chicken soup, pure fruit juices, and ORSL solution. On the fourth day, you can follow this diet chart:-
1. Early morning snack options (6am to 7am):-
- Warm plain milk.
- Carrot juice.
- Beetroot juice.
- Boiled egg.
2. Breakfast Options (8am to 9am):-
- 2 to 3 Idli with sambar or chutney.
- Dosa with chutney.
- 1 cup wheat ravva upma.
- Vegetable oats.
- Oats porridge.
- plain upma.
- Bread with jam.
- 2 chapatis with vegetable curry.
3. Mid-morning Snack (10am to 11am):-
- Mutton soup.
- Chicken soup.
- Vegetable soup.
- Hareera (contains ragi, milk, and a little dry fruit powder).
- Fruits like apples, pomegranates, papaya, apricot, kiwi, dates, avocado, and sapota.
4. Lunch options (1pm to 2pm):-
- Phulka or methi roti.
- 30 grams of rice or khichdi.
- 1 cup of vegetable curry.
- Green leafy vegetables like spinach, palak, methi, rasgira, and coriander.
- Normal vegetable curries like ridge gourd, bottle gourd, lady’s finger, Tinda, and drumsticks.
- 1 to 2 pieces of Chicken once or twice a week.
- 1 to 2 pieces of fish once or twice a week.
- 50 to 100 grams of mutton daily or on alternate days.
- Kheema, liver, kidneys, and Paya of goat are the best options.
- A vegetable salad that contains carrot, cucumber, beetroot, and tomato).
5. Tea time snack options (4pm to 5pm):-
- Half cup boiled sprouted moong dal.
- One cup of puffed rice and rice flakes.
- Lotus seeds kheer.
- Sabudana kheer.
- Kaddu ki kheer.
- Fruit salad.
- cooked Vegetable salad.
- Urad dal laddu or gond laddu.
- One or two soaked badam, walnuts, or apricots.
6. Dinner Options (8pm to 9pm):-
- Two chapatis, phulka, or jawari roti.
- One cup of vegetable curry with rice.
- One cup of dal or rajma.
7. Bedtime Snack (10pm):-
- One glass of milk.
- 2 slices of brown bread.
You will also need 3 to 4 liters of water daily to maintain the hydration level in your body. Include garlic in your everyday meal as it boosts breastmilk supply and has the properties of antibiotics. Also include Fennel seeds, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, fenugreek seeds, and mustard seeds daily into your diet while making vegetable curries. You can have tea or coffee but only once a day. Avoid too oily or spicy foods for at least 40 days after delivery. You can have all kinds of fruits and vegetables, there es no restrictions.
If you are suffering from hypothyroidism even after delivery, then avoid eating cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, peanuts, strawberries, and all soya foods until your thyroid test results come to the normal level.
If you are a breastfeeding mother, elders tell you not to eat bhaji, potato, or brinjal for 3 months after delivery as it can cause itching in your c-section stitches. This is actually a myth, doctors tell you, you can have each and everything after a c-section. They will also tell you not to eat ice cream, cold drinks, and cold juices as they can cause cold to your baby as you are breastfeeding her. After my c-section, I had everything. From biscuits, chocolates, chips, ice creams, and cakes, because I was not able to eat normal meals. I was just relying on snacks like this whenever I was hungry. But still, there was no health issue with my baby. Though I had ice cream, biscuits, and cakes, day and night, she didn’t get a cold or cough.
It’s normal for every new mother to feel low, exhausted, tired, and mood swings. We all love to eat something special when we don’t feel good, or when we are very happy. And of course good means for us its outside food like biryani, cakes, sweets, snacks, etc. Eat whatever you like or want though you are breastfeeding or you have gained more weight during pregnancy. Your pregnancy weight will shed down on its own when you start breastfeeding your baby. Whatever you eat will have a very low impact on your breast milk. But remember to eat everything within the limit. Don’t overeat anything.