7. Fight constipation.
After a C-section, a new mother can be at risk for constipation due to hormonal shifts, tired stomach muscles, and even something as simple as lying down too much. Not only can this be painful, it can also injure the procedure’s incision. To fight this, you should drink plenty of water, eat food rich in fiber such as fresh fruit, and can even ask your doctor to prescribe a stool softener.
8. Watch for signs of infection.
After surgery, it’s important to monitor yourself for any signs of infection. New mothers should check their temperature every 24 hours and be mindful of swelling, intense pain, red streaks, or chills. If these symptoms appear, you should contact a doctor or an emergency room.