C Section Side Effects - The Facts You Need To Know...
Many women will suffer
c section side effects of
some kind or another after the operation and you should be aware of the most common of these so you can act
The most common problems
immediately after surgery are: -
Some women occasionally
complain of itchy skin straight after a c section, which is a side effect of the drugs given during the
Due to the medication used
this can produce feelings of sickness and nausea. These feelings should quickly disappear over a day or
Sometimes shoulder or upper
back pain is experienced which is caused by an air pocket in the abdominal cavity during surgery. This usually only
lasts for between 24 – 48 hours.
Some women suffer from
headaches caused by the epidural. If the needle goes in too deeply this can be quite severe and may last longer
than a week if left untreated. This risk of suffering this
kind of headache is quite low, affecting approximately 1 in 200 women.
You may also start shivering,
another side effect of the anaesthetic, not serious and a few extra blankets can help this.
Abnormal blood loss during
and after the operation could lead to needing a blood transfusion or emergency hysterectomy.
Damage to the internal organs
such as the bladder or intestines which can sometimes be caused during surgery, especially if it was an emergency
Uterine or Bladder
In order to prevent any
bladder problems try to urinate every 2-3 hours on the first day.
Possible blood clotting in
the veins of the legs or pelvis. In rare circumstances these can travel to the lungs leading to life threatening
pulmonary embolisms, try to remain as active as possible. Being sedentary increases these risks.
Keep an eye on your wound and your well being, looking for feelings of new or different pain,
extreme tiredness or any of the c section side effects shown above. It’s usually
much easier to treat problems in their early stages than if they are left to become worse.
Guide To Exercising After A Caesarean’ is an easy to read guide designed for new moms recovering from
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energy levels, give you more confidence and speed up your recovery times. Click here to find out more - C Section Recovery.