8 Natural Tips for Recovering from C-Section Surgery

Recovering from c-section surgeries isn’t easy, but these 8 natural tips can help you to relieve pain, heal your wound, and get back on your feet to be with your new baby.

recovering from c-section

Caring for your wound is one of the most important things to do after a c-section.

© Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime

Cesarean sections are more common than ever. In some cases, women elect to have c-sections instead of a vaginal delivery, and in others, they may be medically necessary or performed in an emergency. Whatever your reason for having one, recovering from c-section procedures can take weeks, if not months. These eight natural remedies can help to ease your discomfort and speed your recovery so that you can fully enjoy your time with your newborn.

Natural Pain Relief for Recovering from C-Section

Pain is the most common complaint after surgery, and pain can be quite intense after a c-section. Narcotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used to manage pain in women recovering from c-section surgeries, but these drugs have side effects like nausea, bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract, and other risks. And in some cases, they do not manage the pain sufficiently. All-natural, complimentary therapies such as these can help you to relieve your pain: 

Get Your Nutrition Guide

Do you want to eat foods that help you feel better, stay slim, and avoid diet-related diseases? Do you want to be healthier by eating delicious “super” foods?

If so, claim your FREE copy, right now, of the definitive nutrition guide on living a longer, healthier, happier life.

  • Lavender aromatherapy. Aromatherapy using lavender essential oil has been successfully used to manage pain in c-section recovery. Lavender essential oil has antibacterial and soothing effects because it can interact with nerve cell receptors. One study found that women who inhaled lavender essential oil after their c-section had significantly reduced pain at four, eight, and 12 hours after the onset of pain.[1] They also reported no side effects and they used less analgesic rescue medication than the control group.
  • Hand and foot massage. Massage of the hands and feet is another effective tool in reducing post-operative pain. Women who receive hand and foot massage after a c-section report lower pain intensities and request fewer analgesics.[2] While even five minutes of a foot massage can produce significant results, studies show that 20 minutes results in even better pain reduction.[3] The great news is, results can be felt almost immediately.

Wound Healing

Caring for your wound is one of the most important things to do after a c-section. The faster your wound heals, the faster you can get back to your regular activities. These two natural products can help to speed the recovery of your surgical site.

  • Aloe vera is well-known for its ability to accelerate the healing of wounds, burns, infections, and skin problems. In one study, women whose c-section wounds were dressed with 100% fresh aloe vera gel for 24 hours after the surgery showed significantly improvements in wound healing compared to the control group.[4] Although this type of immediate intervention needs to be performed safely by a professional, aloe vera gels or creams can be applied topically to the site of your wound yourself at home once the wound has close up and healed initially.
  • Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory capabilities, as it can boost the immune system. A study in 75 women found that applying a honey gel to the wound site twice daily for two weeks resulted in significantly improved markers of wound healing compared to a placebo gel. Those women who used honey had less edema around the c-section wound and were more highly satisfied with their treatment as well.[5]

Eat Well, Hydrate, and Other Healthy Habits

Recovering from c-section surgeries requires patience, time, and taking good care of yourself:

  1. Drink water. It is important to stay hydrated after your procedure. After a c-section, many women experience constipation, which can be unpleasant and painful. Be sure to drink plenty of filtered water to keep your body balanced.
  2. Eat well. Post-operative nutrition can affect the speed of the healing process. Make sure you eat a balanced diet with protein, fruits and vegetables, to make sure you are getting enough nutrients. Anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric, berries, dark leafy vegetables, fish, and more can aid in healing as well.
  3. Take probiotics. To prevent infection, you will be given antibiotics, as with any surgical procedure. But antibiotic use can be detrimental, as they can get rid of beneficial bacteria that your body needs. To combat the negative effects of antibiotics, take a probiotic as well, which can restore a healthy balance of bacteria in your body.
  4. Get enough rest. Your body needs sleep and rest to heal properly. Life with a new baby will be hectic and difficult, but try to find the time to let yourself sleep, because it is essential for you to recover fully and be able to enjoy the time with your newborn.

For additional resources to help you during and after pregnancy, read more here:

Share Your Experience

Have you ever had a c-section? How did you support your body and help yourself heal from the procedure? Share your tips for recovering from c-section surgery in the comments section below.

Originally published in 2015, this post has been updated.


[1] Anesth Pain Med. 2013 Summer;3(1):203-7.

[2] Pain Manag Nurs. 2014 Mar;15(1):132-6.

[3] Appl Nurs Res. 2010 Aug;23(3):153-8.

[4] Glob J Health Sci. 2014 Aug 31;7(1):37955.

[5] Oman Med J. 2014 Jul;29(4):255-9.

Anchor
Comments
  • Logan Caleb
    I am a 66-years-old man. My Parkinson’s disease appeared at the age of 37. My symptoms, at the beginning, were fine tremors and rigidity with joint stiffness. I was taking entacapone with levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole. My Parkinson’s disease is mostly under control but not cured,After using Parkinson’s disease herbal formula my daughter purchased online from Good Health Herbs Home,my parkinson’s diseases disappeared,Am living Parkinson’s disease free for 6 months now,no more tremors and rigidity with joint stiffness,all thanks to Good Health Herbs Home.For more

  • The only symptom that I had was tingling in my legs especially at night after I retired to bed. The tingling became more severe where I could not get them to stop. I thought I had restless leg syndrome. My doctor tested me for diabetes and found that I had type II diabetes and the sugar was attacking my legs because it had no place to go. He put me on a sugar free diet and Actos and within one to two days my symptom were gone.. One day I got extremely sick, could not keep anything down, had blurry vision, a rapid heartbeat.I Started taking metformin 1000 mg twice daily. I am writing this to inform others that nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the metformin (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on Diabetes herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 7 weeks use of the Diabetes natural herbal formula. i am now doing very well, Visit there website w w w. healthherbalclinic. net or email Info@ healthherbalclinic. net This treatment is incredible!

Leave a Reply

×
Enter Your Log In Credentials
This setting should only be used on your home or work computer.

×
×

Please Log In

You are trying to access subscribers-only content. If you are a subscriber, use the form below to log in.

Subscribers will have unlimited access to the magazine that helps people live more sustainable, self-reliant lives, with feature stories on tending the garden, managing the homestead, raising healthy livestock and more!

This setting should only be used on your home or work computer.

×

Please Log In

You are trying to access subscribers-only content. If you are a subscriber, use the form below to log in.

Subscribers will have unlimited access to the magazine that helps the small-scale poultry enthusiast raise healthy, happy, productive flocks for eggs, meat or fun - from the countryside to the urban homestead!

This setting should only be used on your home or work computer.

Send this to friend

Hi,
I thought you might be interested in this article on https://universityhealthnews.com: 8 Natural Tips for Recovering from C-Section Surgery

-- Read the story at https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/natural-tips-for-recovering-from-c-section-surgery/