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After the cesarean delivery, the mother will be moved to a recovery room where she will be closely monitored by the healthcare team. The following post-operative care may be provided:
1. Pain management: The mother will be given pain medication to manage any discomfort or pain she may experience after the cesarean delivery. This may include both oral medication and pain-relieving injections.
2. Monitoring vital signs: The healthcare team will monitor the mother’s vital signs, including her blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing, to ensure that she is recovering well
3. Monitoring incision site: The healthcare team will monitor the incision site for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or drainage. The mother may be instructed to clean and care for the incision site at home.
4. Breastfeeding support: The healthcare team will provide support and guidance for breastfeeding if desired. It’s important for mothers who have had a cesarean delivery to start breastfeeding as soon as possible to promote bonding with the baby and stimulate milk production.
5. Mobility and exercise: The mother will be encouraged to start moving and walking as soon as possible after the cesarean delivery to prevent blood clots and promote healing. The healthcare team will provide guidance on safe and appropriate exercises.
6. Follow-up appointments: The mother will have follow-up appointments with her healthcare provider to ensure that she is healing properly and to address any concerns or issues that may arise.