If you know you’re having a C-section, batch cook and freeze some meals before you go into hospital. Soups are a good option as they usually contain a portion of vegetables.
Stock up your fridge and food cupboards before you return from hospital. Ask family or friends to help, or place an online grocery order for when you get home. You’ll need someone there to unpack it though.
You’ll need to gently clean your C-section incision daily but your midwife or healthcare provider (HCP) will advise you on this.
If your wound is sore, speak to your midwife or HCP. They will check the wound and may recommend ibuprofen or paracetamol.
Ask your HCP if it is best to cover the C-section scar or leave it to air.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that won’t irritate your wound, and underwear that goes higher than your wound (rather than sits on it).
Put yours and baby’s everyday essentials (food, clothes, toiletries, crockery) within easy reach so you won’t need to stretch up or bend low.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water to help reduce constipation.
You won’t be able to drive for up to six weeks so if you need to get around ask friends and family for lifts. When you’re able to drive again, speak to your insurance company.
Consider a V-shaped or breastfeeding pillow to make feeding your baby more comfortable.
Try not to do anything strenuous until your C-section six-week postnatal check-up.
Avoid carrying anything heavier than your baby.
Try to stay active as this helps avoid constipation and speeds C-section recovery time.
Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
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The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.
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