Cesarean section is a major abdominal surgery, and includes cutting the abdominal wall and uterus to get the baby out, and a proper nutrition after cesarean delivery helps you recover and lose weight gained during pregnancy.
The shape of the mother during the first six weeks of a cesarean delivery may appear as if she is still pregnant, but the uterus returns to its normal size in time. It is not recommended to follow a diet or try to lose weight during this period, because the body is still recovering and if the mother is breastfeeding, her body will need calories to produce milk.
The rate of weight loss varies from woman to another during the first six months after giving birth, and it is advised during this period to avoid harsh diets that reduce energy, metabolism and the quality of breast milk, in general it is advised to follow a balanced diet that reduces calories by 500-750 calories with increased physical activity, not to mention that natural breastfeeding also boosts daily calorie burning which helps in weight loss.
Caesarean section can cause permanent changes in the body, as it may leave a scar in the abdomen, while the pregnancy can leave stretch marks and sagging breasts, and the excess fat in the abdominal area may not disappear. But when you follow a healthy diet that reduces calories while increasing physical activity and breastfeeding, the body shape can improve and return to normal in the long run.
Cesarean Section And Constipation
After a cesarean delivery, the mother can suffer from constipation that may result in hemorrhoids, and perineum swelling. Bowel movement can be facilitated by drinking plenty of fluids and increasing fiber intake such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and bran cereals as it stimulates the natural bowel movement, also exercises, such as walking, can be used to help relieve constipation.
Tips for tightening loose skin after a cesarean section The skin expands with weight gain because it consists of collagen and elastin and it is difficult for it to return to its original shape quickly after stretching, as it may take some time.
Here are some tips that make it easier for the skin to return to its normal shape:
- Exercises, such as brisk walking, swimming, jogging, or biking.
- Eating healthy proteins and fats, as they help build up muscles.
- Building muscles through strength exercises may have a positive effect on flabby skin as well.
- Drinking water, as it helps to moisturize the skin and make it more flexible and can burn fat more easily and reduce water retention in the abdomen.
- Using essential oils may help the skin repair itself.
- Using skin tightening products designed to increase collagen and elastin in the skin.