My name is Christine Marquette and I’m a registered
dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic, and I’m going to talk to you about diet and
health tips for cesarean mothers after delivery. Cesarean section is a lot like other abdominal
surgeries in that there can be a lot of soreness, a lot of bloating immediately afterward, so
in most hospitals, the day after you have this procedure you typically will be put on
a clear liquid diet and will be asked to walk around periodically for short amounts of time
to help relieve any gas or any pressure or any bloating that you may be dealing with.
In the next two or three days afterward you’re usually progressed to a solid diet, more of
a regular type of diet. It’s highly advisable that you avoid any gas producing vegetables,
things like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions. Those types of vegetables usually
can produce excess amounts of gas, so you definitely want to avoid that in those initial
days when you’re still extremely sore and extremely tender from that recent surgery.
Typically it takes at least four weeks to heal, so you want to make sure in those four
weeks that you’re eating a lot of nutritious foods that contain vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc
and protein. Those are your primary key nutrients that are going to help with your recovery
process. So for Vitamin E that’s going to be in a lot of nuts and seeds, zinc is going
to be in any type of shellfish, it’s also in some amounts in beef and poultry. Course
those are also going to be your sources of protein. Vitamin C is in a lot of different
fruits and vegetables, so basically making sure that you have a balanced diet including
some fruits and vegetables, some good sources of lean meats or shellfish, nuts and seeds
for your protein, your zinc, your Vitamin, and your Vitamin C, remember these are all
your key nutrients that will help speed up your recovery, after a Cesarean section. So
just a few tips to keep in mind for your diet and general health tips after Cesarean section.