Pregnancy after Cesarean is not like pregnancy before Cesarean. The nerves, muscles and ligaments have been stretched, the contractions are harder, and the baby has more needs and a bigger chance of being breeches (born at the back of the uterus). Pregnancy after Cesarean is a stressful time for both mother and baby, as you will be dealing with many health problems.
You will be feeling some form of pain during your first trimester of pregnancy and may experience labor pain or the urge to push. Pushing while pregnant can cause serious harm to your baby if not managed properly. If you are having labor, cramping may be felt or heard from the mother's side or between her legs.
Fetal distress is another health issue that you will have to address, especially if your pregnancy is progressing more slowly than normal. If you are having complications such as re-occurring urinary tract infections or bleeding or spotting during your first trimester, you will need a home test for fetal distress to be able to determine if your baby is affected. It may take several weeks for the signs and symptoms to occur, and if you are already in labor, there are a few things you can do.
Consider making the ultrasound of your abdominal area as often as you are able to so you can observe the fetal development, and if possible, note the color and texture of the membranes. You may want to continue this after you give birth, to help your baby through the birth process. Sometimes, a home pregnancy test will be a good idea, as well as a healthy diet and exercise.
During a section cramping may not be an issue, but if you are dealing with the urge to push, there are some things you can do to help alleviate it. These are tips that have worked for many pregnant women.
Pregnancy after c section cramping - Do not try to stop the flow of air into the fetal airway. If the baby is not in distress, that air should stay in. To help keep the baby's airway open, roll him or her up into a ball. The pressure should be shifted downward, into the fetal windpipe.
- Try to keep your hands warm, especially your wrists. Be sure you do not wrap your arms too tightly around your belly, as the fetal blood supply may be compromised. If you are taking a warm bath, it will keep your hands comfortable but not as warm as you would like.
- Be sure that you drink plenty of fluids, but no caffeinated drinks. Caffeine has an effect on the developing fetus and can cause cramping. Also, if you tend to get nauseous, be sure to avoid any stimulants.
- An experience such as an extremely intense labor pain or urge to push can affect your baby, so be sure to get medical attention right away. You may not be able to keep your baby through the birth process, and may need to give birth.
- Some of the most common birth problems have the word 'rest' in them. Cramping, premature labor, and some forms of complications with the uterus all need rest to heal.
The pain during pregnancy after Cesarean is real and one you will have to cope with. The best thing you can do is to call your OB/GYN if you begin to feel cramping, pain, or urge to push, even if it doesn't seem like it's a problem. You will want to know that the doctor will take note of the amount of cramping you are experiencing, so that he or she can properly diagnose what is causing it.