15 January

Diet after C-section

Pregnancy puts a lot of physical and emotional strain on the mother. Postpartum is a time of healing, recuperating and bonding with the baby. Sarala had to go through C-section as an emergency measure, as her baby was in breech position and labour was not progressing as expected. The surgery was uneventful and so was the recovery. She was back home and was a little concerned about her diet and was concerned if she had to watch her diet.

The diet of the mother after delivery becomes very important, not only because it will aid in speedy recovery but also because she needs to breastfeed the newborn baby. Mother’s milk is the only source of nutrition for the baby during the first few months, and hence it is important to ensure healthy food for the mother. Good nutrition along with ample rest will also speed up the healing of the abdominal wall and the uterus which are incised during the C section. Proper nutrition will also help the mother in losing weight which she had probably gained during pregnancy.


Diet after C-section is almost similar to the diet after a normal delivery. Indian foods are rich in nutrients such as proteins, calcium, iron and vitamins, and a good diet plan consisting of Indian foods can fulfil the nutritional requirement of the mother. Food items commonly used in India such as Fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, Ridge gourd, spinach, masoor dal, oats can help to increase milk production in the mother.


In addition to the regular Indian food items, Indian spices, when added to the mother's diet, helps in speedy recovery after the delivery.

Follow your doctor's instructions for caring for the wound site. If the incision was closed with staples, stitches or glue, the stitches will most probably be removed before you get home. Wash the wound site gently with warm water and soap in the shower, but don't scrub it.

Proteins aid in the growth of new cell tissues and helps in the healing process. Protein-rich foods facilitate tissue repair and maintain muscle power after the surgery. You can eat eggs, dairy foods, peas, dried beans, and nuts. These foods are easily digestible, especially during your nursing time. Citrus fruits like oranges and antioxidant-rich blueberries are good for breastfeeding mothers. Citrus fruits contain vitamin C. Green veggies like spinach, Menthi pointed gourd, Indian round gourd, beans, fenugreek leaves and lotus stem are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, iron and dietary calcium. They contain heart-healthy antioxidants and low calories. Dark coloured beans like kidney beans and black beans contain iron, which is essential for nursing mothers. They are also a source of non-animal protein. Mushrooms (fresh and dried), carrot and red dates are other good options.

Skimmed milk, Curd, and Paneer are excellent sources of protein, calcium, and vitamins B and D, which are essential for nursing moms. You need calcium-rich foods for yourself as well as your baby as your milk strengthens her. Include three cups or at least 500ml of milk every day.

The above foods are some of the foods which can be taken during postpartum. Every region in India have there own preferences. Go with your gut. Take your doctor’s advice. Take enough rest and also try to be active whenever you can. surgery doesn’t mean strict bed rest. Listen to your body - You know your body the best.

Sarla listened to the doctor carefully, made a note of all the dietary advice that the docotr gave and decided to follow it. She knew taking care of herself is indirectly going to be helpful for the growth and health of the baby. 


Last modified on Friday, 01 March 2019 14:11
Dr Padma

Dr Padma is a Family care physician and is the Founder and CEO of MedHealthTV.


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