Water. Why hydration is essential for c-section healing
Optimal hydration is essential for healing after a c-section. We need to remember that two-thirds of our body is water. Water is vital to our own existence. However, sometimes we undermine the importance it has in our lives and we disregard the effects dehydration can have on our health.
During the c-section, women experiment blood loss. Some of them will lose more than others but it is important to keep the water intake high in order to replace it.
Another reason why proper hydration is fundamental to our healing is that our body creates and repairs the tissues using collagen. A collagen molecule is about 70% water and 30 % dry matter. Dehydration also impairs oxygen delivery to wounded tissues.
Dehydration can make adhesions worse, as it causes lack of lubrication between the tissues. It affects circulation, elimination of waste materials and essential chemical processes that take place in our bodies.
If you are breastfeeding, keep in mind that breast milk is 90% water. You will need to increase the amount of liquid you take not only for you but also for the baby.
It is very important to rehydrate before and after exercising as you will lose more water through movement and sweating. Hydration will also help you get rid of the toxins that can be released during exercise.
Some tips to help you drink the adequate amount of water
- Listen to your body. Be aware of when you are feeling thirsty.
- Sip small amounts during the day. Take always a bottle with you when you go out.
- Have some water or herbal teas at reach when you are feeding the baby.
- Water is the best choice to hydrate you. Natural fruit juices or smoothies can be a good option, but be aware of the high sugar content of some of them.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks as they will dehydrate you.
- Another way to get the adequate hydration is to consume water-rich foods like soups or stews.
- There are also certain fruits or vegetable that will help you increase the volume of water you take. Pineapple, cucumber, melon, strawberries, oranges, watermelon, lettuce, celery, tomato are some of the best foods to get the right liquid intake.