5 Healthy Nigerian Meals To Eat After A C-Section


Going through labour and delivery is a painful experience for mothers. They get to the hospital after hours of draining labour pains, the doctor finally recommends a caesarean section. The fear that grips them is unexplainable. A caesarean section in Nigeria is still controversial as some people believe it's the easy way out of delivery and it isn't as hectic as a vaginal delivery. However, both delivery methods aren't easy either.


After going under the knife and excess blood loss, mothers are left with a sutured abdomen and pain spanning for weeks. While effective postoperative care is paramount, an undeniable care is a holistic diet. Because the body is fragile during this stage, new mums need all the care and healthy meals to successfully heal their wounds.


Here are five Nigerian meals for new mums to eat after a C-section:


  • Fibre 

The first poop after a C-section delivery is always scary. Putting pressure like straining may lead to an opening in the suture. As such, this can lead to constipation. Eat foods rich in fibre. Fibre adds bulk to stool and makes it easy for bowel movement. Meals like oatmeal, beans, nuts, pap, vegetables, and whole grains like corn, and other legumes are great sources of fibre.


  • Protein

Protein is beneficial in promoting healing and the production of new tissue. They help to maintain muscle tone, which is great for post-operation. Some sources of protein include; meat, fish, beans, dairy products, and nuts.


  • Iron 

Iron is a crucial vitamin to help prevent fatigue and general body weakness which is normal after delivery. Eating foods rich in iron helps produce more haemoglobin which is responsible for the transport of oxygen in the blood. It also helps to prevent anaemia. Foods rich in iron include meat, beans, ugwu, bitter leaf, and beans to mention a few. 


  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C has tremendous wound-healing properties which helps the wound site heal faster. Vitamin C also helps to fight off bacterial infection amidst its fast recovery process. Fruits like oranges, green peppers, and tomatoes have a high content of vitamin C.


  • Water

As some women breastfeed, they have a high demand for water or any fluid. It is pertinent to drink water regularly to prevent dehydration. Drinking water and any type of fluid also prevent constipation.


C-section recovery isn't easy for any new mum. Holistic care is important for the wound to heal faster and prevent bacterial growth. Breastfeeding mothers should eat slowly to prevent painful bloating post-operation.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 


  • Can I eat bread after a C-section?

Bread is high in carbs which is a great energy-giving food. 


  1. Can I eat pawpaw when breastfeeding?

Eating ripe pawpaw is safe when breastfeeding. It’ll provide you with essential vitamins.


  1. Is it safe to eat egusi soup after delivery?

Egusi soup is made up of good fat which is also essential for your baby's development. 

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