A caesarean section, or C-section, is surgery to deliver your baby through a cut, called an incision, that the doctor makes in your lower belly and uterus.
You may have some pain in your lower belly and need pain medicine for 1 to 2 weeks. You can expect some vaginal bleeding for several weeks. You will probably need about 6 weeks to fully recover.
It is important to take it easy while the incision is healing. Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activities, or exercises that strain the belly muscles while you are recovering. Ask a family member or friend for help with housework, cooking, and shopping.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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