Users' questions

When can I start walking after C-section?

When can I start walking after C-section?

During the first six weeks after having your baby, you can gradually increase activity at a pace that suits you. You could start with a five-minute walk, and gradually extend this time when you feel able. Ask your midwife or health visitor if you’re unsure about what’s best to do.

When is C-section pain the worst?

Yes, you just had major abdominal surgery—but the activity will help speed your C-section healing. C-section pain typically spikes 18 hours after delivery.

How long after C-section can I resume normal activity?

After going home, you’ll be put on driving, lifting and bathing (shower, not bath) restrictions for the first two weeks. After that, you can gradually resume more activities. By six to eight weeks, you can usually resume all normal activities.

Why do they push on your stomach after C-section?

“The goal of anesthesia is to take away pain, sharpness and pinching,” Phillips says. “But you’ll still feel touch.” You might feel a pushing and tugging sensation as your doctor eases baby out of the belly, especially if your little one has been curling up near your rib cage.

What to expect during the C section recovery?

During the C-section recovery process, discomfort and fatigue are common. To promote healing: Take it easy. Rest when possible. Try to keep everything that you and your baby might need within reach. For the first couple of weeks, avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby.

What should I take for my C section incision?

To soothe incision soreness, your health care provider might recommend ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or other medications to relieve pain. Most pain relief medications are safe for breast-feeding women. Check your C-section incision for signs of infection.

When to start breast feeding after a C section?

Check your C-section incision for signs of infection. Contact your health care provider if your incision is red, swollen or leaking discharge. You can begin breast-feeding almost immediately after the C-section. Breast-feeding positions that work well during C-section recovery include: Football hold.

How often does a baby come out by C section?

About 1 of every 3 newborns in the United States are delivered by cesarean section, or C-section. That’s when the baby comes out through a cut in the mother’s belly and uterus rather than going through the birth canal and coming out through the vagina.