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    Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth - Recovery At Home

    What to avoid

    Give your body a chance to heal. Wait to start certain activities.

    • Wait until you are healed (about 4 to 6 weeks) before you have sexual intercourse. Your doctor will tell you when it is okay to have sex.
    • Try not to travel with your baby for 5 or 6 weeks. If you take a long car trip, make frequent stops to walk around and stretch.
    • Do not rinse inside your vagina with fluids (douche).

    Care after a C-section

    If you had a C-section, you will need to take it easy while the incision heals.

    • Avoid strenuous activities, such as bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, and aerobic exercise, for 6 weeks or until your doctor says it is okay.
    • Until your doctor says it is okay, don't lift anything heavier than your baby.
    • You may have some vaginal bleeding. Wear pads. Do not use tampons until your doctor says it is okay.
    • Hold a pillow over your incision when you cough or take deep breaths. This will support your belly and decrease your pain.
    • You may shower as usual. Pat the incision dry when you are done.

    For more information, see the topic Cesarean Section.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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