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Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth - Recovery At Home

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.

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Last Updated: November 02, 2011
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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