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How can I make my recovery from C-section easier?

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A C-section is a major surgery. You might be in pain for a few days, and take up to 6 weeks to fully recover. Get plenty of rest. Sleep when your baby does. Drink lots of fluids to replace what you lose through breastfeeding.

Ask your doctor if it’s safe to take medicine for pain even if you’re breastfeeding. And as soon as your doctor gives you the OK, get up and walk around. That’ll help prevent blood clots and related problems, and get you regular if you have trouble pooping.

Get your doctor’s OK before you lift anything heavy or do anything that stress your incision. And hold your belly when you sneeze or cough.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Births -- Method of Delivery.”

March of Dimes: “Having a C-section.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Cesarean Birth (C-section).”

Kids Health (Nemours Foundation): “Cesarean Sections: Recovery.”

Mayo Clinic: “Labor and delivery, postpartum care,” ”C-section recover: What to expect.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Births -- Method of Delivery.”

March of Dimes: “Having a C-section.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Cesarean Birth (C-section).”

Kids Health (Nemours Foundation): “Cesarean Sections: Recovery.”

Mayo Clinic: “Labor and delivery, postpartum care,” ”C-section recover: What to expect.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 15, 2018

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