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What are some side effects of C-section surgery?

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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. You also might have:

  • Constipation and gas
  • Vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • Cramping
  • Itchiness
  • Nausea

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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