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What should I expect from C-section recovery?

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A C-section is a major surgery that requires anesthesia. Unless you need an emergency C-section, the form of anesthesia you’ll get usually makes it possible for you to be awake for the birth. You may need to stay in bed for a full day afterward. You should expect to stay in the hospital for 2-4 days. You may need up to 6 weeks to recover fully.

You may not feel any discomfort right after your surgery. But as your anesthesia wears off, you may begin to feel pain, especially around the cut. Expect to be tired, and you may need help lifting your newborn.

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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