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When should I call my doctor when I'm recovering from a C-section?

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A C-section is a major surgery. Take care of your incision to prevent infection. Avoid sex or putting anything in your vagina, even a tampon, for several weeks. Check with your doctor if you have:

  • A fever higher than 100.4 F
  • Pain worsening at your incision
  • Redness, swelling, or a discharge at your incision area
  • Discomfort when you pee
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding or a foul-smelling discharge
  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Sadness or feelings of depression that last more than 2 weeks

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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