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When should mothers call a doctor about recovery after a C-section?

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C-section, or cesarean section, is a surgery to deliver a baby through a cut in the mother’s belly and womb. You’ll stay in the hospital for 2-3 days. Once you get home, check the site of your surgery regularly for signs of infection. Let your doctor know if:

  • The area is red, swollen, hurts, or feels hot.
  • You have a fever higher than 100.4 F.
  • You have a lot of vaginal bleeding, or it smells bad.

You’ll probably see your doctor about 6 weeks after delivery, and he’ll check your vagina, cervix, and uterus as well as your weight and blood pressure.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 21, 2020

Medically Reviewed on 9/21/2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Health: “What is a Cesarean Delivery?”

Mayo Clinic: “C-section What You Can Expect,” “C-section Recovery: What to Expect.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding After Cesarean Delivery.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Recovery After a Cesarean Birth.”

University of Rochester Medical Center Obstetrics Division: “Pain Management.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Cesarean Section.”

American Psychological Association: “What is postpartum depression & anxiety?”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 21, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Health: “What is a Cesarean Delivery?”

Mayo Clinic: “C-section What You Can Expect,” “C-section Recovery: What to Expect.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding After Cesarean Delivery.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Recovery After a Cesarean Birth.”

University of Rochester Medical Center Obstetrics Division: “Pain Management.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Cesarean Section.”

American Psychological Association: “What is postpartum depression & anxiety?”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 21, 2020

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