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Common Caesarean Recovery Questions

Brenda Albano

September 17, 2019

8 Common Caesarean Recovery Questions & Answers

1. What is the best possible way to ensure a quicker recovery?

Many women find that walking, at least within a 24 hour period after their Caesarean helps speed up the recovery process.

While it may be painful to take those first steps, walking helps to begin moving gas through as well as prevent stiffness around the incision area.

2. When can I resume my normal activities?

Upon leaving the hospital you will be given a list of instructions on what is safe and what isn’t as far as normal activities go. It is best to wait 2-4 weeks before beginning activities such as sweeping, vacuuming or anything that will require bending, stretching or stooping. A good rule of thumb is to listen to your body. If you feel as though you can perform an activity and you experience no pain or discomfort, then proceed with the activity.

3. How much is safe to lift after a Caesarean?

The heaviest thing you should lift for at least 2-4 weeks after your Caesarean is your newborn. Lifting anything heavier could seriously complicate your recovery.

4. When can I begin an exercise routine?

It is usually best to wait at least 8 weeks after your Caesarean to begin an exercise routine. When you do begin one, start out with very light, moderate exercises and gradually build to the exercises you performed before your operation. Listen to your body. If you experience pain or discomfort, stop immediately. If you experience any bleeding or oozing from your incision, contact your doctor immediately. It is important not to overdo it.

5. When can I begin taking baths?

It is usually okay to resume taking baths about 4-6 weeks after your Caesarean. However, if you have had problems with your incision being infected or with the wound re-opening, it is best to wait until your doctor gives you permission to do so.

6. What happens if my incision gets infected?

In most cases, antibiotics are given orally and the incision is treated with topical medications. If the infection is serious, hospitalization may be required so that intravenous antibiotics and fluids can be administered. If an infection is present, your doctor will monitor you closely.

7. Is it possible for my incision to re-open?

While it isn’t common for the wound to re-open, it does happen. It can occur if you begin some activities too soon after your operation. It can also occur if the incision is sutured incorrectly or if the wrong type of sutures is used. If the wound re-opens it may need to have new sutures. If additional sutures are not required, you may have to use special dressings to keep the wound covered and safe from exposure. If the wound gets infected, antibiotics will most likely be necessary.

8. How long will I have to use my pain medications?

This really varies from woman to woman. Some find that they only need pain medications for as little as a few days while others may need them for a longer period.

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