You are going home after a C-section. You should expect to need help caring for yourself and your newborn. Talk to your partner, parents, in-laws, or friends.
You may have bleeding from the vagina for up to 6 weeks. It will slowly become less red, then pink, then have more of a yellow or white color. Bleeding and discharge after delivery is called lochia.
At first, your incision will be raised slightly and pinker than the rest of your skin. It will likely appear somewhat puffy.
You will need a follow-up appointment with your health care provider in 4 - 6 weeks.
If you go home with a dressing, change the dressing over your incision once a day, or sooner if it gets dirty or wet.
If strips (Steri-Strips) were used to close your incision:
Getting up and walking around once you are home will help you heal faster and can help prevent blood clots.
You should be able to do most of your regular activities in 4 - 8 weeks. Before then:·
Do not drive a car for 3 weeks. It’s okay to ride in a car, but make sure you wear your seat belt. Do NOT drive if you are taking narcotic pain medicine.
Try eating smaller meals than normal and have healthy snacks in between. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drink 8 cups of water a day to keep from getting constipated.
Any hemorrhoids you develop should slowly decrease in size. Some may go away. Methods that may help the symptoms include:
Lovemaking can begin any time after 6 weeks. Also, be sure to talk with your health care provider about [contraception after pregnancy-60-NEW].
After C-sections that follow a difficult labor, some moms feel relieved. But others feel sad, disappointed, or even guilty about needing a C-section.
Call your health care provider if you have vaginal bleeding that:
Also call your health care provider if you have:
Beghella V, Landon MB. Cesarean delivery. In: Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL, et al, eds. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 20.
Updated by: Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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