Caesarean After Care

A caesarean-section is a big operation and it takes longer to recover. It usually takes about 6 weeks to feel better. If you still hurt after that time, see your doctor.

Here are some things to know:

Being Active

Walking is good for you. Just start with a little bit every day. But don’t do hard work or carry heavy stuff until you feel ready. Also, you shouldn’t drive until your doctor says it’s okay. You may also need to check your insurance.

Taking Care of Your Cut (Wound)

Your midwife or Health Visitor will check your cut at home. Sometimes they have to take out stitches about a week later. It may feel weird, but it doesn’t really hurt. Keep your cut clean and dry every day. Wear comfy pants and loose clothes to feel better.

If your cut looks red, hurts more, or smells bad, tell your midwife, health visitor or GP doctor right away.

Pain Relief

Your cut will hurt for a few weeks. You’ll get medicine to help with pain. If you’re breastfeeding, ask which medicine is safe to take.

Getting In and Out of Bed

Roll to your side, let your legs hang off the bed, and then sit up. Do it the opposite way to lie down again.

Your Scar

You’ll have a scar where the cut was. It takes about 6 weeks to heal. At first, it might feel sore, itchy, or you might not feel much at all. The scar can look pink or red and be a little bumpy. After the scar has healed rubbing it gently can help with this. Remember to only start rubbing it when it’s all healed. After it heals, it shouldn’t hurt too much or stop you from doing normal things. It can take over two years for your scar to become a soft white line.

Remember, always be gentle and listen to your body. If something hurts, stop and give it time.