What to expect after a Caesarean Section Delivery

You will go through many of the same changes in your body and your emotions as a woman who had a vaginal birth. But the first days after a cesarean may be hard. You may also:

  • Feel pain at the site of the surgery.
  • Feel pain when you change position, cough, or hold your baby.
  • Have gas pains or become constipated.
  • As the site heals, you will have a scar. Some women have numbness at the incision site. The skin may be itchy and dry.

To help with healing:

  • Avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby for 8 weeks after giving birth.
  • Avoid driving your car for 2 weeks after giving birth.
  • Take short walks around the hospital and your home every 2 to 3 hours for the first week after giving birth.
  • Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water a day and empty your bladder every 2 hours.