C-Section Recovery Tips

It's a good idea to line up extra help in advance of the birth of any new baby, but particularly in the case of a cesarean section delivery. You'll likely be told not to carry or lift anything heavier than your baby and not to engage in strenuous physical activity for a few weeks until you heal. Talk with your healthcare provider about how long you should take it easy.

Some tips for your recovery:

  • Rest whenever you can. When your baby is napping, take advantage of that time to nap, as well.
  • During sudden movements, coughing, sneezing and even laughing, hold your abdomen near your incision for support.
  • Keep your necessities (and those for your baby) within reach so that you aren't straining to get to items you need.
  • A heating pad and over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are safe pain relievers to use if you are breastfeeding. But talk with your healthcare provider first about using these or other pain relievers.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you spot any signs of infection related to your incision, including redness, swelling, pain or discharge at the incision site or a fever higher than 100.4F.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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