Leaving the HospitalWhen you leave the hospital to continue your recovery after a cesarean, you should be given instructions for taking care of yourself and your baby, as well as specific instructions for driving, activity level, and medications. Your healthcare providers should also go over any symptoms that require immediate medical attention, such as:
- Severe pain in your abdomen
- Heavy bleeding.
Be sure to ask questions or have the instructions repeated if they don't make sense.
After cesarean delivery, it is normal to have mild cramping and pain around your incision. The cramps often happen when breastfeeding. You may also have mild vaginal bleeding. Normally, over time, it turns pink and then clear, and the amount of discharge will decrease.
You may not have your period for 8 weeks or more, and if you are breastfeeding, it may take even longer to start again. But it is important to remember that it is possible to get pregnant again, even before your period returns. Your doctor will most likely discuss birth control methods with you before you leave the hospital.
Be sure to rest as much as possible after the cesarean section. It can take from 4 to 6 weeks to recover fully. Your doctor will plan a postoperative checkup after delivery to see how well you are healing.
Your incision may make it difficult to lift things for a while. You might want to plan for some help caring for your child, especially if you have other children. Again, your healthcare providers may have some suggestions about short-term help for you and your baby following the cesarean section.