After a Cesarean
It can take time to recover fully after a cesarean. It's important to take care of yourself-both for your own sake and because your new baby needs you.
Tips for taking care of your incision include:
- You will probably be able to shower and pat the incision dry.
- Watch your incision for signs of infection. These include redness that gets worse or fluid draining from it.
- Hold a pillow against the incision when you get up from a lying or sitting position. Also do this when you laugh or cough.
- Avoid heavy lifting. Don't lift anything heavier than your baby until your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
When to call your healthcare provider
Call your healthcare provider if you have:
- A fever of 100.4?F (38.0?C) or higher
- Redness, pain, or discharge at the incision site that gets worse
- Vaginal bleeding that soaks through a pad per hour or large blood clots
- Severe pain in your stomach
- No bowel movement within 1 week after the birth of your baby
- Vaginal discharge that has a foul odor
- Swollen, red, and painful area in the leg
- Burning when urinating or blood in the urine
- A rash or hives
- Sore, red, painful area on the breasts (may also have flu-like symptoms)
- Feelings of anxiety, panic, and depression, or difficulty bonding with your baby