After a Cesarean

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.

Incision care

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