Advice on what to expect after a caesarian, including information on your health, recovery and how long to wait before driving and exercising.
After a caesarean you will be uncomfortable for a few days, as you would expect to be after any major surgery. It will be difficult to sit up or stand up straight and it will hurt to laugh. You will have to stay in hospital a bit longer, about five to seven days, but this will depend on your condition.
You will also have to take it easy once you are home and you will need help. You shouldn't lift anything heavy or drive a car for six weeks. Your doctor or midwife will advise you on how much you can do.
Postnatal exercises are especially important after a caesarean to get your muscles working again, but take things at a gentle pace. The midwife or hospital physiotherapist will tell you when you should begin them.
Department of Health: The Pregnancy Book 2004 - 2005
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