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