After a Cesarean Section

You gave birth by caesarean section. After the caesarean section, you will be transferred to intermediate care for close observation. Your baby will accompany you for breastfeeding and so it can be near you (unless the baby’s state of health requires special monitoring in neonatology). If the check-ups turn out to be normal, you will be transferred a few hours later with your baby to your postpartum room.

In the hours following the caesarean you are permitted to drink and eat and will be able to get up within 12 to 24 hours. The midwife will be there to support you when you get up for the first time.

Healing will proceed rapidly in the days that follow. The scar will be checked regularly by the midwife and the suture clips/threads removed after 5 to 7 days. Painkillers will be prescribed for pain.

When you return home you can resume your daily activities at your own pace but you should avoid carrying heavy loads. Exercises requiring the use of abdominal muscles should be avoided for 1 month.

If your scar shows signs of swelling, redness, unusual heat or discharge, contact your doctor promptly.

 

Last update : 03/01/2019