You’ll probably be in hospital for 3 or 4 days after a caesarean section, and may need to take things easy for several weeks.
Recovering in hospital
The average stay in hospital after a caesarean is around 3 or 4 days.
You may be able to go home sooner than this if both you and your baby are well.
While in hospital:
- you’ll be given painkillers to reduce any discomfort
- you’ll have regular close contact with your baby and can start breastfeeding
- you’ll be encouraged to get out of bed and move around as soon as possible
- you can eat and drink as soon as you feel hungry or thirsty
- a thin, flexible tube called a catheter will remain in your bladder for at least 12 hours
- your wound will be covered with a dressing for at least 24 hours
When you’re well enough to go home, you’ll need to arrange for someone to give you a lift as you will not be able to drive for a few weeks.
Looking after your wound
Your midwife should also advise you on how to look after your wound.
You’ll usually be advis...
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